What Can We Learn From the Pittsburgh Murders?

When Heather Heyer was killed in Charlottesville, I had listened the night before to Janine Pirro’s hate rant on her Fox News show. What she delivered was effectively a call to arms directed at the haters among Fox’s diverse audience. And the next day, as the Fox haters assembled in Charlottesville, we all realized there was a good chance that some people might die that day. Heather Heyer was one of three Americans to die as a direct consequence of the propaganda put out by Donald Trump and Fox News. One neo-Nazi plowed his car into a crowd and two National Guard pilots were killed in a helicopter crash. They were trying to keep people safe. 

pittsburgIt’s important to know that NAZI and NATIONALIST share the same root: NATAL – having to do with birth. A simple enough word on its face. However, the original German Nazis were sold on that same meme that Donald Trump is peddling now: being born “here” not only makes you better than foreigners, it instructs you that foreigners are dangerous and may be considered like vermin to be disposed of.  

And now I ask you this – and I am sorry to use the metaphor, but I find it appropriate. How many Jews did Hitler kill? This is a trick question, but the right answer is actually zero. Hitler did not personally kill any Jews that we know of. However what Adolf Hitler did was make German Nationalists hate Jewish people with propaganda that stereotyped Jews as outsiders, invaders and the source of their financial problems – all the same things that Donald Trump says about “immigrants”, “caravans” and the “brown-skinned invaders”. That transferred hate was enough to allow enough of the German Nationalist party members to justify killing six million Jews and many other European minorities as well. – Many felt good or right about doing it. Hitler effectively killed Jews with his words. He was quite the rally speaker. I’m sure  you have seen excerpts. Robert Bowers felt he was doing his duty killing as many Jews as possible – just like the Nazis. 

Adolf Hitler killed 6 million Jews. It’s a long established meme – uncontested by all bona fide historians. So why don’t we dare say Donald Trump killed Heather Heyer and eleven totally innocent, elderly Jewish people in Pittsburgh? 

But we don’t. And by not calling the president out and holding him and Fox responsible for these murders, we are giving the minority haters both the cover and the time to regroup and re-strategize.  And it’s very dangerous. If we don’t stand up now, the Pittsburgh killings may well be the canary in the coal mine of a new wave of American violence directed against many minorities – and not just Jewish people. Native Americans, Mexicans, blacks and browns, the elderly and sick – are all on the hate radar screens of White Nationalists, which is what most so-called Nationalists are today.

​Trump will continue to spread hate as long as he is in power. Why must he do this? Why won’t he evolve? ​It could just be that he wants to keep the money he has stolen over the years, both as a businessman and during his presidency. ​Are his hateful words simply motivated to obstruct justice​ for the crimes he and his family have ​perhaps ​committed to win the presidency​?​

One thing for sure, nothing about what Trump is doing and saying is about any commitment to some deeply held conviction. So yes, Trump does not hate Jews. However, Trump needs the votes of the Jew haters to stay in power and keep his money. If people die for this, so be it.  The same logic applies to blacks, Mexicans, immigrants, LGBT, the sick and even women. Trump only needs the votes of those that hate these minority groups plus the votes of the uber-greedy to win again. He’s now working hard on getting those votes.

Vote as if your life depends on it. It could. 

Why Donald Trump Is Responsible for the Pittsburgh Killings. What We Must Do.

When Heather Heyer was killed in Charlottesville, I had listened the night before to Jamine Pirro’s hate rant on her Fox News show. What she delivered was effectively a call to arms directed at the haters among Fox’s diverse audience. And the next day when the Fox haters assembled in Charlottesville we all realized there was a good chance that some people might die that day. Heather Heyer was one of three Americans to die that day as a direct consequence of the propaganda put out by Donald Trump and Fox News. One neo-Nazi plowed his car into a crowd and two National Guard pilots were killed in a helicopter crash. They were trying to keep people safe. 

pittsburgIt’s important to know that NAZI and NATIONALIST share the same root: NATAL – having to do with birth. A simple enough word on its face. However, the original German Nazis were sold on that same meme that Donald Trump is peddling now: being born “here” not only makes you better than foreigners, it instructs you that foreigners are dangerous and may be considered like vermin to be disposed of.  

