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Our National Delusion

When Donald Trump first announced that he was running for President, a lot of people claimed,

Oh, it’s a joke. He won’t last.”
“He’s not serious.”
“Hillary Clinton will easily win”.

When Donald Trump said all those awful things about other people, many supporters stated:

“He was only joking.”
“He doesn’t mean that.”
“It’s just an act”.
“He’ll apologize”.

When Donald Trump’s greed, racism, lies and lousy business sense was so starkly revealed in many articles, it was foretold:

“Oh, that was the past. He’s gotten better.”
“It doesn’t matter. he’ll divest his businesses.”

When Donald Trump was elected, it was claimed that he would be a great president:

“Oh, he’ll grow into the job”.
“He’ll learn on the job.”
“He’ll make America great again”.

Even Donald Trump repeated those last few lines. He proclaimed them all to be true.

Now that we’re 7 months into his Presidency, many people cannot believe that they once actually believed that Donald Trump was fit for the role he is play-acting at, badly and dangerously.

That all those claims were patently false.

Or that they voted for the worst President in American history.

He’s revealed himself to be a Nazi sympathizer, a bully, braggart, pathological liar, and all those terrible other qualities that everyone claimed were just an act. He’s pushed us into more than a few corners.

He has become our national nightmare, one that we cannot wake up from.

He has no redeeming qualities.
He has not proven anyone right-except those who kept trying to get the truth about him out.
He has not become a presidential President.
He has not pivoted.

If anything, he has proven beyond a shadow of any doubt that he will never be anyone but Donald Trump, a loathsome being with no character, ethics or moral balance.

He is totally without the morals, empathy, decency or intellect demanded of any President. He has proven beyond a doubt that everyone who claimed otherwise was wrong.

And that an awful lot of Americans who voted for him were deluded and stupid.

It’s a very heavy price to pay for being obtuse to facts staring you in the face.

Next time, when someone shows you who is he, believe him.

He’s not lying.

The Undoing

For months, I’ve been watching Donald Trump play a POTUS on Twitter and TV. I’ve been disheartened, depressed and dismayed, not to say, astonished at how malign and corrupt Donald Trump, his family, aides and administration are.

It was so avoidable, too, if people had even paid the slightest bit of attention to him back when he was just a broke developer, and desperate to remake his fortune.

Spy Magazine, as well as a handful of other reporters, did interviews with him, and they discovered that he was a fraud. They wrote their pieces and those were filed under the heading, “Nobody cares..”.

It would have been wiser to actually listen to the man before this to see the state of his character-but he was blown off as a blow hard, and just an amusing fool.

Then he got elected to POTUS by the sheer ignorance of people willing to overlook his faults.

Now we’re watching just how corrupt administrations get caught out-by sheer stupidity and contempt for the rule of law.

His lies are so many that the NY Times and the Washington Post both keep active articles on them.

And I’m not even talking about Russia. Stiffing small contractors, bamboozling ordinary, innocent people into giving him money for fraudulent college courses. Going broke with his companies 4 times. Walking away from them without a scratch.

But the real problem isn’t really all about Trump-it’s about how much character and morality we, as a nation, have surrendered in exchange for not having to think about our actions or even caring to be citizens by voting at all.

More than a few people voted for him, believing all his words were true. They’re getting shafted by his rolling back Obamacare. They won’t like this. But they still defend him..and will continue to do so even given over-whelming evidence of treason and conspiracy to commit election fraud.

That says a lot about our character, doesn’t it, when a known liar and cheat (not to mention womanizer) is elected to POTUS by saying “You’re fired!”.

Now we’ll have to squint our eyes because we just got rolled by DT, due to our lack of critical thinking. We get to pay for our sins twice:

Getting him elected cost us millions, and getting him impeached will cost millions more. It’s not cheap to remove a POTUS, and it’s not pretty.

But it has to be done, immediately. He’s too dangerous, unstable and possibly the closest successor to Benedict Arnold. Sitting in the Oval Office.

Treason is such a nasty word, isn’t it?

Ms. Ali and Trump

The other day I was visiting my neighbor, Ms. Ali for coffee-ranting and raving over the continuing inability of Trump supporters to finally see what was wrong with their choice of POTUS.

