An Even Handed Appraisal

 

On this early Sunday morning, I’ve been doing a bit of soul searching… seeking resolution to the following disparate issues…

On the one hand… I’ve been lambasting Donald Trump and his supporters for their isolationist stance… their insistence on building walls instead of bridges… their favoring fist punches over handshakes.

On the other hand… I’ve been condemning the “prez” for his Helsinki Summit and post Summit conduct… his fatal attraction for Vladimir Putin… his even inviting that Russian to park his butt inside the Oval Office come October, no less!

Of course… when taken at face value… could not such meetings be interpreted as feeble attempts at bridge building and handshaking? After all, any normal, sharp-witted president understands the value of knowing thy enemies… keeping close tabs on them… and, if possible, maintaining productive dialogues.

Of course, when it comes down to the current “prez”, is word usage such as “normal” and “sharp-witted” even apropos? I think not. To describe Trump’s Helsinki conduct one does free associate the “T” word… “T” as in TREASONOUS!

Needless to say, our two POVs are worlds apart… HELL… lightyears apart.

On the one hand… Trump’s zero tolerance immigration policy is based upon fear, not facts. His vilification of entire ethnicities and religious sects is built upon his flat-out FLIMSY PREMISE… namely… that even one immigrant with a criminal record means that the rest of them must all be guilty as hell, too. I cannot say it enough so I’ll say it again… that is the “prez’s” flat-out FLIMSY PREMISE!

The reality of the situation is all that actually matters. The number of lawbreakers pales in comparison to the vastly larger amount of honorable asylum seeking immigrants, whose only “offense”, to date, has been their illegal border crossings. I’d have to commend, not condemn and criminalize anyone, who is fleeing their own homelands’ crime, corruption and oppression.

On the other hand… my vilification of Putin… is based on facts. To e.g. this…

Bad Vlad’s Rap Sheet includes ruthlessly bombing Syrian civilians… killing at least 25,000 Chechen civilians… aiding and abetting terrorists in Ukraine… and… shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, 2014 (killing 298 innocent passengers and crew). He is also suspected of bombing two Moscow apartment buildings killing hundreds… the mysterious killings of Russian democrats, journalists and opposition leaders… the poisonings of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in the UK… and… plotting to assassinate the prime minister of Montenegro, Milo Dukanović.

Which raises the $64 Billion Questions… how can Trump flip off innocent immigrants YET flip head over heals over the guilty as Hell Putin? Would we not expect him to extend his xenophobic feelings so they’d be inclusive of Putin?

Of course, Trump’s supporters need to do a bit of soul searching, too…

On the one hand… you guys are finding it way too easy to buy into your “prez’s” fear mongering which unfairly singles out Latinos / Latinas and Muslims yet…

On the other hand… you guys are way too easily setting aside such fears when they are most needed. Never forget that your “prez”, in sucking up to war criminal Putin. That Russian butcher is the clear and present danger to America! And IF (IF?) Trump is colluding with Putin, then both of them are clear and present dangers to America!

Any normal, sharp-witted person could plainly see how Vladimir Putin poses the far greater risk here… poses an actual, serious and imminent threat to America’s safety and public interests.

Of course, when it comes down to Trump supporters, is the usage of words such as “normal” and “sharp-witted” even apropos?

I sure do hope so. As I type this… as you read this… the survival of America’s democracy and freedom is at stake! Now, more than ever, we must have an electorate in full possession of its faculties.

 

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An Ideological Wardrobe Malfunction ~ Vid of the Day

In her attempt to hang up her husband’s figurative(?) white hood, white robe and brown shirt… FLOTUS Melania Trump flew off to Texas today to tour an immigration detention center. Call this her efforts to “make nice” along the U.S. / Mexico border on behalf of her husband, who… in all likelihood… neither actually feels remorse nor any particular need to heal the deep emotional wounds he’s inflicted upon young children and their mommies and daddies.

However, her good deed lost some of its sorely needed positive impact. You see, the First Lady wound up experiencing an ideological wardrobe malfunction. Emblazoned on the back of her jacket… for all the world to see… were the words…

“I Really Don’t Care, Do U?”

White House East Wing communications director Stephanie Grisham responded thusly…

“It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe.”

For the record… I do believe Ms. Trump to be a far more decent and compassionate person than her husband. As such, that makes Ms. Grisham’s explanation believable… BUT

To say the least… this unfortunate incident could not have happened at a worse time.

