Monday, October 24, 2016

The Art of the Loser

Hillary keeps asserting that, while she prepares for every event, especially the “debates”, The Donald seems to come to these affairs entirely unprepared, aside from his stomach full of hateful vomit. I have come up with a new theory. Remember The Art of the Deal, that infamous book that was written for The Donald in his name, because his advanced ADHD prevents him from writing an actual book of any kind. Well, I think something else entirely is going on. I think The Donald is busily preparing his next venture, a new book he will call The Art of the Loser.

See, The Donald has really developed a true art and he perfects it more, polishes it really, each time he enters a new adventure.  Think of his experience.

1.       Three marriages, with multiple affairs on the side, implying at the least two failures;

2.       Five (Six???, Seven???) bankruptcies, implying companies he started and then either allowed or caused to fail. This is an amazing accomplishment, since most people can’t properly manage more than one or two bankruptcies;

3.       A full-on big-time Con game he called Trump University in which he allowed folks to enroll at substantial (multiple thousands) fees, gave them nothing of value in return, and then had the whole con game called to a halt by the legal system that finally caught up with him;

4.       A largely fake foundation that seems to donate relatively little of his money to actual charitable institutions, instead giving money back to Trump for renting MaraLago and other Trumpian enterprises for “services rendered”.  His “foundation” is no longer allowed to raise funds in New York due to his shady methods of accounting for and distributing funds.

5.       And then we have his run for the Presidency of the United States. It seemed to begin as a kind of sick joke on America by a Reality TV star, and then spun out of even his tiny hands.  That he is within 10 points of Hillary seems unimaginable, especially given his inept (loser?) performance. But he perhaps correctly assessed his support base when he acclaimed to his body faithful that he could take a gun, walk out onto Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and his poll numbers would go up.   His support base seems to be a scary lot, yelling “Lock her up”, or “kill her” at his rallies, and sucker punching opposition folks who showed at his rallies. Thoughts of 1930’s Germany come to mind.

6.     He even now seems to be projecting his loss (perfecting his Loser status?) by decrying that the game is rigged at every opportunity. Would anyone with even a thought of winning be employing such a sad tactic? No, he is simply adding to his experience base to perfect his game (The Art of the Loser)

So, my theory is that, with his now vast experience at losing, he is actually paving the way for a new best-seller called The Art of the Loser.  The book will doubtless be ghost-written, since someone with such a long history of advanced and untreated ADHD could not possibly write an actual book by himself.  Whether he returns to his favorite ghost-writer, Tony Schwartz, or calls into service a new ghostie remains to be seen. Tony had some snarky commentary on The Trump lately, so he might be a chancy candidate for Ghost-Writer for Losers. So, we will need to await his decision whether to write the book first, or start his next venture, The Trump Network, his next bankruptcy in waiting.  I know. Maybe The Donald could go into competition with the Koch Brothers on some new reality TV program, with the beginning episode, “Who’s the Most Hated Man in America??”

Wouldn’t you love to see that competition???

Ta. See you on November 9th, when America crashes into the Moon . . ., just before The Donald decides to establish a Trumpian Motel Six on the Moon. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Election is Almost Over

So, Are You Fed Up Yet?

