Rush Limbaugh

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

In my sixty years of living, I have gone through several different cycles. I was a dope smoking, long hair in high school and college that chased birds in the woods and skirts in the bars. Then I cut my hair, traded a joint for a can of beer, got married, got a job, wore a suit, bought a house, had children, and forgot my liberal, tree hugging leanings and got conservative. That was just about the time that Rush Limbaugh hit the air waves.

In my early 30’s in the early 90’s Rush was not as toxic or as hateful as he was at his end. For a guy that spent all day in the car trying to pedal whatever I was selling at the time he was background noise as I sat in traffic heading to my next appointment. Being young and trying to climb the corporate ladder I had to meld my thinking to align not only with my conservative, white customers but also with my bosses. So, Rush gave me talking points whether I believed the bullshit or not.

But as I matured, started my own company, became involved with charitable organizations in my community, and watched my children change before my eyes I grew tired of Rush. His shtick had become more hateful, more contentious, less playful, and certainly less entertaining for me. What Rush was building in the early 2000’s, “Ditto Heads” would eventually morph into MAGA and Drump was smart enough (did I really say that?) to capitalized on this readymade base aptly named his “basket of deplorables”. And the rest, as they say, is history.

I agree with Mark Twain when he said, “I have never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure”. In the case of Rush Limbaugh, his obituary is certainly one I read with “great pleasure”. I don’t and won’t mourn his loss. Rush has done more than most to promote hate, discord, and distrust in American politics much like Franklin Graham has done with Christianity.

Limbaugh was described by the white, Christian, right as a patriot. A man who held, and advocated true red, white and blue values. But if you dug just a little bit you would learn he had been married four times, was drug addict, and was detained for trying to smuggle Viagra in from the Dominican Republic. I guess he had trouble raising the flag on his flagpole from time to time.

I have often wondered if guys like Limbaugh and Hannity really believe half of the shit they spew every day or if they do it just to cash those big checks. The funny thing is those checks aren’t doing Rush any good now and that same day is coming for Hannity just like it is coming for the rest of us.

Our time here is short, a blink of an eye. In my mind Rush wasted his time on this planet. He could have used his “golden microphone” for good but instead he used it for evil as defined by Jesus; “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Rush showed no mercy because mercy didn’t get ratings. And if there is a God heaven, if there is a Jesus Christ waiting on us all at the Pearly Gates I hope they will let him know how much harm he caused and grant him the mercy he refused to give others. Surely they will be more compassionate to him than I would be.    

“Fear is the only true enemy, born of ignorance and the parent of anger and hate.” – Edward Albert

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500,000 lost souls – It’s going to disappear

One year and 500,000 COVID-19 deaths later let us never forget what the former guy, the orange psychopath tweeted and said about this catastrophic and deadly virus:

Feb. 7 (tweet): “…… as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone.”

Feb. 10: “I think the virus is going to be — it’s going to be fine.”

Feb. 14: “We have a very small number of people in the country, right now, with it. It’s like around 12. Many of them are getting better. Some are fully recovered already. So we’re in very good shape.”

Feb. 19: “I think it’s going to work out fine. I think when we get into April, in the warmer weather, that has a very negative effect on that and that type of a virus. So let’s see what happens, but I think it’s going to work out fine.”

Feb. 24 (tweet): “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. … Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”

Feb. 25: “You may ask about the coronavirus, which is very well under control in our country. We have very few people with it, and the people that have it are … getting better. They’re all getting better. … As far as what we’re doing with the new virus, I think that we’re doing a great job.”

Feb. 26: “Because of all we’ve done, the risk to the American people remains very low. … When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero. That’s a pretty good job we’ve done.”

Feb. 28: “I think it’s really going well. … We’re prepared for the worst, but we think we’re going to be very fortunate.”

Feb. 28: “It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”

Feb. 28: “This is their new hoax.”

March 4: “Some people will have this at a very light level and won’t even go to a doctor or hospital, and they’ll get better. There are many people like that.”

March 9 (tweet): “So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!”

March 10: “And it hit the world. And we’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.”

March 11: “I think we’re going to get through it very well.”

March 12: “It’s going to go away. … The United States, because of what I did and what the administration did with China, we have 32 deaths at this point … when you look at the kind of numbers that you’re seeing coming out of other countries, it’s pretty amazing when you think of it.”

