Category Archives: Donald Trump

Oh, the hypocrisy!

I just watched a video depicting a fellow named Frank Schaeffer, who describes himself as a formerly religious individual who has become a “progressive.”

He excoriates the militia who stormed the Michigan state capitol, demanding that Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reopen the state she had closed to fight the coronavirus. He also blasts Donald Trump for demanding that Whitmer meet with the armed militia, who he describes as criminals and thugs, to discuss their demands.

Schaeffer asks a perfectly pertinent question. If it’s good for Gov. Whitmer to meet with armed militia, why not allow them to storm the White House and meet with the president?

Schaeffer also noted that the White House is guarded by Secret Service sharpshooters who would shoot to kill anyone who walked onto the White House grounds.

Indeed, this individual — Frank Schaeffer — has posed a perfectly legitimate question. The armed militia festooned with swastikas and Confederate flags have no business presenting themselves in such a threatening manner to state government officials. What’s more, the president of the United States shouldn’t be enabling them to continue this outrageous behavior by suggesting they meet with an elected official.

Check it out. It’s worth your time.

Hoping to be able to look with respect again at president

We are enmeshed in a global health crisis the likes of which very few of us ever have witnessed.

The last global pandemic to sweep the planet occurred while the nation was fighting World War I and, yes, there are a small number of centenarians who have a fleeting memory of the measles pandemic that killed millions of Americans.

Still, we also are facing a presidential election near the end of this year. I am trying the best I can to look ahead without taking my eye off the current crisis that has killed nearly 70,000 Americans.

I am longing for a return to a time when I can look with respect at the president of the United States. The current president never has won my trust, so it is difficult to say he “lost” my trust during this crisis, given that there was no trust for Donald Trump to lose in the first place.

I want to be crystal clear. When I refer to “respect for the president,” I refer only to the individual who holds the office. I continue to revere the presidency. The office commands all our respect. However, when I look at the individual sitting in the office — now that he has demonstrated beyond all manner of doubt his unfitness for that office — I am filled with horror and dread.

The juxtaposition of the coronavirus pandemic and the upcoming election only pulls the two events into sharp relief.

Trump had the opportunity to rise to the level of a leader. He could have executed his duties as comforter, consoler, unifier. He has failed miserably on all three and then some! He casts the health crisis almost solely in economic terms, hoping for all he’s worth that the economy will rebound in time for Trump to reap some political reward.

This con man/carnival barker/charlatan/fraud offers next to zero words of comfort to those who suffer. Listen to his comments about how “no one is more concerned about the death” than he is; listen to him follow that with the very next sentence that says “by the same token, we have to worry” about the economy.

This guy sickens me.

I want the next election to give us a leader who can behave with dignity and grace. It looks as though Joe Biden will be Trump’s foe this fall. Fine. I’m all in … now! I wasn’t in the beginning of this campaign, but given what we are witnessing from the Liar in Chief, I most certainly have become what you might call a Bidenista.

Those critics of this blog will laugh with scorn at what I will say next, but … whatever. I am truly weary of speaking so ill of the president. I want to be able to speak with high praise of the individual who serves as our head of state.

The current individual just can’t cut it. Nor will he ever cut it.

Not happy criticizing Trump

You may choose to either believe or disbelieve what I want to share in this brief blog post … it matters not one bit which way you go with it.

This blog’s fairly relentless criticism of Donald John Trump is not something I actually enjoy delivering. It’s just that I feel I must say these things about a man I consider to be the most fundamentally unfit human being ever elected to the presidency, at least in my lifetime.

I was born during the Harry Truman years. I lived through Dwight Eisenhower’s two terms, John F. Kennedy’s brief tenure, Lyndon Johnson’s tumultuous tenure, Richard Nixon’s scandal-ridden time, Gerald Ford’s healing of the nation, Jimmy Carter’s single term, Ronald Reagan’s two-term “Morning in America,” George H.W. Bush’s history-making single term, Bill Clinton’s successful two terms, George W. Bush’s call to war against terror and Barack Obama’s time that brought economic recovery.

