The Naked Trump

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Watching Donald Trump’s assorted sycophants and enablers rationalize his bizarre behaviour brings to mind the children’s fable about the Emperor with no clothes.

One wonders how long these men and women of power and privilege,  accomplished in their various fields, will debase themselves in front of the world to satisfy the demands of a mentally unstable President. At what point do sane Republicans and Trump supporters step up and confirm what rational people around the world are seeing—Donald Trump is mentally ill.

Tom Barrack Jr., Trump’s longtime friend, advisor and the organizer of his inaugural, insisted on CNN that Trump should be treated differently from past Presidents because he is not a politician. Speaking as if the 70-year-old billionaire is a child, Barrack entreated Americans to cut Trump slack because he’s new in the Oval Office and has a lot on his plate. His incessant lies are just Trump being Trump, he seemed to intimate, and we should accept him for the liar he is and give him a chance to govern.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer humiliated himself in his first press briefing by repeating Trump’s altered view of reality about the inaugural crowds, reading out a list of falsehoods before walking out without taking questions. He tried to rehabilitate his image Monday by saying he lied because the Trump administration is disheartened by the bad press. Sounding like a beaten down lackey, he told the assembled reporters that their reporting of the facts is discouraging.

Spicer was back at it Tuesday trying to justify Trump’s bizarre claim that the election he won was rigged. When asked if he believed this incredible assertion, Spicer could only reply that Trump believes it, inferring that he is entitled to his opinion in the face of all evidence to the contrary.

CNN’s Erin Burnett came closest to the essence of Donald Trump when she mused that Trump’s inexplicable lies–the size of the inaugural crowd, having the most Time covers, the media is conspiring to instigate a feud between Trump and the intelligence community, he won the popular vote if you discount the 3-5 million people who voted illegally—are either part of a larger Machiavellian plan which involves undermining his own Presidency to distract attention from his political agenda or that Trump is lying or delusional.

There is no plan, people. He doesn’t even know he’s lying. The man is a wingnut. A certifiable narcissist suffering from all the delusions the disorder engenders. It is worth repeating here the Merriam Webster Medical Definition of Narcissism as noted in a previous blog: “a personality disorder characterized by an exaggerated sense of self-importance, persistent need for admiration, lack of empathy for others, excessive pride in achievements and snobbish, disdainful or patronizing attitudes.

It doesn’t take a degree in psychiatry to connect the dots. Donald Trump is questioning the legitimacy of his own election win by initiating an investigation into voter fraud simply because he can’t stand the reality that more people voted for Hillary Clinton. Just as he can’t stand that a bigger crowd turned out to see Barack Obama taking the Oath of Office in 2009, or that more people marched to protest his Presidency than turned out for his swearing in.

Elected officials on both sides of the aisle have discredited his contention of massive voter fraud, which would have involved the largest conspiracy in the history of democracy and been perpetrated under the scrutiny of Republican election watchers. He has graduated from the degrading but otherwise harmless conspiracy to undermine the nation’s first black President to a dark intrigue that questions the foundation of democracy.

His delusions are dangerous for your country, and for the world.

Americans, Donald Trump is standing before you naked and sick. Stop enabling and get him some help.

 

AMERICA THE BLESSED, REDEEM THYSELF

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Ladies and gentleman of the U.S. you have put a mentally ill man into a position of power over the world’s most lethal military. You have placed the rest of us in grave danger.

The man you chose out of a population of 300-odd million to lead you through these most dangerous of times is exhibiting classic signs of mental breakdown, perhaps being brought on by the reality of the Presidency that cannot be so easily molded by denials, obfuscations and outright lies.

That said, I can no longer make fun of Donald Trump in print by calling him a Mango Megalomaniac, as that would be making fun of the mentally challenged. I will now refer to him by name, but not title, and officially join the conspiracy to delegitimatize his Presidency.

Donald Trump is a narcissist by the classic definition of the illness. Google the Merriam Webster Medical Definition of Narcissism: a personality disorder characterized by an exaggerated sense of self-importance, persistent need for attention, lack of empathy for others. Excessive pride in achievements, and snobbish, disdainful or patronizing attitudes.

Never mind taking Donald Trump’s picture and pasting it beside this definition, these words are his political eulogy. And that is not good for any of us.

During his bizarre stop at CIA headquarters on the day of the record protests, his first official day in office, he appeared a mentally ill man under tremendous stress.

Think about it. There are at least three ongoing investigations with Russian connections. Some ‘400-pound’ computer genius sitting on a bed in a basement somewhere in the vast cyber world is trying to hack into his tax returns or his text messages or post a salacious video that could go viral.

