Demented Man Behind the Curtain

Donald John Trump is an endangered species. If we were watching a TV show, this villain would escape from the prison/hospital to infect the populace and create a zombie apocalypse. You know, that’s not far afield from where we are now.  Trump is doing everything he can to hurt people, and it’s astounding that old-line Republicans are looking the other way. They are complicit and have lost all control of their dark, dumb, spellbinding cult leader.

I tried to muster some sympathy for the orange pumpkin, but his words and actions have more than angered me. I get it. He’s a showman with all available gray matter directed at his next stunt. This pompous desire for publicity comes at any cost, even his own life. It’s almost as if he has a death wish, but there’s a bigger problem. He’s willing to kill you to get want he wants. I have zero sympathy for this derelict, damaged man.

Here is an idea to consider after all this is said and done. The doctors who attend to the President’s health should NOT be part of the military. That’s patently unamerican. They are under his command and, in this case, are obviously being manipulated for political gain. Shameful.

Now we learn that the White House disagrees with the CDC guidelines and will not permit them to do their job with contract tracing of those who attended recent political events that turned out to be super spreaders. The West Wing is riddled with positive COVID-19 cases, and Trump has decided to go back into his den of disease, mask-less. There are those political figures who repeat, “Nothing to worry about, I’ve been tested.” Getting tested doesn’t mean you are immune; it just indicates that you are negative AT THAT MOMENT. Constant testing does not protect a person. These people are more than idiots; they are putting themselves in harm’s way. Do they, too, have a death wish?

One of the things Donald Trump repeated to famed reporter Bob Woodward is that he wants to play the virus down which, in a sense, is a denial device. Every now and again we all use that trick to fool ourselves. When I see a young person smoking a cigarette, I often toss a snarky remark like, “You know, those things can kill you?” The person usually looks up and says, “I know. I’ve been trying to quit.” It’s immoral using lies to numb citizens to a threat against their health and life. I don’t care about Donald Trump. I just want to reduce unnecessary death in my country.

I don’t want Donald Trump’s opinions on anything. I wouldn’t let him handle my money, I wouldn’t permit him anywhere near my family and I certainly wouldn’t trust him with my health and life. For him to portray himself as an expert on anything, other than being a Trump, is pure fantasy. I have never liked him, respected him, trusted him nor wanted him anywhere near the leadership of this country. From his first day in office, he has demonstrated his lack of concern with the commonwealth and common good of our people. He’s a fool, an ass, a halfwit, a nincompoop, a dunce, a dolt, an ignoramus, a moron, an imbecile, a dope, a dullard and a douche bag. You get the picture.

According to Donald’s first wife, Ivana, Trump studied Adolf Hitler’s speeches in bed at night. Maybe that can help explain his reluctance to putting down Neo-Nazis and white supremacists in this country. Trump admitted to Bob Woodward that he likes the tyrants more than the allies. Why? He couldn’t answer that.

In 1927, Donald Trump’s father was arrested after a Ku Klux Klan riot in Queens, New York. Newspaper articles list Fred Trump, of 175-24 Devonshire Road, as one of those arrested. According to the US Census, Fred C. Trump lived there with his mother. Was Donald’s father a devotee of the KKK or just an everyday Nazi sympathizer, or did he just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time? There is evidence that Donald’s father was anti-Semitic, racist and pro-Nazi. Did his son acquire those biases?

Many of us have been in a car with a driver who had too much to drink. The first thing we try to do is get that person to allow someone else to drive. Typically, they are belligerent and difficult and cannot process warnings about dangers on the road ahead. Right now, we have a drooling drunk behind the wheel of the White House who is hopped up on steroids and other COVID meds and he’s not about to relinquish the wheel. Trump says he’s never used drugs, but his grand hospital escape proves that he shouldn’t be left alone with those drugs. He’s addicted to fame, and the steroids will only amplify that human flaw.

