WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED

Trump Puts Politics Before People

Since the global pandemic swept across our shores, one thing has become abundantly clear. Our healthcare system is more than broken. It’s systemically ill equipped to handle the greatest threat to mankind.

Critics of Donald Trump say they cannot see a plan from his administration, and they are right. We have a patchwork of policies, rules and executive orders coming from the White House and local governors. When we most need an umbrella strategy to defeat this virus and get businesses back up and running, we are confronted with new, often contradictory, ideas every day. There is no thoughtful planning. Trump told us that he and the Republican members of Congress had a new and improved concept to replace what is known as Obamacare. We are now more than 1,000 days into the Trump Administration and there is no plan to improve healthcare. Showing prices for drugs on TV ads does not help me feel good about healthcare. If anything, seeing a $3,000 price tag for a drug makes me depressed.

According to the Miami Herald, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, while sitting with Trump in the Oval Office, said that “our ability to test exceeds the current demand.” That is simply not true. Hospitals in the state say they continue to be constrained by supply shortages of testing components, kits and chemical reagents. DeSantis has no grounding in medicine and clearly has not listened to his frontline people. It’s the Trump Effect. The less you know, the more confident you sound. Why is there so much lying going on here?

Let’s not believe elected officials when they talk about medical issues. Yes, some of our congresspeople or governors are doctors, but they “speak with forked tongues,” which is a native American expression. Think snake.

So, Donald Trump signed an executive order that requires meat processing companies to stay open. The pushback came quickly. The next-day-headline said meat plant workers employees would not show up at work. According to CNN, “The situation has gotten so severe, company executives warned, that the US meat supply could be at risk. John Tyson, chairman of the Tyson brand, warned of limited supply if plant shortages continue.” By signing the order, Trump declared these plants part of critical US infrastructure and declared they must stay open. That brings us to the next problem.

You see, the fat-ass-bastard in the White House, decrying “globalism” and screaming that it’s all about “America First,” has made our country far less prepared to operate in a global environment. We sold medical PPE to China in January to make a buck. Doing so severely crippled America’s ability to control COVID-19 on our own soil.

Yesterday, one of my blog fans submitted an amazing response to my post. She talked about, “A former Labor Department lawyer thought the executive order gave meat packers liability cover to continue operating. I suspect it also gives them license to hire scabs. You cannot make a deathly ill employee stand up and make sausage, and having employees dropping on the line is bad press. The unions can say employees will use their sick time, but employers will waive the ‘executive order’ when it comes to paying those sick workers. They’ll still be waiving as they’re hiring ‘temporary people’ to stand where sick employees stood yesterday. It’ll all go to court of course, but the courts already slow-walk labor issues.”

Have we not learned that imposing tariffs on goods from China looked good on paper but severely hurt our farmers? The fact that Trump brags about giving them a bailout should have been a canary in the coal mine moment. We were dumping soybeans while larger and more politically powerful farmers were getting paid to withhold sales to China. Trump knows how to get into a fight, but he doesn’t comprehend how things are connected. He can squawk all he wants about China as the source of the pandemic, but what would he say if a virus originates here in America and spreads to the rest of the world? We are not CLEANER than any other country, we’re just RICHER and, at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, DUMBER.

It’s particularly sad that this global pandemic hit the US at the beginning of an election year. It would have been just as bad any other year, but we would have heard less partisan bullshit from both sides. If more members of the Executive Branch had been hit with this virus, perhaps we might have smarter decisions emanating from Trump’s inner circle. This president’s tweets and comments are so tone-deaf and destructive that his credibility is going down each day.

If you care about polls, more numbers are in. 47% of Americans now say they are “very” or “somewhat” likely to follow Trump’s advice on the coronavirus pandemic. This represents a significant, 15 percentage-point drop from a Reuters poll in late March. More notably, 98% of Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, say they would not want to be injected with a household disinfectant like bleach if they came down with the coronavirus. Overall, Trump’s job approval now sits at 43%.

If the election were to be held today, Donnie Boy would not win. Let’s hope his poll numbers continue to decline and he gets the big boot from office in November.

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BACK AT ANY COST

Trump Devalues Human Life

Donald Trump will do anything to get out of the morass known as the COVID-19 global pandemic. He has now become very vocal about states opening schools as soon as possible. Why? Because with schools closed, only one parent can work. The myth that this President perpetuates is young people are not able to get the virus. That is simply not true.

Before making big decisions about opening theaters, schools and massage parlors, experts say we need to learn much more about this curse. COVID-19 presents many unknowns. A new report says doctors believe that the coronavirus could be attacking other organs in the body. That is quite disturbing.

Any virus can morph and mutate and there can be an antigenic shift.  This is the process by which two or more different strains of a single virus, or strains of two or more different viruses, combine to form a new subtype having a mixture of the surface antigens of the two or more original strains. This could be extremely dangerous to humans. Does the President of the United States have the wherewithal to know what this means and the implications?

If the “subtype” is given a way to move between clusters of closely gathered people, you know, like in a school, it could become even more lethal. The idea that children are somehow immune to the virus is crazy. Why does Trump keep saying that? Is he willing to take that chance? We do know that death from COVID-19 is extremely rare for people under the age of 20, but it does happen. The Washington Post identified nine such cases.

Opening schools now could lead to dozens, hundreds or thousands of dead children. Put simply, it’s an unknown risk. Making such a move with a tragic outcome would be political suicide for any president or governor, but we have a President in Donald Trump who cares about no one other than himself. He would rather take the chance now and deal with the body count later.

We’ve seen this previously in America. It was clear that the governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, ignored the signs and evidence that more than 12,000 children in the city of Flint were drinking contaminated water. Did this man not know that Flint’s water system was bleeding out lead and damaging kids’ brains, or could it be that Rick Snyder calculated the additional cost of delivering clean water would hurt him more than damaging the development of minority children in his state?

I understand that Donald Trump, like all little boys, has no patience for this crisis. He just wants it to go away and somehow believes his reckless ideas will work. He has chosen to risk life rather than using care and intelligence in dealing with COVID-19. Why does he get to decide how to face and battle this contamination? Yes, he’s the president, but he’s no expert on medicine or viral pandemics. His every move is all about his reelection and ego. That is the worst evaluation I could possibly give a human. Sadly, this human is our President.

