Donald Trump Is A Tyrant — Beware!

Make the lie big, keep it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it.

Joseph Goebbels  (October 29, 1897 – May 01, 1945)

B4C0A454-579E-47EC-B306-E76CD25BDF24Joseph Goebbels was the head of Hitler’s Propaganda Ministry after the Nazis took control of Germany in 1933. He was also Hitler’s named successor and was Chancellor of Germany for one day after Hitler’s suicide on April 30, 1945. On May 01, 1945 Goebbels and his wife killed their six children and then themselves committed suicide.

This piece of history is important today because the world is getting more tyrannical leaders and Donald Trump, the electoral elected president of the United States, (he lost the popular endorsement by almost 300,000 votes) is one of the most dangerous tyrants in the world today. Trump claims this loss of the popular vote was due to illegal immigrants voting in California, which he lost in a landslide, but did not provide any evidence to back up his claim. The investigation by his own party dismissed the claim as unfounded.

There are of course other tyrants Vladimir Putin of Russia, Kim Jong Un of North Korea, Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela, Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, Xi Jinping of China, Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe, and Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan who along with Trump top the list. They all support each other and have nothing but praise for their fellow comrades. Trump wished for the same lifelong appointment as Jinping when Xi’s party gave him that position.

Fortunately so far the judicial and legislative branches of the US government have been able to hold the power, self-absorbed, fame seeking Trump partially in check but only after he, not the Republican party, lost control of the House but for how long? Trump held the entire nation hostage for over a month because he, like a two year old toddler having a temper tantrum, wants his signature wall on the border with Mexico. He likes seeing his name on buildings and fought the removal of his name from the hotel in Panama despite the efforts of his legal team to maintain his name on the hotel.

Trump has and still hold thousands of children from Latin American families in makeshift tent prisons along the border in order to deter immigration. He has already threatened a repeat of the shutdown on February 15, 2019 if he does not get his way. A true leader does not lead with threats but tyrants do. Trump creates false and misleading information of the real situation. The only crises is the one he creates in his own deranged mind. According to the chart below, the apprehension of immigrants at the US Mexico border has been going down since 2012. 

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TechCrunch by Jonathan Shieber

The information is confirmed by the Department of Homeland Security that fewer apprehensions mean few immigrants are attempting to cross the border.

What makes a person a tyrant? An untamed ego is primary, and a disrespect and demeaning of any authority figure who disagrees with his plan for how things might otherwise be. He gave all of those who disagree with him a demeaning name. The same tactic countries use against an enemy during times of war. How many of Trump’s cabinet members have been fired or quit because they had a different approach or solution which was not in alignment with his own ego driven desires?

To emphasize more directly his disrespect of anyone who does not agree with his point of view, I offer this CNN segment from today’s news:

On Tuesday, (January 29, 2019) Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said this: “We do not believe Iran is currently undertaking the key activities we judge necessary to produce a nuclear device.”

This is, of course, shocking. From Coats to CIA Director Gina Haspel to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Trump picked most of the people who make up the upper echelon of the intelligence community. Presumably he did so because he trusted their judgment and knew that he needed experts in the field whose decades of experience could and would provide him the necessary context to make decisions on massive geopolitical issues.

To then not only disagree with the assessment of those experts — the experts you chose! — but do so publicly (in front of your 50-plus million Twitter followers) simply because their conclusions don’t jibe with your own is absolutely unreal.

No, for Donald Trump this action is not unreal. It is the methodology of a tyrant.

In addition to surrounding himself with yes men and women, (remember Trump’s first cabinet meeting when he asked each member to say something good about him?) the tyrant places his own personal and financial goals ahead of the well being of the people of the nation he rules. How else could someone like Maduro amass over a billion dollars in gold on deposit in an English bank while the citizens of Venezuela are unable to find the basic goods needed for survival? Who, other than Trump’s rich cronies  and corporations, benefitted most from his tax cuts? Definitely not the poor or middle classes.

Another indispensable tool of the tyrant is the absence of truth through control of the media. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prevents Congress from making any law abridging the freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Since he cannot control the news, other than Fox News, Trump admonishes the news media as fake news, but he also uses the media to his advantage by being the source of most of the fake news himself. He likes to see his picture on the front page under the old adage “any publicity is good publicity”. The tyrant wants to keep himself front and center and sulks when some other event upends his headline. Trump takes credit for any good that happens but none of the blame or responsibility for anything not on his agenda. Remember when he took credit for their being no major airline crashes in 2017, but blames the Democrats for the break up of families at the border when it was solely his own political policy being enforced?