Like many millions of folks, I don’t really know what to say any more about this election and Donald Trump.  I have been paying attention to elections (and voting) since the 1952 Eisenhower-Stevenson campaign. I was an incoming freshman at Stanford University, and had til then been a mere onlooker to US elections, but one who paid attention nonetheless. In those days, it was hard not to pay attention.  We had that War thing, with President Roosevelt leading the nation politically, and Eisenhower—Ike—leading our military assaults on the Hitler war machine.  We did listen to Roosevelt’s “chats” on the radio. We did pay attention to war, since not long after we managed to end those dreadful conflicts across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, another war began . . . this time in the Korea’s. The Cold War began seemingly at the same time as the hot one ended. North Korea was on the other side of the world, but supported by the Chinese Communist regime, and, indirectly by Russia.  Apparently, we humans can’t get enough of War. We love it, all that shooting and killing, all that stuff that goes boom in the night.  Yeah, I still remember chatting it up with my buddies, all of us turning 18 and awaiting our Selective Service notices.  So, yes, we paid attention.
We even managed to pay attention and to vote when we landed in New Delhi, India in 1964. Remember Johnson and Goldwater??? How could we not vote???
We remember vividly the first presidential debates—Nixon-Kennedy. And although Nixon was a despicable tyrant-potential, he at least seemed knowledgeable. But now . . . wow, how America has sunk.  It seems all the idiots have come out of their respective “deplorable closets” to press for the election of a true Malenfant-Terrible—yes, he gives the term enfant-terrible an entirely new meaning.
The Donald has been defined as narcissistic, a true sociopath, and, from simple observation, he is clearly adult ADHD. He apparently can neither read nor write, so he uses others to do those chores for him—see The Art of the Deal.
So, according to the Mayo Clinic, narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that's vulnerable to the slightest criticism.” Hmmm . . . seem familiar?
And antisocial personality disorder, sometimes called sociopathy, is a mental condition in which a person consistently shows no regard for right and wrong and ignores the rights and feelings of others. People with antisocial personality disorder tend to antagonize, manipulate or treat others harshly or with callous indifference. They show no guilt or remorse for their behavior. Sounds like The Donald to me.
And then there’s the ADHD. Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that includes a combination of persistent problems, such as difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Adult ADHD can lead to unstable relationships, poor work or school performance, low self-esteem, and other problems. Now who could that describe?
We can no longer watch any more “debates”, since they are both maddening and depressing at the same time. The depressing part is what happens to me when I consider what all this says about America and the American people. What troubles me the most I think, Is what outrages people, especially those supposedly consequential folks who “run” our country. Donald is known to have cheated hundreds perhaps thousands of people—think Trump University, a clear fraud—and the many workers who did work for him and who he refused to pay.  Nothing, no outrage.
Then think of his boast—“I could walk out onto Fifth Avenue, shoot someone and my poll numbers would go up”.  Think also of his threats about Hillary. He says publically that the election would be rigged if he loses and that people will have no recourse, except, you know the “Second Amendment people”—meaning that his followers perhaps could arrange to assassinate the next President, should he lose.  Did that spur outrage?? Hmmm, No.
He also, in his last debate, promised to jail Hillary once he is elected. Who does that, aside from people like Putin or perhaps Kim Jung Un—it is a classic dictator move—once you acquire power, you jail the opposition. 
And lest we forget his records as businessman and as a husband,  he has declared bankruptcy four times—he couldn’t make money operating a gambling casino for God’s sake—and he declared moral bankruptcy several times in marriage, now on his third and counting, due to his serial infidelities.  Hey, right wing Christians, you know you guys of the “marriage is a sacred thing with ONE MAN and ONE WOMAN”, you’re supporting this cretin? So, you really have no actual principles at all?
And now, suddenly, after release of the Trump sex tapes where he confesses to abusing women routinely, cuz he’s a star don’t you know, now, idiots like Paul Ryan and John McCain have come out and asserted they will no longer support him. Wow, really guys? That’s what it took? You were otherwise ok with him as the titular head of your crap political party? You are a horrible joke, all of you.
And I cannot wait for this travesty of an election to be over. And for you “second amendment” crowd, you know, the paranoid, anti-American idiots with too many guns, if you want to start a gunfight at the OK Corral, because your cretinous leader loses, remember that we have the United States Army on our side. And I cannot wait to see you try to intimidate them. They don’t take to intimidation.
So, just go vote, everyone. It will soon be over, and The Donald can crawl into his spiderhole and join his ratpack Cheney, Rudy, et al.  Maybe then life can resume in America.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Drumpf Supporters

“Oh, Mr. Trump is a businessman, and I think the government should be run like a business.”

