MAGGOT

It was English philosopher John Locke who inspired Thomas Jefferson’s use of the words “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence.

The most coveted aspects of liberty entail not only freedom of thought, but also the right to give public expression to thoughts. There is likewise a freedom of behavior―however bizarre or antithetical to public norms ―and a right to associate with others of the same ideation. These freedoms are codified in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

These so-called “unalienable rights”  have allowed America to flourish, but they have also come at a very high cost. Without interference from government, citizens can be racist, misogynist, communist, or neo-fascist, and are allowed to admire and support hate-mongers, so long as they do not advocate violent overthrow of the government. They can even join subversive associations or white supremacist hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan.  Thus is exposed the decidedly evil and decaying underbelly of a free society, and now, it can be stated that no leader in the history of the United States has gorged more on the rotted flesh of democracy than Donald Trump. Look to the source of the stench emanating from the Beltway these days, and you will find a maggot thriving in its life-sustaining cycle.

Unless you have been living under a rock, it is obvious that any person who has been requested  to work in the Trump administration must first deliver a boot-licking pledge of loyalty…not to country, as the oath of office requires,  but to Donald Trump. Trump was never a politician of any stripe. He was, and is, simply a grifter and carnival barker who migrated from reality television into the political arena.  While Trump claims to be a member of the Republican Party, most of his political donations were made to democrats.

It was genetic code and environmental experience that gifted Trump with his impoverished persona, and an ever-present psychotic impulse which drives his bizarre and unpredictable behavior. Trump’s racist lineage is legendary.

Trump’s father, Fred Trump, who died in 1999, was arrested at a KKK rally in New York City in 1927.  Donald Trump proved that he inherited his father’s racist tendencies when he publicly prosecuted a group which would come to be known as the “Central Park Five.”

They were five young black and Hispanic men ranging in age from fifteen to eighteen years old who were arrested and convicted in the 1989 beating and rape of a 28-year-old jogger in New York City’s Central Park. Trump took out full-page ads in four New York newspapers demanding the death penalty for the convicted offenders. In 2002, a new investigation revealed beyond all reasonable doubt that serial rapist Matias Reyes alone had committed the crime.  All five of the convicted offenders were exonerated and freed after serving between six and thirteen years in prison. The city of New York paid the wrongly convicted five a total of 40 million dollars. Out of racially motivated hatred, Trump refused to apologize for the ads, or to even admit that the teenagers had been wrongfully convicted. Instead, he doubled down, and continued to press the “alternate fact” that the five were guilty, and should have been executed.

During the presidential election campaign, Trump touted himself as a successful businessman.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Trump is a failed real estate investor who used a variation of the Ponzi scheme to cover his failures; he simply borrowed more money to cover his massive losses and bankruptcies, and when U.S. bankers denied him credit as a toxic risk, he went overseas to foreign money managers. Obviously, some of those bankers were connected to individuals who demand quid-pro-quo as a condition for releasing funds.

The infamous and well-traveled Access Hollywood tape exposed Trump as a misogynist and predator.  On the tape, Trump indicated that he might start kissing a woman he was about to meet during filming, and then said:

“I don’t even wait.  And when you’re a star, they let you do it, you can do anything…grab them by the pussy.”

Following release of the Access Hollywood tape, the New York Times on October 16, 2016 published an article detailing how Trump had degraded and marginalized women over a period of four decades.

Trump is a con man without a conscience. His so-called “institution of higher learning,” Trump University, was brought to court on two class action lawsuits originating in California, and was sued by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for fraud, and running a “phony university.” In November 2016, Trump settled the cases for 25 million dollars, with an additional one million dollars in penalties to the state of New York for violating state education laws.  Quoting Eric Schneiderman:  “Today’s $25 million settlement agreement is a stunning reversal by Donald Trump and a major victory for the over 6000 victims of his fraudulent university.”

