We Have All Been Raped By This President – #MeToo

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. 

 

 

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

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   (POP)        

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? 

Politicians have repeatedly proven themselves to be sold out as a group. They are, at best, unnecessary statutory 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 greedy-by-nature politicians for taking advantage of their status – and representing for themselves – or for their donors.  After all, the head USA representative is clearly doing that. So we can’t blame the politicians – we must blame ourselves.

Politicians should 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 larger than national, like air quality. – There could be even world-wide discussions to pave way to real world peace – end terrorism – and even insure the survival of the species. Imagine that! We have this technology right now. The technology was just sabotaged by international criminals to gain their intended effect in the election of 2016. Reverse engineer this. This is easy! 

Regular Mock Votes 

The best part of a mock government page would be regular mock votes. Maybe we could have them once a month. We could call the first Tuesday of every month – Mock Vote Day and re-form the healthy national tradition of getting information and then voting our minds. The sheer numbers in these monthly mock government votes would instruct the honest players in our actual government as to the direction the majority really wants to steer the country. Mock Government Voting is a super strong meme here. 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. I’ll go on Shark Tank for it if need be

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

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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

 

 

Make America United Again – Polibots

With what came out on Hillary’s DNC election shenanigans today, it’s pretty clear the election of 2016 was a sordid affair on all sides. Both candidates were clearly willing to cheat to win. Trump said this early on his campaign. “What does it matter if I don’t win?” He was even willing to enroll Russian spies to help him. Hillary was happy to throw Bernie under the bus to win. So both sides were clearly crooked. Winning was just too important to these people … and to their parties. And that’s because behind these parties, there are large financial contributors who expect payback for their “investments”. If we don’t find a way to get money out of politics, this insanity is not going away.

American voters sort of knew their two candidate choices were both sold out. For voters, the 2016 election was more about voting out an established, entrenched and tone deaf governmental system than voting in anyone. Bernie, who delivered his populist message from the heart, was played by HRC, who was played by Trump. It was like rock/paper/scissors and spy vs. spy – combined.

Do we want 2016 to be the new standard in US elections? I don’t think so. Maybe politicians don’t mind this syndrome, as they can find ways to milk a rig-able system, but the general population really hates it. That’s why congress has such a low popularity.

2018 is a year away. If we go back to DEM vs GOP, to left vs. right, progressive vs. liberal, god vs. science, white vs. black, Christian vs. Muslim, we will continue to sink as a nation. Divided we will fail. That’s pretty clear.

We need a political attitude adjustment, – a fresh inspiring new idea that can erase the borders we have constructed in our minds.  Maybe this simple idea is it: imagine there were no political parties – or more of them!

The two party system plays a huge part in keeping our country divided. And do you know who likes that? Big business! They do better when their is no unity, focus or drive in the spirit of the working class. And its big business that pays off the politicians. In this new oligarchy of big business, they can bust up unions, not pay for the old and sick and pollute the environment for profit. And if we don’t stop this, the living standards here in USA will continue to sink – as they have been since the 1980’s.

There is an easy way to break up the two-party system. Think along with me. Bernie is in good health. He can run as an independent or create a mini-party that supports his own brand of government. But 2020 is too far away. 2018 will be the divining moment. Imagine if a political outsider – like Tom Steyer, the billionaire turned environmentalist, a seeming Democrat, enrolled a partner from the other party and started a new party/union so to speak. Imagine if Steyer, Corker, Sanders – and/or McMullen said they were going to work together to solve our problems and run as a ticket in 2020.

A simple union between a few key people could change everything. We now have the appetite for this. Americans would absolutely love this because we know we can’t go on divided. The space between the left and right must be closed – but if we try to argue it out – it will never work. Never. We need two adults – well meaning public servants – one from the left and one from the right – to agree to work together, outside of their previous parties. This ticket would surely win in a landslide in 2020, but it could do a great job changing things in 2018 as well.

This would be the way I would run this union. This is my idea, but I am open to other ideas of course. A web site is put up which simulates a mock government. Our key government issues are posted. The population gets educated on the issues at the site from people with experience in the various fields. Videos, chat rooms and a place to have discussions are created. No “bad words” are allowed. (Sorry to go all 1950’s on you, but words can bridge gaps or divide us.)