 “I’m a professional fisherman, and Obama has put me out of business” (no more fish because of overfishing by professional fishermen, so of course he is voting for Trump.)

“I’m a coal-miner and Obama has put me out of business” (because he advocates for renewable energy).

And from a Jordan Klepper interview of a Trump supporter: “ Barack Obama had a big part in 9/11-- not being around, always on vacation, never in the Oval Office.” “Why do you think Barack Obama wasn’t in the Oval Office on 9/11?” “That I don’t know. I’d like to get to the bottom of that?”

So sayeth Mr. Trump’s supporters.

I don’t know what is more terrifying. The sheer stupidity of some of Mr. Trump’s supporters, or what it is they hope to see him achieve while in office—yeah, let’s run the government like Wells Fargo, or HSBC. That’s the ticket.  I keep hoping against hope that America really is better than this. That the 40+% support for him is some kind of statistical aberration, or folks just having fun with pollsters. The fact that he seems incapable of uttering a full sentence without inclusion of some lie seems to be, a) clear, and b) reason enough to conclude he is incapable of assuming the mantle of the US Presidency.

And now, I read articles that predict violence by the heavily armed Alt-Right should Mr. Trump lose. That group, neo-Nazi’s all, appear to form the right wing core of the Republican Party. We think of them more benignly as “The Tea Party”, but we now know they are both KKK and Neo-Nazi in origin.  And violence by that group would present an interesting challenge to our government. Would we allow a group of heavily armed insurrectionists to mount a serious challenge to the American Government? Let’s see, let’s see . . . do we have any precedents for that? Hmmm . . . think April 12, 1861. And that was lots of fun, wasn’t it?

So this election is getting more interesting by the minute. Day by day, we observe sheer idiocy generated over and over by our Republican Party, you know that party that used to be one of our two responsible political parties?  Well, we now seem to have only one party, the Democrats. Republicans have sold themselves to a lying Carnie Barker and his narcissistic family. The Libertarian Party, such as it is, is too strung out on dope to even understand what an election is all about, and the Green Party, well it’s a bad joke at best.

And so we have the Dems, and their candidate Hillary.

And you don’t like Hillary, you say?

Well, get a fucking grip on reality folks. She is the best, most experienced person ever to apply for this god-forsaken job. And you claim you can’t vote for her?? Well, maybe it’s you who should be applying to leave this country. I’m sure Bashar Al Assad will welcome you with open arms.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

On 9/11

Who are we?

Are we simply murmurs in the night, sounds heard briefly by another, and then we disappear?

We arrive as if by magic. We roam the earth for a while, touching others, and being touched ever so slightly. We leave traces behind, traces of memories, ever so slight, and then the traces are gone into the mists of time.

Some believe they are majestic, like the mountains of the Himalayas. They shriek into the night, insisting they are forever grand, and will live on as the sun and the stars. But then they too are gone into the mists.

Those who awoke on 9/11 thought they were passing through yet another day, one more in the continuing saga we often call life.  And then, in a swift moment in time, they disappeared, taken away by a disfigured thought. And the takers were also gone into those mists.

And we think now, we remember those murmurs in the night.

But we don’t, can’t. Because we still think we are magic and we will survive, regardless of our own disfigured thoughts.

If only we knew, or could imagine. Perhaps we might smile more, love more, hate less. 

And then we too would be gone . . .

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

God, Trump & Hitler

I was just thinking, if God invented everything, and everyone, then she obviously invented Donald Trump, and all of his New Nazi followers.  Wondering why she would do something so obviously nasty for the rest of her creations.

Of course, to be fair, she also invented Adolph Hitler, and we all know where that ended. All this does make me wonder whether she is simply a figment of our collective imagination. Surely no actual god(dess) would do something so obviously nasty. Designed to shake the body faithful to its core.