The tyrant also focuses his attention upon the single act of an individual as a characteristic of the masses. Also a key ingredient of racism. He called Mexicans, “thieves, rapists, and killers”. Trump continues to make broad generalizations and allegations against large groups of people. Black Americans, Africans, Muslims, Puerto Ricans, without any rebuff by his party members or congress in general. I still do not understand why congress lets him get away with such dishonesty. He wants immigrants from Norway not from “shit hole” (his words) countries in Africa. He will take white immigrants but not Black or Brown. 

Trump held a news conference to point out the murder of four people in Nevada viciously robbed and killed by an illegal immigrant who “should not have been in our Country,” while saying nothing about Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright and Patrick Stein (all of whom are white) who were convicted of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction at a Muslim prayer center and had planned attacks on churches that aided refugees. Nor is there any mention of Dakota Theriot, also white, who recently killed his parents and three other people near Baton Rouge. Nor does he mention James Jackson a self declared white supremacist who admitted he was driven by a plan to murder scores of black men to spark a nationwide race war or Zephen Xaver, 21, a resident of Sebring who killed five people in a bank building. Other than their horrendous crimes, the other thing these men all have in common is they are white. No mention of either by Trump.

I do not expect Trump to comment on every crime committed in America nor would I want him to, but he only comments on crimes which aid his cause to instill fear and hatred in the pursuit of furthering the racial divide of the United States. Another tactic used and embraced by tyrants. Barack Obama came forth and spoke to the nation after the murder of Trayvon Benjamin Martin by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, but he used that tragedy as a learning, educational experience for a nation in need of racial healing, and not to incite more racial discord. Those who commit terror and crimes are just as easily homegrown (Oklahoma City) as they are immigrants from other countries (9/11).

Trump is no more than a white male racist in a business suit in place of his pointed sheet. His lies and actions can not hide that truth. He seems to forget, the United States is a nation of immigrants built upon the backs of slaves. His grandfather was an immigrant along with his three wives, but of course they are white.

In fact checks from different sources it is known that Trump has told over 10,000 lies in his first two years in office. Trump said, “The State of the Union has been canceled by Nancy Pelosi because she doesn’t want to hear the truth.” The truth is he does not know the truth, nor is he able to tell the truth. Trump is the boy who cried “wolf”. If the time ever comes when he needs the nation to believe him, no one will because they can not believe any words coming from his mouth. At one inch growth per lie, Pinocchio Trump’s nose is now over 1.66 miles long.

Donald Trump has worn the shoes of Joseph Goebbels every day of his administration. He averaged  six point five lies per day during the first eighteen months of his tyranny and continues to divide the nation and its citizens, pitting them against one another so they cannot unite against him. Even after his lies are called out, he continues to repeat them over and over.(tactics also used by Goebbels, Hitler and the Nazi Party to justify the extermination of Jews and to retain power leading up to WWII.) Trump continues to live in his own egocentric tyrannical fantasy of supreme ideology and not for the well-being of the citizens of the United States.

President Ronald Reagan said, “You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or right, but I would like to suggest that there is no such thing as a left or right.  There is only an up or down — up to a man’s age-old dream; the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order — or down to the ant heap totalitarianism, and regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.”

The United States under the failed leadership of Pinocchio Trump is headed on a downward course. Beware!

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Mad As Hell!

I always thought representing the concerns of the people was the purpose of a democracy, but 68 years of living in one has proven otherwise. The so called representative democracy of the United States has been taking more and more control over our lives, leaving us with fewer and fewer true freedoms.

I came of age during the sixties. In those days filled with racial tension, the war in Viet Nam, young men burning their draft cards and women burning their bras, I knew the enemy. It was anyone over thirty who supported institutionalized racism and the systematic destruction of any form of government which questioned the spread of democracy and capitalism. It was during the Cold War, one of the wars designed to keep us afraid, which ended with the destruction of the Berlin Wall and the breakup of the Soviet Union. We also had the War on Poverty, the War on Crime, and the War on Drugs which fed the coffers of the Wall Street investors and government officials, but did not really end anything. These wars were never won because to do so would be a financial and political loss for corporate America and for The White House on the bottom line and that is unacceptable.

