Monday, October 29, 2018

A voice from a mountaintop


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I am ashamed of my country. 2018 America is a disgrace. The United States is anything but united. Hatred is everywhere. The divisions between us are beyond disheartening. We are a divided nationand as we are divided we crumble from within.

The rot starts at the top. When campaigning for president Donald Trump claimed he would be the great uniter. Nothing has been further than truth … aside from all his other lies. Just last week Trump praised the Montana candidate who body slammed a reporter. Trump was speaking to the one of the lowest common denominators of human behavior and his audience can be seen cheering in the background. Who are these people? Since when does my country support such overt sluggishness?

The president of the United States a narcissistic, p-ssy-grabbing, founder of a fake university who has had nary an honest dealing with anyone.

He is a man who bankrupted company after company while shamelessly enriching himself along the way. He is a hypocritical, unscrupulous, manipulative, pugnacious bully. It is repulsive the way he incites hatred and violence. I still shudder when I remember Trump’s mocking of the disabled NY Times reporter. When it comes to women the I have words for Trump I choose to not to share in the this post. 

Trump embarrasses himself almost every day - and as Trump embarrasses himself, so too does he embarrass all of us.

On the campaign trail Trump told us our economy was in shambles. He promised he would make America great again. 

20 months later he claims he has been a wild success - the economy is the best ever in history.

Really Donald? What has changed? Your claim is not true for 99% of us. The Americans I know are not better off and they are getting more scared with each passing day.

Have you drained the swamp yet? 

Our county is insolvent. Debt suffocates us. Our future is effectively mortgaged. The country was in debt to the tune of $19.9 trillion when he took office. Now the debt stands at $21.7 trillion - an increase of nearly 10% in 20 months. Meanwhile, most every weekend Donald Trump spends MILLIONS in taxpayer money heading to one of his golf resorts. 

This man has zero decency.

Trump disgraces himself almost every day - and as Trump disgraces himself, so too does he disgrace all of us.

Where is the outrage?

I’ll tell you where the outrage is - it’s being kept in check by Fox News. Even after Trump committed treason before the world in Helsinki, Fox helped Trump spin his way out of that one. 

Tragically, people believe what the network tells them to believe - no matter how preposterous - and they question no further. 

To his supporters I ask, what is there to like about this man? He is a pathological liar. He moronically repeats himself. He speaks about himself non-stop and always of how great he is. 

Trump is ill. You heard me right, Trump is ill.

Trump humiliates himself almost every day - and as Trump humiliates himself, so too does he humiliate all of us.

Still, some in America support this man.

Would you want your daughter to date such a man? Would you want this man to be your spiritual advisor? Would you sign a contract with this man and be confident that he would honor it? Suppose he was your neighbor? 

I’ll tell you what: I suggest that if Donald was your neighbor there would likely a lawsuit against you.

It matters not if Trump supports one of your most cherished issues, the damage he is doing is not worth it!

Trump brings himself dishonor almost every day - and as Trump brings dishonor to himself so too does he bring dishonor to all of us.

My appeal today is to those who watch Fox News - PLEASE TURN IT OFF.

Next week, I urge you to vote and to vote for a candidate from any party other than Republican Party. Republicans have not demonstrated that they have the spines to stand up to the deceit coming from the White House.

We deserve better than what we have. 

Still, changes will not come overnight. Nor will change come easily.

Having said that and in the meantime, the farce of the Trump presidency must to be brought to a end. I urge all you - with all of my heart - to - at very least - bring back some semblance of balance to the Congress in the coming election. Vote for an independent, or a green, or a libertarian, or a democrat. 

Let us bring an end to this dangerous chapter in America NOW.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Backstory

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Growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan I was a proud American as a kid. The auto industry down the road in Detroit was the envy of the world, our country’s president and first lady were young, bright and photogenic, and America was racing to become the first nation to put a man on the moon.

In 1963 JFK was assassinated and the mood seemed to forever shift  I was six years old at the time. The television in our home stayed on continuously the next three days. I idolized Kennedy. My parents wept, I was in shock. “How could someone kill the president” I would wonder. That day I learned a new word, assassination. Two days later when Oswald was killed I would ask my father how we would come to know the truth of what had happened if the killer was dead. Even to a six year old it smelled fishy - the events unfolding on the television were seemingly no different than our make-believe backyard spy games. I was dumbfounded when Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King were taken down in the next few years, the good guys were all disappearing. War waged in Vietnam. Hippies protested and did drugs in the streets. I questioned events in America beginning at a young age.

In 1971 Richard Nixon took the country off the gold standard. Sam Hamburger, my grandfather and successful business man in Detroit, was outraged. One night after dinner at his house he explained to my two uncles how, without gold, there was nothing to keep the U.S. government honest. He described how the Federal Reserve Bank would come to print money freely, how debt would skyrocket, and how inflation would come to rob the American People blind in the decades ahead - predicting his $100,000 home would one day cost more than $1 million and a $3,000 Chevrolet would cost $30,000, or more. He warned of how we would not be immune to our politicians’ actions and that gold would be the best/only insurance policy. He was resolute in his conviction: gold would go to the moon. Though I was only 13 I grasped all that I could.

At the age of 17 I learned the truth of how my grandfather had come to make his fortune - by assisting the United States government import steel from Japan during World War II. The steel was being brought into the Port of Detroit via dummy corporations controlled by the OSS (predecessor to the CIA). After taking ammunitions to the troops in the Far East the American ships would rendezvous with Japanese ships before retuning to the United States with the “black market” steel onboard. My grandfather’s company, Production Steel, would purchase the steel from these corporations and then turn around and sell it to the automakers who were running their factories around the clock to keep up with the war demand. While Americans were busy selling war bonds trade barriers with Japan began to come down in 1942 while nobody was looking. Years later we buy goods from the Pacific Rim without giving it a second thought.

Hearing of my grandfather’s stories would forever alter the framework of the political and philosophical ideologies that would shape my adult life. Learning of my grandfather’s business dealings would lead me to question nearly all of my government’s dealings from that point forward. I don’t believe we know the truth about Kennedy, Iran-Contra, or 9-11. Official stories and illusions often cross step.

My grandfather's prophesies have true. Our ersatz monetary policies are catching up with us. Consequences are coming. The sun is setting on the American Empire and I believe we are in for some tough times ahead, We had our turn, now our time is up. It’s not a bad thing - it happens to all things - your car, my hot water heater, my neighbor’s air conditioner, all of our lives. The same is true of empires. We will not be the “greatest nation on earth” into eternity. We’re overstretched. We’re insolvent. We’re entangled all around the world. We’re crumbling from within.

Still, I hold out for America finding her way ... and that is why I am making my stand.