And now I ask you this – and I am sorry to use the metaphor, but I find it appropriate. How many Jews did Hitler kill? This is a trick question, but the right answer is actually zero. Hitler did not personally kill any Jews that we know of. However what Adolf Hitler did was make German Nationalists hate Jewish people with propaganda that stereotyped Jews as outsiders, invaders and the source of their financial problems – all the same things that Donald Trump says about “immigrants”, “caravans” and the “brown-skinned invaders”. That transferred hate was enough to allow enough of the German Nationalist party members to justify killing six million Jews and many other European minorities as well. – Many felt good or right about doing it. Hitler effectively killed Jews with his words. He was quite the rally speaker. I’m sure  you have seen excerpts. Robert Bowers felt he was doing his duty killing as many Jews as possible – just like the Nazis. 

Adolf Hitler killed 6 million Jews. It’s a long established meme – uncontested by all bona fide historians. So why don’t we dare say Donald Trump killed Heather Heyer and eleven totally innocent, elderly Jewish people in Pittsburgh? 

But we don’t. And by not calling the president out and holding him and Fox responsible for these murders, we are giving the minority haters both the cover and the time to regroup and re-strategize.  And it’s very dangerous. If we don’t stand up now, the Pittsburgh killings may well be the canary in the coal mine of a new wave of American violence directed against many minorities – and not just Jewish people. Native Americans, Mexicans, blacks and browns, the elderly and sick – are all on the hate radar screens of White Nationalists, which is what most so-called Nationalists are today.

​Trump will continue to spread hate as long as he is in power. Why must he do this? Why won’t he evolve? ​It could just be that he wants to keep the money he has stolen over the years, both as a businessman and during his presidency. ​Are his hateful words simply motivated to obstruct justice​ for the crimes he and his family have ​perhaps ​committed to win the presidency​?​

One thing for sure, nothing about what Trump is doing and saying is about any commitment to some deeply held conviction. Trump does not hate Jews. Trump needs the votes of the Jew haters to stay in power and keep his money. If people die for this, so be it.  And any Jew who votes for Trump is voting for Jew haters to be empowered. The same can be said of blacks, Mexicans, immigrants, the sick and even women. Trump needs the votes of all those that hate these minority groups and the votes of the uber-greedy. He’s working hard on getting those votes this week. It will include cheating at the  polls. 

The GOP clings to Donald Trump because he does their dirtiest work for them. He lies for them. They are getting their tax breaks for billionaires and judicial appointees for now – and whatever kickbacks they can arrange for those perks.  When they are done with Trump, which may be soon after the election, they will cast him out stating they were fooled by Trump and were not complicit. That will be all lies, but I wonder if Trump knows that it’s coming. Trump will have his et tu Brute moment as soon as he is deemed to be no longer valuable to the GOP and their billionaire donors. 

All the above embodies how important the vote is next Tuesday. They now say the Blue Wave should carry the House. Count on Trump’s GOP to try and fix that.  Those who want the country to turn in a better direction should please turn out in records numbers on 11/6. Vote as if they are coming for you. This election should not  even be close. Remember: Donald Trump always tries to cheat to win. Winning is more important to him than playing by any rules. Any close races he will find a way to win. 

What I really don’t get is why any GOP senator up for re-election holds his or hers seat next Tuesday. A vote for any GOP candidate at any level – is a vote for more of what we have witnessed this week. And the only one who really benefits from all this is the billionaire class and Putin, who is laughing at us this week in the Kremlin. He even said, “America is no longer a super power”. 

The Presidential Oath: I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

There is one more thing we have to start holding Trump responsible for – lying. People don’t know that the presidential oath is part of the constitution.  (Article II, Section One, Clause 8.) By not being honest and reliable with one’s words and inciting hate with words like “enemies of the people” and “invaders”, by dividing the nation into two armed camps – he is not doing his best to defend America. He may be doing his best to destroy it as we know it.  And even if he says this is his best, its no longer good enough for people who love this country.