To say the most… folks… I do question my objectivity in this matter. Ever since I got my firsthand glimpse of that mournfully crying, devastated, needlessly detained, immigrant child, I’ve been an emotional basket case. No normal person could ever eyewitness the embodiment of Donald Trump’s inhumanity to humankind without feeling consumed by profound sorrow and outrage.

To say a bit more… as is true with most of us… in our lifetimes most of us have suffered through UNAVOIDABLE incidents of separation anxiety. In my own case, I can still recall two specific events vividly… even though they occurred six decades ago (I’ve reblogged the two relevant passages from my 06/05/2018 blog and they’ll appear, below, as an addendum to this blog).

My apologies now go out to Ms. Trump for dragging her into this blog. BUT, since she IS attempting to soothe the worldwide outrage and since I am one person out of 7+ Billion souls in need of her therapy, I’d tend to think she’d understand my need to vent… especially since my criticism is focusing, primarily, upon her husband. That duly noted…

My one and only (mild) critique of Ms. Trump is that she should’ve been more careful. Or… at the very least why couldn’t one… MAYBE JUST ONE… White House staffer have noticed and taken her aside to suggest a change of wardrobe prior to her having gone out in public?

BUT… considering the YUGE [sic] cast of disreputable, slimy characters swimming in the deep end of today’s White House swamp… many of them personally handpicked by Donald… who among these deplorables would’ve ever found that “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” jacket message even remotely off-putting? Not caring IS their very way of life. Indeed… they’ve based their entire careers upon not giving a F about anything that truly matters.

In fact… most of them would’ve been far more likely to take the First Lady aside to high-five her on her way out the door!

 

ADDENDUM / REBLOG:

As a four-year-old I had needed surgery. Even though my folks had tried their very best to emotionally prepare me for my upcoming operation / hospitalization, on the day of my admission, those white uniformed strangers had so frightened me… so worried me that their plans included FOREVER taking me away from my parents that… en route to my assigned room… I actually threw up in the corridor.

As a six-year-old, I can recall how a long distance phone call had totally turned my little world upside-down. My maternal grandma had died and… there being insufficient funds to buy all four of us tickets… Mom would be attending the funeral service alone. While Dad, Sis and I waved our bus station good-byes, my heart sank and tears flowed. No amount of my father’s repeated, daylong assurances could convince me that I’d ever see my Mom again. Even though Dad… in his new role as head chef… had prepared us a tasty supper and I hadn’t eaten a morsel since Mom had served breakfast… with my stomach tied in emotional knots… I didn’t eat much.

 

 

 

Relighting America’s Beacon ~ Vid of the Day

 

Programming the human brain is not unlike programming a computer…

Garbage IN = Garbage OUT

Even though the un-American, fake prez has a head that’s akin to a massive landfill… a wasteland overloaded with ideological garbage… he’s still fully aware of that above equation. As a garbageman / programmer his singularity of purpose is to install malware… e.g., his zero tolerance immigration policy.

He ceaselessly exploits / plays into his constituents’ preexisting unreasonable and unfounded prejudices and phobias. And just prior to clicking onto “restart”… just to further fan the flames of their racial bias and fears of cultural differences… his programming also involves his BOGUS claim that undocumented immigrants are “stealing” employment opportunities from Americans.

Hmmm… let’s update our minds, instead, with the installation of this reality based “software” (version 6.20)…

Job loss is far more about bad business practices such as the upward redistribution of wealth, outsourcing and automation… far more about bad governance, which perpetuates the abysmal status quo… e.g. the sky high cost of higher education.

In the end, our undereducated society is ill prepared / ill equipped to apply for and fill the high tech and highly specialized job openings of the 21st century.

In short… it’s far easier for reckless businessmen and feckless, elected leaders to blame illegal immigrants than to offer up meaningful societal changes. To further clarify this, let’s also install this IF/THEN scenario…

IF avaricious CEOs (playing out their real life game of Monopoly) weren’t demanding exorbitant annual salaries and obscene perks… IF they truly believed in providing pleasant working conditions and paying a living wage / offering vital benefits to each and every industrious, average Jane and Joe worker… IF affordable college education and vocational training were both readily available…

THEN a symbiotic relationship would develop between labor and management…THEN full employment would become possible… THEN poverty would be eradicated… THEN immigrants would be welcomed… THEN political, emotional, ideological and national boundary lines would first blur… next vanish… THEN a genuinely global society / community could bloom and flourish.

THEN Neil Diamond’s America would become far, Far, FAR more than exquisitely delivered, pride inspiring song lyrics. As I type… as you read the final four lines of this post… keep in mind this song’s repeated, spirited, joyous rallying chants of “TODAY!”