They all had public service in their background. They all brought something of value to this exalted office. I didn’t vote for all of these men, dating back to Richard Nixon’s 1972 re-election, the first time I was eligible to vote. They all understood government and were able to talk intelligently and coherently about how it works.

Then we got Donald Trump. His presidency will go down in flames, either at this year’s election or later if — heaven forbid — he wins re-election. There is not a single thing this guy is likely to do that would change the equation.

He lies incessantly. Trump talks to us with language that sounds as if it comes from the mouth of a seventh-grade playground bully. He is incoherent, inarticulate, totally devoid of compassion and understanding. Trump has no gauge that allows him to relate to human beings’ suffering.

I take no pleasure in leveling this criticism at Trump. Really, I  do not.

I love this country. I went to war for this country. I want the best for it. I want the United States to prosper and to thrive. Yes, we’re heading for a crippling recession brought by circumstances of no one’s making … but worsened by Donald Trump’s indecision, his ineptness and his incompetence in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

So help me, though, I will continue to write critically of this individual. I will get angry on occasion. You can bet on it.

I just want you to understand that I do so with no joy. As Trump would say: Believe me.

One of Trump’s ‘best people’?

I want you to ponder the image you see with this blog post.

The fellow on the right is Vince McMahon, the head of World Wrestling Entertainment. He is a friend of Donald John Trump, the current president of the United States.

McMahon has just been named to a task force charged with trying to find solutions to how the nation can reopen for business in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Yes, the guy who is mooning someone in the middle of a wrestling ring is going to be among the so-called “best people” that Donald Trump promised to associate with as he governed the greatest country on Earth.

Just something to consider.

Trump wants his name to appear on stimulus checks? Huh?

This just in: That rotten SOB who masquerades as our president wants to ensure his name appears on the paper stimulus checks that will be mailed out to millions of Americans.

It turns out that Donald Trump is not authorized to sign the checks, which means that they will be delayed in getting to Americans. Why? Because the president insists on putting his name on them.

What is this guy trying to do?

Good grief! This petty bit of self-aggrandizement only inflicts more hardship in this health crisis/pandemic on those who need the money sooner rather than later to help them through job loss, pending mortgage payments, car payments, student loan payments.

And for what purpose? Because the president wants his name on a document he isn’t authorized to sign.

What an astonishing piece of sh**!

Rethinking how to refer to POTUS

I am giving thought to changing the manner in which I should refer to the president of the United States.

For many years prior to entering politics, Donald John Trump was known simply as The Donald. He cultivated that moniker. He thought it was cool, I reckon.

I cannot for the ever-lovin’ life of me attach the word “President” in front of his last name. Yes, he was elected under the rules of the U.S. Constitution. I do not dispute the Electoral College victory he scored over Hillary Rodham Clinton, despite his losing the actual vote by nearly 3 million ballots.

It’s been his conduct as president that makes me shudder. It has been the hideous extemporaneous riffs into which he launches when he stands before his adoring fans. I happened to attend a Donald Trump rally in downtown Dallas this past summer. It was at the same time both fascinating and disgusting. I met some truly nice people wearing MAGA hats and t-shirts bearing “Trump 2020” lettering.

I sat through the rally for as long as I could inside the American Airlines Center. Then I left. I drove home. I can now say I attended a Donald Trump rally

However, he hasn’t earned the title of “President” before his name … at least on this blog.

I might revert to referring to him as The Donald. Hey, it worked for him when he was making all that money and living with that glitzy glam, while he was walking into beauty pageant contestants’ dressing rooms and while he was boasting how he could grab women by their pu*** because his celebrity status enabled him to act like a total boor.

Has this guy elevated his public profile while serving as president of the United States? Has he risen to the standards his high office demands? Hardly. He’s just The Donald.

We’re perplexed, too, Mitch

Wow! I gotta tell ya, Mitch. A lot of us out here today, at this moment, are “completely and utterly perplexed” as well.