A lot of smart people, motivated by professionalism, patriotism, party politics or revenge, are digging deep into the dirt of his life, including all his ‘alternative’ versions of it.

They are looking for factual facts.

Before taking office he began a public feud with the American intelligence community, going on international television and likening intelligence officials to Nazis in an attempt to delegitimatize future findings and the intelligence community’s credibility going forward.

He then chose to make the CIA his first stop as President. He stood before the cameras, enveloped in the narcissist’s world of ‘alternative facts’, in front of the hallowed wall of fallen American heroes and the people he has so recently denigrated, and claimed there is no better friend of the intelligence community than himself, before launching into a bizarre and disjointed ramble against the media, spouting conspiracy theories about the size of his inauguration crowd.

Are you worried yet people?

A man whose organization and associates are under investigation, not to mention the run of the mill national and world problems that a new President must deal with, is focused on the pettiest of issues, one that equates in the mind of a short-fingered narcissist to saying the first black President is better endowed.

Unable to let the crowd size issue go, he stewed and obsessed, finally sacrificing the credibility of his press secretary by sending him out for his first briefing to read a written list of ‘alternative facts’ that made him appear not only a narcissist’s lackey but a laughing stock.

Unprecedented has become a media cliché. If Donald Trump can unravel over an issue that basically boils down to ‘mine is bigger than yours,’ what unprecedented international actions will he take with Putin pulling his strings and pushing his buttons.

The lack of awareness in a man who made his political bones questioning the legitimacy of Barrack Obama, and is now whingeing and whining about a conspiracy to undermine his own Presidency, shows how far into the world of narcissism he has gone.

Fake intelligence. Fake news. Fake sexual assault claims.

The narcissistic mind whirls within a windstorm of ‘alternative facts’.

Americans? Do you understand what you have done? You ignored all the symptoms and put the planet in jeopardy and now it is up to you to get it undone.

Fortunately, you get a do-over.

As powerful as the office is, there are safeguards through which a mentally ill President can be thwarted. A narcissist cannot operate without the cooperation of Capital Hill. You must put enormous pressure on both parties to put patriotism ahead of politics. You must demand that your representatives in the Senate and House of Congress recognize the dangers associated with this disorder. You must ensure the investigations move forward without interference. Make him release his taxes. Refute his propaganda minister’s ‘alternative facts.’ Make your President live in the real world.

You must be vigilant for your democracy before Donald Trump starts dressing up in a gold-braided hat and military suits with flashy gold epilates and a chest full of medals.

 

 

 

 

From Russia with love

This whole Russian thing is starting to get creepy and the Mango Megalomaniac isn’t even in office yet. The transition of power has turned into a way over the top B-movie plot.

Here are the facts.

  • U.S. intelligence has confirmed the Russians preferred the Evil Orange Clown over Hillary Clinton for U.S. President and actively worked to discredit Clinton, thereby helping Trump get elected.
  • The Trump campaign team is under investigation by the FBI for possible contact with the Russians during the election campaign.
  • The FBI and other U.S. intelligence agencies are looking into a report compiled by a highly respected former British intelligence agent that the Russians have compromising information on Trump’s personal life and finances.
  • Trump claims to have no financial interests in Russia but refuses to release the tax returns which would clarify his Russian dealings, or lack thereof. He says he has nothing to hide but defies presidential tradition and hides them anyway. Hmm.
  • Trump’s choice for National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, a man who has dined with Vladimir Putin and worked for the state-owned Russian television network, was in contact with senior Russians the day President Obama gave 35 Russian diplomatic officials 72 hours to get out of the country, a possible contravention of the Logan Act.
  • Trump’s pick for Secretary of Defense is a recipient of Russia’s Order of Friendship Medal.
  • The outgoing director of the CIA has gone on record to say Trump’s denigration of U.S. intelligence is irresponsible and dangerous.
  • For the first time in history a Russian leader has issued a statement defending a U.S. politician.

With all this going on a reasonable person might think the incoming President would want to distance himself from Russia and its murderous dictator. Not so much.

Trump continues to question U.S. intelligence, preferring the word of Putin over his own operatives. Even with Russian interference in the election confirmed, an action which members of both parties are calling ‘an act of war’, he is floating the possibility of lifting sanctions against Russia even as members of his own party advocate for more severe measures.

Are you detecting a fishy smell, yet? Maybe a discolored blow fish rotting on the beach.

Trump and his team appear to be aligning themselves with the enemy while reverting to the age-old tactics of cheaters the world over—shoot the messengers and deny, deny, deny.

