Trump, stay away from Texas!

I write this hours before Trump announces what it is he will be doing when going to Texas tomorrow – right in the middle of this devastating catastrophe resulting from the Harvey hurricane floods.

Trump, stay away from Texas! Why not stay in Washington, D.C. instead? Why disrupt emergency operations? When was the last time you contributed to healing and comforting the Nation anyway? You simply don’t have the gravitas to do that, sir.

Why not stay in Washington, D.C., and announce an emergency funding for FEMA, including mental health support for the victims?…

Or better yet, why not announce three simple immediate major shifts in your policies that would truly make a difference?

[1] Announce that undocumented immigrants will be welcome to help cleaning the toilets in the Dallas
Convention Center, and later rebuilding Houston? (After all, that’s what will happen anyway!)

[2] Announce that you will not terminate TPS (Temporary Protective Status) for the hundreds of thousands of Central Americans that have been living in this Country and now you are scaring them with the bogus threat of terminating that successful program? (After all, they too will be critical to the emergency and rebuilding!)

[3] Announce that you are asking Congress to redirect the money being set aside to build your stupid wall to pay for an immediate and effective cleaning up and rebuilding the area ravaged by the floods? (After all, you do need a way out of that stupid commitment!)

Harsh words for the President? Not the moment to bring this up, you say?

Well, sorry.

This man Trump has shown no empathy whatsoever for any group of people other than White Supremacists – and Russians… So, why should we believe him now?!?

Any words of comfort or consolations read from a tele-prompter in Texas will be nothing more than blah blah blah b.s. Simply NOT credible. Any visit to a shelter to meet the real victims of this catastrophe will be unauthentic and grossly staged – worse than an Apprentice t.v. show. Any solace he can bring will be predicated on glorifying himself.

Already the Texans are coming together with amazing spirit of volunteerism and willingness to help each other. Already national relief organizations like the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities are mobilized and doing what they do best. Already local and State elected officials are aggressively addressing the situation.

They don’t need Trump coming in and shifting the attention – as he always does – to himself.

Trump, stay away from Texas! #RESIST

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Is dictatorship around the corner?

No, right? No way. Not here!

We have way too many safety guards against the establishment of a dictatorship in America. We are too savvy; too knowledgeable; too smart. Yep. Think do?

Since WWII, most dictatorships have come to power with the tacit approval – if not outright support – of a sizable chunk if the population. Some have come to power via the ballot box. And most have had the solid support of the military establishment.

To varying degree, dictatorship have these five elements in common. They begin with:

[1] Suppressing the press and gaining control of mass media;

[2] Discrediting the establishment and bureaucracy;

[3] Gaining control of the judiciary system;

[4] Keeping the military complex happy; and,

[5] Having an eccentric, self absorbed leader.

Could not happen here, right?

The establishment of a dictatorship does not require the blind following of the masses. A third of the population will do.

Another third usually see the establishmenf of a dictatorship as a means to achieve certain political goals. This one third will tolerate and forgive the fanatics as long as their agenda is met.

A dictatorship can easily exist with a third (and more!) of the masses solidly against them. Once in power, dictatorships can flourish with as little as 25% of the masses behind them – whether philosophically, by fright, or misinformation – as long as the military is happy.

Not here, right? No way!

Trump has:

> 1/3 of Americans solidly – and blindly – behind him. Another third is lulled into believing Trump is their useful idiot, setting in place policies in their favor until they choose to dispose of him (not realizing the longer they wait the more difficult it becomes.)

> His intent with the press is well documented. Is there any doubt he is trying to suppress the press and gain control of the popular media? Is there any doubt he is telling his supporters that any source but his preferred source of information is suspect?

> His lack of respect for the existing bureaucracy and establishment in general is well documented as well. Mistrust of the status quo and institutional structures by his followers is a must before he starts dismantling them – and recreating them in his image.

> Trump’s distaste for an independent judiciary is clear. While swiftly reversing this bedrock of American democracy may seem impossible, the president has substantial power to shape this third branch of government. Add to the already existing power the power of innuendos and intimidation and you begin to see the ugly possibilities.

> Keeping the military happy may seem to be an innocent enough path. But when Trump guarantees the enhancement of the military complex at the expense of all else, and begins militarizing the White House power structure, watch out! (And, how can we forget his love for policing emphasizing ‘law and order’ – i.e.: the militarization of local police departments?)

> And, last but certainly not least is the character of the man himself. Clearly egocentric and self absorbed.

The fact that this Country has survived nearly 250 years without a dictatorship does not make it immune to it; nor does it guarantee it will never happen.

All the ingredients are in place. The cook is in the kitchen.

The masses are content with entertainment, seduced by cheers of rah rah America, and totally convinced by the illusion of safety and security.

Nah. Not here, right?

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