We are perplexed by the view of those who insist that abuse of power and obstruction of Congress “are not high crimes and misdemeanors.”

You, Mr. Senate Majority Leader, are among those who continue to deny what is patently obvious to many of us out here in the hinterland.

Donald Trump has violated his formerly sacred oath of office. He needs to go.

Cult of personality has captured the GOP

Donald Trump’s delusion is boundless.

He has embraced a new public opinion that suggests that today’s Republicans rate him a greater president than — get ready for it — Abraham Lincoln.

Sigh …

No, Mr. President, you aren’t. No matter what GOP faithful voters say today, Donald Trump in no way, shape or fashion can be compared favorably to President Lincoln, the man held up as the gold standard for Republican Party policy.

They called it the Party of Lincoln for good reason. He fought to preserve the Union against forces that sought to tear the country apart over slavery. Yes, that battle cost him his life when John Wilkes Booth shot him to death at the end of the Civil War. His fight was the most noble cause imaginable, given the context of the time.

What will the Party of Trump stand for when all is said about it? Let’s try, oh, insult, innuendo, chaos, confusion, betrayal of international allies, cozying up to dictators and, oh yes, impeachment.

That’s all I’ve got on this bit of fantasy.

Except this: I would be willing to wager real American money that they won’t build a memorial on the Washington, D.C. Mall in Donald Trump’s honor.

Let the fecal matter hit the fan

Well now. That went about the way observers had predicted it would go.

Almost all House Democrats voted today in favor of a congressional resolution to proceed with an impeachment inquiry into Donald J. Trump; all House Republicans voted against it. One former Republican who’s now an independent cast his vote in favor of the measure.

What happens now?

The House of Representatives will proceed with its inquiry into whether the president committed impeachable offenses by soliciting a foreign government for personal political help and/or whether he has sought to cover up that allegation. Let’s toss in an abuse of power allegation and an obstruction of justice charge as well.

Republicans who voted “no” have said they don’t want the inquiry. Democrats favor it looking more deeply into these disturbing allegations.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called today’s vote a sad day for the country. It is all of that … and much more.

It is going to produce public hearings. It will enable the president’s legal team to cross exam witnesses. It will drag into full public view all the things that have been said in private, behind closed doors as House members deposed witnesses.

It’s all been legal. It’s all being done according to the Constitution.

Today’s vote, moreover, should have stemmed phony GOP complaints about there being a star chamber aspect to this inquiry. It won’t stop Republicans from seeking to protect a president of their own party.

They will yap about politics driving the inquiry while invoking their own brand of politics to block it. Do you see the irony in that?

The public portion of this sober process does mean at a minimum that the fecal matter is about to hit the fan. The remaining question for me — and millions of other Americans — is whether any Republicans will be persuaded that Donald J. Trump has broken the law and should be removed from office.

I am not holding my breath.

‘Human scum’? Is that right, Mr. POTUS?

Donald “Stable Genius” Trump wrote this message via Twitter earlier today …

The Never Trumper Republicans, though on respirators with not many left, are in certain ways worse and more dangerous for our Country than the Do Nothing Democrats. Watch out for them, they are human scum!

Wow, man! That message comes from an angry politician. I mean, he is irrationally angry. He is, shall I say it, actually, um, mad! What needs to be determined by people with expertise on it is whether he is clinically “mad.” As in pathological.

The Never Trump Republicans in actuality are the real Republicans, the individuals who understand what their party historically stands for and those who have sought to preserve those principles relating to strong national security, distrust of dictators, free trade, strong alliances around the world.

Donald Trump is a classic Republican In Name Only, a RINO with no party background prior to running for the only public office he ever has sought.

So, for this president to say that Never Trump Republicans are “human scum” is to reveal someone who sounds increasingly desperate in the face of probable impeachment by the House of Representatives.

Millions of Americans, indeed, think the “scum” comment well could be a matter of someone projecting that label on others who think the very same thing of him.