Still here after all these years

History Lessons Learned





Alternative Facts

We all knew that Donald Trump has been, and always will be a liar-he’s not done anything to dispel that truth about his personality throughout his life.

In fact, it is the one enduring trait he exhibits. It’s so ingrained in him that it even rubs off on people he has working for him..such as KellyAnne Conway, and Sean Spicer, both of whom demonstrated the uncanny ability to absorb their employer’s habits over the past weekend.

It didn’t even take 48 hours to make it apparent that this administration is going to be the least truthful and candid one we’ve seen in quite a while..or at least since Richard Nixon was in the White House.

What is so disturbing about this set of events is the reality that they even happened. Not happy with the media showing pictures (and not photoshopped, either) of the Washington Mall during the Obama inauguration and Trump’s, Spicer came lashing out that the media was distorting facts and numbers about the attendance at Trump’s-both of which were provable beyond a shadow of a doubt. Pictures don’t lie.

It was arguably the most ridiculous press briefing of the new administration, and to follow it up later with a quote from Conway stating that Spicer was dealing with “alternative facts” was just mind-boggling, to say the least.

In the midst of this debacle was the news that Trump will not release his taxes, which Conway said wasn’t going to happen because ‘nobody cares.’

We do care-and we care about the honesty quotients of this new President and his staff. They all show woefully low bars of honesty and integrity, which are attributes most normal people appreciate.

In short, most people do not like liars.

It’s becoming more and more obvious each passing day that this election raised to power the most unfit man and his cohort of inept enablers ever to cross the portal of the White House.

It’s clear that we can no longer trust any of them to do anything to dispel the notion that they don’t have our best interests at heart, and that they’re all not in it for the long con, because that’s becoming an outright lie. They prove it every time they speak.

Unless we can remove them from their perches of lofty disregard for the truth by whatever legal means whatsoever, it’s going to be a very long 4 years of lies, evasions and distortions of reality. Richard Nixon would have been proud of this bunch.

We cannot and must not normalize or accept their version of truth. It’s unacceptable and so are they.

We deserve better than a bunch of liars running this country.

Presidenting for Dummies

While I know that Donald Trump will never, ever read this (or any other book, by any account), I’d like to share my wisdom from the perspective of a 61-year-old American voter.

Yeah, I know. I did not vote for him, I’m protesting his election-but I thought it’d be good to list those things that I (and probably many others) would like to have happen while he’s supposedly running the country.

So here goes with my list of ideas that I believe Trump would be wise to heed:

1. GET OFF TWITTER, FOREVER. It makes you look like a whiny, spoiled 4-year-old throwing a temper tantrum every single time you get riled up and tweet something obnoxious. You’ve ranted and raved about so many things and people, it’s getting exhausting to keep track of who you’re mad at now. We’re tired of it. Your phone could probably use the break, too.

2. Learn some new words:’big league,”beautiful’,’great’,’fantastic’,’wonderful’, etc, are all adjectives used to describe things or people. You are not one of those people they describe by using them too much. Your vocabulary is so limited I’m surprised when you use a word that has more than 2 syllables and 10 letters.

3. DIVEST ALL OF YOUR HOLDINGS, NOW: This is a big thing. By having the appearance of conflicts of interest going into the White House, it makes you look like a 2 bit hustler looking for the next scam victim. Those who voted for you probably don’t realize that you’re indebted to at least 10 banks, domestic and foreign for hundreds of millions of dollars. That you do does not count for very wise business or money management. I can see why your companies went bankrupt-you just walked away with no scars after stiffing all of your investors.

4. Stop dissing our country and government: Every time you say that the CIA, or other government agencies are making things up, can’t be trusted or lying, you are telling us that we don’t have a government that we can trust. Some of these people put their lives on the line for you, me, and millions of others every day to keep this country safe. A little respect would go a long way to healing the huge divide that has appeared and is growing by leaps and bounds every day. PS :Please remember that you are now the head of the very same government you’re so disrespectful of.

5. Get over the election, already: you are the sorest winner in the history of this country. You keep slamming those who did not vote for you as losers and your enemies. That’s a good way to keep them as such. We’re stuck with you for 4 years-you could be at least gracious about it.