Many of the Donald’s supporters are walking away now. The stock market hates uncertainty, but I hate insanity, especially in a person when rules my life. Trump isn’t personally controlling me right now, but if he gets reelected there is no telling what he will do next. I am certain America can never maintain its greatness and regain health with Donald Trump in the White House. If I could push a button to remove him right now … ah, already pressed, didn’t work, yet.

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Anthony Scaramucci vs. Steve Bannon

Myths, such as Newton’s apple and George Washington’s truth about cutting down a cherry tree, remain in our consciousness. Trump forges fictions every day. He says something that isn’t true, repeatedly, and some people believe it. He believes windmills cause cancer but offers no evidence or facts to back up his idiotic premise.

In his latest saga, Trump failed to disqualify the concept known as QAnon. This far-right conspiracy theory group claims there is a secret plot by an alleged “deep state” against President Donald Trump and his supporters. The theory began with an October 2017 post on the anonymous imageboard 4chan by “Q”, who was presumably an American individual which probably became a group of people. Trump says he knows “very little about them,” but knows they like him very much. That wasn’t an endorsement but it planted a seed. By the way if the “deep state” QAnon fears is so powerful why is Trump still president?

One of the major problems of our 45th President is he’s not smart enough to understand the difference between a myth and the truth. Q said that Hillary Clinton was the leader of a ring of pedophiles that were sacrificing children in the basement of a D.C. pizza place. You might have thought that QAnon would be discredited after one of its followers was arrested trying to gun his way into the pizza joint, but that didn’t happen. To the contrary, the appeal of QAnon and its number of followers have increased.

When spoon fed simplified examples of partial facts without details, our minds often run wild. We gobble up preposterous theories to make us feel better about things we cannot understand.

Our President cannot accept basic theories, equations or facts and he will never change. Trump would deny gravity if he thought his base believed it was a hoax. I can imagine he would even push a member of his cabinet off a 20-story building to prove he was right. Looking at the splat on the concrete he would claim the person was obviously a member of the “deep state.” He’s already denied the severity of a virus.

Donald Trump has never understood the word, asymptomatic. He honestly believes that if an asymptomatic person tests positive for COVID-19, they are safe to be around. That is idiotic and could lead to the “leader” of the free world being put on a ventilator at Walter Reed. I’m not wishing for that, just saying.

Someone I have grown to sincerely respect is Anthony Scaramucci. In his economic speeches, the Mooch talks about asymmetric information as it’s applied to business. This is also known as “information failure.” It typically occurs when one party in an economic transaction possesses greater knowledge than the other party. We have a massive information failure in our country and it’s all Donald Trump’s fault.

Clearly the doctors on the White House pandemic task force have much more information about and experience with viruses than Donald Trump, who is controlling every transaction concerning the virus attack on our country. If this is the “art of the deal,” I’m not buying it.  Bad advice has led to more death. Now we learn that a significant voice of reason has been hospitalized, Dr. Anthony Fauci. He’s having polyps removed from his larynx. That why he has that raspy voice we’ve all grown to love.

Another fact that plopped on our desk today was the arrest of former Trump advisor Steve Bannon. According to the Fox News website, “The DOJ indictment states that Bannon and co-defendant Brian Kolfage told the public that they were a ‘volunteer organization’ and that 100% of the money raised would go toward their stated goal, which was to raise money for the federal government to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.” The federal government had nothing to do with it.

DOJ Drains Swamp

The Department of Justice believes those representations were false and the indictment lays out the case that Kolfage, Bannon, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea raised upward of $25 million and then paid themselves. Bannon, they allege, received more than $1 million through the nonprofit. The two most important members of the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort and Steve Bannon are cons, just like their boss.

Anthony Scaramucci is a smart guy. He graduated from Harvard with a law degree. Steve Bannon has master’s degrees from Georgetown University and Harvard. That is where the comparison stops. Scaramucci is probably a closet Democrat. Bannon was a Navy guy who moved to the far right during the Gulf War. He’s just like Roger Stone, a person who believes the end justifies the means. Bannon is an ideolog, while Scaramucci sees the world through realistic, hard, cold facts.