I am sure it will never be illegal to lie in general. But one who has taken an oath of office should not be allowed to lie over and over again. We need to fix that. There’s a lot we have to fix, but if we allow our representatives to lie, we will always have criminals running our government. It just is not good enough any more.

Donald Trump should not be good enough for a person who believe in a righteous god as well. So this weekend, I am asking clergymen in all religions to find their own way of asking their congregations to pay their respects for the people murdered in Pittsburgh – and vote with good conscious for those who represent the goodness in all our Bibles. We all know the Golden Rule. It does not say immigrants are invaders,  Mexicans are rapists, or Africans are from sh*thole countries. 

Vote as if your life depends on it. 

Thank You.

 

 

 

Are We Witnessing a Coup d’Etat of the United States Government?

Today, in the wake of Charlottesville affair, I hear people are saying the top GOP heads are not turning on Trump because they are afraid of losing the votes of Trump’s base. Some part of that rings true. But I don’t think its all or even half of the truth here.

In the aftermath of Charlottesville, most GOP heads and cabinet members are still not turning on Trump. Some reporters say they are afraid of losing the votes of Trump’s base. Some part of that rings true. But I don’t think its all, or even half of the truth.

A major sect of Trump’s base reared its ugly head in Charlottesville. The only Americans who truly identify with the hatred we witnessed are actual members of the Klan, White Supremacists and Nazis.  The KKK even thanked Donald Trump for equating their status with the status of those who represented racial tolerance. These hateful mobs now seem to think they have some control or influence on Trump.  And Trump controls the nukes. That puts these right-wing groups just one degree of separation away from total global annihilation.  

You would think the GOP would have enough patriots among its roster of career politicians to muster the guts to make a statement against the president’s alt-left rant. They know, as we all do, that Trump is bad for the GOP and America. And yet, though we hear the GOP leaders saying things like, “we reject Nazism”, we don’t much hear, “we reject the Trump’s divisive racial statements”. The GOP will never get a better opportunity to reject Donald Trump’s appalling leadership.  

And yet that does not seem to be happening.  I no longer think its because they are afraid of alienating Trump supporters. It’s clear that his words were very ugly to the vast majority of Americans. This was the time to call out anyone who would not totally reject neo-Nazis. Trump has not really done that, but his GOP associates still won’t call him out by name for this failure. It would seem to be the smartest thing they could do for their own careers. They must be aware that standing with Trump will have consequences in 2018.

So GOP leadership, what’s the hold up?

It would be easy for me to cut directly to conclusion I have drawn, but I want to now sort of go over some key elements and tells of what we have witnessed.

Does anyone remember the time first Trump said that he would be president for the next four years. He went on to say, “maybe much longer”. Then he corrected that message with “maybe 8 years, but we’ll see”.

Where did that “much longer” thought come from in his brain? Was he imagining his reign would last as long as he is alive? Is that why his family members have West Wing positions? Does he picture himself like William the Conqueror in England, first in a long line of aristocratic kings? It sort of seems that way, does it not?

Why did Trump get caught saying this early in his presidency, “They only know what you tell them?” Where did that thought come from in his brain? Did he know it would soon come to censoring the press to hide his life of crime?

Trump is not a poker player. He wears his emotions on his sleeve. It’s not only we who can see through him, but all those around him can too. Even if they did not fully know Trump played ball with the Russians in the 2016 election when it was going on, they would, by now, suspect this by his body language and the mounting evidence.  Comey did. Mueller does I am sure. 

And yet, these Trump-installed GOP leaders say nothing. What really is holding them back? 

It hits me today, as it should any logical person. In the wake of the relative silence that is coming from the GOP right now, only one thing makes sense.

Trump’s election tampering is known by more than just the Trumps. Other key players in the GOP and his cabinet are in on this. Only then, does the GOP silence make real sense.

