Why You Can’t Preach Jesus on Sunday and Speak Well of Trump on Monday

One can no longer respect institutions that preach the teachings of Jesus Christ on Sunday, and speak well of Donald Trump on Monday. We are only facing a constitutional crisis in the USA because we are failing to address the moral crisis of remaining silent about a president who lacks decent character by any standard of measurement.

My Letter to Pastors, Preachers, Rabbis and Teachers in The United States

When Roy Moore was running to represent Alabama in the senate, I sent an email to all the Baptist pastors in Alabama, and asked them to make the sermon of their lives. I don’t know how many pastors took my advice or even read my email. But three wrote back, and I felt I did what I had to do. Roy Moore, a known child molester, did not become a US senator. And for that, we are all thankful to Alabamans. 

I am calling on pastors to create a well thought-out and coordinated Sunday Sermon to address how to best preserve our American democracy and the rule of law.  Many Americans believe we have a president who is trying to obstruct or skirt justice for acts he committed as part of an unholy life, motivated by ego, greed and a complete lack of respect for others.

I am aware that many Evangelist pastors supported Donald Trump and many probably (not all) still do.  Now that we all have had 18 months to see how he performs and who he really is, if you still actively or passively support Trump you should reconsider. You are making a big mistake for yourself, your community and the country. This short letter will explain why.

First, think on the kids of Parkland, Florida. I wondered why these 16-year old students  have such strident idealism and also the support of so many American right now.  I thought back to when I was 16  – and it hit me.

There are two special times in a person’s life when one can possibly afford the luxury of being idealistic. The first of those times is when you are a teenager in the home of a well-to-do loving parent. Because the roof over your head and meals are paid for by your parents, you have the time to ponder what seems right to you in life and stand up for that with your heart, soul and at least your spoken words.

But what happened to the idealism of the hippie generation of the 1960’s? They graduated college and went out into the world to make a buck. And after a few years of that struggle ( which was much less of a struggle back then than it is today ) the hippie youthful idealism was gone. All but vanished. And soon, an “it’s all about me” generation was in power. And by the 1980’s we even heard “greed was good.”

In Paul Simon’s song, El Condor Pasa, the lyrics say “A man gets tied up to the ground, he gives the world its saddest sound.” I did not understand the meaning of those lyrics as a young man, but I do now. It’s actually a Peruvian folk song and it means while men have to struggle to get by or make ends for a family, it’s easy to lose their idealistic dreams. The loss of their youthful idealism is the world’s saddest sound

A man’s life re-opens to idealism after a proper retirement. After we have brought up our families, paid our mortgages and bills more or less, and are covered for life, we can afford to get back in touch with our lost youthful idealism.  Between the ages of 21 and 65, its hardest to remain idealistic. It’s why I think older retired folks make better politicians than people with families to nurture.

Which brings me to why you must make the sermon of your life again very soon, but this time your congregation needs to hear about what Jesus would have said about Donald Trump and what defines justice today. Because if you fail to rally teenagers to Jesus’s point of view, you lose them for life. And most teenagers can see through Donald Trump, even though many of their parents can’t.  Anyone can certainly can see Trump does not possess the qualities of a holy or even a good man according to the teachings of Jesus. 

Let me go over some of Jesus’s teaching, to highlight just how far Trump is from being a man worthy of respect. 

  • For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Trump never served anyone in his life.)
  • But I say to you, Love your enemies … ( Trump is so off-base here, he even asks that we hate some of our neighbors.) 
  • Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to cast a stone.
  • For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul? ( I think this is the most fitting for Mr. Trump, since it speaks to profit and greed. Trump has repeatedly shown he is willing to step on anyone for profit. )

Preachers. Teachers. Pastors. I don’t have to tell you how never-Trump Jesus was. Before you advocate for Trump again, or fail to use your pulpit to advocate against Trump, who now clearly represents a sort of anti-Christ incarnate, think on your teenagers! You are losing them right now, in the most idealistic part of their lives.

Today’s teenagers will grow to become adults, as we all do. But Trump-era teenagers will have no respect for institutions that preach the teachings of Jesus Christ on Sunday, and speak well of Donald Trump on Monday. 

