EHT BIZARRO World of Trump in America (& a bit on China & Russia too)

Heads up, this is not short… TL;DR   and is meant to be read in chunks (for those wish to read some throttled and seriously restrained comments on the, alleged, deranged and imbecilic president of America)…

(Yes, the title – ‘THE‘ is reversed…)

Part I  A Strange America

So. What is happening to America and to democracy around the world? What happened to leadership that is democratic (not talking about the democratic party here)?  What happened to civility between individuals of American? What happened to respect and equality?

It should be pretty darn clear there is one clearly obvious nexus point for a great deal of this. All you need to do is look at who is sitting, undeservedly, in the White House… And many of us can guarantee that if the Electoral College had to do it again, they would not vote this person into the White House again (especially when the American people decidedly voted for someone else other than Trump – I believe it was Hillary Clinton, right…).

 

We live in Bizarro land. Yes, that is correct, we live in a world where the opposite of everything is taking place. If you have been choking on your own bile, every morning, ever since the 2016 Presidential election, there is a good reason for it – the ‘MOST’ wrong person is sitting in the White House.

As a result of who is sitting in the White House, here is a short list of what has been making you choke and gag, every day (likely all day):

  • Illegal insider trading taking place on the White House grounds (corruption, right?) – and no concern from the president…
  • We have an American ambassador Pete Hoekstra (Trump’s choice), to the Netherlands disputing his own words (this bullet is about a lack of integrity and honor). Hoekstra had stated in a 2015 conference on terrorism hosted by the right-wing David Horowitz Freedom Center – “The Islamic movement has now gotten to a point where they have put Europe into chaos. Chaos in the Netherlands, there are cars being burnt, there are politicians that are being burnt … and yes there are no-go zones in the Netherlands.” But in a later interview (Dec 2017) with the Dutch current affairs programme Nieuwsuur, Hoekstra stated that content was fake news – even though Nieuwsuur happily rolled the clip from the 2015 interview on air for Hoekstra. And no concern from the president as to how this looks for America, its people and its leaders…
  • Firing of Inspector Generals for no valid reason, other than they were doing their jobs to stop/prevent illegalities, fraud and other behind the scenes shenanigans – it seems, allegedly, this president has no regard for law and order and the watchdogs looking to remove current and potential corruption and illegalities…
  • Members of Congress and the Senate who, before this current president was voted in by the Electoral College, called the president to be by various monikers and endlessly mocked the large bodied and clownish person. But ever since this person got into the White House, these same Congressmen and Senators are kowtowing to this president, licking his boots (not literally BUT BLOODY WELL CLOSE) and allowing corruption of the law to take place (such as the emoluments clause where many believe this president is guilty of)
  • This current inhabitant of the White House relentlessly lambasted Obama for going golfing but look at what is taking place. This occupant of 1600 is going golfing at something like 22% of his time in office (he has reportedly been on the grounds of his golf courses or played golf elsewhere 266 times since becoming President, and that’s as of May 24, 2020), at tax payer expense and at his own country clubs (NOTE: there was no legal divestiture for his business investments/control) – remember how he famously stated in 2016 “I’m not going to have time to go play golf.”
  • Installing a new State Department secretary gutting the State Dept of most of the seasoned, experience, knowledgeable and respected bureaucrats – then not filling many of those positions. Do you remember that individual, that new secretary was Rex Tillerson… the oil CEO? Tillerson’s focus was not on diplomacy…
  • The current White House occupant plays down, disregards or ignores calamities that have struck America – remember him throwing toilet paper to people who needed it (in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria) and he believed it to be some sort of game.
  • What about ensconcing his unqualified children into very senior White House roles – what did they bring to the White House – or rather, what have they achieved that is worthy of talking about (no, not getting licenses in China to sell products) – many labeled these moves as nepotism but were unable to gain any traction on the violation of nepotism laws (we will need a future unbiased federal court to rule on this but that will be a long time out)
  • Can we talk about the 2018 elimination of the NSC directorate for global health and security and bio-defense that would have handled the CoViD-19 problem in 2020 with speed and efficiency (it was eliminated, allegedly, because it was an Obama creation)
  • Sheesh, this could continue on for page after page but you get the idea – we really hope so.

 

We, America, have someone who is supposed to be a world leader, sitting in the White House. Yet, instead of being that leader this individual has instead usurped: leadership, decency, democracy, a global role model status for anyone who wants to grow and be respected and become a leader themselves. (Note: the United States is not used in this paper because we are not a united country – we are more divided than ever before.)

We have people who want to flaunt the old 2nd Amendment, the right to bear arms. The 2nd amendment was completely relevant for the militia at the time when the British were prevented from taking over the American colonies in the 1700’s.

Yet today, we have many contemporary individuals today who have gun stashes of upwards of 20, 30 and 50 different weapons (with thousands of rounds) and these folks are not weapons’ collectors. As a former Marine, I actually like weapons as well but I have no need to collect weapons for fear of an invasion. Although, in case our government ever turns dictatorial, arms collection here will become a different endeavor…

But. Who is going to invade America?

  • Has Russian been building up a secret army just off the coast of our country, but are so well camouflaged that we cannot locate or detect them?
  • Maybe it is the Chinese with their Communistic world view?
  • Or even worse, is it the poor hungry desperate immigrants without legal documentation invading America with their unseen deadly weapons?

Today, in 2020, we have a military, along with the National Guard. Neither of these entities were present back in the days of yore.

Do not get me wrong, as a former Marine, if this region I live in allowed weapons, I would buy a few as well – just not 20 – 50 of them or go storming some local state capital flaunting the weapons…

 

Part II             Logic, Strategy and Diplomacy

If decent, logical, serious individuals “STILL” have to continue to convince the American public of the wrong doings or ill-conceived ideas and just bad thought processes of the current president and it is not sinking in – something is wrong with a large percentage of Americans.

We have a president who is, allegedly, illiterate, indecent, corrupt, discriminatory (okay – racist) and who’s IQ, also allegedly, is not in a very decent range of intelligence. Besides lacking leadership skills, this individual also severely lacks any real degree of communication and diplomacy skill sets. If he did, America would not be seen in the light it is across the globe.

This individual cannot string together a sentence that makes any sense.  Well, hang on a moment. It may make sense if ‘you’ went to the same high school and college with this person and ‘you’ had the same classes with this person. We have no idea how well this individual did in school at any point.

So, you did not do so great in high school or college or grad school (wait, this person did not go beyond undergrad status) – so what? Grades reflect what one learns up to that point, with or without good teachers or a good educational system. What matters is if you continue to grow and do better after not doing so well at any level. What matters is if you continue to be better in your life.

