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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Let's Make Donald Trump a Figurehead President

     Let's face it   Donald Trump never wanted to be a real president.  He was attracted to the position by the glitz and glamour, the appearance of superiority to other human beings, the ability to rub elbows with the rich and powerful, and to fire people.   He thought it would be like the ultimate reality show, with him as center of attention and people hanging on his every tweet.
     But as for actual governing and policy making, he is not interested.  He does not want to bother with daily intelligence briefings which are a bore.  (Why hear the same thing over and over again?)  He never realized that issues like health care and national security could be so complicated.  And he had no idea it would all take so much effort and be so difficult!  Running his one-man real estate business, with the help of his children, was so much easier.
     Due to all these reasons and more, his presidency so far has been a miserable comedy of errors. He has made one grievous error after another, the latest of which involved inviting the Russian diplomats (spies) to his office, kicking out all the American press, and then proceeding to spill classified information to the Russians.  He has no clue his responsibilities and boundaries are.  He does not understand his role or the consequences of his actions.  He has no plan.  The more time passes, the more obvious it becomes that there is the real potential that he will do serious damage to our democracy sooner or later.
    There is already talk circulating in Washington of impeachment, but given the spinelessness of the Republicans in Congress, it will be difficult to garner enough support for that to actually happen.  And it's such a messy, long, drawn out process. He could do lots more damage in the mean time.   I have a better solution: let's make Donald Trump a one time only figurehead president, much like the royalty of England.
      He can live in the White House surrounded by all the opulence and air of importance that his ego craves and feeds upon. He can act as the welcoming committee to foreign dignitaries, posing for photo ops, sitting in the wing chairs before the fireplace, flying them down to Mara Lago to play golf and eat chocolate cake and lots and lots of ice cream.  (One for you, two for me.)  He can do all the "fun" things he envisioned he would be doing as president, without the bothersome responsibility.  He need not sit through any more boring intelligence briefings.   In fact, the less he knows the more secure our country will be.  He doesn't need to hold any more press conferences and be asked impolite questions by nasty journalists.
   But who will run the government?  Well, we have Mike Pence and Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi and Bernie Sanders.  We have Congress. There are hundreds of people in Washington D.C. that have spent their careers doing just that.  They'll do fine without him.  Just keep Trump busy golfing, eating cake and ice cream, watching himself on t.v., and "playing" President, and when he has time he can pop over and have tea with the queen.


Friday, May 12, 2017

A Sinkhole of Lies and Deception


    Our U.S. government is embroiled in a quagmire unlike any in the history of our country.  The man who said he was going to “drain the swamp” in Washington is now involved in one of the seamiest scandals ever to hit the front pages of our newspapers.  Even before Donald Trump took office, there were questions about his relationship with the Russians. Why was he so unwilling to express any criticism of dictator Vladimir Putin, when he had no qualms about berating and ridiculing just about everyone else? Just what did the Russians "have" on Trump, that they were the only group he seemed to respect.

     I am convinced that the investigators looking into Trump’s ties with Russia have only begun to scratch the surface.  There must be some kind of political bombshell he’s hiding.  Otherwise why would he have such a visceral reaction anytime someone gets close to uncovering something?  His recent firing of FBI Director James Comey is just one example of that reaction. 

     I shudder to think of how much time and effort is going into meetings of the White House staffers trying to figure out how to do damage control.  It makes me not want to pay my federal income taxes, to think that I am supporting such behavior.  Sean Spicer has been reduced to hiding in the bushes and asking the press to turn the lights out before he will give them a briefing.  Other surrogates including once-banished Kelley Ann Conway regularly appear on news shows to spew the latest "official" White House version of events, only to be contradicted hours later by other surrogates.  When one fails to be convincing, even more able liars like Sarah Huckabee Sanders are trotted out with brand new updated smoke and mirrors, saying anything they can to obfuscate the truth and confuse the issue.  Journalists are having a field day trying to keep up with all the twists and turns in the story.

     Meanwhile all that grandiose rhetoric about “making America great again” is echoing down empty corridors.  Nothing much is getting done in that regard. The Great American Experiment has gone off the tracks and is barreling toward a chasm of self interest and coverup, dug by those occupying the highest offices in the land.  Someone with courage and conviction and a knowledge of the Constitution and governmental checks and balances needs to grab the helm and direct our country back onto the road that the Founding Fathers set us on some 241 years ago. Unless that happens we as a country are headed for certain destruction.