Our idealistic teenagers just can’t square that circle in their minds. And now that I am semi-retired, neither can I. 

Dear preachers and teachers,

trump-christ2Please share this memo along with your own thoughts on this matter with your community and fellow religious leaders. We are only facing a constitutional crisis in the USA because we are failing to address the moral crisis of remaining silent about a president who lacks decent character by any standard of measurement.

This is particularly noticeable in Congress. Your representatives do not get to tell you what is right. They represent you. You have to know what is right. And you have to tell them to represent your ideas, not the other way around. But first, one has to formulate those ideas and that takes some introspection. Remember, most politicians are self-serving opportunists who are not in the least idealistic. Idealism is supposed to be the realm of religion. Lose idealism, and you can forget respect for your religious teachings going forward.

Thank You for your considerations. 

I am open you your thoughts at: josepharonesty@gmail.com

 

 

 

We Have All Been Raped By This President – #MeToo

What is a rape really? A rape is taking something that is not willfully given. It can be physical, as in sexual rape,  but it can also be monetary and even mental. And rapists of all kind are criminals in a just society. Are we a just society any more?

Donald Trump has been a rapist for as long as I have known him – over 60 years! So I just wish anyone who has ever been raped by this man would step up and join the “Me Too” movement. Not just women. 

Fellow Citizens,

darkheartI went to Penn with Donald Trump and was in a class called “International Finance” with him in 1967. He paid a classmate to do his work for him in that class. At that point, Donny was raping the good name of the U of P with the dollars of his father. At that age, all I could draw from it was, ” So this is how this works for people with money”.  I wish I had gone to the Dean about what I knew. Maybe everything would have been different. But I was silent. 

In 1985, Trump built the Trump Plaza Hotel in Atlantic City. As fate would have it, my businesses were in AC back then, right across the street from him. I began to hear from friends that their fathers, who worked on the “glass windows” and “electricity” at the Plaza – were not getting paid. He was putting them through a rigmarole. Two of my friends family businesses were sunk by trusting Donald Trump. That was rape #2. He raped the trust of business-people. He did the same with banks. That’s why only Russian banks trust him these days. He can pay them with his secret foreign accounts. It’s also why he won’t show his taxes. 

I am also sure it will turn out that he raped our US Treasury by opening foreign bank accounts with money stolen from his allegedly bankrupt casinos. I saw the action at his casinos. They did better than most. Why did Caesar’s not go broke during the same period? It makes no sense.

And Trump rapes our Treasury every day in other ways as well. His golf courses, his many homes which have to be guarded, his endless investigations – are not free to the taxpayer. So yes, this is all part of a raping as well. 

What is a rape really? A rape is taking something that is not willfully given. It can be physical, as in sexual rape,  but it can also be monetary and even mental. And rapists of all kind are criminals in a just society. Are we a just society any more?

Donald Trump has been a rapist for as long as I have known him – over 60 years! So I just wish anyone who has ever been raped by this man would step up and join the “Me Too” movement. Not just women. 

What about those people who were thrown out of their houses in NYC by Trump, in his formative years in the late 1970’s? Did you not feel violated? Join the movement! And to those who were taken by his fake university, did you feel financially raped by Donald Trump’s lies? Join the movement. 

And citizens. Was not the rigging of the election in 2016 a rape of our political system? He took something that was not his to take when he enrolled Russian players to help him win. He rapes our constitution, our laws, our values, our norms, our standards, – and yes, in the past he has raped women. He has said so. Maybe that’s where his sickness began. We have all been raped because the man is by his nature, a rapist. 

And we can not be silent. Join the #MeToo Movement. 

Go to: https://metoo.center/Main_Page

Tell the world why you feel raped by Donald Trump. I just did.

So yes, # Me Too. 

 

 

My Letter to the Pastors of Alabama

The following is the letter I sent to 23 Baptist Pastors in Alabama asking them to make the sermon of their lives on Sunday.

The following is the letter I sent to 23 Baptist Pastors in Alabama asking them to make the sermon of their lives on Sunday.

