Thursday, February 8, 2018

THE WAY FORWARD

THE WAY FORWARD

Based on my observations of the human condition, it is my humble opinion that we are all basically rotten (self-centered if you like). Most people seem to be able to control their "rottenness" to some extent by showing compassion and concern for others. There are a  few who can not control themselves and they usually end up in jail, insane or dead. However, a small number remain among us protected by wealth or other circumstances. 

Donald J. Trump is the first person I have encountered that I can say without question is rotten to the core. He is a bright dysfunctional 13 year-old living in a 71 year-old adult body who suffers from a condition called narcissistic disorder that is defined as "excessive admiration of oneself".

This personality disorder apparently prevents him from showing any empathy or concern for others. He does cruel and nasty things to some groups of people; and makes terrible, hurtful comments to others; and has no regrets.  His inability to apologize for mistakes or ask for forgiveness are sad reminders of a man trapped in a mind devoid of true emotions of love, empathy, admiration for others, etc.  Donald does not care for others because his mind will not let him; he sees only himself.

Donald became a bully because of this handicap and continues to act as a bully today, because he has no capacity to understand or feel the pain of the persons being bullied. He is a cold, empty shell of a human being and should be removed from the presidency as soon as possible.

But how?
Impeachment? No way.
25th Amendment? Not a chance.
Suicide? Not competent to get it done.
Resignation? We can only hope.

Our current situations reminds me of  the Star Trek episode in the 1960's original television series that featured an evil, spirit cloud-like entity that took over the spaceship Enterprise. The entity controlled the ship and crew by causing them to become angry, agitated and aggressive toward each other to such an extent that they could not perform their duties.  Captain Kirk discovered that by laughing, joking and showing a happy disposition the entity lost its power. The evil spirit was literally laughed off the ship.

So how do we defeat Donald who promotes fear of the others, ignorance, racism, bigotry and thrives on being divisive? The country is already doing it---make fun of him and his absurdity. Attacking evil only magnifies it, so pointing out the aberrant behavior of the Trump administration with humor and irony is the only effective way to move our country forward.

So what do we do? Make jokes, laugh a lot, smile, do good deeds, hug the "other", talk with someone you do not know, so you can understand where they are coming from; go to a place of worship frequented by people different from  yourself.

There is no better feeling than doing something for someone without expecting something in return. Give a child a doll or a truck on impulse; share a meal with a stranger; go out of your way to help someone in need.

Donald is destined to destroy himself and eventually will  disappear from the scene.  In the mean time we just have to keep smiling, laughing and enjoying the absurdity of it all.


Friday, December 15, 2017

THE TAX BILL IS INSANITY


THE TAX BILL IS INSANITY

I oppose the current tax bill being pushed in Congress.

Yes, you will feed a tiny tax cut to the masses with the hope no one will notice that it is temporary and just a pittance compared to what the wealthy will receive.  You are planning that people are so stupid that a tiny cut will satisfy.

This is a "SICK" piece of legislation that plays into the tribalism spreading over the country.  

This bill will make the trend to an AUTOCRATIC REGIME much easier. The RICH will get richer and the POOR will get poorer---the divide and polarization will grow worse and allow the top 1% to rule the country.

We all know what you are doing.  You are running up the debt so you will have an excuse to destroy Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

The Republican Party is rotten to the core and you may well destroy yourselves with this terrible piece of legislation---good riddance.



   

Monday, October 23, 2017

NIKKI HALEY FOR PRESIDENT

NIKKI HALEY FOR PRESIDENT

I have been observing Donald  J. Trump for many years and these are some of my conclusions:

1. Donald is a very bright dysfunctional 13 year-old living in a 71 year-old adult body.

2. He suffers from a condition called  Narcissistic Disorder.  This is defined as "excessive admiration of oneself".

3.  Donald Trump is the classic bully.  He lacks the ability to show empathy toward other people or events. His mind simply will not allow him to express genuine concern for others.  He does not know how to do it.  He likes a fight, as all bullies do because this attracts attention and feeds his need to be the center of everything.

Donald has survived with this disorder by living in a bubble of money and lawyers.  His behavior in response to his condition was to become a con-man who uses charm, money and intimidation to succeed. His business practices included hiring people to work for him, accusing them of some wrong doing, refusing to pay them and threatening to destroy them if they sue for their money.  This is how he has gained some of his wealth. It is called STEALING.

Donald loves attention even if it is negative.  As a bully he will say terrible things about others just to keep his followers or opponents talking and writing about him. It is how he maintains his power.

As a public figure Donald attracts people who love a train wreck or enjoy watching car crashes; people who want simple answers to complex problems; who want a god-like leader who says "ONLY I can fix it".  They want to believe him, because they have no hope; they are afraid of the "OTHERS" out there; they want to be wealthy like him; or they simply want a better life.

The tragedy is that Donald is not capable of fulfilling any of the promises he has made.  He and his family apparently believed that if he were President he could get all his ideas immediately put into effect just by the  sheer power of his personality.  That works in a dictatorship, but not in our democratic form of government. He seems to believe he can use his con-man powers of charm, bullying  and intimidation to gets things done. It is not working.