And then there is a place to place mock votes and take polls. It’s a democracy, so the majority rules. Politicians can make their arguments too,  but the population’s majority sentiment must rule if the USA is going to continue to be called a democracy. In this world, we hardly need politicians to do anything more than educate us and do what we ask in Congress.

A trend we hear more and more about these days is robots replacing humans in the workplace. I don’t favor robots that take away jobs, like self-driving cars would. But when people cannot do their jobs honestly, maybe that’s a place where robots would work better than humans. Robot politicians? In this ideal world I described above, politicians must function as robots. Polibots! They do what their constituents request of them. They cannot be re-programmed, suborned or bribed.

Regardless of what Trump GOP representatives say about promises made on the trail,  my polibots could not support or advance busting the ACA, or tax breaks for the rich because polls show the American people don’t want the GOP’s healthcare or tax breaks for the rich, business-owner class. Both these GOP ideas have support levels that are close to 22%. So they would be DOA in a real democracy.

It sounds like such a dream. A real democracy. A way forward where we build infrastructure, create new jobs that are clean. But we have the software to do all of this right now. All we need is two key people to form a working left/right union and put up a web site. I see the desire for this kind of union – not only in the population – but in the tone of certain key players as well.

So now I ask my followers to make this suggestion to people you can imagine working together with members from the other side and actually stepping away from their parties. Corker seems ideal as he has already has stepped aside. Bernie is an independent – a man who already knows how parties corrupt. McMullen had his own party and Steyer wants a government focused making the USA #1 again in energy and infrastructure. I’d be happy if they all joined forces and started something really new here. And I don’t think I would be alone.

If you like this idea – spread it around on social media. Throw a stone and make a ripple. That’s how these things get started.

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Let’s turn the Untied States of America into the United States of America – again. Or should I say, let’s Make America United Again.

I will add this. The WW11 generation fought to preserve democracy in the 1940’s. Their sacrifices will be recorded historically as an effort done in vein if we continue to allow money to sell us out the way we are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dark Hearts of Trump Republicans Will Not Deliver Light

written March 2017 – updated October 25th

Thanks to those who raised their voices, the GOP healthcare bill that clearly showed the GOP does not care about people’s health has failed … for now. They are two-stepping this however. They will try again and have said so. They will bankrupt the poor with a tax plan – and then the poor will be powerless. This is their plan. Consider this: 

Had those who raised their voices against healthcare been silent, the GOP would have cheerfully repealed the safety net that protects the lives of 25 million Americans. It was an easy act for them and that reveals their level of care for actual people. Five our of six Americans did not like their bill, but the GOP vote was lopsided in support for the non-healthcare bill.

How can that happen in a truly representative government?  The answer is – it should not. But the GOP does not care about what their constituents think. 

Voting against one’s constituency should instantly make a representative an invalid agent. But as of now, if a representative votes for their own interests, its quite legal.  We’ve got to fix that … eventually.

Thankfully, what the GOP feared more than not getting their bill passed was not getting re-elected, because they know, once they are out of power, their corrupt money stream ends. 

Today, October 25th, 2017, the GOP voted to make it HARDER for people to sue their banks if they overcharge? Did they ask their constituents about this? Not! The bank lobby is paying them off. We will all be a little poorer by this move.

And this is how they are taking this country to new lows – step by step. They want us to be un-educated rabble here. They want our world to look more like the Hunger Games. It’s all for large business owners – because they offer the bribes. They call it lobbying. 

What does the GOP healthcare bill and this new bank bill say to you about the motives of their party and their leaders?

It’s clear they are not charitable or christian in the classic sense of caring for others. The GOP clearly said they were willing to let American people die so they can get a bill that lets young people be foolish, gets millionaires richer, and lets old poor folks get dead and off their minds. These politicians have greed disease. And they have the foreign bank accounts to deposit their graft money into. They can’t lose unless they are exposed.

Americans wake up! This tax bill is no different than their non-caring healthcare bill. People who prey upon others do NOT suddenly change their inspirations. They just adjust their tactics. 