I am ​Joseph Aronesty, ​a 69 year-old semi-retired concerned citizen, now living Los Angeles. ​I wanted to speak with you this morning about the importance ​o​f ​this ​Sunday’s sermon.

The people of America do not hate each other!

mooreDonald Trump is effectively saying, if Alabamans have hate​ ​in their hearts, they can own th​eir​ hatred​. A​nd in exchange​ for that permission​ to hate​​, he and his​ ​friends​, ​here and abroad​,​ will own ​our country! T​hey are actively pursuing this agenda right now.​ The news breaks daily.  History teaches us this is always the agenda of all dictators. Divide and conquer.

Trump won by hammering home lies in the last 3 days while Hillary celebrated. It’s called closing the sale in his world.​ (​I was part of that world once. No longer.)

​Your Sunday sermon will be the last​ important words Alabamans hear before they go vote Tuesday. The entire country ​and world ​is watching. It’s not about who Roy Moore was 40 years ago.  Folks are aware he is no longer a threat to young girls​,​ if he was before.  ​It’s about who he Roy Moore is​ today​ and who his boss is ​today ​and how they do not preach or spread love​.​ -​ They ​spread​ hatred​.​ And all for vainglory and monetary payoffs.

Y​ou will know best how to inspire your people to vote for love on Tuesday. ​T​he importance of this vote is huge. If love wins in Alabama, the hate movement is drawing to a close. If hate wins, we are in for a long ​hard ​struggle.
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Thanking You in advance for your superb sermon on Sunday​! ​

PS. I am an etymologist. I guess you know that the word WORSHIP was originally WORDSHIP – words shipped to God. Also interesting that the Hebrew word OR ( light) is inside the word “word”.  Spreading words was deemed to be spreading light. It’s also why “literature” and “library” resemble words for light. And then there is AURA​ and ORAL. ​ ​It all ties together. ​

Spread light this Sunday! ​

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A concerned senior citizen with 5 kids. Ex-classmate of Donald Trump at U of P​.
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Trump Is Weak On _________.

Trump likes to call his opponents weak. Using only his own words as tools, and in less that a year in office, Donald Trump has effectively lost the moral authority needed to govern effectively as an American president. Circulate this meme today: Trump is weak on __________ .

3minutesringRTrump likes to call his opponents weak. It’s getting old, especially from such a weak man.
Using only his own words as tools, and in less that a year in office, Donald Trump has effectively lost the moral authority needed to govern effectively as an American president. Circulate this meme today: Trump is weak on __________ .

Trump is weak on honesty. He lies more than once a day. It’s been proven.
Trump is weak on caring for others. A billionaire who rarely gives to charity.
Trump is weak on brains. His own Secretary of State called him a moron.
Trump is weak on national security. His words provide fuel for our enemies.
Trump is weak on leadership. He does not have the personal qualities to be a leader. We don’t want our kids to grow up to be like Trump and neither do they.
Trump is weak on patriotism. He has a fortune stashed foreign bank accounts. 
Trump is weak on morality. He “grabs them by the p…y” because he is a star.
Trump is weak on respecting others. He said “How stupid are the people of Iowa?”
Trump is weak on education for our kids. His Betsy Devos appointee tells us that.
Trump is weak on faithfulness. He used his wives and friends as pawns in his game. When they are no longer useful, he drops them.
Trump is weak on healthcare. He is trying to sink the ACA, by any means possible.
Trump is weak on the environment. The USA and Syria are the only two countries out of the Paris accord.
Trump is weak on women’s rights. He is accused of sexual assaulting over 12 women.
Trump is weak on security.  We all feel less secure with him in the White House.              Trump is weak on fiscal responsibility. We are spending a fortune guarding his many homes, and golf courses and paying for investigations.                                                                Trump is weak on infra-structure. With all the nonsense we are witnessing, we are not getting down to doing the important things we should be doing to make America a better place to live for us all. 

Trump is a weakling. The USA can’t afford to have a weakling in office.