 

Let’s restart our minds! “TODAY!”
Let’s restart our search for benevolent leadership! “TODAY!”
Let’s restart America! “TODAY!”
Let’s restart our entire World! “TODAY!”

 

 

The Day America Died! God Where Are You?

Donald Trump’s execution of his zero tolerance immigration policy involves the needless, inexcusable and unforgivable traumatization of the young children, who the U.S. Border Patrol guards have been capturing and detaining along the U.S. / Mexico border.

How is it even possible for the prez to so easily flip off the sorrowful sobbing of children… to be oblivious to their repeated, anguished pleas to be reunited with their their mommies and daddies?

Doubtlessly the prez’s heartlessness is a deadly contagion which has infected his underlings… his calloused, inhumane, “just following orders” concentration camp guards. We can hear one of them equating his young detainees’ wailing to a symphony in need of a conductor. It even sounds as if he finds all the misery he’s been inflicting to be amusing.

OMG! Please don’t tell us that such mournful sounds are music to his ears… to Jeff Sessions’ ears… to Donald Trump’s ears…

 

Did it ever occur to the “prez” that it is well within his power and purview to fire off one of his Executive Orders? In less time that it’d take to post one of his incoherent Tweets, he could scribble out four lucid words, “LEAVE MIGRANT FAMILIES INTACT!” Upon signing on the dotted line, he could… in a heartbeat… put an end to all of HIS indefensible child abuse.

 

But, even were he able to ever relocate and reclaim his mind, heart and soul… it’ll be too little… to late for some.

 

What’s to become of the children who’ve already been severely traumatized and psychologically damaged for life?

What’s to become of their similarly affected mothers and fathers?

 

 

Vid of the Day ~ Thank-you Mr. Colbert!

I found Stephen Colbert’s above video yesterday… mere hours after posting my own blog on the same topic. His echoing and expanding upon my own sentiments has been both a validating and enlightening experience. Hopefully, you will feel similarly.

Although this was Colbert’s Father’s Day message to my homeland and our world, his words need to be heard for as long as it takes for Trump’s diehard supporters to, once again, embrace true American values… to reclaim their minds, hearts and souls.

Regardless of political stripe, everyone must feel horror and disgust each and every time we eyewitness Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions prioritizing… over everything else… their “white bread only world”. Each and every time we eyewitness them trotting out their zero tolerance immigration policy. Each and every time we eyewitness their deployed, uniformed, mindless minions traumatizing immigrant children by wrenching them from their fathers’ and mothers’ loving, hugging arms. Each and every time we eyewitness these innocent kids being imprisoned… maybe forever… within concentrations camps.

What is to happen to these detainees… in particular the younger ones? Will Fascist papa Trump morph them into mercenaries to fight in wars against enemies of his own making? Will these young soldiers help “their Daddy” prop up his scum of the earth, murderous dictator pals? Might First Daughter and Fashionista Ivanka wind up exploiting them as third world sweatshop, slave labor?

Can we not see the historical parallels here, folks? Nearly eight decades ago, the scramble-brained, mad dog Adolf Hitler, also attempted to establish his “master race”, barked out his marching orders to his mindless minions AND backed all that up with gas chambers and crematoria.

Is our world on the cusp of a Holocaust redux? So far… the one missing Trumpian element involves those gas chambers and ovens / crematoria. Of course, seeing how Der Führer did make a 2016 campaign promise to Kentucky and West Virginia miners… his 21st century equivalent will likely be fired up with his “clean” coal.

 

ADDENDUM: I do thank whoever may’ve clicked by today for both your indulgence and endurance. Believe me I know… first hand… all about debilitating Trump fatigue. I’m fully aware of how difficult it must be for you to be reading such a post. After all, it’s no fun to be reminded of our shared distress. Don’t we all yearn for at least one Trump-free news cycle?

 

 

(Ab)using the Bible to Defend Child Abuse?

 

It’s Father’s Day in America. Let’s pause to consider the needless drama playing out along the U.S. / Mexico border. As you read this, stone-hearted, “just following orders” U.S. Border Patrol agents are swooping down like vultures to wrest away traumatized, wailing kids from the loving, embracing arms of their heartbroken emigre dads… and moms, too.

Try to get a sense of this parental anguish, sorrow and horror… try to envision the torrents of shed parent/child tears.

The very thought of these government agents inflicting, incalculable emotional distress and psychological damage makes national security issues seem inconsequential. One starts to wonder if such a barbarically run nation is even worthy of survival?

