When Donald Trump ran for President in 2016 I truly thought it was a joke. I thought Americans were too smart to elect a dishonest, immoral, and self centered pu**y grabber to the highest office in the land. I was wrong. The saddest and most disturbing aspect of Trump's win is the fact that so many Americans could not see through his nearly transparent facade of legitimacy. By now (late March 2019) everyone with a few functioning brain cells knows that Trump is nothing more than a hateful con man who lies as easily as he breathes, but 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 that so many Americans have sunken that low. They don't care about the difference between truth and lies or right and wrong. Like Trump, they care about winning at any cost. This is not the America I grew up in, but it probably is the America I will die in. With the rise of the Trump party from ashes of the former republican party, a large portion of America's population might never regain a sense of right and wrong. Without that no President can ever "make America great again".
As I write this reTrumplicans, including the religious right, line up in blind support of a confirmed liar, racist, bully, and sexual predator. Even the 8,158 false or misleading statements he made to them since taking office does not shake their loyalty. No group in history has damaged America's social fabric so profoundly. Marked by continuous chaos, instability, and polarization, America's reputation and prestige around the world have been degraded to that of a laughing stock. One can only hope that America is strong enough to survive.
While Trump's America clings to the past and doubles down on dirty petroleum and coal, the rest of the world is leading the way to a cleaner low carbon future. For instance, eleven countries have already enacted laws to phase out fossil fueled vehicles and many auto makers plan to stop production of fossil fueled or gasoline-only vehicles long before these bans go into effect. Without dramatic changes it is only a matter of time until the rest of the world can only see America in their rear view mirrors.
It's 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, 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 Trump was the person they wanted in the White House. That alone should make everyone wonder why Russia picked him. Nothing else could do this much as much damage to America's foundation without firing a shot. If America recovers it will take years to repair the damage Trump and his supporters have caused. Trump is already trying to delegitimize the 2020 election, perhaps so he can refuse to step down if defeated. If that happens he and his friend Kim Jong Un, the other dictator with a bad haircut, can celebrate together. The White House now says that Trump withdrew newly imposed sanctions on North Korea because "The President likes Kim". Kim had numerous people, including his own uncle, executed with anti-aircraft guns that ripped their bodies to shreds, and then had their bodies incinerated with flame throwers. Maybe that's what Trump likes about him. But, we'll have to wait and see. The Trump - Kim bromance can happen only if Trump takes time away from tweeting insults about dead American war heroes and their families.
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 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.