To vote Trump out of office, vote his GOP associates out of office at every level. They will catch on – and show him the exit door.

vote-out-trump

 

The Way Back to Political Sanity Could Also Involve Facebook, Google, CNN

It’s clear Facebook and Google had an unwitting hand in derailing our government. But the same platforms that helped spread Russian lies and changed the arc of our politics can also be used to heal our divided country and make a permanent and lasting fix.

heartoftexas1It’s clear Facebook and Google had an unwitting hand in influencing the outcome of the 2016 election and derailing sanity in our government. Some days our situation seems almost hopeless. But the same platforms that helped spread Russian lies and changed the arc of our politics can also be used to heal our divided country and even make a permanent and lasting fix.

Proposing the Facebook or Google Politics Only Page  – Democracy Online – a Town Hall 24/7       

This would not be a place to post pictures of our kids or what we had for dinner. Obscene words would be auto-banned from entry.

This would be a place where advocates for issues post ideas. There would be civil chat-room discussions that focus on reaching the informed consensus that reflects the attitudes and desires of the majority of Americans. It could have national, state and even local discussion groups. It would be a perpetual town hall meeting of sorts.

With the degree of dysfunction in government, why should Americans leave governing ourselves to politicians alone? 

Politicians have repeatedly proven themselves to be sold out as a group. Yes, there are dedicated public servants in politics. There are also greedy business people and criminals who effectively steal ( legally ) from the public, and some even have foreign bank accounts to hide their theft. These politicians are, at best, unnecessary middlemen. A politics only page, where we discuss ideas to improve the common good and how to pay for it, could repair the citizen-representative disconnect which is so glaringly obvious this year.

Politicians should just be doing our bidding anyway. The re– in “re-presentative” government means we must first “present” our ideas. If we don’t first present ideas, we can’t blame the greedy-by-nature so-called politicians for taking advantage of their status – and representing for themselves – or for their donors.  After all, the main USA representative, the president, is clearly self-dealing.

We can’t blame the politicians any longer. That’s getting old.  We can only blame ourselves for letting them do this over and over to us. We must change the laws against self-dealing too. Why do we allow representatives to have undeclared bank accounts? Why do we allow a presidential candidate to not show his taxes.  This is pure stupidity. And it’s doing us in. 

Politicians should really be bots for our decisions with no right to sabotage the majority opinion.

There would be rooms to discuss all issues from gay rights to gun rights and links to real information from recognized experts on all sides of the arguments. There could be a place for political ads by American companies and vetted individuals, with equal space for ideas guaranteed. And yes, some issues are more national in scope than others, like air and water quality.  There could be even world-wide discussions to pave a way to real world peace – to end terrorism – and even to insure the survival of the species. Imagine that! We have this technology right now. The google/facebook technology was just sabotaged by international criminals to get their boy to win the election of 2016. Reverse engineer this technology to redefine the way government functions.  This is easy! 

Regular Mock Votes 

An essential part of any mock government site would be regularly scheduled mock voting days. Maybe we could have them once a month. We could call the first Tuesday of every month – Mock Vote Day and re-form the once healthy civic tradition of getting real information and voting our minds. The sheer numbers in these monthly mock government votes would inform the honest players ( there are some now, but this would help weed out the sold-out ) in our actual government the direction the majority really wants to be steered.. Mock Government Voting is a super strong meme. Statistics don’t lie – they inform us. 

And then we can finally insist that our representatives re-present the ideas of the majority, the way a democracy should work because we will know what the majority wants and even why. – Politicians who don’t represent the consensus would be quickly exposed and voted out or removed from office for not representing the majority. 

Based on the current popularity of news shows, I think Americans are ready for this. We can essentially use the same door employed to enter this dysfunctional governmental state- to exit it!

And if they ( Facebook, Google, or CNN) don’t want to do this – we can do this ourselves too. We can even Shark Tank it, if need be

Can we share this on social media so it gets to the powers that be in the media, please?

……….

About the Author

Joseph Aronesty graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1971.  He attended an International Finance class with Donald Trump, back in the day.

When the internet became viable in 1995, Joseph created what is arguably is the world’s first click and buy e-commerce website, WigSalon.com. He still operates WigSalon today.

Joseph is also a published songwriter, with hundreds of songs in his catalog. He now writes with musicians in Los Angeles, where he makes his home. He is an activist and his songs often reflect his political point of view.