Forbes magazine put out a story, as well as others, in Feb 28, 2019 where:

  • Michael Cohen testified to Congress that, under directions from Trump, he sent letters to Trump’s high schools, colleges and the College Board (creator of the SAT),threatening them with legal action and jail time if they ever released Trump’s academic records. Cohen provided a record of one such letter sent to the president of Fordham University, which Trump attended for two years before transferring to complete his undergraduate degree at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Trump’s high school has confirmed receiving an identical letter, while the University of Pennsylvania and the College Board declined to comment.

What is wrong is wrong…  That is not hard to see or to fathom.  If someone who is supposed to be a role model states: “Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.” – that is not someone you are supposed to look up to or follow.  That is, unless you yourself are amongst the callous, gross, indecent minded imbecilic Cretin of the gutters. There is supposed to be something called, respect for others, no matter who they are. Wait a moment – there’s more. There is also:

  • decency,
  • equality,
  • honesty,
  • compassion,
  • empathy,
  • integrity,
  • ethics and
  • non-discrimination and
  • diversity

Where has all of the above disappeared to from this current administration. It is as if the mass majority of individuals the current president selects and installs into a senior office turns out to be a dishonest, greedy, corrupt individual.

  • Who in their right mind, in the top role position of the EPA builds a SCIF (a secure office) in their own office, when there is already an existing one, one floor away? Or has him/her chauffeured around in an armored vehicle when the position does not rate such a vehicle. Scott Pruitt wanted a ‘secure’ ‘sound-proof’ phone booth… That position does not require that kind of security.
  • What about taking private jet rides around the country, at tax payer expense…
  • What about going shopping on a federal jet, at tax payer expense (this was, allegedly, Mnuchin and his wife back in 2017 – recall Louise Linton’s extravagant and glorious exit and pose from the plane with the bags of purchased goods).
  • There is so much more that could go here as well and if you did not live and breathe solely in a filter bubble, then you will know that there is more. But if you isolated yourself to a safe zone of like-minded individuals, none of whom dared to grow and venture forth to look at other possibilities, at other avenues – then it is likely you only know one silo or one tunnel vision cone of information. What you believe may be completely wrong. But due to being in that filter bubble, it is difficult to convince you to expand and do better.

 

Part III           The World

What happened to America’s global role of leadership and statesmanship? Again, a certain specific individual is what happened. America has become a laughing stock of and to the world. Our allies are alienated because of this individual. Our leadership on the world stage has eroded horridly to lower levels. It is only through the guts and leadership of certain state governors and mayors and some business leaders and numerous American citizens doing all they can to keep our head and chin up in the world.

As we can see, there are numerous leaders in other countries who want to emulate Trump and the fake news hoopla. And they have been as well as gaining incredible autocratic and dictatorial powers where the citizens of those countries (Philippines, China, Russia, Hungary, Brazil, etc.) are simply screwed and cannot seem to get out of the rut they find themselves in because those leaders have the military to back up any areas that the dictators/autocrats desire.

 

Look at China

There is no freedom of speech, no freedom of choice there. China forcibly removes freedom at every avenue it can, in order to “preserve the safety of people within its borders and preventing threats to a stable society” in their country from other sources.  This is a complete sham and the Chinese citizens are not all aware of it – because of the Chinese leadership’s control of all media and avenues of travel.

You also have to take into consideration that the Chinese leader made himself, ahh, sorry, the Chinese National People’s Congress voted that there be no term limits on the current leader of China. How nice is that – Dictator for Life, sorry – what was meant was, President for life of a country with 1.3+ billion people. This outcome was determined as follows: Two delegates voted against the change and three abstained, out of 2,964 votes. Nice, eh…? Almost a clean sweep.

Remember the Hong Kong citizenry acting to retain its freedom in late 2019 and the Houston Rockets manager Daryl Morey tweeted an image that read “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” (By the by – EVERYONE should stand with Hong Kong as they lose their right to total freedom; loss of a free press, free speech, free movement, facial recognition surveillance {even more than what we have in America} and become a more communistic country – for those that choose to stay in Hong Kong – many will find some way out of that island country over the next several years – an exodus.) Before he deleted due to comments and stress from various avenues of contention. But – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver finally came around and supports Morey’s right to free speech. Of course, in return, China was appalled and had the gall to come back with:

  • The Chinese-run television network said it was “strongly dissatisfied” with Silver’s remarks.
  • “We oppose Silver’s claim to support Morey’s right of free expression. We believe that any speech that challenges national sovereignty and social stability is not within the scope of freedom of speech,” CCTV said in its statement in Chinese, which was translated by CNBC.

In reality, how in the heck can China, a Communistic society (but they really want to be Capitalistic, don’t they…) DARE to say that free expression that challenges ‘anything’ is not within the scope of freedom of speech???!!!!  Not when the Chinese government does not allow its own citizenry to any of it. China controls the media. China controls the countries internet access and continues to tweak their ‘Chinese Firewall’ in order to censor everything that travels over the air or via cables.

  • People are not allowed to talk about leaders in a bad light, as other countries do.
  • Any word that the Chinese government deems to worthy of censorship is blocked from the internet and not allowed on any media. Here is a fairly good article on “68 Things You Cannot Say on China’s Internethttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/24/world/asia/china-internet-censorship.html or this other article “In China, you can’t say these wordshttps://share.america.gov/in-china-you-cant-say-these-words/
  • Take the Uighur (or Uyghur) situation in the XinJiang region. The Chinese government deems them to be dangerous and has razed many of the Uighur towns to the ground and put the people who once lived there, into camps (imagine something, kind of like a concentration camp – just not as horrific). Yet the Chinese calls them re-education camps where the Uighurs are required to shave their beards, removing that identity aspect. All movement is controlled by surveillance cameras (everywhere in Uighur inhabited areas, not just the camps) and identities. Uighurs are not even allowed to have certain tools because they could be construed as weapons. The Chinese have even gone so far as to engrave certain cutting tools with the owner’s identities on the tool AND then are required to check it out and return it like a library book (complete control of those tools) – controlled by the police.
  • People of China face public shaming for spitting in the streets (it can be caught on camera and put up on a large billboard – live video) – but wait, it does not end there. The citizens can be assessed points in the Chinese “Social Point System”, which started in 2014. It is about regulating individual and group behavior for activities such as: bad driving, smoking in non-smoking areas, not paying bills on time, spending too much on video games. Now, if you acquire too many points, you can be: banned from flying or catching a train; banned from luxury options (like 1st class seats); throttling internet speeds; being banned from the best schools (including your children). Think about that kind of restriction in the western world.
  • China wants to own the SCS (South China Seas) instead of sharing, stating that territorial waters belongs to China and not shared amongst, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, and says, basically that
    • there is no ‘freedom of navigation’ in that area to foreign military/navies
    • and going as far as building man-made islands and militarizing them to support the Chinese claim, even though the Hague is on the side of the Philippines as to the waterways is not owned by China

So, for a leader of one country to put their Big Brother restrictions on citizens of another country and expect other nations to kowtow “their own” draconian methods of “lack of freedom of speech” or “lack of freedom of action” – what does that does mean, hmmm…? 