You can’t expect benevolent light to pour out of a dark heart. It’s not going to happen. The casino owner, Donald Trump,  must have had somewhat of a a dark heart, because his business model only profited when people lost their money and often their status in life and family. Promoting gambling is an ugly businessdarkheart. But that’s how Trump chose to make his fortune. He had the dark heart to do that. Do you? Being a casino-owner is about the same as being a drug dealer. You profit. People lose.

Teachers , nurses, firemen, singers and doctors don’t do that. Many people choose to help others with their careers. Bob Dylan wrote ” We all have to serve someone”. I do that with my business. Most people do. Most people are good that way. But Trump’s heart was so dark, he even stiffed the honest contractors who built his casinos.

Do you still honestly still think Trump cares to make America great? 

Their plan is what it has always been. Make money with very little work. Steal. Don’t pay taxes but make that legal for them. Work against American’s best interests for profits. 

The Trumps occupy the oval office for one reason: to further enrich themselves.

This morning they said the exemption for 401K’s wont be part of the new tax plan. Their tax plan idea is to save a few lower income people some money, but take away their healthcare. They will have to pay much more than what they save for healthcare, just to stay alive. And dead is even better for them. They have robots – what do they need people for?

This is what these GOP people have done all their lives. This is why it was so easy for them to try to throw people off healthcare. They had no desire to fix it. Fixing it means joining the ranks of the modern nations of the world. But then … they can’t get those juicy insurance kickbacks. These government officials serve themselves and no one else. 

In 2018, all Americans must vote out all Trump Republicans. 

I sincerely think there has to be a purge of entrenched, sold out politicians from both parties. But anyone who does not vote the way their constituents want on an issue, has to go first. Once they vote against the will of their own people, they are shirking their duties as a representative. If they voted for that GOP healthcare bill – that should be enough to expose their dark heart. 

Representative means you re-represent the wills of others. It does not mean you present your own ideas – or ideas that serve your own personal goals. 

Trump likes to say the people elected him, so that means they want him to do what he wants to do. That is not the case. Most people who voted for Trump did so because they believed his heart was in the right place. Now, most of them know better. We all have clear evidence that his heart is not in the right place – not in a place of light.

The Revenge of the Average Americans in 2018

“Deplorable” is not my word. – Nor is it a word I would ever use to categorize any group of Americans. That word may have changed the course of history more than any other word ever uttered.  But the folks who voted for Trump are beginning to see he does not care about them and never has.

With the same impetus they had to vote out career politicians in 2016, or drain the swamp. they can and  should be moved to vote out all Trump Republicans in 2018. 

Why would anybody want these people in office? They are screwing our democracy, selling out to Russia, and ruining the real economy which is not the stock market! (That’s just a measure of business-owners’ profits.) The real economy is the way average Americans live. And these days, its paycheck to paycheck – the way it was just before the Great Depression.

And Trump’s dark heart has no desire to fix that.  There is a saying ” you can’t get blood from a stone”. In that metaphor, the blood is life and love. And a person who has closed his heart to others will never give life and love. They have made that decision long ago, seen it work for them, and they are not giving that up.

I prefer to say, “You can’t get light from a dark heart”. 

 

Why Would Putin Want To Instigate Americans Against Immigrants?

The Daily Beast has confirmed with Facebook that the Russian spies, who run every move by their president, Vladimir Putin, did place ads under the name “Secured Borders” inviting people to go to anti-immigrant rallies in middle America.

I have been predicting and characterizing Trump’s “moves” for over a year now. Because I am from his generation, went to the same school and had a similar family education, I can sort of know whats going on in his mind. 

Use the search button in my blog for keywords like Russia, taxes, Putin, Korea, and HealthCare. – You will see I have pretty much been on top of Trump’s moves since he entered the race.

But what reasons would Putin have to pay for rallies against American immigrants? What’s in that for him? Only two things make sense.

#1 The Facebook rally ads were done at Trump’s request. It was Trump asking Putin to demonstrate Russia’s amazing new cyber-war machine. Trump wanted to see if and how it worked. So the Facebook propaganda effort was supported by a hope that there would be violence and press coverage at the events they were instigating. (That’s true criminal espionage folks. Worse that the Rosenberg’s who were both executed for being spies.) The Facebook events would help create support for Trump’s nationalist message.  And Putin realized that Trump could not deliver on promises to Putin ( to reduce sanctions ) unless he actually won office. 