6. Get rid of those low-life trash types in your administration: Steve Bannon is a is Jeff Sessions. Your billionaire friends are not our best friends. They’d rather take the money and run the country to dust. Thanks a lot. This is not ‘change and hope’..more like ‘death and destruction’.

7. Stop admiring Vladimir Putin: as much as you’d like to be best buds with this guy, don’t do it. He’s a thug, killer and former KGB agent who’s personally had people murdered on his personal orders. He’s invaded and taken over entire countries. He helped Syria to destroy Aleppo and killing thousands of innocent men, women and children. He’s not someone I’d want to cross, ever. Tony Soprano had it right: “Don’t ever fuck with the Russians”. It makes you look like a traitor to do this..and we don’t like our presidents to be traitors, either.

8. Start acting your age: You’re 70 years old. I’ve never known anyone that age to behave so immaturely as you have. You really do have a problem with your ego, your temper and your attitude. Being a narcissist is a handicap, I know, but you don’t have to prove it every single day.

9. Realize that we have laws and rules for a reason: Read the Constitution, if you ever get the chance to break away from Twitter. It’s an enlightening document. It’s all about how this country is supposed to be governed. Because you’ve never held elected office, you might be surprised that it exists at all. Have someone interpret it for you, if need be-or write it out in crayon. It’s important.

10. Stop with the ‘I, I, I” theme: Nobody likes an egotist..and you’re a great one, who claims credit for everything, including the sun rising and setting. You’re not the only person in this universe, nor are you the only American who counts. There are a lot of people in this country and world. You’re just one of them.

11. Learn how to tell the truth: There’s an old joke about lawyers that applies to you-“How do you tell a lawyer is lying? When his lips move.” To be perfectly blunt, you have never told the truth about anything in the past 70 years that we’re aware of. You don’t seem to know the difference between the truth and a lie; perhaps to your poorly trained mind they are the same. No matter: you’re an inveterate and intolerable liar and we’re going to call you out on this every single time. You’re not going to get away with it now, nor should you. Most people don’t like liars, either in their personal life or as a President.

Finally, one last admonition:

12. START ACTING LIKE A PRESIDENT AND NOT A 10 YEAR OLD SCHOOLYARD BULLY: You were elected to this damned job, so start acting like you can even do it. If you can’t handle it, just resign and leave us to choose someone who can. We’ll allow you to admit you were badly mistaken in your capabilities..and I’m sure we can find someone who is far better qualified to do this job.

I’ll leave this here, and pray for the people in power to use the 25th Amendment of the Constitution to remove this most unfit and unstable man from the highest office in this country.

It can’t come soon enough.

On the Record

I find myself increasingly spending my days avoiding hearing the news or watching it.

I also am spending less time reading the papers in the real world and on line. I now avoid going to their sites, or even sites with any news of any sort whatsoever-entertainment or otherwise.

It’s really hard to do I’ve described before. The urge to know what’s happening is sometimes overwhelming and I have to fight it tooth and nail-but I must do it to keep from getting angry with everyone and in real trouble.

When I do encounter someone who tells me to ‘get over it’, I react to it very forcefully and profanely. I’m tired of being polite to idiots and fools.

No, I’m not in denial, as much as my actions appear.

I’m in a constant silent seething rage.

You see, I was brought up to believe (wrongly, as it now appears) that our country and government are worthy institutions, full of well-meaning and intelligent people who work for the common good of this country.

That our elected officials are working for the will of the people and the noble goal of making us the best country in the world, shining in the darkness as a beacon of hope for others to emulate.

That we’re smart enough to avoid the past brutal lessons of the past-that we learned from other countries’ mistakes and our own.

What I’ve learned in the past 3 months is that this country is full of fools, charlatans, liars and traitors. That nothing I’ve ever believed in is correct or true.

And that I can’t do a damned thing about it, much as everyone says one individual can and must do.

I’ve seen my own US Senator endorse a well-known racist to become US Attorney General and proclaim “He is a different man now from the past”, when nothing of the sort has happened.

When the Republicans declare that all the nominees for the cabinet level appointments are perfectly fine without extreme vetting on their past financial and personal histories-just let them get to be appointed, ok? That it doesn’t matter that those nominees are loaded with conflicts of interest-not a problem. The laws are written for other people, you know.