How can the leader of a country with all these restrictions say they have a stable society when the society is controlled by the government and military?

The people:

  • do not have any true freedom
  • cannot congregate
  • cannot vote bad leaders out either (so it seems)

What do you believe, does China have a ‘stable society’ or that free speech threatens another country’s national sovereignty?

            Chinese citizens will never see this paper within the borders of China because of the content of this paper.

 

Russian president – Putin. What can you make of this other president for life? He basically owns Russia and the people are somewhat locked into a state of hopelessness and are unable to do anything. It is somewhat hard to figure out how the people just do not create a national up-rising force Putin out, so we will not see that happen.

But how does a country’s President become a billionaire? It has been reported by several sources, one of which is the CIA that Putin has anywhere from $70 – $200 billion stashed away – yes, BILLION. Reportedly, he is at the $22 Billion mark. How does that happen, legally?

And do not get your hopes up to run against Putin because competition against him appear to have bad josh, bad luck. They die. They get poisoned. They gain criminal charges and if you have criminal charges in Russia, you cannot run for top offices, so they say. And let’s not forget the military and the underworld henchmen who just might, out of their love for Putin (yeah, right) take out the competition and it then becomes complete deniability for Putin and his party.

 

There is just so much more to be said about Putin, Xi, Maduro (Venezuela), János Áder (Hungary), Duterte (Philippines) and even more about Trump.

But where do we go from here? How do we do it? Well, education is one of the first steps – educating everyone and allowing everyone to vote is a second step. Ensuring EQUALITY is flat out the foundation and cornerstone of EVERYTHING from henceforth!  We all have to do better, not just in America but around the globe.

At the same time, we have to prevent other countries from interfering our countries elections. We have to prevent fake news from gaining ground (yes, the real fake news where there is no basis in reality and notalternate facts’ as Kellyanne Conway stated it), while at the same time barring harmful and dangerous conspiracy individuals/groups.

 

All we can do is – TRY.

Be better than others and lift them up in turn. Stop stepping on the backs of others just so you can put your face in the spotlight. Just do the right thing. Most of all, it takes courage – courage to stand up and be counted and help make everyone accountable. Take U, she is a child and look at what she has accomplished and it was not out of wanting to be in the spotlight, it was due to making people aware that the world has to change regarding climate change.

But, individuals like the one in the White House, he has no courage whatsoever. He does not stand up for inequality. He does not stand up with empathy for those going through disastrous changes in their lives. He for sure does not have the courage to stand up and face America’s lack of true justice.

The American president does even have the backbone and courage to stand up and fight, internationally and collaboratively on CoViD-19 instead of finger-pointing. What individual in their right mind cuts out the World Health Organization and throttles the CDC…?

And not least, where is the courage to stand up against Police injustice in America, specifically against Brown, Yellow and Black people of this country…

But he does have an affinity, allegedly, for reneging on promises, greed and alleged corruption (*Ask the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York back back in 1979-1980 about Trump’s promise to give them the Bonwit Teller’s sculpture.)

We have to ensure respect, diversity, non-discrimination and equality are the bedrock of this country – maybe then we will actually be a United States.

 

*Bonwit Teller and the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Bonwit Teller closed its flagship store in 1979 and sold the property for $15 million to a Long Island real estate developer. Despite his plans to demolish the old Bonwit Teller building, the buyer promised to preserve the Deco grillwork and bas reliefs at the request of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The buyer was none other than Donald Trump. In 1980, Trump demolished Warren & Westmore’s elegant Art Deco emporium to make way for his $100 million Trump Tower. In what became a sadly typical turn of events, Trump cut corners everywhere he could and bullied those who stood in his way. To pour the foundations, Trump enlisted S&A Concrete, a known mob front for Paul Castellano and “Fat Tony” Salerno. He paid 200 illegal Polish immigrants as little as $4 an hour to work 12-hour days, 7 days a week. The so-called “Polish Brigade” worked without benefits, hard hats, and sometimes even homes – during the 1980 transit strike, many were forced to sleep at the construction site. Then there were the lawsuits. He sued the city for a tax abatement on the property. He sued one contractor for “total incompetence” and threatened to sue a labor lawyer for $100 million.

The reasoning:

John Baron, a spokesman for the Trump Organization—who, the New York Daily News discovered, turned out to be Donald Trump himself in disguisetold the Times that “the merit of these stones was not great enough to justify the effort to save them.” He said it would have cost $32,000 to remove the sculptures and cited appraisals by three independent appraisers that found them to be “without artistic merit” and worth less than $9,000. Their removal, he said, would also have delayed demolition work by at least a week and a half. (Trump, as himself, later estimated the cost of preserving the panels at $500,000.)

 

CoViD-19 Hospital Xenon Disinfection for Reuse – Masks, PPE Suits & Gloves

UPDATE: Someone brought up the viewpoint of mask density this past week in regards to Xenon UV light pulsing. “The mask thickness may prevent that UV light from penetrating deep enough into the mask.” This is a very valid aspect that I have not found addressed in any medical literature.  Hopefully, an expert on this specific aspect can chime in and address whether Xenon machines are or are not a viable solution to disinfecting masks and other medical gear noted below.

Hmmm, hospital staff & EMS reusing surgical masks/outfits….

Is it not possible to put the masks & gear on racks, put them in a room with a Xenon disinfectant machine and sterilize the gear for reuse…???

This is not a new area for many in the medical field. Xenon UV pulse disinfection study and actual work has been going on since 2014 (from my layman’s knowledge). It has been proven to clean up Ebola (once it is dry and not in liquid form).

These are portable Xenon generating machines that uses high intensity flashes of ‘germicidal’ UV light to zap bacteria, germs, contamination and viruses. Some hospitals have them – so why not use them for sterilizing masks, PPE’s and other necessary and reusable hospital gear?

  • And what about sharing the machines in this period of dire need you ask, see note at end.

This should be possible as this is what is done to sterilize a hospital room/surgical suite for c. diff (Clostridium difficile), MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and other coronaviruses as well as performing contamination control in pharmaceutical cleanrooms.