So, on that note, why do the Trumpies actually follow him? Is this something like a belief in God(dess)? That is, regardless of all the contradictions, all the evident nastiness associated with him, the lies, the corruption, the multiple misogynies, racist, even sadistic behavior, the body faithful are with him.

He says he will bring back jobs . . . yet all of his actual business behavior suggests that he is personally responsible for outsourcing his products to other low cost countries.

He says he will build a wall, and Mexico will pay for it. Yet, Mexico says categorically, they will not pay for such a wall, and knowledgeable observers assert his wall probably could not be built anyway.

He rails about Hillary, basically calling her a crook, yet provides no evidence, and refuses to provide any evidence of his own health status, his tax behavior, his actual income, or his financial relationship with folks we consider our adversaries, i.e., Russians. His own behavior at least suggests a crooked lifestyle, e.g., failing to pay people who work for him, filing multiple bankruptcies (including marital bankruptcies), while sucking cash out of his failing businesses.

He has no actual policy positions on any subject that might be viewed as vital to our national interests—somehow “Make America Great” does not seem like a plausible policy position.  The fact that our actual standing in the world, and our actual economic performance during the current President’s tenure are radically more positive that he implies, are ignored by his happy band of followers.  They simply do not wish to know that Obama has been a moderately successful President . . . unlike, say, his republican predecessor who brought us unnecessary wars, provided an accelerant to the formation of ISIS, produced huge deficits, and failed to produce anything of value to the economy or to the world. Also, unlike that republican, Obama’s VEEP has never shot any of his friends in the face.

In terms of Make America Great Again, I am a bit baffled about how his body faithful views Trump University—an obvious scam that bilked thousands of dollars from vulnerable suckers, and has now been shut down.  He started a fake university, conned hundreds (thousands??) of people and then went back to his Mara Lago estate and had a couple of whatever it is he consumes to get his rocks off after a con. And his followers think that’s ok? Well, to be fair, he promises to deport all those druggies and rapists and murderers that our current Prez allowed into the country—well at least all the non-white ones.  I guess his cheerleaders love that promise.

But do his folks actually understand that he is lying when he says that?? Much like he lies every time he opens his mouth and words come tumbling out?? It seems, when his body faithful is informed that Trump lies, they stick their fingers in their ears and start going “Nyahhh, Nyahh, Nyahhh, I can’t hear you!” They do not wish to be so informed.

Which brings me back to 1930s Germany. There too, a body faithful formed, after the Armistice for the end of World War I. Germany, having started that unnecessary war, failed to win it and had to agree to disarm, yield lands they occupied throughout Europe, and pay reparations for the damage they caused. Germany suffered economically after the war, and continued to suffer even more after the global financial collapse of 1929.

Then along came Adolph. He had served as a minor corporal during the first war, could not make it in civilian life as a painter non-extraordinaire, and so he decided on politics as an alternative.  See, he never had the daddy-dough that the Donald inherited, so Hitler embarked on his political career much earlier than The Donald, who tried and failed to suck the life out of his country before entering politics.

But what was Hitler’s message? We were once great, before the Jews came along and sold us down the river. We can and will be great again! Just elect me, and I will make Germany Great Again. Hmmm, what could go wrong? And so the despicable little man embarked on his political career, rearmed Germany, and began his campaign to make Germany Great again. Of course, he didn’t stop at just deporting Jews. He rounded them up and then killed them. So far as we know, Donald has no thought of killing the murderers, rapists, druggies, and other LibTards who snuck into the country. He’s just going to kick them out.  I suppose, he might have to detain them somewhere before they actually get kicked out officially.

But why did Hitler succeed in conning the German people? Because they were pissed about the Armistice and what it required of Germany. And they thought they had identified the cause of their anguish—in their case, Jews. In today’s America, Immigrants.

Some segments of the American population are genuinely pissed. They feel economically left out, because they are economically left out. What they fail to understand is that The Donald is but one of many rich oligarchs who are the root cause of their problems. See, The Donald is Not the Solution. He IS the Problem!