That the Republicans will rewrite their own rules to allow it to happen without a fight-steamrolling all objections with “Oh, not a problem..” They even attempted to eliminate an office of ethics because obviously it wasn’t needed or wanted by them. Too much hard work to comply with basic human decency, apparently.

When the President-Elect blatantly lies repeatedly on every subject he ever discusses. That this same person is mentally, emotionally, and ethically unfit to serve as President, but nobody calls him out on those deficiencies. Nobody protests when his background as a failed businessman is so overwhelming that it demands closer attention to his conflicts of interest.

That he is actively breaking the laws on nepotism and emolution from the very start.

That we’re fast approaching the failed state status of a banana republic without a fight.

That nobody in public office is worthy of their job-that they all have spines of jelly fish, and the level of cowardice is just plain appalling when it comes to voting or acting for the better good of this country.

That apparently nobody gives a shit about any of it, including the media. They’re the first to normalize this state of insanity. They’re jumping on the bandwagon in droves, to drive up their revenues and readership.

No..I just learned that everything that I was taught from an early age is wrong..and that I am no longer just an American citizen, but an enemy of the state for objecting to all that is wrong in this country right now.

I’m told to move to another country, and to shut up about this state of affairs, that I don’t count any more, my vote was worthless, the election wasn’t rigged and the results weren’t tainted by interference from another country seeking to influence the election with their choice of president.

In the future, when history books are written about this election and the results, I’m afraid that the title will be: “The Big Fatal American Mistake”.

Because that is exactly what this entire time in our history is, without a doubt.

We’ll be paying for it for a very, very long time. We may never get over it, either. We’ll have a country named “The United States of America” but it won’t resemble anything the Founding Fathers framed in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence.

We’re done as a noble exercise in democracy and idealism. We’ve given up without a fight.

God save the United States, because apparently that’s the only way this country will survive in any form.

I’d like to be proven wrong in that statement, just as I was proven wrong about the election-but I’ve learned to never assume belief is the same thing as reality.

Because the reality is that we’re just as stupid a country and people as any other, and we’re willing to sell it out for pennies on the dollar, to be led by a 5th grade bully with the mentality and speech of a common 2 bit hustler.

Some country this was, huh? Too bad we couldn’t keep it.

From Bad to Worse

Never in my life have I seen an election, president-elect and the results of ignorance laid out bare for all to see.

It’s a witches’ brew of incompetence, greed, fascism, venality and indifference to morality or decency.

It’s enough to cause utter and complete despair for a country.

No, it wasn’t bad enough that Donald Trump got elected-that one was a stunner. It wasn’t shameful enough that his legion of ‘low-education’ followers are one step away from parading with the sign saying “One True Believer”. It’s not demeaning enough that the president-elect has not stopped using Twitter to communicate his domestic policy before consulting the media.

It’s not horrible enough when you realize the quality of people he’s nominating to run our government-nearly all of whom have practically no government experience in the past. They were, for the most part, all big donors to his campaign. That was good enough for him to consider them capable-but not one of them are competent enough to have had jobs at Burger King in the past.

The real capping instance among many other provocations is the fact that it now appears that Russia deliberately assisted in getting this incompetent fraud and huckster elected. That should sound (and has in fact) huge bells of alarm all over the country, and in Washington.

We shouldn’t really be surprised. Trump did call out during the campaign for the Russians to come and hack us for those emails to Hillary Clinton. They did so with abandon. They did it to make sure he got elected, and to thank them for the favor, he has now nominated the CEO of Exxon-Mobil to be our Secretary of State.

How many ways can you say rigged? He was right-but for his side. It appears that he knew about it, was informed about it and encouraged it. Now he’s awarded the Russians for their loyalty with a man who’s a personal friend of Vladimir Putin as our chief foreign policy guy-and who also got a medal from the Russians for being so nice to them.

Where does this stop? It will not be undone by the votes of the Electors-nice magical thinking there, but that won’t do it. Nor will Congressional committees to investigate the hacking, unless it leads to actual legal charges. It won’t come from bashing him on Twitter. It won’t be because of editorials in the NY Times and the Washington Post.

It will have to be a groundswell of public outrage and an active bi-partisan effort to get him legally removed from office before he’s had a chance to damage it and our country forever.

It’s in the Constitution-several articles in that document address the problem of having a man so far removed from the abilities of being President to be legally severed from this position.