Contact Info

Joseph Aronesty 1809 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266                                Text: 818 423 1533  Email: MyName @ gmail

 

 

Sexual Disposition and Job Performance Do Not Necessarily Correlate

In most cases, how we deal with our varied sexual dispositions does not “have to” impact the way we approach our daily jobs. For example, John Kennedy is generally thought to have been a great president, and yet it is well known that he had affairs. However …

mooreI’ve been thinking about the rash of sexual allegations that has erupted against men in positions of power and public service. This is my take on it all.

In a lifetime, we all have many different roles to play: child, friend, student, parent, worker, spouse, player, etc. And one of those roles is our personal sexual stance. It usually occupies no more than a few hours a week of activity, with much more time spent thinking and fantasizing about it all.

Our sexual tastes are basic, primal, and largely beyond our control. And we play our sexual roles only during limited times when those primal desires well up in us. 

Etymological and philosophical aside: The “x” at the end of the word “sex” literally depicts the connection, the crossing or juncture between two people. Sexual appetite drives the engine that populates the world. Many of us would not be here today had it not been for some weird sexual encounter that took place perhaps a thousand years ago. So unless we are speaking about forced unwanted sex, it’s really hard for me to be too critical of the myriads of various sexual encounters on planet earth.

Further, in most cases, just how we deal with our varied sexual dispositions does not have to impact the way we approach our daily jobs. For example, John Kennedy is generally thought to have been a great president, and yet it is well known that he had affairs. And yes, there are plenty of functioning people in politics, business and even military service who happen to be gay – and that does not correlate with their job performances. Sexual stance and job performance – simply put  – do not correlate. 

However, a damning line can be crossed. A hard line exists when one person uses superior strength to force unwanted sexual relations – or a position of power or drugs to induce sex that would not be wanted in a clear state of mind. Those transgressions should be treated as crimes because they are crimes. But crimes also have statutes of limitations – and for good reasons. And yes, 40 years is too late to indict for a non-murder crime. That is the law and it appears to be a good one. 

Can a person who has a fetish for 15 year old girls at the age of  32 return to a job at age of 70 – and do it well? Honestly, that answer has to be yes. If we are talking about situations where the female had at least some complicity in the arrangement, unless there was forced sex ( which is rape and a crime for sure ) there’s just not a one-to-one relationship between whatever happened during fleeting private moments – and one’s ability to do a job well – the very next day. 

So even though I find what Roy Moore did 40 years ago deplorable ( a proper use of that word at last ) if I were running against him I would not overplay that hand. After-all, I don’t think at the age 70 Roy Moore is a danger to teenagers.

I would much prefer that Doug Jones make his cases against Roy Moore on his record and the way he will do his job as a senator. I would advice Doug Jones to attack Roy Jones not for 40 year old sexual allegations – but for these reasons:

  • Moore is a climate denier
  • Moore does not respect gay people and their rights
  • Moore has nationalistic, racist and tribal positions on immigration
  • Moore wants to repeal the ACA
  • Moore advocates for trickle-down
  • Moore stands with Donald Trump
  • Moore favors cutting funding for public schools and promoting charter schools, vouchers, tax credits, home schooling, and Christian schools 
  • Moore opposes abortion, same-sex marriage, and civil unions
  • Moore wants to defund Planned Parenthood

There is plenty to campaign against there. And Doug Jones must also explain why he will be better for Alabamans.

I really think we should get a lot of these sexual allegations off the front pages of the our papers and broadcasts – and asap. They are largely distractions. There’s not much meat on those bones. They just involve fleeting personal relations and yes – weaknesses – but between two people. Gun rights, healthcare, tax fairness, clean air and water, Trump’s impulsiveness – these issues involve us all. That’s what governing is all about, right?

Let’s focus. These sexual stories are sucking up too way much oxygen and causing us to lose focus on the many larger, more important issues we must deal with … right now. 