Until these folks understand that simple fact, they will continue to support this lying, corrupt, despicable creature, this narcissistic-sociopath, who has serious, untreated ADHD. This man who is conning them at the moment, and every time he opens his mouth.

So, oh Godly One, you who supposedly created this creature, are you going to do anything to relieve us, since we are clearly too stupid to do it ourselves? Or are you just sitting somewhere, laughing a lot at this YUGE joke on humankind?

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Reinvent the GOP

What to make of The Donald and his quest for power and admiration? Perhaps the most amusing of the many theories about the Donald’s quest is that he is part of a Hillary-inspired campaign to wrest the powers of government away from the Republicans after eight long years of Democratic rule.  At first blush, it has some plausibility. Donald persuaded to join Hillary in a mock Presidential quest, in which he would pretend to be crazier than he actually is in order to allow Hillary an easier win. The main problem with that is that he actually is as crazy as he seems.   Sarah Palin seems a model of sanity and intellectual brilliance when compared with The Donald. When people say, “oh, I love that he says what he thinks, without regard to political correctness”, they are howling at the moon. He really doesn’t “think” at all it would seem. He’s like an ADHD baby just learning to talk. He cuts loose with whatever crosses his mind at that moment, whether it makes any sense or not. He imagines that he is always making sense, whereas in reality, he is just babbling stray words.

It has begun to alarm me when I listen to people, commentators generally, trying to compare what he says with what Hillary says.  Hillary seems to me a normal politician. She has some good ideas and some not so good ideas. She sometimes bends the truth to make herself seem better. And her hubby created for her a world of crap. Mostly, it would seem, people hate her because Fox News says she is to be hated. Then, when The Donald called her Crooked Hillary, or Lying Hillary, his idiotic supporters, all of whom seem to love to hate, adopted that theme.  I listened in disbelief when the idiot Christie put on that performance, calling her “GUILTY”, and then saying that he was a prosecutor. I wanted to vomit all over him. Christie, for God’s sake. That Christie, the one who abused his office by inventing the Bridge trauma, and then lying about it. Yeah, that Christie . . . perhaps the worst governor in the history of New Jersey.

Still, people look at and listen to The Donald and imagine that he is somehow on the same planet as Hillary, and that they can be compared. There really are not two sides here. Trump is not a responsible candidate who just differs from Hillary in his policy positions. Donald Trump is a dangerous man, a narcissistic-sociopath, who periodically crosses the line of psychopathic behavior by suggesting to his crazed followers that violence is ok with him, even to calling out to his gunners (that Second Amendment crowd) suggesting that “action” could be taken by them should Hillary get elected.

Trump is in a class by himself. It occurs to me that his wife and children must be viewing his behavior with some considerable alarm. They must surely have observed his craziness in the past. They above all other viewers must understand that he is now a danger to the world, should the unlikely occur. It is, it seems to me, time for his family to call it all off, and to corner him in a room in his big house, and just lock him in until they can get the friendly neighborhood shrink to come over and administer some serious antipsychotic medication.  He needs to be: a) institutionalized, and b) on very serious medication.  This would be for his own good, for the good of his family, but mainly, for the safety of the only world we have. He needs to be removed from his current playground.

And then, someone needs to reinvent the Republican Party.  Declare the current entity bankrupt, and begin anew to conceive of a party that supports free enterprise, but with limits, and a party that has a brand new moral compass that declares all of its citizens as worthy of protection from the forces of evil that have been let loose by Trump, and his ally Fox News.

We need to begin anew.

The time is NOW.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Amerika and Other Nightmares

Click your heels Richard. Maybe you will awaken back in Brooklyn in the 1940s, when America had just awakened to its real threats from abroad (as distinct from the Trumpian nightmares conjured by that carnival barker).