I suggest that the best and brightest legal minds begin by investigating the legal options to do it, and soon. It took over 3 years to remove Nixon from office, but that looks like peanuts in contrast to what Trump is capable of doing before he even takes the oath of office.

In short, we now have a President-elect who is so unfit and unqualified to hold this office that it demands that we not give him a chance to be in it for more than a few months-and we’d better start doing something about it now.

Because too much is wrong in having Donald Trump as President. It’s wrong in more ways than you can ever possibly imagine-and we’re going to pay a steep price for being such suckers that he must laugh every night when he goes to bed:

“Ha! Pulled another one over their heads! It’s nice to be President-elect!”

Let’s not let him have the last laugh.

That Dreadful Feeling

Have you ever had those days when everything you read makes you cringe or wonder what the hell is going on in this world?

Me, too.

I can’t stand to read the papers on-line any more, or even in the real world. I can’t watch the evening news without shutting it off after the headlines.

Now, this is very bad for me. I am a literal news-junkie. Love to hit every single important news site-the NY Times, Washington Post, even the smaller papers of the Portland Press Herald and the Lewiston Sun-Journal. Heck, I even read the Huffington Post, Daily Beast and Salon magazine.

Or I used to.

Seems though, now that I can’t stand to hit those links, because every time I do and read the headlines or the sub headlines, it makes my stomach turn and my fear factor go up a notch or two.

Ever since Donald Trump was elected President, the headlines have been full of the changes he’s making, and they’re all bad to read.

He’s bringing in people to run the government who aren’t fit to hold jobs at Burger King. He’s proposed so many drastic and bad things that if they are carried out, millions of people will suffer from them-among them, his own army of supporters.

Privatizing Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, schools. Building walls and deporting millions of people. Telling everyone that if they burn flags they should be jailed or stripped of their citizenship. Nominating people to the DOJ who believe that anyone who isn’t white doesn’t deserve respect, or rights.

Nominating the same people who stole our money, our houses and trashed the entire economy for their own profit to run the Treasury Department. Hiring advisors who are white supremacists. Making the Secret Service pay for the privilege of protecting him in NY at our expense.

Cutting the funding for science, education, the EPA. Bringing back coal mines. Using public lands for gas and oil development. Appointing SC justices on the basis of scuttling rights to health care.

No, it’s not pleasant to read this, and it’s on a daily basis. Plus the fact that he does most major announcements on Twitter. Now, I ask you, is this a normal guy?

I know it isn’t. What he thinks, does and tweets is literally turning this country back to the 1900’s in a way that I’ve never seen before.

Where nobody is protected from the ravages of big corporations having their way to destroy our lives. Where everyone is a profit point, and can be bought for pennies on a dollar.

His proposed cabinet is full of millionaires, billionaires and petty thieves who are just in it for the glory and the money.

Just like him.

He’s not making America great again-or even draining the swamp. He’s doing exactly what he wants and that was to get as much out of it as possible without having been held to account.

The swamp is getting stocked with mean, hungry alligators.

The only people who are powerful enough to stop this guy are the most craven: the Congress.

The majority of whom are Republican and are very willing to lie down and let him step over them. They’re trampling over each other trying to accommodate him. They’re his major cheerleaders.

My question is: When does this nightmare train to hell stop?

Because it’s not stopping at the train station that reads “Welcome to America, land of opportunity”, but rather to the station where the sign reads, “Work makes you free.”

Guess I’ll just have to stop reading the papers and listening to the news for the next 4 years, because I feel that the world has just gone insane and we’re not only the audience but the victims of the worst political upheaval in our lifetimes.

That’s not a good feeling – it’s guaranteed to ruin your digestion, and life.

Great American Scandal

Just finished a book titled: “Great American Scandals“by Michael Farquhar. Fascinating reading about those nasty things that have gone on in this country since our founding.

It’s about the duels, betrayals, fights, crimes and other things that have taken place in the years past-mostly by our Founding Fathers and their friends-later other illustrious people, all in glorious and sordid detail.

There is an Appendix to this book and I read it quite thoroughly. It lists the details of every single President to George W. Bush and lists their singular historical distinction.

So it’s only missing Barack Obama and the new President-elect.