Fortunately, the Party of Trump does not represent the views and values of real Americans… ergo… let’s just strike out that above sentence and move on.

Every decent human being (regardless of political stripe) should be capable of equating these Trumpian tactics to child abuse / crimes against humanity.

However, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions does not seem to possess even one shred of decency. Hey Jeff, how much did you get paid for your soul? In his role of the sycophantic, unprincipled underling to “Sluggo” Trump, he has been pleased as punch to be reading out the riot act from his boss’ “how to” instruction (destruction) manual… hammering in the “prez’s” zero tolerance policy. And lost in the scuffle and shuffle… long sigh… is the goodly sum of honorable detainees, whose ONLY “crime” is illegal entry into America.

We must not forget that many of these emigres are asylum seekers fleeing their homeland’s spiritual and economic deficits… merely attempting to claim the basic human rights of dignity and liberty. Once upon a time America welcomed them… why not now?

Alas, the soulless, heartless and headless Trumpian monstrosities are training their political crosshairs upon society’s most vulnerable… our world’s children.

To be totally fair here,Trump did weigh in thusly…

“I hate the children being taken away.”

As you should mister T! Might there be some hope for him… after all? Does he not realize that it’d not take much effort to right the wrong. Let’s e.g. that…

Did it ever occur to the “prez” that it is well within his power and purview to fire off one of his Executive Orders? In the mere seconds it’d take him to scribble out 4 words, “LEAVE EMIGRE FAMILIES INTACT” and then sign on the dotted line, he could put an end to this needless child abuse.

But, let’s not hold our collective breath. Both he and most of his “yes-man” underlings appear to be doubling down on (gleefully? sadistically?) inflicting this emotional torture. This past week, we even heard Sessions offering up his indefensible defense of his indefensible boss.

Further blurring the Constitution’s separation of church and state, he rattled off scripture… thusly…

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order. Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful.”

Folks, one need not be a Bible thumper to find Jeff Sessions’ use / abuse of scripture to justify child abuse… to say the least… offensive.

Considering the rightwing domination of all three branches of government, America, indeed, is in deep trouble. We see how spineless, valueless lawmakers and judges (who are supposed to thwart the machinations of an autocratic “prez”) have shirked their sworn duty. Upon factoring in how we’re also besieged by propagandists over at FAUX/FOX news, Breitbart, et al, and how there are also far too many lapdog “journalists” this can only serve to enable… not enfeeble… the run amok party of Trump.

Ergo, it’s highly unlikely that any culpable parties will ever be accused (let alone be convicted) of such crimes against humanity. NOPE, few… if any of them… are likely to ever trade in their Teflon™ business suits / robes for prison orange fatigues. One can only hope that come Judgment Day… if such a thing even exists… that the guilty will first get outfitted with their horns and pointy tails and next spend eternity in HELL!

For there is… indeed… a special place in Hell for all child abusers / all who commit crimes against humanity.

Beyond that… one has to wonder if the “prez” also buys into Romans 13? Oh… say… would he “obey the laws of the government” were Special Counsel Robert Mueller to subpoena him for a little Q & A? And, if serious offenses were to then surface, would the “prez” ever accept a Congressionally meted out punishment… i.e., impeachment / removal from office?

Would DJT go quietly or would law enforcers need to boot him out?

Might then the US Border Patrol agents… repurposed and reassigned to DC… come in handy? Most assuredly, they do know how to show someone the door.

 

 

The Last Night Of The World?

 

Most sensible, critical thinkers, worldwide, aren’t expecting anything substantive to get hammered out during this day’s Summit in Singapore. Nonetheless, the US “prez’s” sycophantic handlers and FOX “News” propaganda ministers are all likely to declare, “Mission Accomplished” if he doesn’t wind up tripping over his too long tongue and/or his too long tie.

To be sure, there’ll be a collective sigh of relief IF attempts to hammer out a deal don’t involve the actual use of hammers… IF any FALLOUT from this meeting steers clear of the NUCLEAR variety.

Even so, don’t expect sighs of relief to come easy… i.e., considering the past posturing / trash talk between these two squalling, squabbling children trapped in adult bodies.

In the event humankind winds up facing down the worst case scenario… both of these madmen “pressing their buttons”… well…

Might I recommend that we… the 7+ Billion people of planet Earth… prepare ourselves? Let’s stop to smell the roses. Pig out on our favorite comfort food. Maybe even pop open a bottle of champagne…

Let’s raise our glasses in our farewell toast…

“To all that could’ve been!”

But most importantly of all, be sure to say to everyone you truly care about…

“I love you!”

For what could be the very last time…