Here’s a Story… of Immigration

As horrifying as it is, by reading the following article in “The Guardian,” I have gained some insight into the mind of Donald Trump.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2016/nov/21/donald-trumps-grandfather-fought-expulsion-from-germany-letter-reveals-video-report

The article tells a story of Donald Trump’s grandfather, as uncovered by Roland Paul, a German historian from Rhineland-Palatinate.

Frederick Trump, who was born in that region, was the son of a local winegrower. In 1885 at the age of 16, in order to escape poverty and lured by news of the gold rush, Frederick Trump came to the America to make his fortune.

In doing so he not only failed to give German authorities notice of his departure, but he avoided mandatory military service.

When have rules or legalities ever deterred a Trump from a money making scheme? Not then and not now, would be the correct answer.

Once in America Frederick Trump did make his fortune, by running a brothel for gold miners in Alaska, who regularly paid him in gold. He exploited women for monetary gain. 🤔

A newly wealthy Frederick Trump returned to Bavaria to marry, but was not allowed to re-emigrate because of his avoidance of mandatory military duty.

“American citizen and pensioner Friedrich Trump” is ordered to leave the area “at the very latest on 1 May … or else expect to be deported.”

Ordered out of Germany he returned to the US with his wife who was already pregnant with little Fred. Little Fred lived the American dream, growing up to be a Member of the KKK and a renown slumlord of Queens, New York.

Little Fred Trump would eventually marry a Scottish immigrant, who worked as a maid, and he would father the 5x draft deferring son who would grow up to be a misogynistic racist, and 45th Vice President of Russia… I mean with the help of Russian president Vladimir Putin, he would become 45th president of the United States.

If historian Roland Paul is correct, this is significant. Donald Trump’s grandfather, a pimp and draft dodger, was allowed to immigrate to America.

Had it been today, with Donald Trump’s desired “merit based immigration policy,” America would have been spared the crimes and degradation brought on by the man, his son and the grandson.

Trump’s grandfather, his grandmother, and his own mother, who immigrated from Scotland without skills, would never have been allowed in.

Perhaps there is something we can do retroactively.

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Trump is Back at “Work”

After a week spent at Mar-a-Lago, the tab picked up by tax payers, Trump is back at his phone furiously “working,” eight tweets and counting in two hours time. This grueling schedule must be putting a high level of strain on his soft, fat, tiny hands.

The words are meaningless, because he knows not what he says. He is a fool,

Here we have Donald Trump, who invited Russian diplomats into the Oval Office, giving them highly classified information, calling for someone to be jailed for doing that which his children are currently guilty of.

Weird that he would hurl accusations under these circumstances… but consistent.

This also brings up a yet to be answered question— Why does Jared Kushner, who continues to lie by omission on security clearance applications, still have security clearance?Here we see Trump quoting Fox News, his propaganda press, because this is where he gets his daily security briefings. No one will let him play with real information anymore.

In this tweet we see Trump attempting to excuse his unpopular trillion dollar tax cut for corporations. These corporations already sit on trillions of dollars in assets, yet do not reinvest in the economy.

A small number of corporations announced—token bonuses will be paid to underpaid employees in time to take a corporate tax write off for 2017. Said employees, the recipients of the bonuses, will in turn be taxed on their pittance at the higher bonus tax rate.

This gift also serves the purpose of making CEOs appear benevolent before they reward themselves with real bonuses, hundreds of $$ millions in cash and stock in April, which is their typical behavior. To quote the modern day American poet and philosopher Sponge Bob Square Pants, this is “Major Stupidity and General Nonsense”— (and I might add), under the command of President Bone Spurs. Ridiculous, but here it is, Trump is taking credit for aviation safety. Any good news you read you can ascribe to Potus. Any bad news you may impute to President Obama or Hillary.

Has anyone noticed the NYT’s recent change of tone? They’ve become pro-Trump, making me think reporters were under duress, possibly blackmailed into favorable and false reports on Trump.

Now we see Trump’s billionaire backers have been at work. They bought a reputable newspaper and it is now as unreliable as FOX news. This is what the Nazis did, and this is what Putin does.

God help us, he’s still at it.

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Giddyup Donald

Once upon a time, (71 years ago to be exact), in a cozy little borough called Queens, in the land of opportunity, the city of New York, a real estate developer whose hobby was the local order of the KKK, celebrated the birth of a son.