Donald John Trump has placed the Kool-Aid on the table and now wants governors to step up and sip. He urges them to believe in his bullshit and put their citizens in harm’s way. In most cases, the Republicans ignore the science and are not impeding Trump’s power and influence to compel governors to make bad decisions. Wow! Who are these people?

We have seen the coronavirus damage caused by voters gathering for the Wisconsin primary. Since the election on April 7, 2020, the case count in the state has gone from 2,578 to 6,289, as of yesterday. Deaths have increased from 92 to 300 people. I am so distressed by the fact that so many are completely ignoring the COVID-19 Task Force guidelines. WHY? Trump has forced these irresponsible decisions and he will pay for his poor judgement.

Now, the President has said he will sign an executive order to MAKE WORKERS STAY ON THE JOB at virus infected meat processing plants to maintain the supply of meat. There are two sides to this story. Yes, there will be casualties, but we’re having people in grocery stores, the trucking industry, pharmacies and other essential services coming down with the virus now. Without food, we could have riots, robberies and many more dead people. Of course, the federal government should protect vital workers with PPE and other measures, but some companies will not help with protection. You know, it’s not in the budget.

Trump’s intent with the order is most likely related to the economy, but I feel many, many more would die if the food chain breaks. On the other side of this, signing such an order will codify a notion that human life is not as important as getting the economy going. I get it, but why not just test all the workers who must go back to work, just as we do in hospitals?

Trump wants us to get back to normal, even if some people will unnecessarily die. That’s our leader, folks. A careless, horrible chief executive who doesn’t care about America, only himself. I just wish he could muster a bit of humility and empathy while he explains the reason behind the action. He seems to be ping-ponging from one policy to the other, without selling any idea properly. Trump is a poor communicator and the tougher things get, the worse his presentation. Funny, he’s such a conman. Maybe he doesn’t believe in this cause.

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 shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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


COVID-19 VS POTUS-45

Who Can We Depend on Right Now?

People use a funny expression when they offer an opinion about something that doesn’t affect them directly to demonstrate they are objective. They say, “I don’t have skin in the game.” If you have skin in the game, it means you are exposed to risk. The term originated in horse racing, where the owner of the horse has actual “skin” in the game.

With the global pandemic based on the attack of COVID-19, we all have “skin in the game.” Any human being with the bad luck of being infected by the novel coronavirus may have to endure an extended wretched illness, or worse, succumb to the illness and die. The President of the United States has a responsibility to protect the citizens of this country. Every decision or comment that comes out of our White House should help the people. Any comment that creates doubt, foments fear or hurts anyone, is immoral and simply wrong.

Donald Trump is not a valid source of medical advice and needs to stop his adlibbing advice suggesting that a certain drug could keep the virus at bay. We now know that Trump’s recommendation of using Hydroxychloroquine was ALL WRONG. First, it was never tested as a treatment for COVID-19, and although the FDA approved it for treating lupus and malaria no one should assume it will treat any other ailment. We saw this headline after the drug was tested, “FDA cautions against use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for COVID-19 outside of a hospital setting or a clinical trial due to risk of heart rhythm problems.” When Donald J. Trump lectured us by asking a most ill-considered question, “What do you have to lose?” The answer to his question is, YOU HAVE YOUR LIFE TO LOSE!

If I was granted one day in the briefing room, here is a list of ten questions I would ask experts and the non-expert Donald Trump:

  1. Donald Trump and the White House have been preaching about their desire to take care of small businesspeople and their employees. So why did all the larger companies get loans in the Paycheck Protection Plan? Smaller businesses were cut out of the first round? Why isn’t there a website or other resource to see who got the loans and for how much?
  2. Would you release the notes of all the COVID-19 briefings before January 31, 2020? HHS Secretary Alex Azar declared a public health emergency for the novel coronavirus on January 31, and the President announced travel restrictions to and from China effective February 2, 2020. If the President refuses to provide such documents, a Special Prosecutor should be appointed to investigate.
  3. How much PPE and how many medical devices were sent to China in January, before the administration admitted the virus was a global pandemic? Do we regret sending them supplies which our citizens needed and could have used?
  4. Is the White House ready to admit that the first Chinese travel ban was not applied to all Chinese people traveling to the US but only those from Wuhan? Even after the ban, more than 40,000 people traveled to the US from China. Why?
  5. What would you say to those experts who say that the travel bans from China, European Union and UK did little to stop the spread of the virus? Isn’t the real problem the lack of testing? After weeks of non-disclosure, the New York Times finally ran a story about CDC labs being contaminated, which delayed coronavirus testing by at least one month. They have since admitted this error, but Trump has no acknowledged this.
  6. If the guidelines for OPENING UP AMERICA AGAIN were so well-thought-out and based on known statistics and expertise, why are so many states jumping to Phase One or Phase Two without achieving the major steps outlined in the document? Why are they rejecting the science?
  7. Will the White House COVID-19 Task Force take a stand in real time and firmly tell the truth to America which could prevent another “disinfectant” moment with Trump?
  8. Does anyone on the Task Force, or anyone in the administration, or in the Trump family own stock in any company that manufactured or distributed Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine globally? This needs scrutiny, perhaps in the form of a Congressional hearing.
  9. If there are virus spikes in states opening early, like what we saw in Wisconsin after the primary election, will Trump sign an executive order to extend the distancing and clearly define essential industries nationwide?
  10. Since the virus knows no borders or county and state lines, how can we assume that certain geographic areas with a lower number of cases that open early won’t be putting their and adjacent communities at risk for introducing the virus?

Because of all the media coverage and discussion, policies and recommendations, most Americans are well aware that there is a global pandemic which has deeply affected the citizens of the world. Some people have friends who were infected or killed, while others, have been lucky to escape the pandemic where they live. One funeral in Albany, Georgia led to 108 deaths in their county. When a small town, which is not following social distancing guidelines, gets a single infection, the virus will spread. We have a large and vast country with 328 million people and testing a larger number of our populous will take a major effort by the Federal government. Why is this not happening?

The aspirational suggestion that there is a light at the end of the tunnel may give some comfort to cooped-up families, but it’s just a wish. There is no excuse for our President bragging about the “success” of 100,000 dead people. Sadly, that’s what we get with Trump. We don’t want the COVID-19 virus to beat POTUS-45, but he seems to be rushing the country into what he wants rather than a safe way to progress.