“All they do is blame the media, the liberals, and everyone else for attacking Trump. They don’t see what we see! Why is that? What can we do to change their minds?”

Ms. Ali sat and looked thoughtful.

“Have you ever had an opinion of someone or something that nothing could ever change, until you personally found it to be wrong?”

“Well, yeah, but I’m capable of change, too. They aren’t! They keep calling people like me ‘snowflakes’, telling us to move to another country, and things like that! ”

Ms. Ali continued on:

“Yes, they do-but you’re wrong on one point-those people can change as well, given time. It’s not that they’re totally incapable of change, just that they haven’t been made aware of the possibility that they might be wrong.”

I protested-“But they’re always so one-note-that DT is nothing like what everyone says he is. That he’s smart man, that he means what he says, he’ll deliver on his promises, and that we’re wrong to question him.”

“Perhaps there is another explanation for this-and it’s pretty simple when you look at it.”

“And how is that?” I asked.

“When you’re brought up to believe in a set of ‘rules’, you tend to believe in them until they don’t work for you anymore.”

“Many of these people have not been outside of the country, have never used Twitter, don’t know how to use a computer, don’t read the New York Times or the Washington Post every day. They read their local paper, talk to their friends and family, get their news of the world from one or two TV stations and the local radio station. That’s their ‘sphere of information'”.

“They don’t know how Donald Trump is so different from them. They want someone to talk to them in their jargon, not the ‘political’ one that so many politicians do. Hillary Clinton was seen as remote..and a woman to boot. Donald Trump was on TV, being a boss. They can relate to him. ”

She continued:

“For them, Hillary was a threat to their way of life. Many people don’t like women in power. That’s been true for a very long time. When she became a leading contender, they shied away from her because of the flimsiest of excuses..those emails. But it would have been something else, had those not been available. She was not acceptable.”

“Donald Trump, on the other hand, was-being a big businessman, with all kinds of money, must have been smart to do that. What they didn’t learn was how he got that money-not that would have made much difference, but still-he was a man, doing this ‘man’s job’ they thought should be only for a man.’

“Yeah, sexism is still here, in this day and age..but that doesn’t answer the question. How can we change their minds?” I asked her.

“That’s not as easy, but it can be done-it does take humility, though. Remember the first time you ever found out that you were totally wrong on something, and were embarrassed to have to apologize for it? How agonizing it was for you to do that?”

“Or perhaps you did something that you shouldn’t have, and you have no way of ever correcting it? That apologies will never completely rectify? How did that make you feel?”

I sat and thought..”yeah, I can think of a couple of things and times..and it can be pretty humiliating to go apologize for something really stupid that I shouldn’t have done.”

Ms Ali said:

“Then translate that to all those voters who voted for Donald Trump who are finding out or will find out what kind of man he really is. It calls into question their intelligence and wisdom in voting for him. It calls into question their entire belief system..because if Donald Trump is as bad as everyone says he is, why were they so fooled for so long? What were they thinking? It makes them feel foolish and ashamed of themselves. Not a good thing to feel, really.”

“That’s why you should just keep on keeping it focused on him, not them. They’re not the problem-they did their part, but the man they elected was the wrong one, and they just have to be made to see that they’re not guilty of being stupid-they just got fooled by a great con man who doesn’t care about anyone but himself.”

“Because in the end, people can change their minds if given the right reasons for it. Donald Trump is the wrong man for the wrong reasons, and they should be given all the information to make the better choice the next time. Which means that we all have to stop hating one another for the wrong reasons and start taking back our power to change the system.”

She makes sense, doesn’t she?

That Crying Baby

A very long time ago, after a very enjoyable vacation, I took a flight back from Europe. This entailed 8 hours of utter boredom and cramped quarters with strangers. Usually these kinds of trips are pretty tedious and routine in their passage.

Unless you’re seated near a crying child or baby.

Have you ever been in a totally nerve-wracking and panic-inducing situation like this?

Then you’ll know what I’m talking about.

The child (no more than 4 or 5) would not stop crying or whining.

For nearly 8 hours.