March 15: “This is a very contagious virus. It’s incredible. But it’s something that we have tremendous control over.”

March 16: “If you’re talking about the virus, no, that’s not under control for any place in the world.”

March 17: “I’ve always known this is a, this is a real, this is a pandemic … I’ve felt that it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.”

March 18 (tweet): “I always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously, and have done a very good job from the beginning, including my very early decision to close the “borders” from China – against the wishes of almost all. Many lives were saved. The Fake News new narrative is disgraceful & false!”

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Thank you Donald Trump

Ms. Lindsey Graham says that Donald Trump is not only the leader but the face of the Republican Party. According to Graham, the future of the party will go through Trump and his MAGA base: “He’s ready to move on and rebuild the Republican Party and is excited about 2022. We need to unite the party. ‘Trump plus’ is the way back in 2022 and we can’t do that without Donald Trump.”

As a Democrat, as an American and more importantly as a human being we need to thank Ms. Graham and Mr. Trump. Honestly, Donald Trump is the best thing that ever happened to the Democratic Party. Since he won his “landslide” election in 2016 and had the biggest crowds the world has ever seen at his inauguration the Republicans have lost control of the Congress, then the White House, and then the Senate. And what was the single common denominator in all those loses, you guessed it, the former President and one term loser Donald J. Trump.

The GOP has been given two opportunities to move past Trump and both times they couldn’t. Even Lindsey tried to end it with Trump after the attempted but failed coup d’état on January 6th but then he came groveling back. Why? Only Trump and Putin know the answer to that question. I guess a picture (or video) really is worth a thousand words.  

I think it is safe to predict that Trump is no longer a threat to American Democracy. Sure, he might still have some pull to get some QAnon nut elected dog catcher in Bumfuck, Alabama or get a thousand people to attend a rally in the town of Inbred, Mississippi to sale his hats and t-shirts but the days of Trump meaning shit to the rest of us or even to the rest of the world are over. He is a toothless, twitterless, tyrant playing in a sandbox down in Florida.

Most  Americans knew that Trump sat on his ass for four years and watched television and the majority of us knew that Putin had Trump in his back pocket. We knew he was all talk and tweets and no action. We also knew he was a dangerous psychopath who had the nuclear codes. But COVID kicked his ass and exposed the fraud that he is, a man with no plan, no clue, who thought he could bullshit his way out everything just like he had done his entire life. But when the presidential rubber met the road, smoke, mirrors, and spray tan was not a blueprint for success or to get reelected.

It estimated that of those Americans that identify as Republicans 75% still believe that Donald J. Trump is the second coming of Jesus Christ and 25% want nothing to do with him. Here is what I know, if the GOP puts Trumpy candidates on ballot in districts where cousins marry cousins, and daddies date their stepdaughters they might win. But in districts where family trees actually have branches they will lose and they will keep losing because, let’s all say it together, TRUMP IS A LOSER.

Sixty Minutes did a segment on the SolarWinds Russian hack, described as the biggest, and most intrusive hack the US Government has ever experienced, and an operation we still haven’t figured out how to shut down. This happened on Trump’s watch and in typical Trump fashion he stated that “The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality. I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control. Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!).”

Why would the majority of Republicans and Lindsey Graham want more of this kind of insanity? Why do they think this clown is a genius? I simply can’t answer that question. All I can say is thank you. If the GOP are too stupid not to run away from MAGA and Trumpism then they deserve each other. Even Mitch McConnell knows we are right he just didn’t have the courage to admit it when it mattered most.

It’s nice to have a human being leading this country again. It’s nice to see kids, grandkids and dogs at the White House. Normal feels good. Normal feels peaceful, reassuring, stable, and American. Thank you Donald Trump for reminding us what we have been missing for four years.     

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Hank Aaron

“Some people resented the fact I was trying to break a white man’s record.” – Hank Aaron

In 1974, before Ted Turner made the Atlanta Braves baseball team “America’s Team” on his “Super Station” WTBS there was Hank Aaron. Growing up in Charlotte, Atlanta was the closet market with major sports team, and I was a Braves fan though the Falcons weren’t the NFL team I rooted for. For whatever reason the Washington Redskins games were televised in Charlotte over the Falcons. I think that was just the way the NFL geography was divided, keeping the Redskins south rather than north into the New York markets.