You can order the FDA to fast-track meds and vaccines, but with that comes the need to take responsibility when people get hurt or die. We don’t have a compassionate President; we have a self-serving fat bastard. One of the medical experts was asked on TV if America will see a big win. He answered, “We will not see a win, but we should do everything we can to minimize harm.” There is no one in the administration who is willing to make this point to the Donald. He focuses on winning, when he should be focusing on transparency, truth and facts. It’s amazing how much he seems more like a saboteur than a dedicated leader. He’s such a disappointment as a President, and as a human.

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 shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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


THE PANDEMIC VOTING ACT

Trump’s Attempt at Voter Suppression 

I believe there is a way for the United States to make voting safer with more accountable and reliable results. I am proposing the PANDEMIC VOTING ACT, which you will see later in this post.

I don’t remember the first time I voted, not because it wasn’t a special moment, but because it was more than fifty years ago. The only time I failed to vote was in 2000 when I was living in India. We saw how that one turned out. I was embarrassed by not voting, but the Bush vs. Gore fiasco that gave us “hanging chads” proved that EVERY VOTE COUNTS. So, we should always vote.

Let’s look at what the Constitution says. In Article I, Section 4, the most important document in our country says, “The times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by law make or alter such regulations.” It’s clear that the time and rules of elections are not in the domain of the Executive Branch.

Congress determined in Title 3 of the United States Code that we will have presidential elections every four years, on the first Tuesday in the month of November. The election of the president and the vice president of the United States is an indirect election in which citizens of the United States, who are registered to vote in one of the fifty US states or in Washington, DC, cast ballots not directly for those offices but instead for members of the Electoral College. Those members may or may not have to pledge to vote for the person who won the state or their district, but this might become more defined by the Supreme Court before November of this year.

The 15th Amendment states, the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. The 24th Amendment to the US Constitution eliminated poll taxes nationwide, which means that no one must pay to vote. And that would include, paying with their lives.

 

Now with the COVID-19 global pandemic, we need to consider safer and better ways to vote. We should never see long lines of potentially sick people like we did in the most recent Wisconsin primary election. As of this writing, state health officials in Wisconsin are reporting 19 new cases of coronavirus linked to election activities. So, what are we going to do?

Even though November 3, 2020 seems like a long time from today, we don’t know what is going to take place with the virus, and we have someone in power who thinks that anything other than face-to-face voting is somehow tainted. Donald Trump has long suffered from a mental defect where he takes one little piece of information and then explodes it into a full-blown conspiracy theory without any further research. He has proven repeatedly that he lacks the ability or intelligence to figure out what is really happening in any complicated issue.

Donald Trump lost the popular vote in the last election, NOT because of cheating voters or a bad system, but because some of the largest states have democratic majorities. Trump also has been told by partisan political statisticians that if America had a mail in vote Republicans would never win another election. How do I know this strange revelation? Because he said it out loud!

This thin-skinned, paranoid, narcissist of a president cannot imagine losing and looking bad, so he is going to do everything he can to push back on voting by mail, even though he himself used an absentee ballot in the 2018 midterm election. If Congress oversees the rules and procedures of voting, exactly how far is Trump willing to go to block voting by mail?

How diabolical is Trump? He’s attempting to bankrupt the Post Office. If the USPS is not operating in November, there is no way for America to vote by mail. He’s not really attacking the Post Office just because they deliver packages for Amazon, he’s doing it to divert your attention from his true goal, SUPPRESSION OF VOTES.

THE PANDEMIC VOTING ACT

The best way to handle our elections is simple. First, why just one day? Polling places should open on November 3, 2020 and stay open for four days to eliminate the long lines for those who want to vote in person. Next, any registered voter should be able to obtain in advance of voting a paper ballot, then mail it or drop it off at their voting place. This becomes a record of their vote, and the voting officials in every state should feel good about having a paper back up for every vote cast. One person, one vote.

Trump cannot and will not stop this election. If he attempts to delay or postpone the election, the people will rise and act. The COVID-19 crisis has slowed our lives and four days of voting would encourage more people to vote. An unfound fear of paper ballots hasn’t stopped this concept from successful use in many states. Twenty states permit voters to cast absentee ballots but require an excuse, six states and the District of Columbia allow voters to request “Permanent Absentee Status” and three states (Oregon, Washington and Colorado) conduct their elections completely by mail. If you want to read more on the subject, click here. That’s 28 states, plus the District, that already have these procedures in place, and they’re working.

Donald Trump is a Neanderthal. He wants us to go back to coal, his minions have gotten rid of many environmental rules and policies and he doesn’t want us to vote by mail. It’s good enough for him, but not for the common man? Trump simply doesn’t understand technology and wants everything to revert to the good old days. It’s time for the American public to just scream at the guy in charge, “We don’t want to go backwards!”

Trump couldn’t conceive of a novel virus bringing down the economy. How did he miss that? He keeps mentioning the pandemic of 1917, when it really started in 1918. You would think he would remember because the flu that year killed his grandfather. Frederick died on May 30,1918. Donald Trump should recuse himself from any discussion about voting and voting restrictions. I mean, why should he be involved; he’s one of the candidates.

Yes, if the virus is still here in November millions of people will vote regardless of how they cast their ballot. A smart government, however, would use this crisis to make our voting procedures better and safer.  Every vote should count. Trump’s opinions are worthless. I am sure a bunch of lawyers are waiting for any false move from Trump and will seek legal relief from the courts. We all must keep our eyes on him. Trump cannot be allowed to pry Democracy from our caring, protective arms.

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 shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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

 


INFECTED PRESIDENCY

Trump Needs a Rally, Now!

It would be brilliant for Donald Trump to pick a place having the least amount of COVID-19 and go do one of his rallies there, as soon as possible. Now I know that more than 50,000 people have died from the evil coronavirus, but it’s damn well time to get our economy back up and running. I’ve done extensive research, and it’s clear that the best place to host a rally would be Casper, Wyoming. As of this writing, Casper’s county has only 39 coronavirus cases and no death. I am sure Senator John Barrasso would welcome Trump with open arms. He would probably shake his hand for picking Wyoming.