And while that makes sense, it still does not quite feel like a really good business investment for Russia. There’s yet another reason Trump and possibly even Putin would want anti-immigrant feelings in the USA to foment: # The Wall. 

#2 Trump is a builder of large projects by trade. There are all sorts of ways to make a buck on large projects and Trump knows them all. I was a builder of homes in the 1980’s, so I know how the honest side of the building business works. One estimates a project and keeps one’s cost to about 85% of that estimate, making a 15% profit as a goal.

But Trump knows all the other ways to make a buck on a project. One can also stiff the builders, something Trump is actually famous for. One can feign bankruptcy, something Trump has also done many times before. And one can get kickbacks from contractors and have them deposited in one’s offshore accounts. One can hide profits with offshore accounts as well. That’s why it is so important that we see Trump’s taxes.

And that’s also why I think Trump wanted that wall. He knew damn well Mexico would not pay for it. He got caught on the phone with the Mexican president saying it was not that important that Mexico pay for it and that he just essentially wanted him to play along. He even invited him in on the deal with code words. Mexico has an honest president. Good and glad for Mexicans. We don’t. Bad for us Americans. 

The Wall was intended as yet another source of profit for Trump and his family. It was an 8 billion-dollar project. Even the honest 15% markup is a cool billion. And I’ll bet right now, once we follow the money trail of the wall, the way Mueller seems to be doing now,  we’ll find Russians were part of that intended profit stream. 

That desired back-channel to Russia makes more sense now, does it not? These are the kind of things that can be done best with a back channel. 

And then the Russians, paying for Facebook ads to instigate anti-immigrant sentiment, finally makes good business sense. Perhaps Putin was in on the wall. That would be a good business reason to foment anti-immigrant hatred here in the USA.

When is it going to dawn on enough US citizens that we have effectively a Russian operative serving as our president! We have an Espionage Act. It was enacted in 1919 to prevent exactly what we are witnessing. Google it. Then let’s do something about it.

What do I think? I think the president and his entire appointed staff should temporarily be placed under house arrest until the truth is discovered. We must stop the cover-ups and lies and open up their books. They should all be relieved of their posts and duties and on put standby until the truth is exposed.

We can operate just fine in the USA with just a senate, house, judiciary and generals. We don’t really need a president at the helm. And certainly not a president who has offshore accounts and Russian connections that go back 30 years. 

Trump swore the presidential oath. He has broken that oath. 

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) 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.”

Faithfully is the key word. Faith is a form of fidelity. In this case, it means one is beholden or obliged to none other but the United States. Fellow Americans. We know this in our hearts and by the reports that are leaking out every day. Trump is not faithful to the USA, to Americans nor to you. And that should also disqualify him because it contradicts his sworn presidential oath.

faithThe Marines’ semper fi means always faithful, and two hands clasped in prayer is the symbol for faith. There is a reason for the two hands in the faith symbol: two clasped hands are self-bound, hence disarmed. This logic is also the source of the nearly universal custom of shaking hands to signify an agreement.

Trump can say he is working to the best of his ability. I believe that. He was never a very smart or thoughtful person. He was lazy in many ways ( He paid for his homework to get done at Penn.)  and he has a short attention span. So how good could he really be as president without those key personal qualities? He can say he is preserving the constitution, because that’s a long document that can be interpreted many ways.

But Donald J Trump cannot honestly say he has been faithful to the USA and its people! He knows this and, by now, so do we all.

So why is he still there?

We will continue suffer, emotionally and financially, every day – as a country, as citizens, as parents and as individuals –  for as long as we let this very expensive mistake we made, continue. 

 

 

Cyber-Warfare Is the New “Cold War” and Putin Is Its First Grand Master

noun: cyber-warfare
  1. the use of computer technology to disrupt the activities of a state or organization, especially the deliberate attacking of information systems for strategic or military purposes.

cyberwarAfter World War II was over, a new world order was established and The United States assumed the dominant position in that new world order for having won the war and for having the biggest shiny new weapon, the A-bomb. Russia never fully accepted subservience to the USA. And so the Cold War era – with wars waged without bullets – was born. The main weapon of the cold war was espionage, in other words – spies. 