In August 2017, white supremacists held a torch-lit rally in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. Inspired by white nationalist Richard Spencer, the rally touched off 24 hours of racial hatred, violent clashes, and ultimately, the death of a counter-protester. Donald Trump drew praise from hate-mongers when he referred to the “blood and soil” chanters as “fine people.” However, he incurred the wrath of decent people everywhere.

In late September, Trump used a campaign rally in Huntsville, Alabama to attack NFL players and Arizona Senator John McCain. Ostensibly, Trump was there to urge support for Republican senate candidate Luther Strange, but a typical Trump sideshow emerged.

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began protesting over the shooting of unarmed blacks by police about a year ago by kneeling during the national anthem. Kaepernick has often stated that he never meant any disrespect to people who died defending the principles of freedom. Nevertheless, Trump seized the occasion to conflate the issue and fire up his core supporters with a racist taunt:

“Wouldn’t  you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired.”

The NFL is primarily a league comprised of black athletes. Thus, in the foregoing statement there is no distinction to be made between “son of a bitch” and the n-word.

John McCain is fighting for his life; he has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. Nevertheless, Trump ridiculed McCain during the rally for his vote against a draconian health care proposal by senate Republicans, and on cue, Trump’s admiring supporters soundly booed McCain.

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough called out these rally-goers as something less than humane.  Scarborough explained that he was raised in the same Southern region, went to the same public schools, went to the same Baptist church and the same public colleges. Then he asked: “Who raised these people?  Who have they become that they would boo a man who is fighting for his very life?” He closed with:

“If you still go to church, you need to pray for yourself this Sunday morning in church. And then, when you get your head screwed on right, and you start putting humanity ahead of politics, against stupidity, against the tribalism that is destroying this country, go home and tell your children the story of John McCain.”

Thank you, Joe.

Donald Trump is the very last person in this country who should be complaining about what some might perceive as an insult to the individuals who died while serving honorably and faithfully under the American flag. Those of us who wrote a blank check to the government by voluntarily serving in the military during the Vietnam era had to suffer the indignity of fellow citizens spitting on our uniforms as we passed through airports, while the cowardly Trump enjoyed numerous deferments orchestrated by his rich father. Furthermore, standing before a national audience, Trump invited foreigners to interfere in our last election, and following their successful intervention on his behalf, attempted to sell our government to the Russians. Only a vigilant Congress foiled his treasonous plans. Thus, as a former soldier, it is an incredibly galling experience to watch this traitor offer a hand-salute to current members of the military.

Those who continue to support Trump―excluding Russians, of course―do not think right, and probably never did. These purveyors of hate and division are not in any sense true Americans. Such individuals seem more like the inbred offspring of incestuous relations: emulate the leader you adore. Indeed, during an interview with radio personality Howard Stern, Donald Trump agreed to a description of his own daughter as “a piece of ass.”

This is the most powerful man on the planet; it would be difficult to imagine a more revolting specimen of humanity.

The White Plague

 

Bubonic Plague (Black Plague) was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history. The illness resulted in death to somewhere between 30 and 60 per cent of the European population in the Middle Ages. Now a “white plague” threatens the continued existence of  all normal life on planet Earth.  This is the consequence of a dangerous minority―an unhealthy combination of racists and lunatics―roaming the streets of America. With the most renowned member of this society of broken and diseased minds sitting in the Oval Office, Armageddon is getting too close for comfort. It is time for the Congress of the United States to use the 25th Amendment to halt this growing scourge.

Congress, living in fear of a supposed populist Trump coalition, has been reluctant to challenge destabilizing affairs that have marked the presidency of Donald Trump. The events that took place in early August 2017 on the University of Virginia campus at Charlottesville should provide a tipping point. A protestor was murdered, and nineteen others injured by a domestic terrorist at a white nationalist rally.

The racist group, carrying Nazi and Confederate flags and adorned in riot gear, gathered at the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee for a memorial service. When confronted by civic-minded protestors, a riot broke out.  Charlottesville authorities cancelled the license for the gathering and ordered the crowd to disperse.