…………………….. Joseph Aronesty

Let’s Focus

 

How Trump is Bankrupting the USA with his Foreign Bank Accounts

Trump and all his top level players have foreign bank accounts. We should end that right away.

cookie-trumpWhen Trump prevailed in the election he rigged with Russian helpers, he was as shocked as everyone else. We all could see that in his acceptance speech and demeanor. Shortly after, there were some off-script comments that revealed his attitude to his new position. I knew Trump from Penn and AC. It’s hard to fool people that know you. Trump’s mindset after the win was “I  just got the keys to the biggest money-making machine on the planet. And I am going to figure out how to milk it the way I have been doing with real estate.” I will discuss a simple way to make sure this does not happen here again. But first. 

On Dec. 9, a month after he won, there was this telling statement was “I don’t need your votes any more” . (Link to verify if you missed it or don’t believe it.) 

What should that tell you? Well, since then Trump has not drained the swamp. Instead, he has filled his swampy cabinet with people that are financial predators – just like he has always been. His treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchen made a fortune by buying people’s bankrupt homes. Jared Kushner’s real estate company will sue you right into prison if you fall behind on payments. Wilbur Ross made billions buying bankrupt corporations and selling their parts. Rex Tillerson has a 500 billion dollar oil deal with Russia that he is trying to get put in place. And Scott Pruitt gets kickbacks from industry to pollute our air and water. 

But where do all these foreign players deposit their graft dollars? Not here in the USA! That’s too easy to track. What all Trump’s players have in common is foreign bank accounts. Without foreign bank accounts, none of their financial games work.

Solution? We need to stop allowing government officials to have foreign bank accounts. That’s the simple and natural way to get honest sincere representatives.

Its clear that all of Trump’s players have a track record of profiting from bankruptcies. And so, they have a real financial interest in bankrupting America. They will all make money when they come back in with their cash and buy the assets they destroy back cheap. They even have a profit motive to pollute. A  polluted environment is worth less. What a sick crew we have allowed Trump to install here.

And Trump knows he does not need our votes any more – or even our agreement or support. He knows he is president for the next 3 years. His hands, and the hands of his hombres are in our collective cookie jar, and they are emptying it out as fast as they can because they also know good things don’t last forever in a democracy. ( In Putin’s Russia despots can stay in power longer by silencing the dissent. )

Trump and all his top level players have foreign bank accounts. They will bring their foreign cash back in to buy back the bankruptcies and devaluations they are busy causing right now. 

As citizens, must quickly find a way to make it so that people who hold national office cannot have foreign bank accounts. Foreign bank accounts are a permission slip for selling out our country. Most people don’t even dream of having foreign bank accounts. Most people like being honest. Why should we allow our representatives to have secret accounts in foreign countries? Can someone please answer that? It’s just too stupid for words. 

We give our politicians a permission to sell us out, when we allow them to deal for us – and also have foreign bank accounts. Trump and his team is happily doing that now. But there are others – in the senate and house ( and they will resist this) – and there will be more if we don’t make this illegal. And when foreign accounts become illegal for politicians to possess, those type of money laundering criminals just won’t seek office.

There is no downside to this. And there is no upside to doing nothing about this. 

In fact, even though its Trump’s hand is in our cookie jar now, we put that cookie jar on the counter when we don’t monitor the financial dealings of our representatives. It’s really hard to sell a system out, if all the money you get to make deals has to be deposited in US banks. But its really easy to do, if you have a foreign bank account.

This must stop! Will one honest representative or senator please stand up and propose this idea as soon as possible, please? Foreign bank accounts must be closed to run for a national office. The foreign funds must be transferred into the US before their name gets on a ballot. That will stop this from happening again. And I am not so sure that state representatives and governors should not have the same rules.

Better players will emerge when we have a system that is intrinsically designed to be honest. 

……………………………. Joseph Aronesty

PS.

And this sex stuff is a huge distraction. Get off it please! The French say “viv la difference”. It’s not an excuse for bad behavior, but men and women have different sexual agendas. Women can get pregnant. And men have too many seeds. That is nature. 

Let’s judge our representatives for who they have been for the last ten years. People do change – sometimes. Let’s judge them for what they have done and want to do for us. Al Franken seems like a real pubic servant to me. Roy Moore does not to me. If Alabamans like him, its fine with me. But I think being in Trump’s camp – the raider that he is – is reason enough to keep him out of our government.