Isn’t it rich irony that a town named Casper, a cartoon ghost, would be the perfect place to celebrate life and the economy? I am sure Jamal Khashoggi’s ghost would attend. Maybe we can have Representative Liz Cheney read the names of all 50,000+ Americans who have died so far to fill in time for the guaranteed tardy Trump. Afterall Liz’ whole family has heart. Her father, Dick, has had two, so far.

Look, I know what you’re thinking; Casper is so small. Yes, the population is only 57,000, but people can come from Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Nebraska, and the greater Wyoming area. That would allow even more people to catch the Trump Coronavirus Rally Show. There will be no restrictions, making for a great test of our ability to beat the coronavirus.

For security purposes, the names and addresses of all the people attending the rally would be recorded. I’m sure folks would be willing to provide the information, after all, it’s for Trump. The health departments of their states could then track the health of those attendees. Hey, wait, Donald Trump is the president of the United States. He could order a test for everyone who drove to Casper for the big rally. The Casper Events Center holds about 10,000 people, so that would be a good sample and the math would be less complicated.

After he speaks and when he is abundantly sweaty, Trump should shake as many hands as possible. Maybe he can bring his UV light. That’ll help get the vote out in November. With no deaths so far in Casper, there will be no need for masks or gloves. In fact, there should be a rule that anyone wearing PPE would not be allowed in. That will give us a good metric and comprehension of how powerful the COVID-19 virus really is. If they start the rally with a prayer, the more vulnerable in the crowd should be protected. They tend to be devout believers.

It will be a great show of our President’s bravery and, hey, if we find out that a lot of the attendees got sick, then we wouldn’t feel guilty about using #BloodOnHisHands online and perhaps Twitter would stop censoring the term.

The open and honest nature of the people of Wyoming will help us all get over this curse faster. We are all in this together. The Caspers, I don’t know what they are collectively called, should consider this a giant science project. We can all learn from their sacrifice. It would be much better than Trump taking questions for two hours every night in the White House press room.  Donald must certainly miss his groupies and sycophants cheering, “Lock her up!” It gives him some pleasure in a certain area of his body, if you know what I mean.

This damn virus will only get worse until the President is out there telling lies, live and in person, with ten thousand onlookers. Trump’s aura and amazing divine providence could rid the virus in our country, one state at a time. In every city stop on his national tour, the Donald should visit people in ICUs, hospitals and retirement homes and lay his hands on the infected to cure them. He said, he, and he alone, can solve any problem. Why isn’t he out there purifying America?

It’s so wonderful that our fearless great Orange Leader has taken the bull by the horns and saved us from this virus by stopping Chinese people, then Europeans, and then, oh yeah, a few days later, people from the UK from coming into our pure land. Since he stopped allowing those damn infected foreigners in our homeland, we’ve lost only 50,000 people. We can analyze this because Trump said the COVID is just as bad as the seasonal flu. Look at the figures: In the 2018–2019 season we had about 35.5 million people became sick with influenza, 16.5 million people went to a health care provider for their illness, 490,600 were hospitalized and 34,200 died from influenza. Anyone who does that math thing can clearly see that 34,200 is much greater than 50,000, right?

Donald Trump is not doing enough. He needs to rally his troops and get thousands of people in a stuffy convention center in a community near you. I mean, if he really thinks this is no big deal, then he needs to put his nostrils where his money is. They could give out a free bottle of Lysol to the first 1,000 people at the door. Free toilet paper for the rest.

I don’t know how we would possibly get through this whole crisis thing if it wasn’t for Donald Trump with his fierce trade war and tariffs against the country that sells us medical supplies. The grace of him shipping tons of PPE and medical supplies to his buddy President Xi of China in January, right before the scourge hit us, was so nice. Perhaps he should send our best heart surgeon to North Korea to help his good pal Kim Jong-Un.

How could such a warm and wonderful President not be able to defeat this invisible enemy? It’s not at all like the evil media, which he can actually see. Maybe Trump can use his secret X-ray glasses to observe the virus and kill it with his little, bare hands. Unfortunately, the Amazon order for his magic glasses is delayed and the lenses are made in China. Ooops!

EDITORS NOTE: This post was written right before President Donald Trump suggested some bizarre methods as treatment for COVID-19 virus. We strongly suggest that no one in the world listen to his advice and stay away from any internal ingestion of chemicals or solutions not approved by a doctor. WARNING! WARNING!


FEAR, FATIGUE & FALLACIES

We Have the Wrong Man in Charge

Let me take the gloves off today. Better get the kids out of the room, adult language to follow. Donald Trump is a fool and an asshole. We have a president who has openly encouraged people to protest the stay-at-home orders — his very own recommendations — putting themselves at risk for infection and spreading the COVID-19 virus further. Where I come from, a person who does obnoxious and stupid things is called a “jagoff,” and that term fits Donald John Trump to a T. His puppet governors in red states will kill people just to please our wannabe dictator. They need to be voted out ASAP. Recall is a method that can be used in some states.

President Cuomo

Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of the state of New York, went to Washington for one reason: to explain to our jagoff-in-chief how coronavirus testing works. Yes, my dear readers, the current President of the United States understands hardly anything about this pandemic. His lack of desire to read, learn or listen to people is obvious. The daily briefings that Trump “puts on” are less meaningful than your kids acting out a play in the garage. He cannot admit that his administration has dropped the ball. Embarrassingly and tragically his inaction has probably killed a bunch of people. My bumper sticker idea is TRUMP, KILLER PRESIDENT.

I get it, the economy sucks, but Trump is telling us that it will take off like a rocket once this medical emergency is over. He doesn’t really believe that and is personally fearful. The government has already bequeathed almost $4 trillion to treat some of the pain, and recovery from that will not come quickly. Now we see Trump promoting premature evacuation of his own guidelines and plan? Why? We haven’t won the war against COVID-19. The man in the Oval Office is worse than irresponsible; he’s a clinically ill less-than-human who is dangerous for our citizens. Why are we are letting him run the country?

In the last 24 hours, Trump tweeted about shutting down immigration, which isn’t even a problem right now. A bunch of people at the White House will now jump and try to construct an official order that matches his tweet. We will probably see that order reshaped into a vague notion of a ban, under which green card agricultural workers will be allowed in. If our president is so decisive why do the advice and the information keep changing? FUCKED UP!