Donald Trump was predictably silent about the Ku Klux Klan and neo-fascist, Nazi organizers of the rally. His genetic impulse was to blame “everyone in attendance” rather than the actual organizers. Following two days of intense, bi-partisan outrage over his failure to identify the event organizers, Trump finally capitulated and named the responsible parties at a news conference. Nevertheless, Trump appeared more like a hostage, than a president delivering a national message of healing and unity, and he proved as much the next day; he doubled down on the “everyone one in attendance” theory and blamed the news media for concocting the entire affair with “fake news.” Most of the loud and proud Trump coalition will continue to support this dysfunctional man. Thus, it is imperative for Congress to act.

Approximately 60 million Americans suffer some form of mental illness. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), prevalence for any personality disorder in the United States is 9.1 per cent. Specific prevalence rates for borderline personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder were estimated at 1.4 per cent and 0.6 per cent respectively. Of the diverse groups identified in the Trump coalition of voters, this is the only one that is reliably quantifiable.  More to the point, this is the group that sealed his election victory.

Pennsylvania had 20 electoral votes up for grabs.  6.166 million votes were cast and Trump won by 44,000 votes.  Using the NIMH formula, 86,324 borderline psychotics voted, and 36, 996 full-blown psychotics voted.

Michigan had 16   electoral votes.  4.8 million votes were cast and Trump won by 10,700 votes.  Again using the NIMH formula, 67,200 borderline psychotics voted, and 28,800 full-blown psychotics voted.

Wisconsin had 10 electoral votes.  2.976 million voted, and Trump won by 22,000 votes; 41,600 borderline psychotics voted, and 17,850 full-blown psychotics voted.

To be elected to the office of President, 270 Electoral College votes were needed, which Trump won 306 to 232. Mental illness and number crunching  aside, the unprecedented upsurge in turnout  in the presidential  election  reveals  a compelling story: many  of the people in this group had never voted for anything or anybody —a rather wide  dragnet  which includes those who otherwise might be considered conservatives, liberals, independents, Democrats and Republicans. To be clear, these people were not even voting for a candidate; in their delusional minds, they were inducting a kindred spirit into the brotherhood of the insane. Without their vote, Hillary Clinton would have won both the popular vote, and the vote in the Electoral College by a 278-260 margin.

Racist culture, apparently festering unimpeded since the end of the Civil War, now is out of the closet and contemptuously displayed with Donald Trump’s nod and wink approval.  For many opponents of cultural diversity, Faulkner’s “ineradicable curse” of racism is analogous to the wedding vow―till death do us part.

Likewise, Alex Jones-type conspiracy theorists will never leave the Trump coalition for any reason.  The Commander-in-Chief of prevaricators spits out lies with the rapidity of a machine gun, and conspiracy theorists love it.

The only possible defectors from the Trump coalition are those identified as angry blue-collar Republican voters. Many of these individuals had legitimate complaints against a government they considered elite―Republican and Democratic leaders alike―and out of touch with the man on the street.  Normally, after witnessing the bizarre presidential events orchestrated by Donald Trump, these people would exhibit buyer’s remorse and begin to stray, but now they are hostage to the Trump coalition due to Stockholm Syndrome. They will eventually leave, but it will take something more cataclysmic than Charlottesville to force them out.

Section Four of the 25th Amendment states in part:

Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Obviously, no person in the executive branch, including Vice President Pence, will attempt to have Trump removed from office.  However, Congress can enact legislation to appoint and convene a body of individuals for such purpose. It could not be more clear that Donald Trump, due to his mental state, is unable to discharge the duties of his office.

What we saw in Charlottesville was a violent assault by members of the Ku Klux Klan and Nazi Party against democracy loving Americans who were supporting their city’s decision to remove a racist, Confederate statue. These racists and fascists came from all corners of the country dressed in riot gear,  armed with clubs, ball bats and other weapons. The attack that occurred may be construed as war against a city or state, and therefore,  fits within the statutory definition of treason.