There were about 300 people on that flight. All of whom heard that child howling, crying, whining and generally making our ears hurt with an intensity that was overwhelming.

It was, in short, a maddening flight. Thoughts of murder probably went through everyone’s minds every 4 seconds-or if whether they could really get away with putting the child in the cargo hold, or opening up one of those doors.

The parents seemed helpless to stop it. After a while, they were as defeated and depressed as the rest of us were.

The stewardesses undoubtedly were huddled in their compartment wanting to feed the child a bottle of something very alcoholic. They bore stoic expressions all the time they were feeding their passengers. A few very blatant comments were hurled about-but no violence, surprising given the amount of incitement.

In other words, we all suffered. For nearly 8 hours. We finally got much-needed relief when about 1 hour from landing the child fell soundly asleep. The cheers were indeed audible. The sighs were loud. The oaths to “Never fly again with a crying baby” were made.

Now, jump forward to today. I’m sure that those parents are long over those days, and the child in question is a grown adult. Hopefully not having grown up to be an adult whiner.

But-we are still faced with the problem of that crying baby today.

He’s named Donald Trump, and he’s a 70-year-old version of that baby on the plane. Constantly crying, and whining about how life is unfair to him, how the media is mean to him and that when there’s a possibility that he or his associates are being investigated for possible illegal activity he calls it a ‘witch hunt’. His constant strain is “I don’t deserve this!”.

We have that baby all over again. One who has been sworn to uphold and defend our country and Constitution, but feels that life owes him a pain and criticism-free existence.

To be blunt, I’m getting very tired of hearing how he’s being treated so unfairly when he brought on all of his problems on himself.

So I have a little suggestion to this adult crying baby:

Either resign or shut the hell up.

Deal with it, because we’re very tired of your pathetic attempts at sympathy that is not forthcoming, despite what you think.

Because it’ll do all of us some good to have silence from the Whiner in Chief.

Predictions

As an American citizen, I am totally stunned at how prescient I was (and others as well) when I predicted that Donald Trump would be a walking disaster were he elected President.

I told in so many sentences that he was unfit for the office, in so many ways. It seemed to me that nobody listened, nobody cared. He was elected anyway, by those who believed the appearance of change and the braggadocio that Trump is a master of.

I knew from the moment I wrote From Bad to Worse that this would not end well.

You see, while I don’t know many rich people, I do know people who are a lot like Donald Trump. They’re damaged. They need to justify their existence in any way possible, in every way possible. They’ll lie for it, and deny they lied when found out.

They’ll say anything to gain acceptance, and then when they’re caught out on it, they’ll lie some more. They’ll defend themselves to the death. Nothing is ever their fault. Power makes them even worse. Money only enlarges the problem.

So he’s a rich pathological liar. An emotionally and ethically damaged human being who is President, but at the rate this debacle is going, not much longer. It’s unwinding by the hour.

Because I lived through RIchard Nixon and Watergate. That’s why this is so terribly predictable, only because Donald Trump does not realize how much history he’s repeating.

To be honest, though-Nixon was far smarter. He would not have given the Russians the time of day. He did fire the Special Prosecutor, Archibald Cox, but not the head of the FBI. Nor would he have threatened them in public. Privately, yes-he was famous for having a ‘enemies list’ and he was taped doing it. But not on a medium like Twitter. Not him-he was a very intensely private man. One never knew what he was thinking.

However, he was found out. He was going to be impeached (and undoubtedly removed) when he resigned the Presidency. He was a liar, and a man drunk on power. He felt he had no boundaries, no restraints-but he knew by then he had no choice, because Congress had decided otherwise, which was their prerogative then and now.

Donald Trump is going down the history road that has been traveled before-and if he is wise, he will resign before being totally humiliated by the spectacle of an open trial in the Congress.

He cannot stand being held in scorn, and right now, that’s right where he is. If he really wants to salvage whatever small ego he has, he will resign, and remove all the stain he has left on this country.

We cannot afford to not remove him. He is bringing disaster down on our heads and he is the worst President in our nation’s history. He will be only remembered for that.

The history books will not be kind to either him or us-and both deserve their scorn.

