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NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 26 year old mind trapped in an 86  year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Founding Fathers wanted civilians to control the military, Donald Trump wants military to control the military.

Donald Trump appoints Wall Street guys and gals after promising to get rid of Wall Street folks.

Before becoming president, Tump already has a fight with China.

America is the only country in the world where losers are the  winners in elections.

Common sense these days should be termed, common nonsense.

Ah, passion, still important in winning elections. Hillary lacked it.

Americans in 2016 wanted ‘promises’ rather than accomplishments.

I would so love to know what Obama really thinks about the Clinton campaign.

Say, whatever happened to Ted Cruz?

So, a former surgeon now runs our transportation and housing sectors of society,   how about a homeless person to run housing?

 

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 26 year old mind trapped in an  86 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I feel insulted,Trump has never tweeted me. Am I the only American who can make that statement?

These are glory days for the wealthy, another few million going their way.

I wonder if Donald ever met anyone who was not ‘FANTASTIC”

Amazing, the KKK is now to the left of the Trump administration.

I wonder when Trump will privatize the US armed forces.

Let me get this straight, reduce taxes and have more money. A bit confusing, but, what the heck, this is Trump time.

I still wonder if Ivanka is Secretary of State or Pence resigns and she becomes the vice president>

General Michael Flynn

As you recall or don’t recall, Donald Trump never ceased talking about emails and classified material and the need to send Hillary Clinton to prison for violating the law. So, who does he appoint as his National Security advisor, but General Michael Flynn who was reprimanded for misuse of classified materials and fired from his position in national security. Of course, Trump has been talking with General Petraeus about a position in his administration even though he was convicted of revealing classified material to his mistress.

Anyway, General Flynn has the reputation in his former work in national security of spouting nonsense and shooting off his mouth about  people and governments. He has stated:

1. The Muslim religion is not rational.

2. Sharia law is spreading in THE UNITED STATES.

3. Iran killed more Americans than did al-Qaeda.

4. He opposes the Iran nuclear deal and has talked about bombing Iran.

5. Most of his colleagues believed that he was irrational and lacked a competent view of foreign policy.

Who else to be the National Security advisor to the president??

Donald Wants To Bring People Together

Donald Trump told a gathering of his followers that he wants to bring Americans together again. Here is how he will do this:

1. He appointed Jeff Sessions as the new Attorney General, a man who will do NOTHING to prevent states from denying the right to  vote for Democrats.

2. His chief advisor is Steve Bannon, a man  supported by every neo-Nazi group who does not want his daughter to “go to school with Jewish girls.”

3. He has appointed  opponents of Obamacare to key positions even though a new survey by the Kaiser Foundation shows that most Americans agree with most of the ideas of Obamacare.

4. He just came out to send to jail or strip of citizenship Americans engaged in legal protests such as burning the American flag.

5. He has  yet to  appoint a single black American who is highly regarded by black Americans to any position in his Cabinet.

6.He continues frightening Hispanic children with his vow to send them back to Mexico.

Beyond that, he is bringing people together again.

Welcome Wall Street

As you recall, those who adore Donald Trump, he promised to rid Washington D.C. o f Wall  Street billionaires and restore America to the ordinary people of this land. Ah, I so remember Donald blasting Ted Cruz because his wife had worked for Goldman Sachs. Ah, that was then, and now is now. Billionaire Steve Munchin, formerly of Goldman Sachs is now the Secretary  of the Treasury. Wilbur Ross, another billionaire is now the Secretary  of Commerce. So wonderful that Wall Street has been driven from power, and ordinary Americans now run our country.

There is nothing surprising about Trump appointments. He has spent his entire life in the company of those with gobs of money. He literally does not know any ordinary middle class people, other than the doorman at Trump Towers who opens the door and says, “Good morning, sir.” Welcome to the new regime of the wealthy, for the wealthy, and BY the wealthy!

On Freedom Of Speech

The American political system depends upon the President displaying a commitment to our Constitution which is based upon the principle of freedom of speech. The Supreme Court has specified that each American has freedom of speech unless their words directly lead to harm to others. The famous doctrine that one can not shout “fire” in a crowded theater since these words could result in panic and death is a fundamental principle of our democracy.

President elect Donald Trump presented his view on freedom of speech. “Nobody  should be allowed to burn the American flag, if they do there must be consequences–perhaps loss of citizenship or a year in jail.” Has this idiot ever read the American Constitution? One can only lose citizenship if one commits treason. We soon will have a president who lacks any understanding of the right of free speech!

France Has Its Trump

It is now clear that Donald Trump is NOT an American phenomenon, but just one of many such leaders who are seizing power throughout Europe. Poland has a right wing government that even is attacking abortion rights as well as attacking human rights. Hungary has Prime Minister Orban who has made his career out of attacking immigrants as ‘destroying the nation of Hungary with their Islamic values.” Right wing Trumpites are gaining  power in Germany, in Austria, in Germany, and now soon in France.

France has had the Popular Front led by Marine Le Pen who for years has blamed all problems on Muslim immigrants. Now, Francois Fillon has emerged as another right wing Trumpite who promises to make France great again by getting rid of Muslim immigrants. He termed the Muslim religion and its “radicalism as having no place here.” He is also against gay marriage and against abortion. Once again a leader who will make France Great Again by appealing to hate and violence. There is a strong probability he will this spring become President of France!

France Has Its Trump

Fidel Finally Died

I recall in January, 1959 sitting with a group of University of California students as we watched Fidel Castro drive out the hated dictator, Batista, and hopefully bring democracy to the people of Cuba. He came across as a modern Robin Hood who was going to bring peace and prosperity to Cubans. Alas, that was the dream, and the reality was different. He  preached for a new world in which the under class  finally was able to share the riches of society. He promised to end dictatorship and replace it with a democracy.

The years passed, and Fidel became much of what he had overthrown. Yes,  he did bring education to all, yes, he did bring excellent medical care to all. BUT, his economics changed Cuba from a  nation in which the top five percent lived in comfort to a nation in which ALL(except for government bureaucrats) lived a life without comforts. He never was able to create a Communist economy that resulted in high standard of living for all. His promise of ‘democracy’ was transformed into a dictatorship in which those who disagreed did so in prison.

Yes, many Cubans will feel sad that the only ruler they had known for fifty years is now dead. It is up to his brother, Raul, to return to the  original promise of a democracy and a dynamic economy that brings a good life to ALL CUBANS.

The White Myth

There are dozens of groups which supported Donald Trump which boast that  he is restoring power to those of the white race. They believe people of darker skins seek to take over power and end the dominance of those who are ‘white.’ The construct of a ‘white race’ simply does not exist anymore than the construct of a ‘blue eyed race.’ In the nineteenth century, the newly arrived Irish were regarded as people who were ‘black’ and not like the Anglo Saxon Protestants who then dominated America. Italians who began arriving late in the nineteenth and then in the twentieth century were told by fellow Catholics, the Irish, they were “dark skinned people’ and not like NOW, the white skinned Irish.

Jews came at the turn of the twentieth century only to be met with hatred and anger for being people of a dark and sinister race. Opponents of these immigrants insisted they could never assimilate within  ‘white society’ because they had a different religion, ate different foods, dressed differently, spoke Yiddish, and simply could never become integrated within ‘white society.’ The story is always the same, new immigrants are DIFFERENT. Ironically, Hispanics were here before the British arrived in the 1600s. And, Spanish regarded themselves as superior to native born peoples.

Being white is always changing. But, today, the former ‘dark skinned Jews and Irish’ now insist they are WHITE!