I can say with pretty good odds that Mr. Obama’s distinction is going to be that he is the first African-American president elected with the majority of the popular vote. Pretty obvious to anyone who knows American history.

The new President is going to have many distinctions in our history if placed into this context, and not many of them very good.

Here’s a partial list:

1. Richest man to ever win the Presidency, and not by his own hard work-Daddy was rich, too. Only President to have an active role in the company he owns and has declared he will not divest of before taking office.

2. Won with a historical lower percentage of the popular vote, but with an over-whelming Electoral College vote.

3. First President to have ever been married 3 times. Ronald Reagan was previously the only one to have been divorced.

4. First President to have been involved in an active fraud case at the time of his election, which he settled out of court. First to also have a huge number of active lawsuits pending before his taking office, and still not settled.

5. First President to have openly insulted large groups of the American people with impunity during the campaign without stint. Openly mocked many people, and never apologized to any of them.

6. First President to be aligned with the white nationalist groups and neo-Nazis. He also has never (to date) disavowed this. He’s also been noted as a sexual predator by numerous women.

I could go on and on about the list of dubious distinctions that Donald Trump will have with his taking the oath of office. I won’t bore you with the many other things that he is very well-known to have done, like the “Billy Bush” tapes. There are too many of them to list in one column.

Because of that, I will just ask this one question that puzzled me since Election night:

How the hell is this country going to survive being run by an erratic, ignorant racist without any shred of ethics or morals?

I don’t know, and that is why so many people are so very scared right now.

Because Donald Trump is completely the antithesis of the type of man who should be in the White House: a man with a clear past and a promising administration who will bring hope to all.

From what I can see, all we can look forward to is more scandal, slime and mud-slinging for the next 4 years, with untold damage to our country, reputation and lives.

Charles M. Blow did an outstanding column last week which resonated with millions of people, and I recommend it to you to read.

It’s worthy of a Pulitzer, and absolutely true-far better written than anything I could ever hope to write in my wildest dreams. Please read it if you haven’t, and re-read it if you have.

It’s the truth about our new President and it should be required reading for everyone who voted for him.

To that, I say, “Amen, brother!”.

Stand up and Fight

It is with a very sorrowful and heavy heart that I write this post.

It has become very obvious to me and millions of other people that we have a totally unfit and corrupt man who has been elected President of this country.

The past week has shown more than cursory evidence of this statement.

He has appointed a well-known racist to be his chief of staff-Steve Bannon.

He has nominated Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General of the country. If you don’t remember your history well, Sessions was shut down as a racist a very long time ago when undergoing confirmation for a lesser post. He was not confirmed.

Trump himself has refused to communicate fully with the State Department in dealing with foreign leaders, and has been in talks with his own company during the transition-a clear violation of federal rules regarding blind trusts.

He has refused to create one for his business.

He has proposed having his children be entrusted with security clearances to be able to discuss national security issues. Nepotism at its’ worst. His daughter was in the same conference as he was during the visit of the Japanese Prime Minister. She had no business being there.

He has taken to being on Twitter, decrying the cast of Hamilton’s plea to his VP after a performance.

He’s refused to openly disavow the racist rhetoric and attacks going on in his name.

He has welcomed with open arms some of the biggest Wall Street names, to be proposed as leaders in his administration. Those same people who drove the economy down to the ground during the last recession. They’re gleeful about the prospect of being able to fatten themselves at the trough, and in doing so, weaken or abolish most of the protections we have against their greed and criminal activity.

He settled the lawsuit regarding Trump University. Imagine-an incoming president having done that to avoid a fraud conviction.

This is only the beginning, too. He hasn’t even been inaugurated yet. 2 months to go, and we have a full-fledged disaster coming at us full-force.

We cannot let this happen.

We must take back this country from this man and his political and business cronies.

He will only destroy everything this country stands for.

I will be writing my Senators to urge them to take action in blocking any nominations of his appointees. The Senate is the blocking wall, and if they do not do something to stop this travesty of a future president, we are lost.

Please, sit down and write or call your Senators and Congresspeople. Urge them to listen to the American people in a plea for our country.

To do no less is to betray our country and our Constitution. It’s very apparent that unless we do, we will have a dictatorship which will drive a stake into it.

And he’s still not my president. Never will be.

He’s not anyone’s, nor should he be.