Because some of us believed the lies and suspended our thought patterns for a con man who lied his way into the most important job in our country-which he treated with casual and cruel mercenary contempt.

I’m pretty sure that when I read this article again, I will be ashamed to have been proven right once more. I once believed that we as a people were smarter and wiser than this. Donald Trump dispelled any of that notion.

Sad to say, we elected a fool with money and got played for fools. Shame on us. We’re paying the price of our own folly and stupidity.

The saying was right: “Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it.”

Maybe next time, we’ll get it right.

Name Calling

Recently I was called a ‘snowflake’ by someone who may or may not know me. Now, normally I wouldn’t be offended or even disturbed by this event. I’m a big girl, and I can take criticism, when warranted (or not).

What got me rather upset is the idea that when one is attempting to show the reasons why one would be of a certain political persuasion, based on facts that have been repeatedly proven, is grounds for other people to call you a derogatory name.

In this case, I was presenting the editorial series from the LA Times that bluntly states why and how Donald Trump is not fit to be president. It is an excellent series, and if you want to read it, here’s the link for it: Our Dishonest President

In my post I had commented that a lot of what the Times was saying was already apparent, had been for quite some time, and that I had already done so long before a lot of the MSM started to discover that Trump is, indeed, a very disturbed person who should not be in the position he holds.

I’m rather curious about why this offends others, and how it provokes them to insult people who might not share their political beliefs.

Hillary Clinton was not a perfect candidate-that much I will admit, and more. She did not do the Democratic Party any favors by calling Trump supporters “Deplorables”. That was over the line and demeaning for her to do. It didn’t help her at all, and probably contributed to the perception that she is a ‘East Coast elitist’ with no empathy or sympathy for the common man.

It also probably cost her a lot of votes and the election. Those who had been willing to overlook her faults and vote for her stepped back and decided otherwise. The Trump supporters, emboldened by her mistake, started to think that they were in the right, and therefore, everyone who voted for her, were in all likelihood, people who called others names as well-and therefore, targets to catcall with the brand of “Snowflake’.

What the Trump supporters overlook is that their candidate acted even worse than Clinton ever did-by openly mocking a disabled reporter on live television, and constantly demeaning others while assuming the mantle of being for the ‘little guy’.

While Clinton has apologized for her mistake publicly, Donald Trump has continued his brand of name calling and derogatory remarks. He has never once apologized for anything he has ever said that could be hurtful or disrespectful of others. He has in fact, doubled down on it while denying that he ever said such things, even when confronted with the proof of it.

It’s very clear that Donald Trump is not fit to be President. That is a fact. It is also a fact that anyone who calls opponents of his presidency derogatory names in their defense of it is not being a rational human being.

Defending a bully for his bad actions by mocking others who oppose him is not a good way to prove your case.

Donald Trump should not get a pass for being a bully, and neither should his supporters who do the same.

Name calling is a horrible way to argue your point and it leads to nothing but hurt feelings and no common ground for an actual and rational discussion of opposing beliefs.

It’s time we all stopped acting like school kids on the playground and started talking to each other like adults with brains in our heads. Let’s show each other a little more respect and understanding.

Just because Donald Trump is a bully does not mean we have to be bullies to each other.

We’re better than that. Let’s prove it.

Our Tainted Country

No matter how one looks at the picture of this country now, there is no disputing that we have crossed the threshold from being the most respected country in the world to that of being the most corrupt,venal and ignorant-one that deserves the mockery and disrespect given by other countries.

We deserve it without question. We have earned the status of a banana republic. We are an outright laughingstock as a country and a power.

For we have a government headed by a known pathological liar, who is surrounded by sycophants, billionaires and an untold number of unsavory people who would be best described as ‘scum’. They’re running the country-right into the sewer.

He has as a support group his followers, who are for the most part, stupid and uneducated, willing to cheer his incompetence and greed on with lusty cheers-not realizing until recently that he had no intentions of serving them. He serves only himself and his cronies.

Aided and abetted by a supine and equally clueless Congress, which has for the most part allowed him to continue his reign of cupidity unchecked. The Republican party has absolutely no moral leadership, no spine and no intention of changing.