No one wants to immigrate now. Why would they? We can’t control the virus and the kind of smart people we want here are not about to risk travel. Trump woke up today and posted that he’s instructed the Navy to shoot at Iranian ships. WHY? It’s all about messaging his base and moving the headlines off his stupidity and incompetence. Iran is battling COVID-19. They aren’t thinking about America.

The Real Deep-State

We must be careful with Trump. Attorney General Willian Barr is sending a message of fear to the governors. He warns that he’s looking into “draconian or restrictive orders” to their citizens. REALLY? Some say Barr is a politician operative, but he is just a political whore for Trump. I cannot believe that while our fellow countrymen and women are suffering with so much disease and death, we have a Justice Department that is being used by the President to spread fear and promote political unrest. WHAT A FUCKED-UP WAY TO RUN A COUNTRY! Barr is a traitor to his oath.

The fallacies pumped out during this time of crisis are unacceptable. Fox News should be taken to court. They are hurting people. The idea that the open-the-country guidelines were only guidelines is horseshit. Why waste money to distribute and use valuable TV time to promote them when NO ONE IS FOLLOWING THEM, especially in states with feckless leadership. Can you say, “red states?”

Take this for what it’s worth. CDC Director Robert Redfield warned that a second wave of coronavirus this fall is likely to be even more devastating than what we are experiencing now. The very next day, Trump made him walk back his comments, saying that it wouldn’t be “worse,” but if the seasonal flu and the Covid came back at the same time, it would be “more complicated and difficult.” WTF? It’s no comfort to watch Trump, the buffoon in the White House, saying that he’s a cheerleader while he lies every day about the supply lines to fight coronavirus. Why is he even talking? Why is Donald Trump in charge of this? Oh, I almost forgot. It’s because he’s the president. America, are you listening? One minute he says all the states have what they need, then he shows a swab and says that he’s going to use his federal powers to make them. So, I guess there is a shortage.

I am navigating intense emotional waves. There are times when I get so angry that I must take a walk around the neighborhood. I put on my mask and I stay safe, but I am walking with a lack of direction. Then I get fatigued and escape to the endless nature show marathon on the National Geographic cable channel. Seeing the otters get to the river and beating the coyote out of a meal makes me feel better. It’s a win, a feeling that is quite rare during this crisis.

FACT: we have tested only 1.2% of the population and we will never beat this curse without knowing more. It’s treasonous for the elected President of the United States to push back and attempt to slow the use of testing, tracking and antibody analysis. He says he’s all for it, but he’s a fucking liar. He talks out of both sides of his mouth and his ass. Trump said, “Anyone who wants a test, can get a test,” just one of his many lies. By the way, the Washington Post counts them and they say Trump has made 16,241 false or misleading claims in the first three years of his presidency. Why does anyone listen to him?

And now we have this. The ACLU says that their models show that our death counts will double due to the COVID-19 virus spreading through our prisons. The hospitals in most state and federal prisons can handle maybe two or three patients at a time. Prisoners, no matter what their charges, will die in jail. Are we proud of that, or should we do something about the problem now? First, we must have transparency about the cause of death of every American. Why doesn’t William Barr announce that he will go after any coroner or public heath official who doesn’t report deaths accurately? That would be a good job for the Justice Department.

I am not afraid of the virus as much as I am afraid of what Donald Trump has done and will do to this country I love. Our people deserve better. I just wish Donnie Boy would stroll out of the White House and never come back. Doing so wouldn’t mean this crisis would end, but it would allow the rest of us to solve it sooner. We need to get smarter people in the government but that won’t happen while Donald Trump is president. Yes, you’re right, I don’t like him.

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 shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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


TASK FORCE FARCE

Trump Infects People & Process

Rick Wilson, who is a Republican strategist and strong critic of our President, wrote a book titled Everything Trump Touches Dies. The truth of the title has been proven by Trump’s policies, provocations, pronouncements, and putrid vindictiveness throughout this crisis. He is more worried about what a governor says about him than helping people. The Trump touch right now is killing people.

In the beginning, we saw President Donald Trump put Mike Pence in charge of a COVID-19 Task Force that permitted experts such at Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Debra Birx to come to the foreground to educate the public about the global pandemic. Soon Trump came to realize that they were getting all the media coverage and it looked like he wasn’t involved. As much as this was okay for most of the country, little Donnie couldn’t bear being upstaged. Like a movie diva of the golden age, he pranced to the front of the press room platform to take over and use critical briefing time to push his political dogma. That was the day the coronavirus task force died.

Even though Trump is taking up all the oxygen in the room, if you hang in long enough you can still learn. We realize that hardly anything is made in America. Just like there is only one laboratory in the US to do certain genomic cancer tests, there is only one factory that makes the long swabs needed for coronavirus testing. The factory is in Maine. Can you believe it? A country of 328 million people is not making things we need to stay alive. We have learned that much of what the medical and healthcare systems need, comes from China, Korea, or Southeast Asia. Why?

While Donald Trump blasts out a tweet saying he has suspended all immigration, the country will shortly face a food shortage. One of the little secrets uncovered during this crisis is that many of our crops are harvested by undocumented workers, or as Trump calls them, “illegals.” They are too afraid to come to work because they have no healthcare insurance. Produce is being ploughed under dirt because there is no way to get the vegetables harvested and sent off to market. While we watched footage of dairies dumping milk down the drain, we also learned of hundreds of food processing workers were testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. Some meat processing plants have stopped production. THERE WILL BE A FOOD SHORTAGE NEXT.

Whatever faith we had in the Task Force and the federal government, has been demolished by the outrageous comments and actions our inept President. We now can clearly see the COVID-19 task force has been coopted by the insanity of the ship captain aiming his craft straight at an iceberg. The members of the task force, no matter what their rank, are simply members of the band, urged by the President to keep playing while the ship is sinking.

Tony Fauci is almost always straightforward and has received death threats because of his candor. Radical right-wing Fox News devotees have called for Fauci to be fired. Trumpets of ignorance! Dr. Birx, a skilled politician and ambassador, uses statistics to cloud an issue or back up a Trump pronouncement. Both Birx and Fauci cannot push back hard enough to clear the noxious gas that Trump blows out his big, fat ass. Why can’t they plainly say that protests to reopen the country are bad for public health?