Knowledge is power in an asymmetrical world. Stunts that fall short, like building a wall without the legal right to do so, are doomed to fail. A portion of the show-wall Bannon’s organization built was washed away because it was constructed too close to the Rio Grande River. Maybe they didn’t have enough money to do a good job or they never intended to build that wall.

We Build The Wall FRAUD

If one person involved in a transaction possesses greater knowledge than their partner, the “other party” is at a disadvantage. While we are at 173,000 coronavirus deaths, I am sure there is a big pow-wow in the Oval Office to discuss how to handle a judge’s ruling on Trump’s tax records, the arrest of Steve Bannon and how Trump should attempt to tweet away the increasing strength of Joe Biden. No part of those deliberations will help save American lives. What a damn waste of time and a total disgrace.

Trump is a symptomatic carrier of a dangerous hate virus which is infecting frail minds and fascists. Donald John Trump tests totally positive for the disease. Scaramucci was fired because he told the truth about Steve Bannon. Remember what he said that got him canned? It happened during what the Mooch thought was an off-the-record conversation with the New Yorker magazine, “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock! I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”

In the end, little Antony was right. Bannon was just worrying about Bannon and used Donald Trump to gain power, just like Kellyanne Conway and the rest of those sucking sycophants. They are all liars and they will eventually have their days in court, the sooner the better. Deliver the indictments!

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“That’s not enforceable”

On national TV last night, President Donald John Trump used the words, “It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better,” and with that one phrase he invalidated weeks of words attempting to downplay the crisis, even going so far as calling the whole matter a hoax. He added, “We’re asking everybody that when you are not able to socially distance, wear a mask, get a mask. Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact, they’ll have an effect and we need everything we can get.” I’ll ignore the poor construct of the English language. but Donny Boy is going to piss off the far-right, and Fox News will have to rewrite all their anointment scripts and routines. Gee, do they now point out that Trump was wrong all along, or do they just smile and praise him for his quick action to bolster his poor poll numbers?

Many of our state governors have now created a lame-ass justification for their inaction on signing a law to mandate masks. “That’s not enforceable,” they say. Why? I have never seen weaker, less compassionate governance in America. Governors have no problem calling up the National Guard when a disaster hits their states, so why can’t they act to keep people safer? Is it because of a vague notion that people will comply with a regulation only if it can be compelled by law enforcement? What about seat belts, smoking in public locations and having a driver’s license? Heck, in my county I cannot cut down a tree in my yard without replacing it with a tree of equal girth. That could cost me more than $1,000, but is it enforceable? The county can’t possibly know every tree.

Trump will still NOT sign an executive order because he’s a chicken-shit president. I can imagine what Teddy Roosevelt would say if were alive, “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” He did speak those words, and he was right. Trump has failed America by not trying to help us. What advice might President John Kennedy have given to Donald Trump? Perhaps, “There are risks and costs to action, but they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction.” Abraham Lincoln would whisper in the Donald’s ear, “The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”

Of course, what those leaders would say to Trump in private would likely contain harsh language and possibly profanity; well, maybe not Lincoln. I am curious how long Trump’s thoughtful stance on the COVID-19 crisis will last. Later today will he revert to whiny diatribes about how great things were before China unleashed this terrible “plague” on America?

Trump has decided that China created a pandemic to hurt him and will start to paint them as the enemy that he, and he alone, can conquer. The Donald insists he has a great relationship with President Xi. I would replace “great” with “dysfunctional” because Xi doesn’t tell Trump the truth. I am disturbed that no one from the media asks our president this question, “Why do you keep scolding Xi for not containing the virus when you have been unable to contain it here?”

There is no proof that any country can totally stop this virus. We saw what happened in Sweden. They killed a lot of older, weaker citizens in their mythical desire for “herd immunity.” We saw karma win in Brazil when their leader made fun of the virus.  Not only did their President get the virus, but their COVID data is horrible.  Brazil has confirmed 2.17 million known cases, with 81,597 deaths.