I became aware of pulsed Xenon disinfection from 1 of several medical articles read years ago. This UV light is used for disinfection of high touch surfaces to prevent infection in contaminated environments. Wouldn’t it be feasible…

These Xenon generating machines will take ~5 minutes to disinfect a room and maybe 10 minutes to flash it twice to ensure all germs/viruses are dead. Disclaimer here – you will also have to tack on more time due to having someone go into the room to flip items over or turn racks around to get the bottom / other side. But even with this additional added time – it will allow hospitals to reuse critical equipment that is in extraordinary demand!!!

Here are a few Xenon disinfecting – virus/germ zapping links:

Alas, the machines do cost $100,000 and up…

BUT!!! If hospitals in the region did have one AND were willing to share the Xenon disinfection process with other hospitals that did not have one or could not afford one – what could be better…????

In re: to CoViD-19 – To the young, adventurous, strong & cavalier youth of the world

In re: to CoViD-19 – To the young, adventurous, strong and cavalier youth of the world.

Be careful, please! While you may be impervious (according to many youth as to how they see themselves) – you may also be ‘that’ carrier and infecting many, many others in your ‘seemingly’ carefree journeys.

While it is good that you are strong and not at all concerned for yourselves – you do however, have to be concerned about others. Because if you are ‘that’ asymptomatic carrier, you are likely infecting your older friends, your older family and relatives and your older workers, possibly causing a large number of them to succumb, and maybe become one of the deceased.

And when we talk about older individuals, we are talking about people in their 40’s, 60’s, 80’s and up. We simply do not know the age cutoff as to when people are significantly or severely affected, swinging from moderate illness to death. And we for sure do not yet know if babies are susceptible.

So, sure, you do not have to be that concerned yourselves and are definitely not prone to panic about this coronavirus. Are you an expert on this disease (most of us are not – no matter how much facebook or twitter you read and/or respond to ‘without’ reading)…?

Yep, you can tell when someone is older than you – but, can you identify someone around you as to whether they have a compromised immune system, damaged lungs or heart disease?

But you ‘should’ be concerned about everyone else around you… And if you are ‘that’ carrier and either:

a) simply pass it off to your close friends who then possibly infect others or

b) you directly infect others who in turn infect others, etc., etc., etc…

Your lack of concern can be the cause for this disease to linger and infect more. We still do not know if folks become immune after an infection or whether they relapse, due to a weakened system from the last time they caught it.

We just do not know enough yet, so please, be careful in your physical contacts and presence.

SHOUT OUT to Nurses, Aides, Doctors, Hospital Staff, EMS Crews & Interns – CoVid-19!!!

Nurses, Aides, Doctors, Hospital Staff, EMS Crews & Interns – you all deserve a hearty, strong, overwhelmingly loud SHOUT OUT in the face of our current situation – CoVid-19. And not to forget – law enforcement and firefighters as well.

With our current political situation and current political leaders who are supposed to be thinking of the country and its citizens – you all have a Herculean task in your hands now and in the coming months to years (possibly, but let’s keep our fingers crossed).

You are a key cornerstone of our society. You are working aboveboard and beyond the pale. You are working in conditions that should not exist. You are working with insufficient and outdated equipment. You are working while using outdated disease threat plans and procedures – working without an infrastructure that was in place in 2016 but has since been demolished. There are only scant remnants left behind to help you, now, you have to scramble and scurry to try to re-establish it.

Yet – you are still working hard to help patients.  If I had my hands on $500 worth of masks (surgical or N95) – I would bring them to the nearest hospital in a heart beat and give that staff the entire load.

Let the light of faith (for the religious believers) and the strength of your heart, soul, body and medical ethics keep you strong to outlive any possibility of you getting infected yourselves while you work with us.

Let this be an opportunity for everyone to finally come together, disregarding whatever comes out of the White House and focus on the science, positives and actual facts of what CoVid-19 has already done and will do over the months. We have to come together as one and ignore the political party nature of finger pointing. Forget about being republican or democrat or independent. WE-HAVE-TO-UNITE-NOW! This is not a time to be racist and finger point because that is useless and a waste of time – it just happened to start in China.

  • Take a good hard look at the 1918 Influenza Pandemic and the American President at that time. Just as the current president is doing today, Wilson also did and lied to the country in trying to hide it to downplay the risks and fears. As a result, over 600,000 Americans died because of Wilson who could have prevented some of those needless deaths by acting sooner, in a more responsible manner.  NOTE: Pay attention – we still do not know the origins of that pandemic (Spanish flu). So do not continue blaming the Spaniards for it. At that time, even the Spanish were blaming it on the French and calling it the French flu

We need to focus on solving this problem of ramping up the production of and dissemination of medical supplies for and to all health care facilities in the country. We have to figure out a vaccine (sorry anti-vaxxers, no matter what you believe, all Americans need to either ignore or educate you and not waste our time on conspiracies). We have to move forward in figuring out ways to do BETTER and FASTER mass dissemination of supplies and knowledge to EVERY-SINGLE-CORNER of America and HELP EVERYONE!

We are supposed to be world leaders, leading in multiple categories – yet, we are embarrassingly lagging and as a result – ending up far, far behind most other western/developed countries in the prevention of this spread of coronavirus and ultimately finding resolution that helps everyone rather than losing more people.

If You Have to Cheat to Win – You Have Already Lost

Okay, what can we talk about here that folks do not already know but should know…

Right off the bat, to be frank – if you have to cheat to win, it means YOU have no moral compass in your thinking and that cheating is the only way to win and get ahead.

 

If you have to cheat to get ahead, it means you have no work ethic or sense of integrity to do things the hard and smart way to move up in the world. If you have to step on someone else’s back by lying, cheating and/or stealing – it means you are not the person meant for that job. Because for bloody sure, you are NOT the leader others will want to follow knowingly and willingly.

If you believe you are a successful winner by discriminating in your hiring choices as to gender or looks, it means you also have bad ethics and lack any sense of real integrity. Those people you discriminate against could be some of the best people you will ever have had the opportunity to grow your business and circles of friends and other partnerships.

If you discriminate because of race, you are definitely cheating and are not fit to be a successful member of society and are not meant for any kind of leadership roles.

If you believe you have to cheat, it means you are not willing to do the hard work others are willing to do (AND HAVE DONE) to become successful and respected. Because if you cheat to win, for example, by gaining entry to colleges due to bribes for yourself or your children – you are not an honest member of society.

If you have to cheat by using means of suppression and repression, it is a clear sign of your ignorance, lack of human empathy and low moral standards.

Look at the political leadership of S. Carolina:

  • closing down voting locations to make it difficult for certain groups of people to vote
  • trying to instantiate even stricter voter identification laws
  • trying to undertake illegal state legislature voting by one party while the other party is out of sight because the party who was not there was tricked into believing that there was no voting going to take place

Look at the Russian government, where if you are a serious contender against Putin and have a massive following – Putin somehow comes up with a way for that competition to be pushed aside.