He would raise this son in his own image, focusing on the the Christian moral code, but having had little understanding of the basic premise, the son, named Donald, was raised to emulate the seven deadly sins: envy, gluttony, greed , lust, pride, sloth, and wrath.

Somehow Donald managed to go far using these teachings. He cheated and lied, and hurt many people along the way, but he found himself on the throne of a great experiment called America.

It was also 71 years years ago a group, called Gallop, initiated an annual Poll, asking the question—

Who is the man you most admire in America?

The results for 2017 are in.

THE MOST ADMIRED MAN IN AMERICA:

#1 Former PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

This is the 10th year President Barack Obama’s has held the title. Only former President Dwight Eisenhower (who won 12 times), has won Gallup’s most-admired title more often than President Barack Obama has.

On the other hand,

Donald Trump is not the first modern day U.S. president to come up short, he shares that dishonor with the likes of presidents:

  • Harry S.Truman (dropped the bomb)

  • Lyndon B Johnson (dispatched the first ground troops in Vietnam and mishandled Civil Rights)

  • Richard Nixon (resigned in shame)

  • Gerald Ford (pardoned Nixon)

  • Jimmy Carter (perceived as weak), and

  • George W Bush (started an oil war under false pretense)

However, in the poll’s 71-year history, Donald Trump is the first PotUS not to win the Gallop poll’s most admired man in his first year in office.

Gallup also asked—

Who is the woman you most admire in America?

The results for 2017 are in.

THE MOST ADMIRED WOMAN IN AMERICA:

#1 HILLARY CLINTON, The First Woman to Win the Presidential Popular Vote,

Americans may redeem themselves in the eyes of the world yet.

I suppose that is something for the record books, and it is another sign that history won’t be kind to the orange fiend.

Poor little Donald. He was never taught to be happy for the success of others, only envy, gluttony, greed , lust, pride, sloth, and wrath. None of that will serve him well in coping with this news.

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Dear Donald Trump, “HAPPY HOLIDAYS!” #StillNotMyPresident

Hearing “Merry Christmas” now causes malaise

Trump made it a zealous ethnocentric phrase

Now all I ever say

Is Happy Hollidays

I long for a leader with social mores

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Did I Go Too Far?

I lost some “friends” with my post yesterday. I meant every word I wrote, but I normally filter my thoughts through a colander, yesterday I poured them all in, boiling water and all.

I admit, I had been overtaken by rage because, although I expected it to happen, when I saw the news that the GOP tax scam had passed the senate, I felt all the phases of grief to the degree I’ve only experienced once before… election Day 2016.

Since Trump became the GOP presidential nominee I listened as people at work, and out in real life, discussed how his political ignorance and business acumen would be an asset. When he won the general election these same people felt vindicated and empowered, gloating in their euphoria. They let their racism and homophobia show, just like the White Nationals who came out of the shadows and took to the streets, these coworkers, neighbors and friends came out of their cubicles and their vinyl sided boxes with pitched roofs and spoke their ugly thoughts out loud, thoughts I had previously been unaware they possessed. I quietly listened, not wanting to engage in political arguments at work, and not wanting all the neighborhood leaves blown onto my lawn.

If any of those people wondered at my thoughts or loyalties they could have read my little blog, because it’s no secret that I write. But these kinds of people don’t care what others think, they just want an audience and validation for their thoughts.

Yes, I know the same could be said about me. I write because I want to express my thoughts, and even when I know only a handful of people are reading on any given day, it is an outlet. It’s easier to articulate a point by writing and editing rather than speaking off the cuff.

Regardless, there is a difference between them and me. I listen to people when they speak. I try to understand how these despicable ideas became so ingrained that they refuse to consider others, and what childhood experiences might have left them without empathy.

As I said, I quietly listened. But when one woman with whom I work, who particularly likes the sound of her own voice, assumed I had voted for Trump, I had to engage. This woman, who never lets an argument go, fled to the comfort of a group of like minded individuals to discuss me. Good riddance.

Since then, I have been surprised to learn of the secret racist homophobia of several others. I was confided in because I am a straight white woman, and that led them to believe I shared their views.

In truth, I thought the views that they had died with the generation of my parents and grandparents. I was shocked at them, and at my own naivety. I had worked alongside these people for years and years, and suddenly I had nothing in common with them. The jokes we shared about daily minutia stopped.