Philosopher George Santayana had a saying that is relevant here:  “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It will be recalled that the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials prosecuted 22 major Nazi war criminals and sentenced 12 of them to death. Now we are confronted with a resurrected Nazi regime―a white plague which is self-described as racist white supremacists―that has fully bought into the most unthinkable and horrifying acts that one human can commit against another.  Legislation should be enacted, first, which brands these miscreants as domestic terrorists, and second, requires the death penalty for all participants and their sympathizers, which, of course, includes the President of the United States.

 

Opinion Editorial

Truman Goodspeed

August 2017

CLOSET RACISTS

That Republican Party juggernaut known as the “repeal and replace” movement has been halted. However, Americans, and in particular, beneficiaries of the Affordable Care Act, should not for a moment believe they have achieved a final victory over this ill-informed initiative. Only death will extinguish the diseased mindset that underlies the repeal and replace movement.

It would be difficult to find a more virulent racial undertone than the attitude that drives the repeal and replace theory. For seven years certain members of both houses of Congress complained about the Affordable Care Act in its entirety―despite the fact that certain features of the enactment came from conservative think tanks. When these malign legislators received a golden opportunity to achieve their goal, it was discovered they had no viable replacement. The conglomeration of plans they presented would have resulted in up to 32 million Americans losing their health insurance, and an untold number of deaths. Some Americans, with much justification, began referring to members of the Republican Party as “murderers.”

Legislators are sent to Congress to improve the lives of the people they represent. Nevertheless, leaders Paul Ryan in the House of Representatives and Mitch McConnell in the U.S. Senate did everything in their power to destroy the safety net for millions of Americans. The only logical explanation for this malfeasance was the fact that a black man’s name was attached as a signature achievement to the Affordable Care Act. The catchphrase “ObamaCare” did not sit well with a lot of white folks.

The Civil Rights Act of 1968 authorizes federal prosecution of anyone who willingly injures, intimidates or interferes with another person, or attempts to do so, by force, because of the other person’s race, color, religion or national origin. Thus, the offspring of Dixiecrats, Ku Klux Klansmen and others, who, for whatever reason, dislike people of color, were driven into the closet. The only way for legislators to avoid injunction for violation of the 1968 act is to conceal  racist legislation as legitimate process. This explains how the “repeal and replace” monstrosity came into being.

Likewise, the only place left for the private citizen to avoid punishment and yet vent racial animus is within the safe confines of a voting booth.

William Faulkner (1897-1962) won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949. Due to growing up in Mississippi during the Jim Crow era, Faulkner was witness to full-blown racial intolerance, and he featured the “ineradicable curse” of racism in his novel Absalom, Absalom! In the novel, Faulkner used demise of the once glorious plantation known as “Sutpen’s Hundred,” an overgrown wasteland commanded by a burnt out mansion, to symbolize and expose the futility of racial superiority.  Inevitably, when reducing the “ineradicable curse” to its natural conclusion, we are informed that only one cure for the racist attitude exists—it is called a grave.

Following an early morning defeat of legislation identified by its authors as “skinny repeal and replace,” Senate Majority leader McConnell delivered a sour grapes speech directed at Democrats in the Senate. McConnell suggested that Democrats were rejoicing in their victory. Senate Minority leader Charles Schumer rose and replied, “No, we are not celebrating, we are relieved.”

Prior to voting, several members of the Republican conference had publicly declared that the watered-down version of repeal and replace was a “fraud.” Following that alarming revelation, most of them voted in favor of the act. Thus, decent Americans everywhere must be ever vigilant to the fact that these ill-minded legislators pose a threat to foist racist and fraudulent enactments upon us at any time.  For indeed, as author William Faulkner so succinctly reminded us,   attitudes within this group of closet racists will only change one by one―as the Grim Reaper marks his recruits.