Competition somehow:

  • comes under law enforcement scrutiny for ‘tax evasion’ and is jailed and now branded with a criminal conviction, which means that person is no longer able to run for office – a criminal record by way of sleazy shenanigans or
  • is poisoned and hospitalized or
  • is killed by mysterious perps or
  • is banned from having large public gatherings for their party or
  • and yes, we could go on here as well…

and when you have the police and military under your thumb, it was/is fairly easy for Putin to always be the winner – by cheating. Having special groups of ‘alleged’ jack-boot thugs who have no affiliations with the ruling party‘ helps as well.

Look at Xi JinPing, he is now President for life now that he has abolished the legal term limit – how much of a cheat is that – when you can make your own rules. Oh sure, the Communist Party overwhelmingly voted for that term limit removal – ‘how would you vote if you had a gun to your head?’ (Yes, it is figurative but could be literal in some parts of China…)

 

If you willingly need to cheat to win, it means your moral compass is badly broken. And it is deviously corrupt if you have a lack of empathy with no feelings of guilt or any qualms whatsoever knowing that what you did was ‘illegitimately‘ wrong in gaining a role, position or whatever by blocking others who deserved it more than you. Should we place Brian Kemp in that category in how he ran his election by refusing to recuse himself (step aside) from his ‘current’ Secretary of State role while running for Governor…?? As GA Sec. of State, he had control of the election process and because of that, Stacey Abrams had no real shot at winning…

 

If you have to cheat to win, it means you are not the type of person that others want to be around (they should not if they are honest with themselves). It means you are not willing to put in the blood, sweat and tears that MANY others put in to grow and be a better person.

Cheating to win by:

  • doping up for a competition is not the trait of a winner
  • bribing others to look the other so you can be successful is ALSO not the trait of a winner
  • offering to forgive or purge any illegal transgressions once you win some position, again, is ALSO not the trait of a winner

 

Tendered possible solutions

Be:

  • all-inclusive, invite people of different backgrounds (cultural, educational & economic)
  • collaborative, invite people from different life levels (political, financial footing, age groups, etc.)
  • open-minded in taking in what others have to say because for sure, ‘you’ do not know everything or even most of everything (this is for the majority of Americans and citizens of other countries) – others may/will have a different take on things and could very well spark an unconsidered resolution or success for some activity or action that you, by yourself, may not have thought of
  • smart – street smart, common sense smart, educationally smart – all great attributes to have, especially in complementary fashion, having all three
  • a listener – a good to great listener takes in what others say, no matter if the other is a young fresh college graduate or a retired senior citizen who never went to college – no matter if the other is of the opposite sex or a different race (sorry, cannot help it – have to be all-inclusive to others at all times)

America & Allies Are Screwed = Trump

Well America, Allies and Friends, welcome to our current global state of affairs – “We are all screwed!”

However – If you are a follower of the “Fake News” phenomenon, it is best you stop here and go elsewhere…

 

As many Americans already knew, Trump was not the person who should have won the White House nor should he continue to be the person sitting in the White house. It is still not 100% clear why so many of Trump’s base continue to support him.  But it does appear that more people now recognize that they should not have supported him, after they have suffered economically under the stewardship of this current president.

Is this Trump support borne out of ignorance, lack of intelligence, poor ethics, bad integrity, willingness to suppress other people just so they could be (or appear) superior….?  Some combination of those items?  All of those choices?

Why is it that with all of the content out there in the public spaces that so many people who “should” know better, do not know better…?  We have people like McConnell in the senate refusing to do the right thing, which is, removing the clear and present danger of a leader who wants to undertake illegal activities to ensure his own power. Then we have people like Giuliani who was kind of a hero when 9/11 happened – but look at him now, he ‘appears’ to be broken in so many ways and ethics seem to no longer matter to him.

If you, the reader, need to have a fact checking session here, it means you are not up to date with what is going on over the past several years or refuse to face reality with what is going on. Nothing so onerous as a bad leader (leader is purported in this case) can be ignored by a leader who constantly:

  • lies on every topic,
  • chooses to favor political friends instead of what is better and the right thing to do for the majority of people,
  • chooses to favor authoritarian and dictatorial leaders of other countries (China, Russia, Philippines, Turkey, N. Korea – enough?) over leaders of democratic and progressive countries and the people of countries who are or trying to be democratic and progressive,
  • makes outlandish claims to secure favor with many (talking about Trump’s base here) who are not thinking (or refuses to think) clearly or logically or unselfishly – and never follows through with those claims (think factories, think coal plants),
  • uses foul language in public discourse,
  • (we will not discuss nepotism here, okay?),
  • tears down decades old trust between global allies,
  • due to lack of action (or refusing to recognize it) on his part against hate crime, white supremacists and racism – allowing the hate to grow and fester and grow further,
  • allows illegal activities to take place under their purview without saying a word or lifting a finger (well, okay Trump did say, “Oh this or that person did do a bad thing – I feel sorry for them and wish them well”) to put a stop to it and setting precedents for the next person who wants to attempt doing illegal activities

How does one gain or hold trust with a leader who has all of these characteristics?

How does one begin to trust a leader once someone becomes aware of those characteristics?

How does anyone want to follow a leader who should be a role model when that leader (Trump) is seen on international television shoving the Montenegro Prime Minister out of the way so he could be at the front of the crowd?

So, in going back to “being screwed”. With this current American president in place, we now have decades of global growth set back on its heels. And we appear to have opened the gates further for foreign governments doing heinous activities in multiple regions, setting the groundwork for ‘more’ nationalism and more dictatorial growth to happen.

Look at Russia’s continued attempted growth, such as setting up bases in the Arctic Circle and repression of choice and political parties (where opponents are arrested or killed). Look at China creating man-made islands in the South China Sea in order to grow their hegemony and sphere of influence and the disappearing act of Uighur villages/towns. Look at N. Koreas’ continued missile development and testing near Japan.

But what is America doing while all of this is going on? Not a bloody thing!!!!

This American president wants Turkey to be a favored friend because of Trump property in Turkey while Turkey invades Syria. Is genocide under way now in Syria – you tell us…

Trump wants Putin to best buds while Russia continues to make inroads in Ukraine and continues to with a death grip on oil into Ukraine and Europe.

Trump wants to be BFF with Mohammed bin Salman for buying weapons (and whatever else is going on between them), while bin Salman has this perpetual cloud hanging over him with the death of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.