I remember vividly Hank Aaron’s home run record hunt in 1974. I was thirteen years old and realized then that he was chasing something that no one ever thought would or could be broken, 714 career home runs, a record set by Babe Ruth. A record that was 40 years old.

The roster of the 1974 Atlanta Braves included stars like the Niekro brothers, pitchers Joe and Phil, Darrell Evans, Dusty Baker, future legendary manager Davey Johnson and of course Hank Aaron. I don’t remember what kind of season the ’74 Braves had because all eyes were on Hank Aaron.

As Aaron crept closer to tying the record, I tried to watch all the Braves games that I could. There were days and nights he was shut out, and others where the ball got to the wall but not over it. I don’t remember seeing the record tying hit live but on April 8th, 1974 my butt was planted in front of the television for number 715.

Hank Arron retired in 1976 playing for the Milwaukee Brewers. His finished his career with 755 home runs, a record that stood until 2007 when it was broken by Barry Bonds. Bonds’ record, in my mind, should have a Steroid asterisk next to it.

What struck me back then was how humble, and soft-spoken Hank Arron was. He pitched a few products. Made a few commercials for local car dealers and occasionally made appearances on talk shows. But the take I had was of a man either terribly shy, or very uncomfortable with his fame or possibly both. It was much later in my life that I learned why Hank Aaron didn’t seek out fame and fortune.

What I learned is that while Hank Aaron stood all alone on Homeplate with a bat in his hand and ball being thrown at him 80 to 90 mph people were threatening to kill him. Although it seemed that all of America was delighted to watch Aaron chase and ultimately break the Babe’s record in truth there were those that weren’t happy that a black man would eclipse a white baseball icon.

Aaron received hate mail, threats that he would be shot in the stadium, his family killed or have his car blown-up. These were not concerns he discussed in 1974. These were not issues that were reported in the press. It would take years for all of this to come-out which today makes his journey and accomplishment even more incredible.

Hank Aaron died today at the age of 86. I would like to think that if Mr. Aaron were chasing the Bambino’s record today that he wouldn’t have to deal with all the racist bullshit that he dealt with back in 1974. Unfortunately, I know that isn’t true. Times have changed but as we have just learned after the last four years, racism in America still exist. Honestly racism still has a strong and sad foothold on America.

As I look back over my 60 years of living, I am thankful for a number of human beings that also lived in those 60 years, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Michael Jordan, and certainly the great Hank Aaron.

“A Black man is getting a standing ovation in the Deep South”-Vin Scully, Dodgers Announcer

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The End

This is the end, beautiful friend. This is the end, my only friend. The end of our elaborate plans.

The end of ev’rything that stands, the end. No safety or surprise, the end. I’ll never look into your eyes again. – Jim Morrison

It’s over. Praise be to God, Elohim, Yahweh, Allah, and Buddha.

Once again, we have human beings in the White House to lead us. A man and a woman with hearts filled with love, grace, compassion, and empathy. A man and woman who will truly put Americas interest first. We survived four years of darkness. Four years of isolation from the rest of the world. Four years of a psychopath.

It’s over. Congratulations America and thank you for being strong. Thank you for not giving-up. We have a lot of work ahead of us, a lot of wounds to heal, a lot of wrongs to right. We can do it together and we can do it without MAGA, the Proud Boys, QAnon or the Ku Klux Klan. This is our America, not theirs. We will give them Florida if they want it.

“This mob thought they could use violence to silence the will of the people, to stop the work of our democracy, to drive us from this sacred ground. It did not happen. It will never happen. Not today, not tomorrow, not ever.” – Joe Biden

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The orange fart

To say “your name is mud” is a reference associated with Doctor Samuel Mudd who treated John Wilkes Booth after he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. Though this was his duty as a physician, for Americans this was considered a traitorous action. Mudd was ultimately convicted of conspiracy to murder the President by a military commission and was sentenced to life imprisonment, escaping the death penalty by a single vote. He was pardoned by President Andrew Johnson and released from prison in 1869.

