When Donald Trump ran for President in 2016 I thought it was a joke. Americans were way too smart to elect such a sleazy, lying, self centered, pu**y grabber to the highest office in the land. In a small way I was right since, even with Russia's help, Trump was elected with less than half of the popular vote. Regardless, thanks to flaws in our antique voting system this guy is sitting in the White House just like Russia wanted. By now everyone with a few functioning brain cells knows that Trump is just a hateful con man who boosts his own ego by denigrating others. The problem is that he could actually be elected again! As Trump himself said "...I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay? It’s like incredible". It really is incredible, but history shows that blind loyalty to a right wing extremist with narcissistic personality disorder never ends well. Trump's supporters are obviously blind to the difference between truth and lies, and right and wrong. Like a white Taliban, they care only about their extremist ideals and themselves. This is definitely not the America I grew up in. The rise of the Trump party from the ashes of the former republican party combined with a gullible population may forever suppress America's national conscience. Without a conscience nothing can ever "make America great again".
As I write this reTrumplicans, including the holy hypocrites (AKA religious right), line up in blind support of this confirmed liar, bigot, racist, bully, and sexual predator. Even more than 10,796 confirmed false or misleading statements (AKA lies) he has told to them since taking office, with an average of 22 more every day, does not shake their loyalty. No person or group in history has damaged America's social fabric so profoundly. Marked by continuous chaos, instability, hate, and polarization, America's reputation and prestige around the world have been degraded to a laughing stock. Trump is now provoking a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, a renewed nuclear arms race between the U.S. and Russia, and trade and currency war with China. He recently took time out for a photo opportunity with a baby whose mother was murdered by a man acting on Trump's racist anti-immigrant rhetoric. Trump is truly a man with no ethics, morals, or humanity.
Intercepted private communications between the UK's ambassador and his superiors described Trump as inept, insecure, and incompetent. This was an unvarnished professional assessment by a diplomat from the UK, which is one of America's closest allies. One can only imagine how the rest of the world views Trump and the America that elected him. Chuck Park, State Department foreign service officer for ten years, wrote that he "worked to spread what (he) believed were American values: freedom, fairness and tolerance." "But more and more I found myself in a defensive stance, struggling to explain to foreign peoples the blatant contradictions at home". The world no longer trusts the U.S., and rightly so. For instance, Trump has failed to honor a number of international trade agreements, including some that he made himself! He is like a little kid who does something and then claims he did not do it. In a 73 year old man it's called habitual lying. Regardless, Trump remains the king of America's proudly ignorant specifically because they like his despicable traits.
A plaque on the Statue of Liberty says "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" Trump and his supporters have changed the basic character of America from one of inclusion and caring to one of exclusion and hate. The United States has gone from being a champion of human rights to an abuser. Separating children from their families, putting them in cages, and denying them basic hygiene for months on end is representative of what America has become. There is certainly a crisis on the southern border, but why do you think it is so much worse than it has ever been? It is because Trump cut humanitarian aid to the desperately poor places these migrants are coming from, thereby forcing families to flee. Maybe Trump did this in order to create a crisis so he can get money to build his insane border wall. Hmmm. Wasn't Mexico going to pay for that?
Trump, his party, and supporters are literally waging a war on nature and America's environment, destroying it as fast as is possible. It is hard to imagine why these people have such contempt for nature and an environment that supports their lives and provides literally everything they have. The reason is pure and unbridled selfishness and greed. Trump has drastically weakening protections for endangered species, clean air, and clean water, recently deciding to destroy the Bristol Bay Alaska fishery by allowing mining in this untouched region. Because of the bay's remote environment away from industrial development, and its healthy, largely untouched watershed, Bristol Bay is a vital refuge for both oceanic and freshwater fish species, until now. But that's not all. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Bear's Ears and Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monuments, countless square miles of other public lands and America's coastlines are all being destroyed as you read this, mostly for oil and mineral extraction. Trump has put the heads of polluting corporations in charge of the agencies charged with protecting America's environment, and like him they have no appreciation for anything except money. In the meantime scientists around the world are finding that climate change is happening faster than anyone predicted, and is likely to cause worldwide food shortages and massive human migrations in the next 80 years. Trump's America clings to the past, doubles down on dirty fossil fuels, destroys the environment looking for more, and eviscerates our national parks and monuments, while the rest of the world is trying to head away from disaster toward a cleaner and greener future. Eleven countries have already enacted laws to completely phase out fossil fueled vehicles. Many auto makers plan to stop production of fossil fueled or gasoline-only vehicles long before those bans go into effect. Analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance have predicted that in 20 years more than half of all new cars sold will be electric, and Colin McKerracher, head of advanced transport for BNEF has said "We see a real possibility that global sales of conventional passenger cars have already passed their peak". With Trump's energy policies it is only a matter of time before the rest of the world will see America only in their rear view mirrors, leading the way in obsolete and destructive technologies to produce fuel that nobody wants, with our last vestiges of nature in shambles because of it.