 

We could go on and on belaboring the following regarding Trump’s ‘lack of’:

  • mental fitness,
  • global awareness,
  • strategic thinking capabilities,
  • fiscal policy making,
  • political acumen (unless it illegal then he gets an A+),
  • logical thinking capabilities,
  • empathy (such as with Heather Heyer, poverty in America, discrimination that is ongoing every day, genocide of Uighurs in Western China, genocide that is appearing to take place in Syria, inequality, well, the list can keep going),
  • equality (alleged racist views),
  • etc.,
  • etc., etc…..

this list is endless but we have already lost a lot of readers already by this point.

The bottom line is, the American President (yes, a capital ‘P’ is used here because it is NOT talking about Trump) is SUPPOSED to be a global role model, someone that anyone and everyone is willing to follow and WANTS to follow. How does anyone in their right mind want to follow a person who talks about and revels in “grabbing a woman by the _ _ _ _ Y”!!!???? NO-ONE-SHOULD-BE-FOLLOWING-THAT-KIND-OF-PERSON at any time for any sane or moral reason. And all women (and most men) should have been appalled by that alone and put the person who said it on the trash heap without a second thought.

The only kind of person that follows a ‘leader’ like that is if that person already has a decrepit sense of self, with poor moral compasses and where lying, self-aggrandizement, selfishness and corruption are already the person’s bed rock foundation. To top that off, the person who is following that kind of leader may be highly educated as well, who should know better – yet they continue to follow that kind of leader out of a poor sense of direction, by becoming lost somewhere along the lines of their lives.

Because of this current president, in the past few years, how much time and money have we as a country spent trying to prove illegalities and uncover cover ups?

 

America, Allies and Friends – WE ARE SCREWED allowing leaders like Trump to remain in place. We are doomed to going backwards, reversing DECADES of hard-fought victories against racism and sexism and equality and growth.

We are screwed in lost opportunities of building better and even stronger alliances with partners around the world. Yet MONEY is becoming the driving force with leaders in position who care less about their people and more with lining their own pockets with GOLD.  Look at Erdogan, Putin and Xi – how does a country’s leader become that insanely rich in any legal and logical fashion?

We are screwed in lifting up people from the bottom rungs of society and helping to make them better and crucial members of society but we cannot seem to make health care an affordable staple of their lives – OH, WAIT. We “DID” have that but certain members of our government parties (national to state level) want to continue to whittle away at it until it too is gone.

 

So, how much longer are people of America going to continue to side with people that only want to have power for themselves and their ‘buds’ while the majority of America continues to suffer with, well, everything…?

This is where you, fellow Americans have to raise your eyes in looking to the future and your voice to bring everyone along for the growth we should have already continued with after 2016.

Now is the time to put a stop to all of the illegal nonsense taking place in America’s government, bring back America’s allies, block and stop the growth of dictators and authoritarian leaders and invest in America’s future (infrastructure, education, the poor, the sickly, the folks of America’s mid-west who feel left out).  We, America, could have infrastructure projects like the old Tennessee Valley Authority to put people to work – roads, bridges, schools, society – if we come together with the same purpose and goal of growing EVERYBODY!!!

 

Otherwise, well, WE-ARE-SCREWED as a society if we continue to allow individuals like Trump, McConnell (he is added here due to his willingness to block anything and not speak up for what is right), Putin, Xi, Erdogan, Kim Jong Un, and on and on… That is, unless you are one of the “Fake News” followers (or purveyors).

    

Jeffrey Epstein dead? Suicide, Really? Let the Conspiracies Begin….

Jeffrey Epstein dead? Suicide, Really? Let the Conspiracies Begin….

Sooo, Epstein, the Sleazy Pedophile Guy is dead eh? Well, let’s see shall we, what are the options in his apparent suicide:

1) Epstein managed to complete his transaction this second time around (it seems that he was not on suicide watch and all the possible methods to kill himself were not removed) or….

2) An inmate, maybe a relative of someone Epstein illegally had sex with, somehow surreptitiously managed to, ahhh – allegedly and covertly off Epstein – making it appear to be a suicide or…

3) An inmate, paid off by some high powered individual(s) on the outside – shut up Epstein for good, ensuring that he will never utter any ugly truths about that powerful person or…

4) Even more heinous – a prison official(s) paid off by some high powered individual(s) on the outside – shut up Epstein for good, ensuring that he will never utter any ugly truths about that powerful person(s)

Whaddaya think…? Conspiracy time? (Or is this going to be a bout of “fake news” or brrrr, worse – “alternate facts” {thanks Conway} and Epstein is still alive somewhere….)

Or…. was it just that J Epstein actually believed his time was up and managed to complete his final act to get to his curtain call….? Personally, I do not know what to think, what with all the corruptible influence and acts taking place in this current White House administration over the last couple of years – will we ever learn the truth…??

As an individual who does analysis as a way of life (strategic training while being an MBA student & national security intelligence training/work), I can only go by what I see (watch & read) and hear and infer and make some decent inductive/deductive reasoning’s for some realistic outcome. Facts ‘do’ matter…

And yes gentlemen and ladies, I do realize that Epstein has up to his evil acts for decades, pulling in others, if, who are guilty, should also be put away.

UPDATE Aug 11: It seems the theories are already flowing, I just heard of one where the person says that the Clintons are involved.  And it may have been this particular one that even Trump (our White House interloper – I won’t use any other negative nom de plume at the moment) had to retweet a similar tweet… Great, just great when we have the supposed leader of our country stooping to this level…

July 4th – Tanks & planes & lions, oh my!!!! The Nerve

Tanks and planes and lions, oh my!!!! 

The Nerve of the current American president to usurp the position he obtained illegitimately (sure, the electoral college voted him in but the people did not). As many Americans who use their brain and their logic, they know by this point that this person primarily got into that office due to illegal Russian interference, on facebook and other sites, along with the significant number of internet botnets…

Well. It seems the 4th of July is going to be perverted this year because of one person and one person alone. For those who are against this “parade of America’s might” – show your protest in a way that would really matter:

  • Go to the original location for the fireworks, you will still be able to see the works in the sky –  or
  • Simply do not go

Simple as that, two choices.

Do not go to the area where he is “holding court” for this July 4th festivities for the people. What could be more annoying and aggravating than most of the people ‘not’ appearing at the location of where he is…

We are not celebrating a return of our fellow Americans who went overseas to fight for us.  Turn this trump’s 4th of July into a non-event…

We are not China! We are not Russia! And we are certainly not France having a Bastille Day celebration!!!

(added July 4th to help clarify the above for some individuals who appeared to be incapable of thinking for themselves)

It turns out, I needed to add a bit more content to help some folks out there.

This is TL;DR for many impatient, narrow focused, selfish individuals out there. BLUF (bottom line up front) – no good country needs to put their military might on display that is, if it is a strong country.