I suppose for me, the most unforgivable aspect of the election, aside from the Russian hijacking of it, was the number of women who were willing to vote for someone so blatantly misogynistic, a self admitted sexual predator. The breakdown of voter statistics showed Trump won because of the white female vote. 53% of the white female voters chose Trump, a pig with no political experience, a failed businessman with a history of 6 bankruptcies, who was named in 3500 lawsuits for crimes ranging from fraud to non-payment for goods and services, to rape. They picked him over a woman ffs.

My post yesterday surprised those who voted for Trump on a lark, but don’t read the news, and it deflated the Trump voters who believed the lies about the “Tax Cut Jobs Act.”

They had been applauding the victory—

  • The same corporations that use bankruptcy as a business strategy in order to gut union contracts, the same corporations with a history of CEO’s rewarding themselves with billions in bonuses, then bailing out on golden parachutes made of stocks and cash— this rewards them again. They have trillions of dollars in assets that they haven’t reinvested in jobs, but they’re getting tax cuts.
  • 13million Americans will lose healthcare.
  • The rug is pulled out from under the entire healthcare system, which will result in every American paying much more for much less coverage.
  • Drilling for oil in a pristine Alaskan wildlife preserves has been given the go ahead.
  • The President’s 200 companies got a tax cut.

These Trump voters who I know had been happy about it all…I made them feel bad with my post yesterday.

The news is now reporting information they’ve been fed by certain corporations who are offering a one time bonus in response to their windfall profits…a publicity stunt.

In truth:

Wells Fargo, just one such corporation, says raising minimum to $15 an hour was the reason for this tax reform bill. They currently pay 25,000 people between $13.50-$17.00. A company with $1.75 trillion in assets paying poverty level wages just had their taxes cut in half. Trump de-regulated banks, including Wells Fargo, so they may resume their predatory lending practices which led to the financial collapse of 2007, the Great Recession.

… The disaster deduction …

Losses sustained due to a fire, earth quakes, hurricanes, storms, shipwrecks or theft, are only now tax deductible if they exceeded 10% of adjusted gross income and are deemed a “national disaster.”

If your house was destroyed by a California wildfire, you are potentially eligible for some tax relief, while the victims of random house fires… sorry.

Let’s review, what happened yesterday.

  • Tax increase for millions of working Americans
  • Reinforced income inequality
  • Medicare & Social Security cuts
  • Increased premiums
  • Millions left uninsured
  • Trump family tax cut
  • Carried interest loophole
  • Profits for big banks & CEOs

What happened to the good guys? There must be some members of the GOP senate who remember why they are in office. If there had only been three, who voted with conscionable thought, the bill would have failed.

They were bribed. Orrin Hatch admitted he crafted the key tax provision that will enrich Bob Corker and the rest of the GOP, and Lisa Murkowski gets to drain Alaskan oil. You might call that bribing Senate Republicans to vote yes. Orrin Hatch would sell his mother for $50.

Congressional votes are sold to the highest bidder. Is that legal? Um, no it is not.

Bribery Law- US. 18 U.S.C. § 201 – Bribery of Public Officials and Witnesses. Bribery – Definition— “The offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of something of value for the purpose of influencing the action of an official in the discharge of his or her public or legal duties.”

So, I am off some Christmas card lists now because I verbalized the thought, the one thought I’ve contained for over a year: Trump voters are misinformed morons, and the GOP will all burn in Hell.

But miracle of miracles the story isn’t over. We still have Bob Mueller, and we must protect him from the Trump Klan.

The GOP is calling for an end to the investigation with claims Mueller isn’t making progress. He has already indicted Papadapoulos, Manafort, and Flynn, and two of the three are cooperating with the FBI. Mueller has also legally obtained thousands of damning Trump transition team emails, and he has subpoenaed financial documents from Deutsche bank. In January of 2016 Deutsche Bank sustained $630 million in penalties for a $10 billion Russian money laundering scheme involving the bank’s Moscow, New York, and London branches.

According to Bloomberg, Trump owes Deutsche around $300 million, which comes due in 2024, and Kushner owes them $285 million- I don’t know when that comes due, and frankly I’m bored.

GOP house members are engaged in a fierce campaign to end the investigation by firing Mueller. I’d wager Orrin Hatch’s mother it is because they’re involved and will stand to be indicted.

One more thought for today, Alabama Pedophile Roy Moore has still not conceded loss 8 days after the senate election he lost by 2%.

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Roy Moore – Get the Hook

A pedophile lost but won’t concede

Desire for power— perhaps it’s greed

Judge of other’s sin:

Gays, migrants, women

Why not, try him for his crimes— Godspeed

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