That 50’s-60’s cold war era cooled down with time, but it never fully went away. Since the advent of the internet in 1996, the main weapons of that cold war – have increasingly become electronic. It’s now called cyber-warfare. But until now, it always seemed to refer to something that was going to happen in the near future. Cyber-warfare summons up visions like electric grids gone down, banks hacked and drained of cash reserves, and even cars that drive off cliffs. 

But cyber-warfare is no longer a thing of the future. The hacking of the US 2016 presidential election will be remembered as the first major attack in “the cyber warfare era” and Vladimir Putin will be dubbed its first master. 

Ask yourself this. What are the objectives of any entity that initiates an offensive war? If war is not launched to stop foreign aggression or for defensive reasons, it’s done to obtain things, resources or territories that do not properly belong to the attacker. It’s done for booty. The same reasoning pirates use to rationalize raid ships, right? 

And so, the evidence and consensus is now that Putin/Russia attacked the United States in 2016 via acts of cyber-warfare – in order to get their chosen candidate elected as the president of the United States. We have already lost that war. It’s over. Putin has won that war. But the war was not initiated for fun. Cyber war is expensive. The cyber-war players expected payoffs. 

However, these two questions still remain.  

Now that the Russian cyber-warfare is getting exposed, will Putin still get what he wanted from his horse in the race, so to speak? Putin used his mastery of cyber warfare to help put Trump in as POTUS for concrete reasons. Those reasons are agendas, lifting of sanctions, resources, money and territories – the very same objectives desired in an offensive war waged with bullets and bombs.  

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Will the laws, traditions, citizen backbone of the USA resist with such solidarity that Putin’s man in office, Donald Trump, is rendered powerless to give Putin what he bargained for? Will we resist this Russian coupe of our executive branch so that Putin’s preferred candidate, Donald Trump, is exposed for espionage, indicted, and at least impeached? 

It should be clear to all of us, if we don’t expose and indict the perpetrators of this cyber warfare attack, we are giving those same players a green pass to do this over and over again.  And if we swiftly don’t make 100% sure this cannot happen again, it will be the same as if we had lost a war waged with bullets and signed terms of surrender. Yes, less bodies. That’s a technology perk, I guess. Cool. But maybe not for us.

It occurs to me that cyber warfare has come of age because our modern, high-tech nuclear and biological weapons are now so lethal that they really cannot be used. A need for warfare without death evolved – a way to get what you want from war, without the fallout from actual war. 

2018 is a year away. We immediately need open-sourced hack-proof voting systems. These are not expensive. The technology already exists.

GOP!  Congress! Stop bickering about walls, gays, and what is not important. This infighting is exactly what Putin wants.  Or are you fully surrendering to Putin? 

The hacking of the US 2016 presidential election will be remembered as the first major attack in “the cyber warfare era” and Vladimir Putin will be dubbed its first grand master. 

About the Author:
Joseph Aronesty graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1971. He first met Donald Trump at International Finance class in 1968. He also worked close to Trump in Atlantic City in the 1980’s. In 1995, Joseph created what is arguably the world’s first e-commerce web site with modern click and pay technology.
Joseph is a published songwriter, with hundreds of songs in his catalog. One can find them at SoundCloud from the link above. He is also the author of a singularly unique book on etymology, Deciphering the English Code.  (Amazon) It’s central theme is that English, and most widely-spoken languages evolved in the Stone Ages as a technological upgrade to our hunting visual body/sign language. 
He is a dedicated resister and father of five.
You may reach him at his name at gmail.

 

Trump’s Main Problem: Cheating To Win

There is only one real truth. That’s why the word one hides inside the word honest. Unlike sociopaths, healthy humans don’t feel inner peace while hiding lies.  People who are well eventually learn to be honest with themselves.

I knew Trump from U of P. He was a rich, big city playboy type. In our one common Wharton School class, International Finance, he rarely showed up. When I inquired about that, I discovered out he was paying a classmate to do his work for him, and his dad was a big contributor to Penn.  I was told “don’t worry about Donny”. I still remember those exact words. I was made to feel like I was out of my league for even asking.