Currently, we have too many individuals in America who are not looking at the future, they are stuck looking at right here, right now and being selfish. This is because they are either stuck in navel gazing mode or head is stuck in the sand OR they long for the past where people of a certain race were supreme and whatever they said was the law of the land. People of other colors were suppressed – in jobs, education and freedom. And do not forget about women, women were also second-class citizens in not being equal to men – there was no freedom for the vast majority of women and women for bloody sure were not allowed the opportunities of getting into leading roles or powerful positions (glass ceiling, which we still have).

We need more people using their brain and using them to extrapolate out into the future of society and of humanity.

We need people using their brain to think, to think long and hard about what is happening, not just here but around the world. We now have FAR more world leaders trying to emulate other leaders. Normally that is a good thing but when you have AUTHORITARIAN leaders emulating other Authoritarian leaders of today and those from the past, it is a bad thing. When you have leaders talking about ‘showing off’ their country’s military might (and expressing joy in doing so) – then we have a problem.

It should not be about military might. The use of military might is a very, very slippery slope. Look at China, they are using their military might to suppress (and obliterate) things such as free and open speech – there is no dissent allowed in China. Ask the Uighurs (or Uyghurs for some) – they are losing their past as Chinese leadership continues on the path of destroying entire Uighur neighborhoods (and towns). In China, you cannot express discontent – you cannot share your discontent with other like-minded souls across China – you cannot talk negatively about political leaders – you cannot even jaywalk. Because if you do things “Chinese leaders” believe are contrary to Chinese leaders, that Chinese citizen can be barred from flying anywhere or have his/her freedoms curtailed. In China, they want to control power and continue to make the people – workers, workers of the Communist system even as China wants to be a Capitalistic powerhouse. By using military might and police to force people to kowtow to the political party line – not individual freedom.

In Russia, journalists are being killed (or disappeared) for being vocal or expressing true stories about their political leaders. In Russia, they, no – scratch that, he (Putin) wants to control and contain power and exert it across the Slavic countries in order to TRY to make Russia a Soviet Union again, while keeping the people as controlled pawns of the Communist system even as Russia attempts to be a Capitalistic powerhouse again… By using military might to expand the sphere of Russian influence (do “you” recall the Crimean takeover and take away???).

In Brazil, they now have a hard, far right President – Jair Bolsonaro. Keep an eye on that leader and that country and how extreme the daily life of its citizens is going to become.

In America, yes, this country – we have an appalling lack of leadership across all spectrum’s of government. But we have a president WHO WANTS TO SHOW OFF AMERICA’S MILITARY MIGHT! Now, why does any sane and competent leader need to show off its military might – if you have it, you do not need to show it off – military might should be the last thing any good governing country.

Why do we still have so many people in America wanting to Make America Great Again when it was already great (even if WE STILL HAVE WORK TO DO in areas of equality and freedom AND diplomacy). We have too many people today, not willing to sacrifice in the here and now in order to improve the entire country and the lives of all Americans.

We have too many ‘Americans’ who want to use force to make things in America bend to their way of life. Let me give a few examples of those individuals: Militia Groups, Sovereign Citizens, neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups and I really dislike even thinking about it – we have some members of the various police forces around the country, some members (actually a very high number as we are discovering) of the American DHS (CBP) who want to use force to control people who are of a different race than their own (even if, a large number of these people at this point in time, have mixed genes in their own bloodlines).

The only way to make America GREATER is to all come together and do things that benefit everyone, not just for a select portion of society. We should not have portions of America rejoicing in things like companies now being allowed to dump toxic waste into rivers again or to let other companies pollute the air with reduced restrictions on what they pump into the air. There is no joy in more people becoming gravely ill due to dirty air or dirty water.

It really is up to you, if you want to go down the dark and negative path of a chaotic government who wants to do the militaristic display bit (fyi – I am a Vietnam era Marine) OR if you want to pursue a path that of growth that will help and benefit all Americans… Think about it, do you want to be one of the people calling everything you do not believe (because you do not know) fake news or do you want to be one who thinks for him or herself to dig and search for answers and broadening your own sphere of knowledge in the process…

And if you got to this point – I commend you and thank you for having an open mind and willing to be a thinker.

Zuckerberg’s Stammering, Slurring, Mental Health Video…

Say, did anyone see that video of Facebook’s Zuckerberg? It seems there is one of him circulating the Internet from what we’ve been hearing – getting something like 1.5 million views already.

Is it true, that this person is having some kind of psychotic break and making $100 million poor decisions….?  Is it fake news or true stuff?  If it is true, damn, we feel sorry for the guy and hope he can retire and get some decent mental health.  Those of you out there who are religious should pray for this guy.

 

Well, okay, of course, this is not true.

But. Suppose it were, do you believe Zuckerberg would leave up a deep fake video of him in stupefying health? Hmmm…??? YouTube has pulled fake Nancy Pelosi videos from their platform showing her in states of altered reality. Why hasn’t Facebook yet done so?

Are Giuliani and Trump getting a free pass on the facebook platform by still being there? Giuliani has since deleted his Twitter posting of this. Maybe he saw the light in his childish posting of garbage from someone using Deep Fake techniques (basically altering video) to highly Pelosi in such a state. Besides, why is anyone still paying attention to Giuliani? The man has become something much, much less worthy of anyone’s time since his days as the New York Mayor.

Why is it so difficult for facebook to make a determination to pull the Pelosi videos? Any fake video showing public officials, personas or even us regular Joe’s and Jane’s for malicious gain or to pervert and poison the public opinion of someone else should be immediately pulled. It does not require a 10 person panel to investigate whether the fake video in question is fake – the evidence is in every day news or postings.

Allowing fake videos to circulate is a harmful occurrence with possibly dangerous consequences affecting hundreds of thousands or millions of people in their decision making for whatever is in front of them. This could be anything from health care to military to diplomatic situations. Think about it folks, please!  After you think about this, seriously think about it, extrapolate some present day scenario that starts out as a minor little, local event and out into the future, one that goes horrendously wrong – all due to some fake video meant to dissuade bully or malicious attack someone else… That future ending point could end up costing many lives and a significant amount of money all because someone or some company allowed completely inaccurate portrayals to stay online.

Why is this type of malicious mischief allowed to proliferate on the facebook platform….? Or any other platform – this is some what of a slippery slope but one that we as a people, not just Americans but as global citizens as altered reality, deep fake videos (but check out the new one on the talking/moving head of Mona Lisa – now THIS one is one that should be circulating the ‘Net) and other highly divisive content (video or otherwise) continues to grow.