You may have noticed that it is not just the left side of the political spectrum that is unhappy with Trump. Former Secretary of Defense and republican senator Chuck Hagel has stated that Trump "is not equipped on any level to be President of the United States." Former Secretary of Defense and republican senator William Cohen said that Trump "has taken a wrecking ball to every pillar of stability and security we have erected over the past 60 to 70 years", and is unfit to be Commander in Chief. Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, a Republican, said Trump's decision to shrug off the premeditated murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi "took our nation to a very low level. In essence what the President was saying is if you lavish praise on me and spend a lot of money with our country, we will turn our head as it relates to you killing journalists and doing other things." For Trump it is always about praise and money to feed his enormous ego, even if it means protecting a brutal murderer. Retired General Stanley McChrystal characterizes Trump as immoral and dishonest. Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters referred to Trump as a draft-dodging coward with a big mouth. I could go on, but unless you voted for Trump I'm sure you get the idea.
Regardless of whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, there is incontrovertible evidence that Russia influenced the 2016 election and they wanted Trump in the White House. There were, and are, armies of Russian trolls on social media platforms spreading false rumors about Trump's opponent. It is now known that many radical right news outlets, like Fox and even shadier "alt right" websites, published stories based on "fake news" that originated in Russia's intelligence community. All of this was to fulfill Putin's desire to put Trump in office. That fact alone should make everyone wonder why Putin was so determined to get Trump elected. A wild guess would be that Russia wanted to do massive damage to America without firing a shot. If so, they accomplished their goal. If America recovers it will take years to repair our standing in the world. In the meantime numerous countries are getting much more friendly with Russia and China. Trump is already trying to delegitimize the 2020 election, perhaps so he can refuse to step down if defeated. The White House stated that Trump withdrew sanctions on North Korea because "The President likes Kim". This is the same Kim who had numerous people, including his own uncle, executed with anti-aircraft guns and then had their ripped apart bodies incinerated with flame throwers. Maybe that's what Trump likes about Kim. Kim is the feared dictator with small hands and bad haircut that Trump longs to be. We'll have to wait and see. Trump remains the only American President to not have daily intelligence briefings so he can create racist tweets and stay out of touch with reality.
For the time being Trump has stopped tweeting insults about dead American war heroes and their families so he can disparage American cities. In the meantime America is still learning that electing a white supremacist to the office of President emboldens other white supremacists. Some go out and kill people. 253 U.S. cities have experienced mass shootings in the first 8 months of 2019. There are sure to be more and no one, least of all the sad sack reTrumplicans, will do anything about it. Like the human turtle Mitch Mcconnell they are slaves to the NRA. Guns are more important to them than lives, and lives don't matter unless they are fetuses, or their own.
Word of the Day: Fascism (/ˈfaʃɪz(ə)m/): a form of radical, right-wing, authoritarian ultranationalism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and strong regimentation of society and of the economy. Extreme authoritarian, oppressive, or intolerant views or practices. Benito Mussolini, Hirohito, and Adolf Hitler led fascist movements in the 1930s. Donald Trump leads one today. These and every other infamous fascist dictator began as populists who enjoyed unflinching support from their base. Sound familiar?
Here is an interesting read that explains why Trump and his party have blocked studies of global warming, gun deaths, and countless other things.
Trump is the first president since Franklin Roosevelt to not have a science advisor, perhaps because real facts might get in the way of his goals. Or perhaps just because he is stupid. Regarding climate change Trump stated "One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence, but we're not necessarily such believers. You look at our air and our water, and it's right now at a record clean." Huh? Is Trump such a super being that he can see clear and odorless gases like carbon dioxide that fuel climate change? Does Trump really think clean looking air and water are somehow related to climate change? (Hint: they are not.) Scientists are finding microscopic bits of plastic, from tap water and bottled drinking water, in the brains of people. Is that clean looking water actually clean? Does Trump not know the central Pacific is a soup of microplastic particles? Did Trump flunk English class? Trump has also said "I have a gut and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else's brain can ever tell me." Not only is that sentence worthy of a solid C minus in any second grade English class, it also gives us great insight into how Trump operates. He does not know anything and does not listen to anyone who might. The only thing that is clear from any of this is that Trump is a true ignoramus with an extremely high opinion of himself, and a far bigger danger to America than illegal aliens.
On the Friday after Thanksgiving in 2018 the Trump administration released a mandated US government report on climate change that delivers a dire warning about our future. That day was chosen for the report's release because everyone is distracted by Black Friday shopping and holiday festivities. With no scientific knowledge or evidence Trump says he does not believe the report prepared by 1000 people, including 300 leading scientists, roughly half of whom are from outside the government. This scientifically illiterate dinosaur actually thinks a record cold day, week, or month on the east coast means there is no climate problem. References to things like clean and renewable energy and climate change have been wiped from the government vocabulary and websites. As the rest of the world progresses to shape the future and avert catastrophe America regresses into the past. Trump has "drained the swamp" and filled it with his own brand of slime from the world of crony capitalism in an orgy of unbridled greed. Even if one believes that Trump is a good businessman in spite of all his bankruptcies, there is no doubt that he is a complete failure as a decent human being, and as President.