Here’s a sampling of the Trump team’s rebuttal over the preceding months, which is in keeping with the grade school style of their leader.

  • The DNC hacker might have been a 400-pound man living in his parents’ basement. Or maybe it was the Chinese or North Korea. It could have been a Nigerian scammer with a grudge against the Clinton Foundation or a computer genius in a yurt in far-off Mongolia. Fact: the Russians did it.
  • The report on Russia having compromising information is the work of Trump’s enemies and has been proven false. Fact: While it’s true the report was commissioned by Trump’s Republican adversaries during the primaries before the file was taken over by Democrats, the allegations are under investigation and none of the findings have been verified or proven false. The operative who compiled the dossier is in hiding in fear of his life.
  • Trump’s team denied that National Security Advisor Flynn was in contact with the Russians until they realized U.S. intelligence had irrefutable evidence to the contrary, including text messages. Fact: Back pedaling furiously, the Trump team admitted Flynn talked to the Russians by phone on the day Obama announced the diplomats’ ousting but, beggaring credibility, insisted they did not discuss the biggest news story of the day. They probably have a bridge to sell you.

Trump acolytes, headed by propaganda minister Kellyanne Conway, maintain there is a widespread campaign orchestrated by sore losers to delegitimatize his presidency. The conspiracy includes an unlikely alliance comprising the CIA, the FBI, the NSA, Hollywood movie people, the media, writers, musicians and all Democrats, especially civil rights icon John Lewis.

The Trumpeting Tower-bound Tweeter jump-started his political career by orchestrating a long campaign to delegitimatize Barrack Obama’s presidency by claiming for years, without proof, that the President wasn’t born in the U.S. Trump doggedly held onto this absurdity until he begrudgingly admitted Obama’s right to the Oval Office late in the election campaign.

This is a man who, when behind in the polls, personified a sore loser by questioning the legitimacy of the voting procedures and then told tens of millions of Americans during a televised debate that he didn’t know if he would accept the election results. He later told a campaign rally that he would accept the voters’ verdict, but only if he won.

Do you believe in karma?

America, you’ve got yourself into a real pickle this time.

The bottom line is if it walks and talks like a pussy grabbing, Russian collaborating, mentally ill, morally bankrupt, double-dealing, financial huckster and conspiracy theorist, well… enough said.

On the bright side, Reality TV fans are in store for great television when their favorite bad actor stars in his impeachment hearing. Bookmakers are putting the odds at 4-1 that Trump will hear the words ‘You’re fired.’ within six months.

 

 

 

The Days of Swine and Orangeness

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We’re not in Kansas anymore folks. We are down the Wizard of Orange’s rabbit hole in an uncharted land where the Wizard spews venom into cyberspace from a gilt-edged glass tower as his subjects squabble over the veracity and implications of his petulant inanities.

America, are you feeling great again?

The days of swine and orangeness leading up to the Mango Megalomaniac’s inauguration seem even more surreal when contrasted with the decency and grace of the outgoing Obama administration as witnessed in his thoughtful and heartfelt farewell speech.

American people, you are about to receive what you so richly deserve; unfortunately you may well take the rest of us down with you.

Let’s look at where things stand in the days and hours before the transition. We now know the Evil Orange Clown was elected with the help of America’s sworn enemy , a thieving, murderous, communist dictator on a mission to destabilize your democracy and change the world order to one with a somewhat lesser emphasis on freedom.

The man you’ve given the nuclear codes to continues to support the thug he has called a better leader than your outgoing President and instead questions the abilities and motives of the men and women in your intelligence agencies who risk their lives for your liberty, likening these patriotic sons and daughters of America to Nazis.Your Commander-in Chief has myriad worldwide financial holdings, with possible unknown interests in Russia, but still refuses to release his tax returns while bragging that he is not bound by conflict of interest guidelines. Can you say treason?

Trump’s campaign promise to Drain the Swamp in Washington notwithstanding, he has assembled a cabinet of old rich white guys of dubious provenance.

His choice for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, in 1986 was only the second nominee in 50 years to be denied a federal judgeship by the Senate because of his questionable record on race. When asked in this week’s confirmation hearing whether a secular person could understand the truth as well as a religious person Sessions silenced the room with his ignorance, “Well, I’m not sure,” he said. He is also known for saying, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” No judgement on his country’s booze swillers. A snarly swamp dog born and inbred on the bayou.