I was a sophomore, when Donny was a senior. We all knew his dad was very rich. I got into Penn on a scholarship. Not sure if my dad could have afforded Penn without that. But paying for homework is a form of cheating, is it not?

I moved back home after college. Margate was a sleepy Jersey shore town until casinos got approved in 1978. I met Trump again in 1985, when he opened the Trump Plaza. He remembered me from Penn back then. We said “hi” in his hi-roller room one day.

trump-cardBlackjack and Trump

In the 1980’s, I was a very skillful blackjack player. Given the chance to play fairly, I could usually emerge with a small win. I was never a high-roller, but I can still memorize 52 cards, a skill I developed from playing gin rummy.

Unlike Vegas, there were no laws in AC that allowed casino staff to throw people out for skilled play. But at the level I was playing, the most I was going to win was maybe $200 a week. Fun money. Nothing serious. 

No casino came down harder on skilled players than Trump’s Plaza. They even told the cocktail servers not to serve the card-counters any drinks – not even water! They used to make up stories about skilled players, saying they use foul language, so they could throw them out for a cause on the books. They were not fair sports in any sense of that word.

The Trump Plaza security staff accidentally killed one card counter when they “tazed” him and he had a pacemaker. I know the lawyer in AC that still has those details. 

Once again, Trump was willing to do anything to keep anyone from beating him for even $200 a week. Anyone who is wealthy enough to own a casino, and is not willing to win and lose by the rules of the game they publish, is a cheater because they are willing to win, but not lose.

Trump often uses the term, “losers”. It’s something he learned from his casino-owner days. Trump always has to be the winner. Everyone else is a loser. That’s how Trump still sees people. 

Trump was also willing to cheat to win by stiffing the contractors that built his casinos and declaring bankruptcy while awash in cash which he then moled to foreign banks. This 1980’s period is when his money-laundering schemes connected him to international financial criminals. Cheating to win at taxes. That is what started him on the trail that led him to RussiaThose chickens are now coming home to roost. 

Donald Trump has been cheating to win his entire life. He even warned us of this on the campaign trail with“what does it all matter if I don’t win?”  That is a quote.

And so, it should now be very clear that Donald Trump was more than willing to cheat to win the 2016 presidential election. Cheating would have been nothing new to him. Hopefully, that election cheating will soon be exposed.  

But even as you read this, Trump is still trying to cheat to win. He cries “fake news” when the truth is published. He asks Congressmen to get Russia off his back. Trump is now trying to cheat justice. It’s why they call it obstruction of justice.

I don’t think Congress as a whole will help Trump obstruct justice. He may have dragged some congressmen into the Russian swamp with him, but there are over 600 congresspeople. He can’t drag them all down. And the generals won’t go there. They have had their own gig here for 250 years.  They won’t let Trump spoil that, and they shouldn’t. It feels like the truth will come out soon. We will see. 

Had Trump not cheated in school and gotten away with it, he may not have cheated in business and then politics. If Trump had won the 2016 election fairly he would have had no need to fire Comey, which begat Mueller. Had Trump not been a cheater at heart, Russia would not now be on his mind nearly every waking moment. And then he might actually have had a chance to be a decent president. But cheating to win has been Trump’s modus operandi. I saw it when he was 20, 36 and now at 72.

And so Trump has absolutely no chance at all to be a decent president or even a decent man. And we all know that. Even his base knows this down deep. People are not stupid. People are not losers the way he thinks. 

To Donald with love,

Donald. It’s not the media. Its not Congress. It’s not your enemies. You have been a lifelong cheater. It started young. Fess up? Well that’s not you, is it?

The best thing that could happen to you, your family (and us) is that you actually get caught for cheating, leave the office of president and pay something for your crimes.

Then you could redeem yourself and perhaps rededicate your life to a selfless noble cause. Consider becoming a philanthropist, like Bush, Gates and Bill Clinton have done, at least to some degree. You will still have plenty of money left. You will be fine. Really. It might even feel good to you. I say this with love for a fellow traveler on this earth. We are all the same. 

Or maybe just make a deal to step down and not get caught. That’s okay too. You could say your feet hurt – again. Pardon my sarcasm. But you could devise one last lie and say you have to step down for health reasons. Right now, we’d take that.