This is a tragedy of monumental proportions for our country and the world. We have a President who does not know what he is doing. The slogans Donald used during the campaign had to be put in the form of policy and legislation.  He appears not to want to work on policy or legislation and has discovered that Congress alone will not do his bidding.  Thus he uses continuous attacka-tweets going after the other branches of government, the media and people who disagree with him. He does not seem to understand how self defeating this approach is. 

I have spoken to Trump's supporters who say "just give him a chance".  His behavior is becoming more erratic and scary by the day,  He is creating "chaos" and either deliberately or unwittingly, he is playing right into the hands of the Russians and Putin. He is NOT the savior his supporters had hoped for and he is not going to change. He loves being in power, but he does not know how to use it.

The Trump presidency is already a failure and the Republicans know it; but most are quietly hoping  for some kind of miraculous rebirth. I believe Donald will not be impeached, but he will leave the White House one way or another before his term is up.

Mike Pence is not equipped to make a good president, so my vote to replace a failed Trump presidency is to elevate UN Ambassador Nikki  Haley to the position---she can be our first woman President.








Wednesday, October 4, 2017

IT IS EASY TO ATTACK THE "OTHER"

Recent letters have highlighted the divisions in our country.

It is easy to attack minorities when you are in the majority and let's face it we are a nation composed of 100's of minorities all vulnerable to attacks by a larger white mostly Christian majority. No other nation on the planet has the large number of  minorities that we have in the United States.  Most nations in the world  are more homogeneous than we are.

Except for Native Americans, North America looked empty to our ancestors and many oppressed peoples from all over the world flooded to this land. So now as a result, in the twenty-first century we have become an unplanned experiment in the ongoing survival of the human species. 

Most of us who are white do not know what it feels like to be a minority because we have never had the experience. Have you ever been in a room where you are the ONLY person WHO IS NOT  Jewish, or Black, or Hispanic, or Muslim, or Chinese, or Gay, or the opposite sex?  If you have never had this experience, then you have no idea what minorities face in our society. Millions of Americans are the "OTHER" and they feel it everyday and in every way in the current polarized political climate gripping our nation.

My observation is that many of us live in a bubble, surrounded by people who are the same color, the same ethnic group, go to the same church and often work in the same occupation.  We are insulated and isolated from the real world that exists beyond the edges of our bubble.  If you do not have any real human contact with the "OTHER" it is easy to demonize or criticize them.

The only way we will survive as a nation will be our willingness to get to know our minority citizens as human beings who have the same needs, desires and hopes as we do, so we then can move forward together.









   

 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

DONALD WILL RESIGN RATHER THAN TESTIFY

Donald Trump has demonstrated time after time that he is a lier. He does not seem to the know the difference between the truth and a lie.

Recently Ken Starr of White Water fame answered YES when asked if he thought Donald Trump would be forced to testify in the ongoing Russian Investigation.  The thought of having to testify about the events surrounding his presidential campaign has to terrify Donald. How will he testify as to the truth when he constantly lies about everything  that goes on?  Can he even remember what happened let alone what was true and what was not? Since  he often makes up things when faced with events he must worry about perjury.

I firmly believe Donald will resign and go back to New York rather than  testify in an open  hearing to any of the Committees or the Mueller Investigation.  His lawyers will most assuredly recommend that he not testify. If he does agree it will only be to answer questions presented to him ahead of time when his lawyers can write up his responses.

This may be the only way can get this incompetent, con artist out of the White HOUSE.

Monday, September 25, 2017

DONALD IS A BULLY

Donald J. Trump is a Bully, has been a Bully since he was a child and will continue to be a Bully until the day he dies. His helter-skelter mind won't allow him to change. No threat to him will change his behavior---impeachment, shaming him, taking away his money, silencing his phone,  sending him back to New York, physical punishment---NOTHING WILL WORK TO CHANGE HIM. Our ONLY  HOPE---A HEART TO HEART WITH  his mentor VLADIMIR.  Since his behavior is hurting the Russian "Brand" maybe Vlad can convince Donald to act more like a human being toward the other 7+ billion of us humans on the planet. Donald seems  to worship Mr Putin and he may be our last/best hope to stop this empty shell of a human being from destroying our modern civilization.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

ROTTEN TO THE CORE

I have always thought I could find some good in just about everybody.  I do believe all of us are basically rotten, but most people can at least control their rottenness to some extent  and show compassion for others.

I believe Donald J, Trump is the first person I have encountered that I can say without question is rotten to the core.  His personality disorder apparently prevents him from showing any empathy or concern for others, so he can make terrible, hurtful comments about other people and have no regrets.  His inability to apologize for mistakes or ask for forgiveness are sad reminders of a man trapped in a mind devoid of true emotions of love, empathy, concern for others, etc.  He can not care for others because his mind will not let him. He sees only himself and how he is treated and does not have the mental capacity to put himself in someone else's shoes emotionally.

Donald's handicap does not allow him to understand how other people can show love and concern for those who are hurting or are being unjustly treated. His reaction is to  label concern or love as a sign of weakness.  He became a bully because of his handicap and continues to act as a bully today because he has no capacity to understand or feel the pain of the person being bullied.

Donald is a cold, empty shell of a human being and should be removed from the presidency as soon as possible.