We all know that Donald J. Trump promotes his last name as the gold standard for class, sophistication, and prestige. Over the last forty years this modern-day P. T. Barnum has glued the Trump label on everything from apartment towers, and golf courses, to steaks and bathrobes.

What has always fascinated me about Trump goods is the fact that despite all the organizations promotion about being the best, award winning, yada, yada, yada there is never any proof of these accolades other than him saying it or putting it on their website. Sound familiar?

For instance, the website for Trump Wines claims “our wines continue to receive tremendous accolades competing and winning against vineyards that have been in business for decades” but there is no proof anywhere to be found. Wouldn’t you think that if your wines were so spectacular that you would list the competitions, the wins, and the accolades somewhere? Sure, you would but you don’t because you can’t. These accolades are figments of the imagination, the Trump legend imagination. Remember what Trumps favorite phrase is, “many powerful people are saying”. What have we learned over the last four years is this, there aren’t any powerful people saying anything. The mantra for Trump and the Trump crime family is and always has been why tell the truth when a lie will do.   

I myself have never graced the doors of a Trump property or consumed or used a Trump branded product. I would venture to guess that all of those confederate flag waving inbreeds that stormed the Capital last week haven’t either except for the Trump paraphernalia, hats, signs, t-shirts and flags they used during the insurrection.

I have said from the very beginning that Trump never really wanted to be The President. He was just as surprised as the rest of us that he prevailed. Running for President was all about marketing and expanding his bully pulpit. Trump wanted the power of being a King Maker which he envisioned as being more powerful than the King. His end game, after he was defeated by Hillary, was to tell the world that the election was stolen from him by the Deep State and radical left. I know it is hard to remember but he laid the groundwork for a stolen election way back in 2016. It is the exact foundation he built prior to the 2020 election except this time he thought he might have a chance to win.

It has been my hope from the very beginning that Trump would leave Washington a humiliated and ruined man. He has spent his entire business career cheating and running over anyone that ever got in his way. He called it being smart. I call it callous, unethical and corrupt. I am not being vindictive I just want him to experience some of his own medicine before he departs this earth. He has hurt, destroyed, and disrupted the lives of thousands of human beings and he has done it not for the greater good of all but for the greater good of one.

So, as he flies out of Washington early Wednesday morning before the inauguration as a twice impeached, one term failure he is planning his own ego sendoff. He wants a ceremony held in his honor at Andrews Air Force Base, with a military band, red carpet and 21-gun salute. I am sure his adoring Red Hat brigade will be there to send him off but make no mistake Trump is leaving Washington a humiliated loser. He is leaving with an overall approval rating of just 29% and even among Republicans his approval rating has dropped 17 points.

The other item on my Trump wish list is for him to be ruined and what Donald covets the most is power, and money and I suspect he will have trouble retaining both deadly sins very soon. Sure, the crazies in the MAGA and QAnon world will give him some imaginary measure of power but this will fade once the GOP loses its fear over both groups. The GOP was able to neuter the Moral Majority and the Tea Party and over time they will be able to do the same for the MAGA and QAnon lunatic fringe.

What I am more excited about is Donald’s money. Sure, he owns a lot of real estate, but it has also been determined that Don owes a lot of money too, well over $1 billion. For a guy whose net worth is estimated generously at around $3 billon a $1 billon call would put a world of hurt on him. But you are thinking he would still have $2 billon, right? Yea but that $2 billion isn’t cash. He would have to liquidate his assets to get that cash and right now isn’t the time to sale anything with the Trump brand attached to it.

It might not happen on January 21st but I suspect in the coming weeks and months Donald J. Trump is going to be very busy answering and probably ignoring subpoenas and lawsuits from across the country. There are a lot of District Attorneys and plaintiff attorneys that want a piece of wide ass. This is going to cost The Donald a lot of money if, and this is the big if, if he can find a lawyer or lawyers dumb enough to represent him. Already most of the big shops have taken their names off the list and he still needs to find a dumb schmuck or three to represent him in the impeach trail. I am pretty confidant that over time my Donald Trump wish list will be fulfilled and honestly it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

At the beginning of this post, I shared the story about how “your name is mud” came to be. I have a sneaky suspicion that not so long in the distant future the name Trump will no longer represent class, sophistication, and prestige. Maybe it will signify being a loser, a has-been, a bully, or baby, as in “don’t be a Trump”. I like what Trump means in British slang, a fart. Trump is short for a “trouser-trumpet”. That seems much more fitting.      