Today, the enemy is the same only its spread is greater. Racism still exists. Equality for all does not. This is nothing new. It has existed since the first slaves landed in Jamestown. Black men are still being shot because of the color of our skin. Women, minorities, and LGBT citizens are still underrepresented in the board rooms and in the government, and still underpaid in most sectors. From Washington to the corporate boardrooms, from the lies and deceit which led us into unnecessary wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to the lies and deceit leading to the billions in untaxed dollars by the Oil industry, Enron, World Com, and others. The employees of Enron and World Com lost all of their investments while their executives stashed millions in offshore numbered accounts. And where O’ where are those Weapons of Mass Destruction, Mr. Bush?

The enemy hasn’t changed much, but taking over the oval office is a bit more involved than occupying the provost’s office at the university during my college days. I had very little faith in our electoral process before the 2016 election but now with the constant lies and trash digging by our candidates, I have none. I have witnessed how politics and the dollar influence our greedy, political arenas. I no longer believe my vote matters nor will it make a difference. I don’t see change coming from the inside. Corruption cannot police itself, and believe me the government of the United States is corrupt. I also don’t see any knights in shinning armor coming to our rescue. Hillary carries too much baggage and Trump has stepped on too many toes to make his billions. You can not run out on being President the way he did with so many of his business ventures. His bankruptcies (Six in all) left hundreds without jobs in Atlantic City while he netted millions, and his constant lies have become the real State of The Union in 2018. It’s time for a revolution. I’m not sure how to go about it, but it is definitely time.

The movie Network was made over forty years ago. The out take of Peter Finch’s character, Howard Beale, leaning out of the window and yelling at the top of his lungs, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore,” perfectly describe my emotions today.

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 Peter Finch (September 28, 1916 – January 14, 1977). See Peter Finch as Howard Beale here.  Network , 1976, Sidney Lumet (1924–2011) - Director, Paddy Chayefsky (1923–1981) - Writer. Peter Finch (September 28, 1916 – January 14, 1977). See Peter Finch as Howard Beale here.  Network , 1976, Sidney Lumet (1924–2011) – Director, Paddy Chayefsky (1923–1981) – Writer.

“I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth. Banks are going bust. Shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s no one anywhere that seems to know what to do with us. Now into it. We know the air is unfit to breathe, our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had 15 homicides and 63 violent crimes as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We know things are bad. Worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in a house as slowly the world we’re living in is getting smaller and all we say is, “Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster, and TV, and my steel belted radials and I won’t say anything.” Well I’m not going to leave you alone. I want you to get mad. I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot. I don’t want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crying in the streets. All I know is first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, “I’m a human being. God Dammit, my life has value.” So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out, and yell, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” I want you to get up right now. Get up. Go to your windows, open your windows, and stick your head out, and yell, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Things have got to change my friends. You’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open your window, stick your head out and yell, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!””

Are you Mad Enough Yet?

Deceit’s Tangled Web

deceit  noun

— the action or practice of deceiving someone by concealing or misrepresenting the truth : a web of deceit.

— an attempt or disposition to deceive or lead into error; any declaration, artifice, or practice, which misleads another, or causes him to believe what is false;

Deceit is not one of the Seven Deadly Sins but, in my opinion, should be included on the list. The foundation of all deceit is lies and building and maintaining a foundation of lies requires tremendous energy. A deceitful person must maintain at least three, often more, versions of the deceit. One that is known to the world, the truth, and one shared with those who are deceived, the lie. Then there is the lie that the person must tell him/her self in order to “rationalize” their action — It’s okay not to tell the truth because the truth would hurt the person(s) I am deceiving.

The most common form of deceit is the “sin of omission” — the primary reason I believe it should be included in the 7 Deadly Sins. What is left out of the truth makes the truth a lie in the same manner as the direct lie. We even have a word for this sin. It is referred to as a half-truth which entails the other half being a lie. Unfortunately most people who practice deceit, today’s best example would be Trump who is a master of deceit, focus their energy on the half truth and not the half lie. Either way you examine the issue, it still adds up to deceit because it is not the truth and someone will eventually be hurt by this deception.