Trump blaming China for not “stopping the curse in its tracks” is verbiage for a speech but it’s not based on any science or knowledge about how viruses work. You cannot build a wall to stop a virus. Trump claimed to prevent Chinese citizens from entering the USA, but in fact many traveled here. Here’s a New York Times headline from April 4, 2020, “430,000 People Have Traveled From China to U.S. Since Coronavirus Surfaced.” They detailed 1,300 direct flights to 17 cities before President Trump’s travel restrictions. Since that so-called “ban,” nearly 40,000 Americans and other travelers from China made the trip. Their greeting upon arrival was spotty screening, at best. Trump is either lying or totally unaware of these facts. I’ll go with lying.

Donald Trump is incapable of understanding complex matters and situations. Someone should have taken the orange dumbbell into his private dining room and explained it this way, “Imagine that you have five men and five women sharing a cottage for a week of swinging and debauchery. You, Donald Trump, are one of the men. During the vacation you learn that one of the men in the party has a deadly venereal disease, but his identity cannot be disclosed because of a health privacy law known as HIPAA.”

Trump now considers his options. Should he get a nurse to come to the cabin and test everyone? He thinks no, because the more we test the worse it will seem. I’m extremely strong and healthy and I’ll use protection, but I don’t have enough for everyone so I will protect only myself. The next day the disease has spread to eight of the ten people. Trump thinks it’s going to worse before it gets better, but he’s fine because he’s protected. Next, he gets a fever and realizes he was the source of the sickness. He leaves the campsite to get help at a hospital. He asks another to explain the problem to all the campers so he can avoid facing them. Trump doesn’t even remember how many people he screwed.

I’ll end this post with REALITY. Trump’s change in tone has nothing to do with caring, empathy or knowledge. Kellyanne Conway wrote that announcement to counter the polling crisis, not the pandemic problem.

Trump is a fool. He’ll defund education, healthcare insurance and money for testing. He will attempt to close the CDC and will avoid all good tactics because he’s cares about himself only. God save the nation from this sloth with fake, thin skin.

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St. Valentine’s Massacre

Trump Exposed by General Flynn

One of the great things about a free press is that they don’t stop doing their job when they are attacked. Those who work in the press have to learn the craft of journalism. The fourth estate, and now the fifth estate, have a purpose in Democracy. That purpose was codified by the founding fathers.

Retired Lt. General Michael Flynn exposed President Trump as a slow moving, unaware and non-detailed oriented “learning on the job” leader. Flynn violated the Logan Act and the President learned of this on January 26 and waited twenty-days to act. Trump’s spokespeople seem to be bumping into their own claims. At this point, Sean Spicer is nothing more than a visual pun and Kellyanne Conway has no credibility. Thanks to the Washington Post for doing their job.

While this “shit storm” is happening in the administration, Trump wastes his valuable time with Twitter adding layers of uninformed chatter and tacky vague innuendo. The President’s legal advisors may think they are there to protect the POTUS from unnecessary legal actions, but what they fail to do is to inform their client of the most important part of this mess. TWEETS are legal documents and be used in court against the President and could damage relations with other nations.

Trump has been exposed as a feckless leader with a monumental lack of perspective or knowledge of how basic governance works. Flynn liked Trump, Trump likes people who like him. The General was a tough-rouge general who Colin Powell described as a “right-wing nutty.” But Trump thinks tough style and great nick names are the only substance he needs to put people into his administration.

It’s time for President Donald J. Trump to start his “extreme vetting” in his own house first. How can he claim to love this country so much, but continue to appoint and nominate such mediocre and un-empathic characters to the departments and councils they are predisposed to not like? You have been exposed by your actions Mr. President. The confusion and the disparate positions that are sprouting from your many spokespeople make it seem like you are out of touch with your own people.