My meanderings about politics, space exploration, cars, cats, tech things and whatever else strikes my fancy. To the current occupant of the White House, we will not be taken into war on anyone's leash.
Great tactician have been defeated by the smallest details. Alexander didn’t realize how hard it would be to rule an Empire that large. Napoleon Bonaparte never thought how he would feed his troops while invading Russia. And I could go on. Now mind you I don’t think of Trump as a great tactician, his tactics car seat of the pants. So I say all this because I’m not sure that he realizes if he pardons Manafort that will make it easier for prosecutors to question Manafort because he has no self-incrimination problems and cannot plead the Fifth Amendment.
So if our fearless leader plans on pardoning Manafort he’s got to do it well into Manafort’s prison term. I’m sure that I am not the only person that has heard pundants talked about this on television. Me thinks that Mr manafort’s family may be listening to it as well and will tell their imprisoned family member that it’s time for him to flip. Yes I use the colloquial that seems to be Trump’s favorite, the language of the mob. He has referred to John Dean, of Watergate Fame, as erect. Yesterday he said in his Fox and Friends interview that he thinks flipping should be illegal.
That’s why I am of the same opinion as Bill Maher who honestly believes, and so do I that this election coming up in about 2 months will be pivotal to the continuation of the United States of America as we have come to know it. Bill Maher gave a million dollars last week and I will be pumping as much money into the Senate as I possibly can to make sure the Democratic candidates win.
I have lived in the United States 59 of my almost 64 years on this planet. I was born in the United States. I am Jewish. And for the first time in my life I’m afraid to admit that. Jews have always been the scapegoats of demagogues.
First a little bit about how I see why people believe that Jews Run the World in some way. Of course it’s not true. But Jewish families put a premium on education of their children above all. My parents moved back to France so that I could get an education in the European sense. When I came back to United States I was far ahead of my counterparts here. I remember starting Junior High School in Texas and thinking that I was back in elementary because we were doing algebra in France and they were doing Simple mathematics. Education is and always has been a pathway to wealth. So, Jews have always been looked upon as difference and Elite. That’s far from the truth.
In her book Madeleine Albright says that the world is going towards Fascism and I’m afraid of that. She also says that Trump is the most undemocratic president we’ve ever had and I believe that. His attack of the media is frightening. The media is the fourth estate. In other words a fourth branch of our governmental system that oversees and make sure that the government is run truthfully and for the people. You can see how it’s working right now. It’s funny at a time when newspapers were in the Klein and people were worried that they would be closing in groves subscriptions to the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and I could go on have gone through the roof in the last few years. Trump’s perceived enemies are benefiting from his collusion with Russia, inept White House and continuous lying to the American people.
Yesterday then Wisconsin there was an election for a supreme court judge. Normally this would not bring out a huge voting electorate but it did because people are energized. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker immediately put out an email message to his supporters that he fears a Blue Wave. I think it’s going to be a blue Tsunami. The Democrat won and one so quickly. It was announced on the Rachel Maddow Show.
What I fear the most is the dumbing-down of America. It’s amazing that I party that claims to be right to life doesn’t want anything to do with the life that they claim they so care for once it is born. The protests by teachers across the country are indicative of what’s happening in our educational system. Instead of imposing tariffs on China we should be putting money into our schools. Having Betsy DeVos as the secretary of education is ridiculous. In her testimony to Congress she actually admitted she said she avoids going to low test score schools. Does she not want to see the problem and try to fix it?
Yes fascism is spreading across our globe and we must be aware of what’s happening and make the necessary changes to our policies. Even members of NATO like turkey are becoming autocratic Nations. China’s president just made himself president for life. Putin ran without opposition because he killed them or put them in jail. The president of Egypt just won by 97% because again he did the same thing Putin did and in both cases our president called them and congratulated on an electoral Victory. What a sham!
I’m an optimist and I believe that the United States will survive this regime. I hope I’m right.
President Bill Clinton likes to call himself the explainer in Chief. And there is very good reason for him to say that. Today in Inglewood he explained step-by-step why Hillary would be the best choice for our next president and why she was in his opinion the most prepared to be president in his lifetime. Also important he pointed out how ill-prepared Donald Trump is period and Beyond the fact that he is ill-prepared there is his rhetoric of hate and bigotry and bias. Has President Clinton says if a judge of Mexican heritage who was born in Indiana cannot rule in a case because Donald Trump said he wants to build a wall then let’s take this to the extreme and anybody has said bad things about women cannot be a judge ruling in a case with a woman defendant. Or any gay judge who is presiding over a case where the defendant said disparaging things about the lgbtq community cannot be the judge in the case. With this warped and he defendant can forcibly recuse a judge by the defendant’s actions or words. Hillary is going to decimate Trump and a landslide victory in November. But that doesn’t mean we can let our guard down for a second. Between now and November we have to make sure that we tell our neighbors our friends and even those who disagree with you how Trump good cause a depression and even worse a nuclear war.
When President Clinton finished his remarks he walked down from the stage and make sure to engaged and shake hands with everyone that was there for the event. Intro Bill Clinton fashion I felt he was speaking directly to me. He makes amazing eye contact even though there was a large crowd. I’ve seen President Clinton now 4 times and each time I felt like I was with a friend. This man has amazing charisma. One of the people at the event was wearing a t-shirt that says Bill Clinton for First Lady and when President Clinton thought he said I would love to be the first lady of the United States. AVB
So far, Trump has been as good at running presidential campaign as he has been in his so many failed and bankrupt businesses. To this day he does not have a communications director. He just fired one of his top aides because they had a disagreement about how the campaign was being run. He has yet to Pivot to what one would call a presidential persona and is still inciting people to hurt demonstrators in his rallies. I don’t think he understands that he’s running for the president of all the United States and it’s supposed to be representing everyone’s ideas. He only thinks about Trump , as any good narcissist would do. The RNC is worried about what he’s going to do to the 6,000 down ticket candidates running as Republicans in Down ticket from him in November. I do not think that this man has the temperament order personality to be the president of the United States. AVB http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/28/us/politics/donald-trump-campaign.html
In a speech full of lies, something we need to expect in the next five and a half months from Trump, he slams Hillary for her stance on gun control. He says that she is looking to overturn the Second Amendment. That is a bold face lie. But his line works for him as he got the endorsement of the NRA. But let’s be real here they endorsed McCain and Romney and their endorsements did very little AVB http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/21/us/politics/nra-guns-donald-trump-hillary-clinton.html
Even Donald J Trump had problems visualizing Trump University, so he had to put its logo on a television monitor. These are the kinds of things they’re going to come and haunt him during the election campaign period I am going to try to now focus on the Republicans and their likely torch holder Donald J Trump period Bernie Sanders is a footnote to history now and I hope he goes holding his head high and not ruining the chances for the Democrats to win the White House. AVB http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/trump-university-lawsuit-will-go-trial-ny-judge-rules-n562816