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Trump Flu

“Trump and I, we had a hell of a journey. I hate it being this way. Oh my god I hate it … but today all I can say is count me out. Enough is enough. I tried to be helpful.” – Ms. Lindsey Graham on the Senate floor Wednesday night after lawmakers reconvened following the violent uprising at the Capitol from Trump supporters

We all knew this was the way it would end. Captain Chaos would encourage his band of low IQ, inbreed, racist, misfits to storm the castle on his behalf. It wasn’t a big surprise. Any rational, sane, human being could see it coming from a mile away, except I guess Ms. Lindsay Graham and Mitch McConnell.

The comical, if there is one, aspect of all this is that MAGA, the Proud Boys and the QAnon Bigfoot is Real Society told the world what they were going to do in advance, where they were going to do it, how they were going to do it, which day and at what time and still the GOP was SHOCKED and law enforcement was woefully unprepared. Hell, there are even posted pictures and videos of law enforcement happily holding the doors to the Capital open and even taking selfies with the marauders. Certainly a much different approach to crowd control as compared to the day The Donald decided to take a stroll down the street to have his picture taken with a Bible. That was a peaceful protest, and those poor folks had the shit beat out of them by law enforcement at the behest of “our” President.   

For those of you that have read my post over the last few years you know that Lady G is my senior Senator from South Carolina. You also know that I write and call the office of our Southern Belle on regular basis. When I call her local office I typically begin with this question “What happened to Lindsay” which is always met with silence. And so, we learned late Wednesday night on the Senate floor that even Ms. Graham has a breaking-up point with the orange psychopath, a monster that he helped to create. A monster that he stroked, defended, flattered and worst of all ignored for a few conservative judges and a couple of rounds of golf.

And now, the guy that wrote back in 2016 that “If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed … and we will deserve it” wants to break-up with Trump because his MAGA lynch mob, the same mob that got Ms. Graham reelected this past November showed their true colors? Sorry, it’s a little too late for that. Ms. Lindsay will forever be linked to the one term loser who attempted a coup d’etat for the entire world to see. I can promise you I will never forget and now that Lady G has turned her back on their orange sovereign savior MAGA and QAnon will never forget either.

As I watched the red cap brigade, waving their Trump and Confederate Flags attack our democracy, and our constitution the image I had in my mind was of Trump sitting alone in his bedroom suite in the White House watching his bank of televisions. There have been several news reports of aides trying to convince him to do something to cool the anger of his mob. What we got from him were a couple of lame tweets and a video that did nothing but pour more gasoline on the fire he had started.  Those tweets and video got all his social media accounts, his lifeline to the world, locked down which was probably more devastating to him than anything else.

The description of Trump by his former Chief of Staff John Kelly yesterday as a, “very flawed man that’s got some serious character issues” isn’t a big surprise to the 81,000,000 Americans that rejected another four years of the failed Trump experiment. But remember, 74,000,000 Americans wanted more. They wanted more insanity, more chaos, more instability. They wanted more hate, and more corruption. And at this point the only reason anyone, your friends, your neighbors, your uncles, your aunts, could have possibly wanted four more years of Trump’s batshit, bullshit is because they are, just like their orange redeemer, a racist piece of shit too whether they will ever admit it or not.

There is no other reason to possibly want more. You can’t use the excuse that he is a Republican. He doesn’t represent or support any Republican principles. You can’t use the excuse that he is a Christian. He sure as hell doesn’t stand for or live by any Christian values that I am familiar with. So, what’s left? White people, white power, and white supremacy. That’s it, that’s all. It is well past the time we all admit this fact, Trump is Hitler reincarnated and MAGA, Proud Boys and QAnon are his Nazis.

We have twelve days left to hold our breathe. Twelve days until this clown gets on Air Force One for the last time and fly’s his fat, white, traitorous ass to Florida thankfully skipping the inauguration. The one good thing that came of this insurrection is that more people finally realize that Trump is a very sick man. He has always been a sick man. There is nothing mentally healthy about him and sadly his sickness has infected to many Americans with an illness that I am afraid has no known cure. They will suffer from the Trump Flu until their demise which for the rest of us can’t come soon enough.    