Governmentpacket

Last Thursday, the Task Force published a plan called OPENING UP AMERICA AGAIN, which outlined what the group believed to be necessary to safely reopen certain parts of the country. As I pointed out previously, the vague language and lack of specifics basically said the states could do whatever they wanted, and they did. Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia are set to throw caution to the wind and let the germs fly. None of those states met the guideline’s Phase One requirements.

Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp will open fitness centers (gyms), bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, hair and nail salons and massage therapy businesses this Friday. On Monday, April 27, 2020, Georgia theaters and dine-in restaurants will be permitted to resume activity. Kemp’s decree supersedes any local law or order. Most of the mayors of major cities in Georgia disagree with Kemp but can do nothing.

I am not an infectious disease expert, but I see no way to execute social distancing when inking tattoos, cutting hair, painting nails, or rubbing another to give a massage. Governor Kemp doesn’t understand human contact and how it spreads the deadly virus. He said that workers and customers would be required to follow social distancing. Really? Of course, we learned how unaware he is when he admitted last week that he didn’t know asymptomatic people could spread the virus. I’ll stop short of saying he’s dumb, but he does have a degree in agriculture and should have studied the asymptomatic spread of diseases at the University of Georgia. It appears as if the governor of Georgia used a dart board to determine what kinds of businesses would open.

Kemp admitted his states lags in testing and has not met the 14-day decrease in cases recommended in the Task Force guidelines, but he needed to move the economy sooner. Was he bragging or complaining?

According to an April 20, 2020 interview on CBS, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned again that resuming business too soon risked a fresh spike in infections. And there you have it, folks. Trump put together a Task Force to fight this “invisible enemy” and then he cut their balls off, neutering their effectiveness. It’s a damn farce force and every expert, doctor, healthcare worker and thinking American knows it is a giant failure. Why did the White House publish guidelines that no one is following? Why are the medical experts not stepping up to the microphone and telling the truth right now? TRUMP IS WRONG ABOUT THIS CRISIS.

I hate to say this, but I must. If the number of cases doesn’t go up in those states like Georgia with these new, loose policies, I am going to be really pissed at the Task Force for not understanding the coronavirus. If the cases and death increase in Georgia, where most of my family lives, I am going to be more than angry. The governors who have been hypnotized by Trump’s rhetoric and buffoonery should be removed from office immediately. If more people die because they opened their states too early, they should be criminally charged with endangerment of their citizens and the COVID-19 Task Force should be disbanded for not being more forceful. We need to give an independent panel of doctors and experts total control of the effort against the virus. In effect, the Pentagon of Healthcare. The Federal courts should take Trump out of the picture. He’s hurting us with his words and actions. He needs to be kept away from the decision-making process as far as possible. Short of that, we’re doomed.

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 shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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


IMMUNE TO SCIENCE

The Trumping Down of America

Our current situation would make a funny, off-beat movie if it didn’t involve more than 40,000 dead Americans. I can’t help wondering why the President of the United States is encouraging his fanboys and fangirls to be out there on the lawns of the state capitals waving flags, guns and breathing all over each other. I surely hope the dickheads who get infected during these rallies enjoy the part where they are burning with fever, hallucinating, and coughing up blood before they are put on ventilators.

In my quest to interpret and analyze media coverage of this horrible global pandemic, I sampled Fox News this morning. There I heard the Fox and Friends female couch sitter, Ainsley Earhardt, saying that what we don’t know is good news. In my latest book, Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs, you will find a chapter named Selling Science. I closed that chapter with this sentence, “The goofballs don’t have a vision about the future, because they cannot apply what they do not understand.” Now I am not here to put down Ainsley. I am sure that she, as a “Gamecock” got a BS from the University of South Carolina, but did they not teach her about the BS that flows from her mouth?

President Donald Trump is tainted by his countless false statements. The man seems to be anti-science, but why does he build tall buildings requiring science to determine how those structures will stand? Are his buildings magical creations? Maybe his disconnection from science comes because he’s echoing the inability of his followers to comprehend how things work. Trump is an enabler of stupidity. The good news is you can’t get stupid from another person, unless you believe them too much. The way to be senseless is to trump yourself down.

President Trump has created a dual messaging system in which the experts on his Task Force present facts and Trump appears to agree, for a few minutes. Then, he interjects a comment or two which nullify the words of the experts. Trump says things like warmer weather will kill the virus or the drug hydroxychloroquine is a cure. That one has created a worldwide shortage, bad news for people with malaria or lupus who desperately need the drug for treatment.

Trump’s completely fallacious claim that we have enough coronavirus testing in America is one of his biggest lies and most dangerous ostrich-like behavior during this pandemic. Without testing, we cannot know the true penetration of the virus into our population.

Is Trump resisting testing because he fears we would see the vastness of this crisis, proving his tardiness with testing and locking down LATE was a major mistake. Would testing indicate  that more than 20% of the population have this virus? Yes, that is what some scientists are saying. The Donald fears this would push back economic repair further into the year and cost him the election.

We cannot be immune to medical science and facts. Consider Steve Jobs, one of the founders of Apple Computers, and his pancreatic cancer diagnosis. He died in 2011, but would have had a better chance at life if he didn’t wait nine months to get treated.

In the case of the COVID-19, we would be better off if we had waited before reopening the country and putting people in harm’s way. Our impatience with antibody testing is showing in the constant discussions about where we are headed. We don’t even know if the plasma from a cured patient can help someone suffering with the virus. It should work, but we will have to prove it with science.

Donald Trump has said we don’t have time to wait for test tubes and clearance on these techniques and drugs. He just wants to roll them out with his friendly cheer, “What do you have to lose?” It takes a futile person to make a comment like that! If anyone asks you why America seems to disregard science in things like melting glaciers and protective vaccines, you can blame Donald Trump just as much as theories from ignoramuses on the internet.

Trump has a calling card he whips out for his sycophants when they are asked why they are doing such stupid things, “We Can’t Have the Cure Be Worse Than the Problem.” And so, with a few tweets, Trump has summoned the far-right to protest local governments, ignoring what Trump and his Task Force have asked us to do. That’s  deeply disturbing and dangerous malpractice by this President.