I have been on both sides of deceit and the “truth” is, deceit hurts a lot more. I can live with truth no matter how painful it might be. I know this because I am here, but I will not accept deceit from anyone I respect and love. The cost of deceit is too high. It can destroy a life. It can destroy a marriage. It can destroy a friendship.

* Source: Oxford American Dictionary

Never Kiss And Tell

I have lost most of the memories of my youth. Some forgotten memories will remain forgotten. Some might be recalled or triggered by an event in the present moment, and then there are those memories which will remain imbedded forever in my mind.

The first and only time I kissed Debbie Johnson. We were fifteen years old and I had invited her to see West Side Story on a Sunday afternoon. Tony and Maria were in love and so was I but I knew Debbie had a few admirers. My good friend Donald was one of them. During the love scene we turned our heads facing one another, our faces moved closer and we kissed. I had waited three years for that moment. After the kiss, we continued watching the movie. Nothing had changed except the my heart was still beating as fast as it could. Mrs Johnson picked us up after the movie. I went home and that was it.

The next day at school I could not wait to tell Donald that Debbie and I kissed at the movies. He did not believe me. So I boldly said he should ask Debbie then for confirmation. We both waited outside her second period English class for the bell to ring. When Debbie came out the door and saw us, I proudly said, “Donald does not believe we kissed in the movies yesterday. She looked at me with a face of anger I had not seen from her before and said to Donald, “No, we did not,” and walked away. As high as my heart was the day before, it immediately sinked to a new depth. Donald just laughed and said, “I knew you were lying.”

My mother could always read me like a book and that evening she knew something was wrong. I told her the series of events.. The hardest part of the story was that I told the truth, but it was two against one. Today, that is still my greatest fear. That I might be falsely accused when I am telling the absolutely truth. As a young Black man growing up in America, it was a common chain of events for Black men to be arrested and placed into confinement when they were innocent. The color of our skin automatically made us guilty. Just read the news. How many Black men today have been released from prisons after spending 20 or 30 years of their lives in confinement for crimes they did not commit? Even the young Muslim man who helped save a half dozen lives in the Paris terrorist attack was first handcuffed and placed face down on the ground before being released to assist the police. Why did this happen? Because of the color of his skin. He was first seen as an enemy before he was seen as a hero.

My mom just listened, occasionally nodding her head. Then she finally spoke. “You know you can’t change people over night. As long as you know you are telling the truth, that is what really matters, but tell me,” she continued. “Did you learn any thing else from you experience with Donald and Debbie?”

“Yes mom,” I said. “Never kiss and tell.” I haven’t since.

Beliefs Part II

Every act is a statement of your beliefs. What you believe is so ingrained with the consciousness and with the body that you and its reflection are one. A man cannot be separated from his beliefs any more than he can be separated from his soul. A change of belief can occur when a belief no longer serves the individual and a conscious choice is made to let the belief go. Those individuals who took the lives of innocent people last week in Paris were called terrorists in the news media, but to their supporters they were the oppressors of the infidels. They were heroes. In his day, Jesus was considered a religious fanatic and the Minutemen who fought against the British in US history were considered terrorist by their enemies and freedom fighters by their supporters. “One man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist.”

We have been fighting the wars of fanatical religious beliefs since man first created a belief in invisible gods and set about to gain followers. The Crusades are still happening. Nations have beliefs also and expect their citizens to maintain those beliefs. The state of Israel is a perfect example. They call the Palestinians terrorists to justify their insane aggression against mostly innocent women and children. The state has also banned any demonstrations by their own citizens in protest to the state’s aggressive policies. Prior to the US invasion of Iraq, there were world wide protest. GW Bush made a public statement that US policy was not determined by world opinion. He invaded a country based upon the false belief they had and were planning to use WMD. More so, he convinced the world that a lie was true. I lost all respect for Collin Powell the day he appeared at the UN to spread a lie onto the world. A belief in the form of a lie was justification for one nation to destroy another through military might.

If there is a need to convince others of your belief, then that belief is in doubt. A belief needs no other support than for one person to believe it. If others adopt someone’s belief as their own, that is a choice, but to punish, kill, or destroy those who believe differently shows the inherent weakness of that belief and of our society. It’s the religious crusades being acted out on a daily bases. It is the battle of my god is better than your god all over again. Unfortunately it is a war without end, and as always in such wars, the innocent suffer the greatest loss.