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A New Year

On December 31, 1999 I was at the beach with my wife, kids and my sister and her family. I know it seems like a long time ago but if you can remember back 21 years a lot of bad shit was predicted to happen that night when the clock struck midnight. Not end of the world bad shit, though there were a few Flat Earth Society members barking that the end was upon us, but simple stuff, computer operated stuff, utility grid stuff, just silly stuff.

My former brother in-law and I played golf that day and got into the beer a little early and continued on for the rest of the day into the evening. By 9 pm I was toast and ready for bed. The kids were bouncing off the walls excited to be staying up so late but even their enthusiasm couldn’t keep me awake. With only 45 minutes to go I said my goodnights, gave out a few Happy New Year kisses and went to bed.

When I woke-up on January 1, 2000 the sun had risen like it has for a trillion years, I smelled bacon frying in the kitchen, the lights turned on, the toilet flushed and other than a bad case of dry mouth it appeared to be just another day. The so-called Y2K crisis never materialized despite all the handwringing, stock piling of food, guns, and ammo and mass paranoia.

“We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. It’s going to be just fine.” – Trump, January 22, 2020

In January, February, and March of this year most of us had no idea what we were headed into. Why? Because putting a plan together, a national response was simply too much work for the Psychopath sitting in the White House. My wife and I saw Bob Weir and the Wolf Brothers in Asheville on March 4th. A week later he had cancelled the rest of his tour. That’s when it hit me, this was the bad shit we were waiting for in 1999.

“The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA… Stock Market starting to look very good to me!” – Trump, February 24, 2020

It took several months before I knew someone that had contracted COVID-19 but by the end of the summer the list of people that I knew had grown exponentially. I was hearing horror stories from friends and acquaintances of parents dying, and seemingly healthy people on ventilators fighting for their lives. My wife moved her office to the house and my office shut down for several months with just four of us remaining to man the fort and keep the lights on. Over the last few months, I have talked to several people, people that I know and people that I do business with that, thankfully and for some barley, survived their battle with COVID-19. What they describe is terrifying and they all have a growing concern about long-term issues they might have to deal with in the future. One friend told me that there was no way COVID-19 didn’t damage something, lungs, brain in his body.

“I think we’re doing a really good job in this country at keeping it down… a tremendous job at keeping it down. You have to be calm. It’ll go away.” – Trump, March 6, 2020

There is little doubt that 2020 has been a shitty year. 30 million Americans are currently receiving government unemployment benefits which is about 20% of our work force. Some of my favorite local businesses, retailers, and restaurants, have gone out of business in the last six months. The isolation and lack of social interaction has caused many families problems. Gatherings have been put off. Seasonal traditions cancelled. Older parents are spending time alone, getting older or even dying without the benefit and comfort of interacting with their family and friends. Saying it has been challenging and hard year seems like a real understatement but that is the best I can come up with.

“I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? As you see, it gets in the lungs, it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that. So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether its ultraviolet or just very powerful light, and I think you said, that hasn’t been checked but you’re gonna test it. And then I said, supposing it brought the light inside the body, which you can either do either through the skin or some other way…” – Trump, April 23, 2020

Obviously the one positive thing that happened in 2020 is that 81,000,000 Americans rejected another four years of the failed Trump Experiment. On January 20, 2021 America will once again have a human being occupying the White House. Someone willing to serve us rather than serve himself. Someone that understands hurt and loss. Someone capable of providing others with compassion and empathy. Yes, it has been a long year and an even longer four years but soon the orange clown will be but a sad, tragic postscript to an equally sad and tragic year. A year that saw 336,000 Americans needlessly die from a virus that maybe couldn’t have been prevented but certainly could have been handled differently if an adult rather than an eight year old had occupied the White House. Happy New Year.    

 “I don’t take responsibility at all.” – Trump, March 13, 2020            

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Life after Trump

When we wake-up on Thursday, January 21st we will have a new President. The reign of Trump the clown prince will have ended the day before but the reign of Trump the liar, the schemer, the conman, the white martyr, and the noise maker will probably continue until his orange spray tan turns to ash. Even though we have less than thirty days to go, the reality is that we must still deal with an unstable, sociopath until January 20th who can wreak havoc on our country and our future. But given all that, I have been thinking about life after Trump.