Only one thing makes sense: Trump’s election tampering is known by more than just the Trumps.

The Trumps, Bannon, Kushner, McConnell, Sessions, Ryan, Tillerson, Ross, Flynn, Manifort, Pence, Elaine Chao – what if they all know about the Russian meddling? 

They are all then complicit. Would they not all have sworn allegiance their common cause, whatever they think that cause is? 

cabinetNow add one more important name to that list – Vladimir Putin. Putin initiated and orchestrated the 2016 election meddling, so he would know all the American players. 

It’s bad enough that all the American players in this coupe would have sworn an oath of allegiance and pledged secrecy. But the kicker now is that Vladimir Putin has the dirt on all of them. And Putin is in control of Wikileaks! So all the players (Trump included) fear Putin way more than disaffecting Trump’s so-called base.

So then. Only one thing really makes sense. The GOP’s top leaders are also suborned. They can not speak against Trump because they were in on it all. Those on the lower rungs of the GOP power structure are just ambitious followers who don’t want to believe what they likely suspect. They will not speak out of cowardice. The suborned and the cowards, defines 95% of the GOP.  Hence the silence.

So now I must address the few prominent GOP leaders who still seem to have some patriotism or a semblance of a spine. I ask my reader citizens to ask their Republican representatives to stand up to Trump now. 

John McCain. Please remind Americans that when it was Trump’s time to serve, he feigned a foot injury. ( It’s true. It’s really easy to say. Trump will hate it. And Americans may finally wake up on that meme alone. ) Call him out the way he did you! I know you feel Trump is currently not fit to serve. We need to hear it from you, John McCain, more than anyone. You have reached the station in life where you are truly a natural leader. Speak out. Flex your power. No one has more GOP respect than you sir. We need to hear from you … now!

Lindsay Graham. You said everything you did worthwhile in government, you did with John McCain. It’s time to join him and speak truth to power. You will have no resistance in this country, except from the Trumps. And that should be fine with you. We know you guys are not suborned. You are among GOP members we can trust. 

John Kasich. Even Democrats could see you were a decent person. But call him out by name. He showed you no respect during the campaign. Why do you now kowtow to him in any way? We need you to be a leader. We don’t have one in the White House. 

Jeb Bush and the Bush Presidents. Your family has been there. You know what is going on with the Trumps more than anyone. Reveal your deepest thoughts on Donald Trump on the public airwaves…  tomorrow, please!

Vladimir Putin is pulling all the strings here now. He has the main actors in the US government suborned. The US is effectively his country now. 

Citizens and statesmen, ask yourselves these questions.

  • Why do you think Trump wanted the electoral information from the states? *
  • Why do you think voter suppression laws are being re-instated? Does that not feel like the fix is going to be in again in 2018?
  • What makes anyone think that the Russians are still not at work fixing things here in the United States election systems?
  • What has Trump done to shut down election meddling? The post office has a better receipt system than our electoral process. Why is open-sourced election systems not a needed infrastructure upgrade right now? It’s not even expensive. That is really an easy job. I don’t get it. Do you?
  • Why did Trump blurb out, “I might be president for a much longer time than four years.” I think he knows that the crimes he has committed are so egregious that his only way out is to throw the US government into a chaos and then legally create a fascist police state to “stabilize” it.
  • And what was he really thinking when he said “fire and fury such as the word has never known.”? Who is he trying to scare. Korean? Americans? Or the entire world?
  • Does this presidency even feel right to you?

I myself think Putin is planning a new world order. He has enrolled a power-zealous Trump and helped him win an election. Many know about the fix. He wants payback.

And that is a coup d’état.

That’s about how they did it in the Russian revolution.  Now, they need chaos. Riots in the streets. War. The dictators in Iraq, Syria, and even ISIS operate best in chaos. This week, Bannon is still asking for more chaos through his safe post at Breitbart. Tic toc. 

The next steps is are an active war, martial law, and silencing the press. Maybe some fire and fury. 

Then its game over. 

Republicans, stop this now! It is the only way you can still emerge as the heroes in this mess. Don’t you even see that?