The game of government and poorly run businesses is the use of committees and task forces to analyze problems and develop solutions. This committee mentality is exactly why things slow to a crawl. Yes, it’s great to get input, but eventually someone in power must make a call. It’s called leadership! We could parade hundreds of doctors in front of Trump and if didn’t already agree with their advice he would never take it. Even his own medical analysis came from a strange personal doctor, who later admitted that he quickly wrote a letter based on what Trump wanted him to say, instead of delivering a serious medical analysis based on science.

With more than 40,000 Americans dead because of COVID-19, the President stands for hours in the press room at the White House doing nothing to advance science or giving us what we need to survive. He talks in terms of himself and prattles on about how he closed the borders and saved millions of lives. That’s not a scientific fact, but someone told him that he did something good, so he keeps repeating it. Some say Trump is an idiot. If Trump were as smart as he claims, he wouldn’t have forced a trade war with the country that produces most of our PPE and medical testing supplies. If he believed in and followed science, he would have taken coronavirus seriously from the beginning. There is credible proof that he was told in December, then again in early January about the coming doom, yet he did nothing.

Trump will keep saying that he acted fast and saved lives, but in fact, what he refers to as a “travel ban” was not an outright embargo. There were exceptions for certain Chinese Nationals and Americans and their family members. More than 40,000 people came into the USA from China after the restrictions were put in place. Science would say that number of untested people arriving on our shore was large enough to eventually infect the whole nation. Some researchers believe the catastrophic infection rate in New York City had its origin in Europe, not China, so Trump was late again. The European Union ban, excluding the UK, wasn’t placed until March 11, 2020. A few days later, the President added the UK, as an afterthought. According to the World Health Organization, as of March 11th the novel coronavirus had infected more than 118,000 people and killed close to 4,300 worldwide, By CNN’s tally, the US had over 1,200 cases. Trump can keep saying “zero death,” but he placed a travel ban thus proving he was concerned. I can’t fathom why he’s blaming the World Health Organization for all his lateness.

We know Trump is pushing back on the inadequate testing in America. We know that he is panicked; we can hear it in his voice. He is lashing out at anyone who questions his judgement and has not taken command of crisis management. What I say to the 42% of the citizenry who think Trump will fix this is, “HE THINKS YOU ARE STUPID!” Why do you let him hold this belief behind your back? Why don’t you confront him? Maybe we will see some of those protesters laying in a hospital, recanting their myth that COVID isn’t any more harmful than the seasonal flu. Maybe then they might ask Trump why he tricked them.

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 shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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

 


HYPE, LIES & LIVES

Trump Truncates His Own Orders

It’s mind boggling. The President of the United States is now promoting protests by urging people to break the very recommendations his own administration has released. His latest tweets about “liberating” several of our states go against the grain of everything the White House said they are promoting to keep Americans safe. Let’s review.

According to the Washington Post, “The Trump administration received its first formal notification of the outbreak of the coronavirus in China on Jan. 3. And yet, it took 70 days from that initial notification for President Trump to treat the coronavirus pandemic seriously. The president consistently played down the threat and became a fountain of misinformation and confusion. While visiting the CDC in Atlanta on March 6, Trump incorrectly stated: ‘Anybody that needs a test, gets a test.’ In fact, the nation is desperate for more testing, leading some states to conserve testing for only health-care workers.”

Austin Texas Protests

Have the members of the COVID-19 Task Force forgotten the massive failure of their first attempts at testing? As CNN posted, “Contamination in manufacturing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention test for the coronavirus caused weeks of delays that slowed the US response to the pandemic. This problem stemmed in part from the CDC not adhering to its own protocols, according to a Trump Administration US Food and Drug Administration spokesperson.” Why hasn’t anyone in the White House addressed this?

TESTING is the central problem. The administration pledged to get 27 million tests into the country by mid-March, but as of April 18 there were only 3.5 million tests completed. We get one great lie after another in the daily Task Force briefings, which have devolved into lengthy blathers of cloudy, complicated statistics, models, and predictions spattered amongst a heavy dose of pure Trumpian political bullshit. I am now seeing a problem with Dr. Deborah Brix, who is producing “data” that support the things Trump want us to believe. The Friday briefing was a giant smoke cloud to keep us from seeing the real problem, which is TESTING.

Trump’s answers to questions posed by our true journalists attempt to divert our attention from his malfeasance and ignorance. Two or three planted, far right media reporters then ask preplanned questions to cover Trump’s fumbled adlibs and misinformation. Why are they even allowed to be there? Oh yeah, because of the First Amendment. Trump sputters judgement of the questions, the reporters, and their outlets, rather than seriously using his time before the American people to help. What a thoughtless dolt!

A just released NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows 65% of Americans say Trump did not take the coronavirus seriously, and 52% say they disapprove of the way this president is handling the crisis in which we live. Fortunately, America is hearing through the noise. Only 36% of our citizens believe the things Trump says about the COVID crisis.

Trump is taking major heat about quickly opening the country from both his sycophants and political operatives. Even while the experts, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Birx, placate Trump with their public statements, you can hear in their words and see in their body language that they are most certainly nervous about a virus rebound caused by reopening the country too early. Fauci talks about a return of the virus and infections in the fall. Oh boy, that would be bad for Trump and the election. Hey kids, KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN. TRUMP WILL PROBABLY TRY TO CANCEL THE ELECTION.

By promoting protests with his incendiary language, Trump is urging his lower-IQ base to march arm-in-arm, which will help the virus spread faster and more thoroughly. What intelligent human could possibly agree with this? It’s a move by a corrupt politician who is more interested in being reelected than doing what is best for the people. It reminds me of a scene in the 1975 blockbuster movie, JAWS, in which the Amity Island character, Mayor Larry Vaughn, decides to keep the beaches open for the July 4th weekend, leading to the death of five constituents. He’s still the mayor of the town in JAWS 2, so I guess those people didn’t get it. I can’t help wondering why they didn’t learn the lesson.

Half of our country doesn’t trust Trump. The other half cannot see the connection between DEATH and reopening beaches. Really? UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson got the message quickly after contracting the virus. He probably would have taken the matter much more seriously if the disease had hit him sooner. The COVID-19 death of Trump’s real estate buddy, Stanley Chera, has made Trump more frantic and angry about this virus he cannot control than empathy for the American healthcare and other workers doing all they can to  keep the rest of us alive. Is this president mentally ill? Sorry folks, but I must pose that question.