The man Trump put forward as the next Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, former head of Exxon Mobile, received a 180-million-dollar payout from the oil giant for his service, which included billion dollar oil deals with the Russians for which he was awarded that country’s Order of Friendship from the dictator/thug Vladimir Putin. An American crocodile, smooth and shiny, with sharp teeth and periscope eyes that scope out weakness.

Trump’s selection for Secretary of Defense, retired Major General James Mattis, nicknamed “Mad Dog” by the marines who served under him, earned the moniker with quotes like the one in which he outlined a rule for his troops to live by while on duty in Iraq: “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.” In keeping with the national gun obsession he has also noted, “It’s fun to shoot some people.” A heavily armed bull frog sitting on his fortified lily pad.

Showing the breadth of his questionable judgement, Trump put forward climate change denier Scott Pruitt, a highly-paid shill for the fossil fuel industry, as his man to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Despite conclusions drawn by 97 per cent of the world’s top scientists that climate change is real, Pruitt claims the issue is “far from settled.” A opportunistic snake slithering along a Cypress branch a few feet above the water, its forked tongue darting..

The Evil Orange Clown has chosen Michael Flynn as his National Security Advisor. Flynn, who led chants of “Lock her up” during the presidential campaign was fired as head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014. A new world order fantasist, he was a semi-regular paid commentator on Russia’s state-owned propaganda Network RT and has dined with the dictator Putin. He has called the Muslim religion a “vicious cancer inside the body of 1.7 billion people that needs to be excised.” An alligator sunning on a log, ready to clamp its jaws around any unsuspecting prey and drown it in the murky water.

The swamp isn’t being drained, folks, it’s being repopulated. Are you feeling great yet, America?

Let’s exit the rabbit hole and get real for a minute. The country you never tire of telling the rest of us is ‘the greatest country in the world’ was founded on slavery and genocide. Your revered first president George Washington prospered on the backs of his slaves before, having no further use for their sweat and blood in the afterlife, released them upon his death. You bought and sold black people for a hundred years, then lynched them and denied them the right to participate in the American dream long after emancipation and continue to kill, imprison and marginalize your own citizens in the new Millennium.

You grabbed the entire land mass from sea to shining sea under a doctrine called Manifest Destiny, which essentially stated that inevitability and rule of might entitled the government to move the indigenous people who had lived on the land for thousands of years onto unsuitable reservations where they withered and died from disease and starvation. Your government broke treaty after treaty while your armies waged war against bedraggled ‘hostiles’ whose only crime was they wanted to live peacefully in their homeland. It took a maverick judge in the late 1800s to rule that Indians were people, and as such had the same rights as other Americans to live where they wanted, a ruling that your government constantly subverted to satisfy your greed for their land. George Custer and the Seventh Calvary were not massacred by the Sioux but instead were routed and killed in a battle against a superior force after Custer launched an unprovoked attack against a peaceful Indian encampment. Your troops murdered then dismembered and mutilated women and children at Sand Creek, proudly wearing female genitalia as hat bands. You paid bounties for Indian scalps.

These are facts Americans prefer to sweep under the historical carpet when they tout freedom and liberty for all.

Your so-called democracy is structured in such a way the majority does not rule, as evidenced by the election that gave you Donald Trump. The system has been perverted and corrupted by money and greed, which allows the one per cent to rule the rest through a financial coup. You profited on the First World War for years before entering the fray near its end then took credit for the victory. You got involved in the ‘last just war’ only after being attacked two years after its start, watching from the safety of your isolation while your allies took the beating. Your government and corporations have exploited and plundered the world, propping up tyrants and befriending mass murderers when it was deemed to be in your national interests, never putting a dollar in without the expectation of getting two dollars out.

You are the greatest country in the world only in the sense that you have the most powerful military and are prepared to use it. You are a divided nation rife with hypocrisy ignorance and religious extremism, a country whose citizens feel justified in murdering and meddling anywhere on the planet if it suits their end goal of materialism over all else, never giving a thought to the depredations wrought on innocents so you can have cheap gas, two cars and a big screen TV. You now practice Manifest Destiny on a global scale with a sense of entitlement that is breathtaking.

The rise of Donald Trump has been centuries in the making and he is truly a made-in-America president. While other citizens of the world can claim their subjugation to despots and dictators not of their making, Americans can offer no such defense. With all the evidence before them its citizens chose as their leader a misogynist philanderer accused of multiple sexual predations who has dedicated his life to exploiting others for material gain, an ignorant crude bully who takes pride in gaming the system, a prolific liar who intimidates and denigrates his victims, a narcissistic, megalomaniac whose position of power puts the entire planet at risk.

Do you feel great again, America?