As one possible answer to this particular problem, I would suggest more fact-checking by multiple “credible” sources to convince nay-sayers (like the anti-VAXes out there) that what they are seeing and hearing is actually true and not fake as some individuals (such as the person sitting in the White House) continuously try to push by means of constant repetition – as if repeating makes it true…. Multiple sources, as I have constantly told people around me and those junior and mid-level Intelligence colleagues I used to work with – that is the best way to ascertain ground truth. Go outside your filter bubble, go into areas that make you uncomfortable but that help you to stretch and grow your own sphere of knowledge – it will help you gleam solid info as to what is true, what is likely/possibly true and what is just wrong.

But YOU, you have to make a conscious and deliberative effort to use that little noggin of yours we call a brain. YOU have to do your own thinking – solid, methodical and logical thinking – not just use a circle of fear inducing, uninformed and conspiracy frenzy feeding group of people.  YOU have to think and make informed decisions. And do not use just one search engines, use multiple search engines so you can at least get multiple, different results…

Maybe then, we can stop some of these fake videos from spreading.

 

 

Trump = NYET!!!

For those who do not know, “Nyet” means ‘No’ in Russian.

The current president in the White House, well, not an individual a fairly large number of us would ever want to protect or give our lives for or share a fox-hole with. However, in doffing our hats to the Secret Service, in protecting the position for whichever person is serving as president – YOU DO AN OUTSTANDING JOB!!!

Now, getting back to the current American president and NYET.

  • N = Not a role model any person alive on the planet would want to emulate. Who in a sane state of mind would willingly emulate a known pathological liar (there are many documented incidents out there and the reason why he is desperately striving to hide his tax and all financial records from ‘anyone’ ever seeing those documents).
  • N = Narcissistic[Okay, okay, okay… I snuck in a second ‘N’ but saying N^2YET or double N,YET does not translate well….] Need we say more – this is beyond the pale in the lengths this individual goes to, to say “Hey, look at me, I am the best there has ever been. We had the largest turnout ever for when I was sworn in. I have had more progress in the first year, no, the first six months of being in office. Everyone loves me, it does not matter that they are all dictators and authoritarian leaders who suppress their own people – why, those leaders control the voters, sorry, the votes by means of controlling the media and military and law enforcement. Those leaders are doing a wonderful job in their countries.” — In the meantime, in as many countries as possible, humanity is trying our best to remove all dictators and authoritarian leaders from office and move to a democratic process – and yes, it includes, China, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Rwanda, Chile, Brunei, Venezuela and more (do not forget N. Korea).
  • Y = Yearning to be even more Narcissistic, to be the one in the spot light even if it means shoving a Prime Minister out of the way in a highly public venue (recall when our president did that to the Prime Minister of Montenegro back in May 2017 at that NATO meeting….?).
  • E = Ethics – well, there ‘APPEARS‘ to be no ethics at all where it concerns this American president. All that ‘SEEMS‘ to matter to this person is whether he can line his pocket with more profits (allegedly of course) or not and how he can put in place more yes men/women who will kowtow to him regardless of what the subject matter is. It could be putting in place people who knowingly vote in favor of this president – without any foresight on their part as to the amount of damage, harm and financial cost will take place as a result of their caving in… Wait, it is also possible these individuals may not care about the future results and only want the instant gratification they gain right now – as willing sycophants
  • T = Transparency – Can anyone in America explicitly and without qualifiers say that this current president is transparent in all matters? In any matter? We have a president who seems to solely embrace obfuscation (i.e. excessive lying), opaqueness, deceit and ever constant misdirection (in our intelligence world, it would be considered a successful misinformation campaign…). 

What is it going to take for Americans to come to their senses and see through whatever facade this president seems to have thrown up to bedazzle (blind) people to his many negative faults.

This of course is aimed at the many people who blindly follow this president without thinking through the logic. Are these people following the president:

  • through so much delusion because they cannot use logic and think about the strategic benefits of doing certain activities?
  • because these followers want to return to the 1960s and back, where people of a certain ethnicity (we have faith that you can figure out what is being discussed in this bullet) and primarily male had control of everything and suppressed people of color and women and gay folks? Do these followers really want to return darker days of suppression and repression; forcing women into back alley abortions; causing disenfranchised minorities turn to violent means to get the right to vote and be put on the same playing field as others?
  • because the filter bubbles they seem to have been ensnared in is so reinforcing due to its brainwashing effects – that they can no longer see the abundant truth that is out there and easily found (ask the anti-vaxxers who slowly discovered that the anti-vaxxer world is full of deceit and lies)?
  • willing to forego civility and return to barbaric methods to force out people of color and immigrants from America? Originally, this land belonged to people of color (Native Americans and Mexicans) – the land was taken away from its rightful owners by force and forced those people at that time into subjugation as well as bringing over slaves to build “their empire” – please remember that

This country has spent a significant amount of money in slashing successfully working regulations and practices and reverting to older, harmful and damaging practices. We now allow the:

  • oil industry to oversee their own safety program in the ocean drilling zones (think back to the massive oil leak from the ocean floor when the safety valve failed on that drilling rig).
  • energy companies to dump toxic waste into rivers – if you believe this is incorrect, go check out the ‘current’ practices Duke Energy of N. Carolina is able to do now (and keep potash dumps in mind when you do your own research…).
  • Dept of Education to implement programs that are geared towards private schools and vouchers – INSTEAD of focusing on ‘PUBLIC education‘ and improving it to where it should be, ACROSS the board, in all communities, in order to match other countries with better educational programs and successes.

And you know what else that is even scarier?

It is going to take America decades to recover from the wasted efforts and revenue lost in the 2016 – 2020 time frame. From:

  • tracking down and proving all the illegal activities (by this individual and those that this person put in place around him) prior to getting into the White House and since getting there,
  • bad social and economic programs,
  • poor diplomatic relationships with other countries – explicitly our long time allies to poor economic associations with our N. American neighbors and other prospering and suffering countries around the globe.

Think about it, health care, financial reform (in the public / private sectors as well as in politics), economic growth.

And let’s not forget the amount of incivility introduced into the world of politics and public discourse as of 2016 when this president brought gutter level conversation, interaction and thinking with him to the world stage. What sane, forward thinking leader would ever utter the words “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot someone and not lose votes“? The worse of the worse came out of the wood works across America with other bad world leaders uttering the same garbage.

It is going to take us a long time to start bringing civility, where more people care about each other instead of reverting to denying them rights and space. It will take time for growth, for all, to take off again in America.

Do we have time…?  Look at the current lack of progress and thinking on Climate Change in America…. that should be the canary in the coal mine as to the path this country is on… We have a leader that has no path forward with regards to; diplomacy, military superiority in the in the name of peace and not fear, economic prosperity for all and a strategy as to how America and the world can grow – together.

 

Oh! And yes, this is the person that others refer to as the “Orange Man” and other ignominious titles/handles…