They only look to get re-elected, and hold their noses while rubber-stamping their approval of their leader’s heartless and inhumane policies and executive orders. They don’t even bother with their constituency anymore, because that would need being held accountable. They don’t do that.

The Republicans are as corrupt as Donald Trump is, and they know a fellow traveler when they see one.

The media only assisted with so much as a ‘great ratings!’ when reporting on the election. They enabled his rise without a check on their and his lust for viewers. They are as much to blame as the voters who elected Trump.

Not content with running a campaign based on a platform, Donald Trump and his campaign staff seem to have kept company with the Russians on many levels. Only the FBI now knows how deep this is, and it looks very bad from what James Comey has stated in a public hearing.

Collusion is akin to treason, and that’s what we’re seeing here with the administration-one that is completely and utterly corrupt, capable of selling their very souls for money, which it seems they did with enthusiasm, to a foreign power.

The damage this has done is untold. Watergate was nothing compared to this.

Let’s get real. It’s going to take decades (if then) to remove the stain and taint that Donald Trump has brought on our country. We may never recover our dignity or status as a world power or leader.

We only have ourselves to blame.

The founders would be shaking their heads in shame and weeping for all their lost ideals, with good reason.

They worked so hard to do this right. They fought a war to get it done. So many people sacrificed so much to found this country-and we just threw out 243 years worth of democracy without so much as a “Bye, Felicia.”

And that’s the real shame.

Instilling Fear

This post is dedicated to the hard-working staff of @RoguePOTUSStaff, and all of our followers, with gratitude.

Yesterday I came across an article that caught my eye-nothing surprising there. I read a lot of articles in my travels across the Internet, and this one just jumped out.

It was a report that Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary, had been demanding all staff in the White House surrender their phones for inspection.

This article that was carried by several news media and when I read it, the idea of being employed and subjected to such an arbitrary demand for a personal communication device from your employer smacked of censorship and repression.

So I got curious-and got on Twitter. I tweeted this to begin with:

Mary Hilton‏ @FMHilton Feb 26 #notmypresident I hope this doesn’t mean we’ll lose @RoguePOTUSStaff tweets! (asshole..)

A few minutes later, they somehow had seen this, and replied this (with a link to the actual article quoted):

“The Q to ask here is “How many leaks occur via text msg?” They weren’t actually looking for evidence of media leaks.”

Intrigued, I did what any normal journalist (I act like one sometimes) would do-sent the question that had to be asked:

@RoguePOTUSStaff So what were they looking for? Can you tell us?”

The answer came back shortly-and it was an answer that has reverberated around Twitter for about 24 hours now. My Timeline is still getting replies, and retweets of the answer:

“Feb 26: @FMHilton Maybe nothing. Maybe anything. Maybe twitter apps. Maybe they just wanted to instill fear in people.”

That was all it took.
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It appears that this administration is one that depends and encourages fear-fear of people, countries, governments, and the media. Nothing is to be trusted, nobody and certainly no institution. All news is fake, all truth is subjective.

It is driven by making fear the currency of the day. It makes people fear for their lives, their homes, families and survival.

How many times have we heard Donald Trump warn of the ‘bad hombres’ crossing the border to murder, rape and steal from us?

How many millions of people has he told us should not be allowed into this country because they are bad people, and are going to kill us? That they don’t love America?

Instead of a President who instills hope and change, we have one that demands that we turn our backs on our fellow human beings, deny them their chance to live their lives in peace and without fear. He does it by making us fear the unknown-people and ideas. He enforces it with Executive Orders that bar citizens of entire countries from entering this one.

It makes enemies of people you called friends 24 hours ago. It makes ICE come knocking on a door and arresting everyone in the building for suspicion that they’re all undocumented and illegal aliens, and then deporting them without court dates-to a country they’ve not seen in any of their lives.

It encourages the detaining and questioning of American citizens who are re-entering the US who appear to be ‘different’. People such as Muhammed Ali Jr, or the French-born historian, or an Australian children’s author…or even a NASA scientist returning from his travels and with a ‘Global Entry’ passport.

This is unacceptable. We have come so far from when FDR once stated “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”, to this.