 

 

Etymology Teaches Us Why Trump’s Delayed Responses Don’t Seem Sincere

The word “sincere” comes into English via French and Latin.  SIN in Latin means without. (sans in French) CERE means cerebral, head or thought. SINCERE means WITHOUT THOUGHT.  

When Trump spoke first on Charlottesville, it was off the cuff, without much thought. Those first words came from his heart. (Heart is not quite the right word here, is it?) Later, after speaking with advisers and reading the polls, he dressed his first words up, rephrasing them to appease more people. Those second words are no longer sincere, by the very definition of the word sincere. 

Donald also fails to have honor, according to the root definition of that word.  Honor means “one word”. The “hon” in honor represents one and the “or” represents oral. It’s that simple. When a person has one word they have honor. But Trump consistently and historically has been shown to reverse the things he says be believes in. That’s not honor. He does not even know what that word means. 

So, by the truest definitions of these words, Trump has neither honor nor sincerity. And for these reasons, he is not even qualified to be a public school teacher, let alone be president.

Disclaimer: Sorry to use that metaphor my teacher friends. Teaching is super important work. But there are standards one must pass to be a public school teacher. Do you think Trump could get a teacher job after Access Hollywood was released? Not! 

So Trump’s delayed consolation re Charlottesville seems insincere and his double talk ( as our parents called it ) has no honor. Without neither honor nor sincerity, Trump should not will not likely survive a full term as POTUS. And all those aligned with him will fall with him. This is why we see CEO’s bailing on DT right now. They are getting the jump on 2018. There will be no wiggling off this hook in 2018.  All aligned with Trump are going down, if he even lasts that long. 

Petitioning the Five Living Presidents to Weigh In on Donald Trump’s Mental Fitness to be President.

Honorable Presidents: I can’t pretend to know what you would say if you had to answer the question, “Do you think Donald Trump in competent to be president?”, but if you love this country the way I think you all do, this is no time to be silent.

To Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George Bush, George Bush Sr., and Barack Obama:

unfit

Background: Every day Trump has been in office, we are spending countless millions of American taxpayer dollars – not to make healthcare better, not to make infrastructure better, not even to build his wall. Every one of the 100+ days he has been in office we are wasting energy and taxpayer dollars, guarding his many homes, paying for his golf games, and now defending potential criminal activity, which we hear about in the endless discussions that proceed ad nauseum. It seems to be paralyzing the entire country. It seems dangerous as well.

In many ways, you are all uniquely qualified to judge, based on observing his first three months’ performance, whether you think Donald Trump seems mentally competent to be president of our United States.  You alone know firsthand what the job demands. You alone can really judge whether Trump has the temperament, experience or heart to be a POTUS.

The America you faithfully served, now hangs in the balance. It’s as if we are a headless country, and it may stay be that way until we can vote again in 2018. It has even occurred to me that maybe we should move that midterm vote up a year to 2017. What are we waiting for? If Donald Trump is not fit to be POTUS, then none of his cabinets appointees can be considered as being selected for the good of the country. They may all have to go. We may have to start again and as soon as possible. We can’t be expected to work with a compromised POTUS, and he seems to be trying to block the paths to the truth, or obstructing justice. His ratings are at a historical low. He does not have the confidence of most Americans. 

To many, his refusal to show his taxes, seems either irresponsible, deceptive or both. In spite of what he says, he does not seem to have the best interests of Americans at heart as he continues to speak and tweet in an inconsistent manner, depending on what he wants people to think that moment. In light of the probing into the Russian hack of our election, and regardless of whether concealing taxes is legal, it cannot be helpful to the cause of finding the truth to reveal taxes. The only thing that makes any sense to most folks is that he has something to hide.

Honorable Presidents: I can’t pretend to know what you would say if you had to answer the question, “Do you think Donald Trump is competent to be president?”, but if you love this country the way I think you all do, this is no time to be silent.

Please just speak your minds openly.  

Your fellow citizens need to hear from you … and very soon!