Suffering the Consequences

The election is over, and the people have spoken. Donald Trump is now the President-elect.

No, this is not the post where I publicly rescind everything I wrote in the past. I will never still accept him as my President, because he’s not. He does not represent me, or my views.

I did not vote for him, for many reasons-but I, like many others (better paid to do so, too) have pondered why this happened and what will happen now that he is.

He ran on the platform of populism-for the common person. Now, I can understand why people would vote for such a theme, and I don’t blame them at all. It’s very hard to turn down the prospect of jobs, and a better life.

What is not understandable is why anyone would want to not look past the facade and take a harder look at what he really is, and represents.

Let’s face it-he’s a billionaire (if what he states is the truth), and he’s never wanted for a damned thing in his life. Money, a job, a place to live, access to the best health care, etc.

He was born with the proverbial spoon in his mouth. He went to good schools, graduated from Wharton Business (which they would rather he not mention), and took over his father’s properties and empire when his father died.

In other words, he is the 1% that the 99% resent. He doesn’t know what suffering is. He doesn’t know what discrimination is. He’s never been turned down for a job, never had to suffer from hunger, or homelessness.

So he comes from the part of the planet which rules the other part. He is in essence the guy you hate because he cut in front of you if you’re in that line. He’s the one who always says “Do you know who I am?” to staff at a restaurant or hotel. He’s entitled to it, and he makes sure they know who he is. Hell, he usually owns the place, too.

That’s the important part that most don’t get. He is the last person to need this job of presiding over a country that has millions suffering from the consequences of the 1% running amok over us.

Then you will not misunderstand that when he is playing this role, he’s just playing himself, and the people around him will continue on their agendas, unhindered by the fact that he lied to everyone, including himself. They will continue their rule.

Nothing will change. Not the politics, the people or the mindset-‘we’re in charge of this country, you just stay out of our way-and thanks for your vote”.

And you’ll start to understand that this is not the right person to do this job. Hillary Clinton had tons of baggage, true-and while she wasn’t perfect, she at least had some knowledge of living on the edge. She knew the challenges facing most people.

Which is why we’re going to be living on the edge for quite some time to come.

The most unfit person running the country has no clue where this country came from and couldn’t really care less. All he wants is the publicity and ego stroking.

The rest of us have to suffer while he gets what he wants, and the 1% gets everything we’re denied.

Because the American Dream is just that-for only those who can afford it.

The rest of us are still going to suffer, no matter what the campaign slogans said.

Not My President

So this is the reality: Donald Trump is the POTUS.
Voted in by people who are pissed off at the establishment in Washington.

Let me get this right, though.

We now have a President who:

Was a draft dodger-4 times during the Vietnam War. He’s now the Commander in Chief.

Cheated on his taxes-he avoided paying taxes for 20 years. He hasn’t released his taxes yet, either.

Was a serial philanderer-with 2 of his 3 wives. 2 of whom were immigrants.

Has been seen quoted as saying “Grab them by the pussy. They’ll let you do anything when you’re a star.”

Has been accused of groping, and stalking women, by multiple women.

He’s being sued for fraud in Federal Court.

Has had more businesses fail through bankruptcy. First president to have done this.

Has openly insulted entire groups of people: Muslims, disabled people, women, Mexicans, Hispanics, veterans.

He believes that everyone not white should be deported.

He’s never held elected office in his life.

My question to everyone who voted for him is this:

What the hell were you thinking?

He is not fit to hold the office.
He isn’t about ‘change’. He’s about keeping his friends in high places there, keeping the rest of us in our places, like good little sheep.
He’s not about uniting this country. He’d like to throw out half of us because we’re not the right color, heritage or sex.

The only reason I can see why he won is simple:
He wasn’t a female.

Females are dangerous. Intelligent, thinking, hard-working females are to be feared.

Funny thing is, a whole shit load of Republican women voted for this travesty.


You want change?
You got it in spades-all the way back to the 1950’s of make believe happy families, which wasn’t true then, and never was.

Guess what?

We just lost 50 years of social progress because

God save the United States, because nobody else will.

We were sold out by idiots to be led by an idiot with the IQ and temperament of a 12 year old.

Thanks a lot, everyone.

It was a nice country while it lasted.

I will never accept him as my president, not now, or ever.