We have come to suspect everyone and everything-which is a travesty of not only all we hold dear, but what our founders wanted us to do.

There is no other option than to reject this cycle of fear and intimidation. It isn’t enough to just say “Well, I’m not one of those people”, because in time, given the chance, we all are going to become ‘one of those people’.

We cannot afford to do this. We can’t go back to fearing everything and everyone. Perhaps this quote by Mark Twain will do in the end, because I think he was right.

“@RoguePOTUSStaff “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” Mark Twain. Words to remember.”

We must resist, with all of our being-no matter who you are, what you do, or who you talk to.

Because fear is the real enemy, and one we must fight with all of our being, lest we become the victims.

Impeachment

This is a post that I had hoped to avoid writing. This is a post I did not want to write, did not want to even contemplate writing. I looked closely at my motives, my feelings for the reasoning behind writing it, and I still cannot avoid writing it because it has to be written.

If you had read my previous posts from about March of last year on, you will know that I was and am fervently opposed to Donald Trump as a person and as a president.

You will notice that I do not address him as “The President” even when I know legally he is. I did not vote for him and while I did not vote for his earlier predecessor, George W. Bush, I always called Mr. Bush the President, even when I disagreed profoundly and morally about his tenure in office. I didn’t respect Mr. Bush that much (and still do not), but I knew then that he had come into his office on a solid and respectable legal footing even when he was not prepared for it.

Donald Trump is a another matter. He is not and has never been of presidential caliber. He is totally unfit for the office, and came into it under a huge cloud of suspicion that should have called into question the way he did so. That it has not led to greater questioning is something that the history books will have to report on in the future.

There is traditionally a ‘honeymoon’ period for all new Presidents when they come into office-however brief or long it may be is dependent on their ability to adapt to the office.

Donald Trump has blown away any vestiges of goodwill from any quarter from the very first by attacking nearly everyone and everything every single day on his personal Twitter account. Nobody is safe from his tantrums. Nobody is worthy of respect from Trump-not judges, countries or his own country. He despises everyone equally.

His supporters still ask to have us give him a chance. There are no chances left to give. By his actions and words, he has utterly demeaned the office he holds. He has nominated literally the worst people ever to become his cabinet-billionaires with no ethics, scruples or morals.

In his cabinet he has billionaires assembled to run a country populated by non-billionaires. For the most part they have absolutely no related work experience and no business being in the positions they hold. He has on his personal staff a known quantity of racist Neo-nazis who have become too powerful to be in a position to affect his decisions-and have positioned themselves to do exactly that.

Donald Trump has not divested himself of his ties to his business, even when he stated that he would. He lied then, and he continues to lie daily. He allows his own family to attend important meetings without question. He attacks those who do question their presence in the White House, and attacks those who would seemingly impugn their character by denying them the chance to personally profit from their access to his office.

He has issued executive orders which are constitutionally insane. They go against every ideal that America stands for, every hope and dream we all hold dear.

In short, he has forfeited the right to call himself a capable leader. It is the view of many people that he is mentally ill, unstable, and unfit to hold the office. He has demonstrated no capacity to lead, no ability to do the task he has been given.

We cannot afford 4 years of this. He has already damaged our country in so many ways that it will take decades to recover from it, if ever. He has tarnished our cherished ideals, our way of life and our very existence as a country.

He must be removed from office.

It is no easy matter to demand removal of a sitting President, nor should it be. The last President to actually be in peril of his office was Richard Nixon, who was intelligent enough to understand that his crimes were beyond the pale, and resigned before being formally removed.

Donald Trump has to be removed from office, and the sooner the better for our country. We cannot wait for the next disaster to strike before we find out how truly terrible he is as a leader, because we already know the truth and it is staring us in the face.

Let’s face up to our responsibility as citizens and do the only thing that our founders would have us do, if only for our own survival as a country-by forcing the least fit person in the country out of his office.

Donald Trump must be impeached and removed from the Presidency.

We need to do this. We have to do this.

To do otherwise is to throw the Constitution in the gutter and let it wash away like yesterday’s trash and end our existence as a free nation founded on the words of “We the People”.

History Lessons Learned

1944:

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