I have been thinking about writing an addition to my blog, but our world has become so bizarre that I really have become clogged. Mostly, I have been struggling to figure out what has happened, and how much of it is real.  For months now, concluding with that bizzaro Republican convention, I have been watching our world of democratic politics play out and fall apart, orchestrated by Fox News and the Trump Nightmare Express.  I still don’t know which is worse—Donald Trump or Fox News. Both seem to me to be existential threats to our democracy.

But I think what is even more troubling is the role being played by ordinary (Republican) citizens of the realm.  When I listen to those folk being interviewed about why they plan to vote for Donald Trump, I am struck by an otherworldly tone to these conversations. It is as though the folks understand they are being conned, but no longer care.  How does one know when Donald Trump is lying? Well, whenever he opens his mouth and words begin tumbling out, he is lying. And it is so abundantly clear that is the case, it must be that everyone is aware of that characteristic. He lies folks, all the time. He doesn’t even disguise the fact that he is lying.  He seems not to care that everyone knows he is lying, so long as nobody says anything directly to him. Then he becomes cranky.

He is the dictionary definition of a narcissistic sociopath. And what is that, you might ask?

Well, according to the Mayo Clinic, narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that's vulnerable to the slightest criticism.

Characteristics include: 
1. An exaggerated sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)

2. Preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love

3. Believes he is "special" and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)

4. Requires excessive admiration

5. Has a sense of entitlement

6. Selfishly takes advantage of others to achieve his own ends

7. Lacks empathy

8. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him

9. Shows arrogant, haughty, patronizing, or contemptuous behaviors or attitudes 

Do those characteristics seem familiar, as in every time the Donald shows himself in any public setting? And then we might add his apparent sociopathy. And what might that be?

Sociopathy is a mental condition in which a person consistently shows no regard for right and wrong and ignores the rights and feelings of others. People with antisocial personality disorder tend to antagonize, manipulate or treat others harshly or with callous indifference. They show no guilt or remorse for their behavior. Examine how he deals with his business associates. Mainly, he seems to treat almost everyone with disdain, as though they simply do not matter.

All of these characteristics were on display during and preceding the convention. So, virtually all of his (very serious) flaws have been on public display for some time, including much evidence of his fatally flawed business dealings—the fraudulent Trump University tops the list of late, but his multiple bankruptcies, his constant lying about his financial status, his failed marriages, all point to a man who seems incapable of actually managing/running anything. So, tell me again why anyone would decide that he should be running the country, running our foreign and domestic affairs, overseeing and directing our military, when he is simply incapable of running anything, and has proven that incapacity over and over again?

What in heavens name are people thinking?

The only conclusion I can reach is that those people do not actually want a President. They want a God of some kind who can wave magic wands to make the unlikely likely. Now it may also be the case that they want a magician who will con them so that later they can claim to have been conned (didn’t happen on my watch folks. I was conned by the best conman in the world). It may be akin to what happens when people click “like” or “share” on the Internet and claim they are sending off prayers—which means they are punting the problem upstairs—no longer my responsibility folks.

Think of what might have happened in 1940 if the American people had elected a Donald Trump as President. America might well have simply disappeared as an active democracy. And that is the precise risk we now run in even thinking about electing this narcissistic sociopath.

This all is very sad, of course, but sadder yet is what it says about that institution we came to know as the Republican Party. That political entity seems no longer to exist in any real sense.  I imagine the dead now spinning away in their graves. That the party officials gave away their party to the likes of the Koch brothers, Rupert, and now The Donald is way beyond sad.  It is a tragic loss to our Nation.

We now have one real political party remaining, and that party is under attack by anti-American right wing fascists. That attack is trying to destroy the only political party left in our threatened democracy.  Whether the attacks are supported/funded partly by Vlad the Impaler Putin as has been claimed seems even more weird. Think of that—the Koch Brother (Nazis by almost any definition), Rupert Murdoch, and Vlad Putin align themselves in a quest to destroy American democracy. Now that is way beyond just weird.  It’s the stuff of Randian novels.

Stay tuned.