Our president says whatever he wants and many in Congress get onboard. Then, the next day, Trump reverses course and tramples his own words with tweets and rhetoric that are more destructive than helpful. Captain Bligh, in the Mutiny on the Bounty, suffered from a narcissistic personality disorder. Is Trump like him? We will probably never know for sure, but it’s abundantly clear that Fat Ass Golf Boy is totally unqualified and unfit to manage this crisis. He wants only to strike at enemies, both real and imagined, rather than calm and help the populous. What a fucking, inept human.

I wish I could ask Donald Trump this, “Do you know that the people around you are NOT TELLING THE TRUTH because they are afraid of you?” Next, I would ask him why he wears makeup. Yes, I know that seems like a silly question, but it’s a severe quirk we all can see. Like makeup, he’s involved in coverup every day. He’s insecure about the way he looks. I am not sure why he picked the color orange, but I guess that is better than black, which would have clashed with his fake, blonde-dyed hair.

Trump does many wrong things. His hype confuses people. A president recommending unproven medicines to the world is unethical. The lies he presents will hurt and kill people. I rarely agree with Piers Morgan, but his observation that this virus takes a different skill set than just running for office is right on the money. TV-pitchman Trump is incapable of managing a way out of this crisis. He’s a feeble man trying to exploit the COVID-19 crisis to get reelected. TOTAL LOSER!

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 shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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

 


DEATH VS. DOLLARS

Sophie’s Choice for Trump

You may be unfamiliar with the phrase Sophie’s choice. It refers to an extremely difficult decision a person must make. It describes a situation in which no outcome is preferable over the other. This can be either because both outcomes are equally desirable or equally undesirable. The saying became popular from a movie, adapted from William Styron’s novel of the same name. The character Sophie is forced to choose which of her two children would be sent to die while the other would live. Donald Trump, with the power of the presidency, is now facing such an exceedingly difficult choice.

I don’t believe our president grasps how his inactions have caused our COVID-19 crisis to be worse than it might have been. There is no evidence that Donald Trump cares about anything other than appearances and winning. He faces a decision to go for the dollars now and deal with the death later or take positive action to help people stay safe.

He has distanced himself from decisions and solutions just enough to say that this “Sophie’s choice” is not his, but a challenge for each state’s governor. When the most important decision is in front of him, he claims the governors must do the work and make the hard choices. His involvement will come only when he will berate them for failing. Trump has said he will “come down strongly” on anyone who makes a mistake, whatever the hell that means.

States Unite to Fight

I would feel much more confident if the person at the top could face every decision with honesty, transparency and intellectual gravitas. I hate conspiracy theories, but here is one I believe. Donald Trump tweeted out “LIBERATE Minnesota, Michigan, and Virginia” the other day. It’s not a theory, but clear that his words are whistles blown to his hardcore fans on the far right. I believe he is trying to bully the governors of swing states to open early and kill a bunch of people so he can then blame them. The “up to the governors” ploy was a preamble to Trump’s diabolical scheme, and it’s not at all farfetched, because we know Trump will do anything to win, even if killing people is part of the strategy.

Trump is manipulating radical groups to disrupt states that have taken the coronavirus threat seriously. He is inciting remnants of the tea party along with slimy new elements such as White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and self-serving militias. These groups hate Obama and Democrats. Their “don’t tread on me” philosophy includes vindictive racism and xenophobia, which Trump doesn’t even attempt to tamp down. This president never answers questions about racism and white supremacists correctly. He waves away any connection, while saying that the protestors appear to like him. REALLY? He sees a Trump/Pence flag being waved at a protest, yet he ignores the swastikas and other anti-American references these people carry?

Trump’s suggestive tweets to the three states is a message to these groups to disrupt the very guidelines his administration put into place. His vitriolic language is intended to harm Democrat governors with a maneuver to further divide our nation. He didn’t say LIBERATE ALABAMA or ARIZONA, because he doesn’t want every state to hurt their citizens, only the Democratically governed states. His lack of empathy is obvious and the energy he puts into watching TV, endlessly tweeting and constantly belittling and berating people is glaringly unproductive. He would have been fired long ago if he was employed by a public company. He’s a dirtbag, a scumbag, one could even say he’s a douchebag, but, hey, I am not here to call him bag-names, I just want to help you get angry enough to get rid of him.

It’s hard for me to be critical of the President of the United States while not seeming like I am a partisan, or worse, unpatriotic. I get that, but why would a president go out of his way to put people down in the middle of a global pandemic while constantly blaming others and inciting radical demonstrations against state leaders who are trying to keep people alive? Don’t you think it’s rather demonic to do all that while defunding the World Health Organization during a pandemic?

I have suffered financially in this COVID crisis, but I am willing to forgo that to help the country I love get over this crisis and succeed. Donald Trump is not willing to sacrifice anything to help our country. He has thwarted oversight of the bailout, he disregards the loss of life and he provides money, aid, and medical supplies only to those who kiss his ass. Using an expression Trump loves, “That’s really unfair.” He’s a selfish prick without the intellect or will to get us through this. His focus is on money, not pain. The dollar is his only priority, attendant deaths are just too fucking bad.

Last week Trump floated an idea about a daily two-hour radio show from the White House. REALLY? I thought the President was a terribly busy guy. I’m thinking of conservative pundit Ann Coulter. She called President Trump “lazy and incompetent.” Of course, that spat was about how slowly he was building his wall on the southern border. It didn’t last long. Coulter was attempting to manipulate Trump into doing what she wanted. Nonetheless, she was right in saying Trump is lazy, incompetent and doesn’t get much done. He may think he is working hard, standing at a microphone for two-hours and adlibbing his way through soft questions posed by a timid press corps, but he is just wasting time. There is no substance and little truth in his replies.

Donald Trump’s biggest sin as President has been his inability to act decisively. He has wasted time with the coronavirus epidemic. I’m tired of hearing people who can’t comprehend the timeline defend this man. I am sick of those stupid governors who believe what Trump says is true. They will learn a terrible lesson. When their actions create more death, they too will be on the unemployment line. VOTE ALL OF THESE GOOFBALLS OUT OF OFFICE. PLEASE!

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 shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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