Trump may or may not be a criminal. That changes little.

Trump may or may not be a criminal. That changes little.

Trump may or may not be a criminal. He is still – in the clear opinion of a small majority of Americans – not a good President. Some 40% – plus or minus – of Americans still are there with him, and fully at least 1/3 will be with him regardless… What does this mean?

There is general consensus that the man is a boisterous, amoral (at best), lies, and is a womanizing sexist, self-centered individual. There is no doubt the guy surrounds himself with shady characters, engages in questionable business practices, and is purely transactional in his relationships. He seems to have little if any capacity to show authentic empathy. And he clearly simply does not care about those that don’t like him; and therefore has no interest whatsoever in placating them or showing that he cares for them.

Yet he was able to build a real-estate empire out of his inheritance. He clearly cares for his adult and young children. He knows how to read raw visceral public sentiment. He is an entertaining entertainer. He is clear and definitive in some things, unbending in others, and compromising in few.

He has shattered political correctness. He has shattered diplomatic protocols. He has totally thrown conventional wisdom out the window.

He clearly has not patience for complexity, critical thinking, or analysis. He clearly sees data as a fungible thing, science as optional, and reason as dispensable.

And 1/3 of America will be with him regardless. Nearly ½ are willing to look the other way for his personal indiscretions and public shenanigans.

His political positions are very, unequivocally clear. Paraphrasing him: “America is the biggest power in the world. We care first and foremost about ourselves. We don’t need to protect everyone around the globe. The government exists to facilitate economic transactions that benefit the wealthy. Regulations are bad. Tax breaks are good. Primary constituent beneficiaries need to be only those that voted for the President; no one else matters.”

His political strategy is equally simple – in many ways brilliantly simple. Politically – he seems to think – the simple minds of ultra conservatives – or single issue – voters can be easily exploited by throwing bones are them:

  • Want the racist vote? Wink at their love of the Confederacy, demean minorities, build a wall.
  • Want the Christian Right vote? Be against Roe, support school vouchers, damn Planned Parenthood, dis gays and trans.
  • Want the military vote? Make sure there’s always a boogie man to fight; buy bigger weapons.
  • Want the uninformed vote? Build a wall, make the media the enemy of the State, make Fox News a propaganda channel for the President.

His foreign policy is crystal clear: He is willing to deal with anyone – his only demand is they like him; Saudi Arabia comes to mind.  He has no ideological enemies – his only enemies are the people that don’t like him; Iran comes to mind.

So, whatever the Mueller report says or does not say it does not change the essential of the moment:

We have a President that has no moral beacon. He has no ideology. He will do what it takes to get elected, to stay in office, to get re-elected. And, he has a political Party that is now 90% behind him.

The only way to legitimately get rid of Trump – and to turn back the damage he is doing – is to confront his political actions – his agenda – loudly and resoundly… And, vote him out of office in 2020. Period. The end. Nada mas. #RESIST


It is never to early to think about voting

These are trying times indeed.

All the debate, talking-heads conversations, family squabbles, and bar room brawls no longer matter. Regardless of what the Mueller report says, 40% of Americans are withTrump.

Truth is no longer absolute. Not even for the moment. Not even if we frame it in ‘as we know it’ context.

Relativism is now perverted to mean everyone’s opinion is equally valid, regardless of how that opinion was formed.

Changing your mind, shifting position, accepting we were wrong is no longer something acceptable.

Discernment, critical thinking, and deep analysis are dismissed as self-righteous, pompous, and conceited.

And so is our new world where public discourse, civic dialogue, and sensible conversations are things of the past – things of a bygone era for which we no longer have time.

So we are left with headlines, instant information, too much information, and inability – and unwillingness – to reflect, look beyond, consider consequences, or care about anything else other than ‘what I know ’. Because ‘what I know’ has become ‘what it is’…

…And please don’t bother me with your biased facts and information. They will not change my mind.

Also, don’t bother me with new data. I don’t want to know.

Knowledge has become passé.

We have yet to find the words to express this new paradigm. So we are stuck with using old words and phrases – old arguments and tired expressions – to try to convey this new reality. A reality that we ourselves don’t yet understand.

Therefore, we have no choice but to cling on to the last hope of an imperfect process; an imperfect system; a system abused by those in power; a system we know is biased; a system we know falls way short of what should be. Yet we must participate. We must VOTE!

The craziness of the Democratic Party primary has begun. Some candidates turn to silly tricks (offering to donate to charity when you contribute, or riding a skateboard to relate to you) and others try to show off their policy knowledge by talking at a level understood only by policy wonks. Some exalt their experience while others exalt their lack thereof. Most pander to the mad left – or at least wink at it – while none dare stick to the middle or worse yet spouse some of the virtue of conservatism.  We run the risk of creating firing squad circle, discrediting each other beyond repair.

Yet, it is through this chaotic, meandering, wasteful, insane process that we will end up with a Democratic candidate that will stand up to Trump.

Let there be no mistake about it: Any of the 26 (or is it 62 now?) people running to be the Democratic Party candidate for President in 2020 has my vote. Any of them – any of them! – will be better for the wellbeing of the people that live in the USA, better for the Nation as a whole, and better for the world as a community than Trump… So: Pick your favorite. Talk her/him up. Advance her/his ideas… But please: Once the (imperfect) decision is made as to who the Democratic Party nominee is, let’s come together to end this madness masquerading as a presidency we now have under Donald J. Trump.