Monday, February 6, 2017


Donald Trump is a liar. Everyday he has done something that in effect sells out the people who voted for him. His so called "swamp draining" has resulted in the nomination of no less than six former or current Goldman Sachs executives, and most of his nominees are billionaires. Several of them are totally unqualified to run the agencies they will be expected to administer. Some have vowed to abolish the very agency they will be running. His nominee to head up the EPA has sued the agency at least a dozen times, and some of the suits are still unresolved. In effect, he will be suing himself. 

Now Trump accuses the judge, and the judiciary in general, of putting the country in danger with the ruling to stay his immigration ban. 


First: Trump would have us believe that immigrants, including refugees, are flooding into the country unchecked. That is total bullshit. Refugees in particular are vetted thoroughly often taking anywhere from 18 months to over 2 years to get approved. Even with that, only about 15% to 20% of those applying actually gain entry.

Second: Trump claims that this stay is giving bad "hombres" an opportunity to take advantage of it and slip in unnoticed. That is stupid bullshit! Anyone who was apt to be stopped under Trump's order would be stopped and interrogated in any case. Anyone who would not have been stopped before Trump's order would not likely be stopped under it.

Trump can require all the "extreme vetting" he wants, and it almost certainly will have no greater effect against terrorists bent on killing Americans on our soil than the system that currently exists. 

Trump is a con man. Everything he involves himself with is a con. He is conning all of us. He is the ultimate narcissist, and frankly, I believe him to be a megalomaniac. 

He envies Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un because they wield great and unquestioned power. Consider how Trump responds any time he is criticized or denied anything. He goes ballistic; becomes unhinged, and goes on one of his Tweeting binges.

Pretty much his entire adult life he has been the unquestioned boss. Anything and everything he wanted, he got. But now, he has more than half the population hating his guts. Pretty much all congressional democrats despise him, and most republicans, who have aligned with him, have done so for solely political reasons, not because they like him. Even his staff has started leaking shit out of the White House, because there is so little organization, and it's quite likely that their boss has proven to be the total asshole to them as he has pretty much been to everyone else. 

He defames the press with the intent to silence it. Hitler did the same. I'm not overstating that. Note that the press is the only business mentioned in our Constitution. The founders understood the vital role the press plays in holding our government accountable. It serves as a check on all of the branches of our government. Again, Trump wants to silence it. Why? 

He wants to be our first dictator. He hotly desires the same unquestioned power enjoyed by Putin and Kim Jong Un.The things he has said and done that point in that direction are legion. 

Sadly, Trumpsters are still in their adoring mode. They believe him to be sent to them by god; that he is destined to be our savior; that he will deliver our country from evil. They believe he can say and do no wrong, even though much of what he says and does is either a complete lie or insane... or both.

Going on two years now, pretty much everyone has underestimated and/or misunderstood Trump. Some of his success has been luck, but much of it has been calculated. As repugnant as he is, he is not stupid. He knows how to manipulate people. He manipulated the press. He was the shiny object. The media fawned over him, on the one hand considering him to be rather a joke, but on the other, Hey! he drew the big numbers. His republican opposition never had a clue. He played them all like a fiddle. In his campaign he appealed to the lowest common denominator sucking voters in in droves. 

So, as long as we stay in our disbelief mode, as long as we still expect him to "pivot" into some semblance of a normal president, we will eventually rue the day. It ain't gonna happen folks.