What will be most interesting to me after Trump is how long will the Lindsey Graham’s, Jim Jordan’s, Ron Johnson’s, and Devin Nunes’ of the political world continue to kiss his pale, white, wide ass. If what is going on now with Trump’s attempt to overthrow the government with the love, and support of these knuckleheads is any indication they will probably kiss his ass for a little while longer. But with any “relationship” that Trump is in it always comes back to one important question, what have done for him lately and at some point, probably sooner than later, Lindsey, Jim, Ron, and Devin will have nothing left to give him that he can’t get from a $20.00 hooker in Palm Beach Lakes.

So what can these boys give their daddy? Let’s use Ms. Graham as example since she is so near and dear to my heart. About three years ago Trump and Ms. Graham played golf together. Up until that point Ms. Lindsey wasn’t on the “Trump Train” as MAGA likes to call their bandwagon. In fact, Ms. Graham was a vocal critic of Trump. But something happened that day on the fairway. No one knows for sure though there has been an awful lot of speculation of what Trump or maybe Putin had on Lady G. Nevertheless, from that day forward Ms. Graham became one of Trump’s most powerful defenders and vocal critic of the “liberal left’s” witch-hunt against him.

Living in South Carolina as I do and given Ms. Graham’s recent reelection, I understand why she would feel it necessary to align herself with Trump and his base. Other than those counties with black majorities, Trump carried all the other counties with 60 to 70% of the vote and the state with 55% of the vote. But if we look into the crystal ball, will the pictures that Trump has of Ms. Lindsey and a goat still make him toe the line for Trump and I guess the bigger question, what would Trump be advocating her to support for him?

I can’t imagine Trump sitting down in Mar-a-Lago still promoting his wall, or his nonexistent healthcare plan. Certainly, he will still be saying and tweeting that the election was stolen from him for the rest of his life. Maybe that is what Ms. Graham will back him up on. Certainly, MAGA will never let it go Trump will make sure of that. Thankfully 60% of MAGA will be dead in four to six years from smoking to many Marlboro’s and drinking cases of Milwaukee’s Best Ice.

As an aside the following groups have requested permits to assemble in Washington during the inauguration, a 300-person protest by organizers of Roar for Trump and the group Women for a Great America are requesting access to the White House sidewalk and Lafayette Park for a 250-person event, where they plan to “pray for President Trump.” If I were a betting man, I would bet that their idol, the myth, the legend himself, Donald J. Trump, will not be attending the inauguration. That would be my guess. I suspect he will head to Florida for the holidays here in the next few days and stay there. Thanks Florida, you can keep his sorry ass down their forever. Maybe you can secede from the union and name him King!

So back to America after Trump, no he will not “go gentle into that good night” but we already knew that. Trump is the seven-year-old, jacked-up on Adderall and Mountain Dew, who screams for his Dad “to watch me” at Chuck E. Cheese while all the other parents thank God he isn’t their child. If we have learned anything in these four long years about The Don it is that he is addicted to attention and adoration and he can’t survive without it. It is the oxygen that he breathes, and he is unwilling to share it with anyone else, and he will be even more unwilling to let America forget about him.

But I will forget about him because as Ex-Clown in Chief he is toothless just like the vast majority of his cult. Sure, he will still tweet 50 times a day, he will still hold his Klan rallies, he will still jump-up and down and scream look at me, look at me on Fox & Friends but we don’t have to care anymore. I don’t put much hope in him going to jail, I hope I am wrong, but I do think over the course of the next few years his wallet will be several millions of dollars lighter, his real estate empire will have a lot more vacancies, and he will burn through a couple of hundred of attorneys trying to stay out of prison.

The other thing I can’t wait for after Trump are the stories, the documents, the articles, the books that will surface. What we have seen to date, and there have already been a lot of books, is just the tip of the iceberg. Remember, there are hundreds of low-level White House staffers that have a Trump story to tell. A treasure trove of information will begin spilling out not only about Trump but about the Trump family, Pence, Stephen Miller, and all the other buffoons, past and present, in the Trump orbit. It will all be “Fake News”, but it will also keep Trump in the headlines just a little bit longer and give him a reason to touch-up his spray tan for a television appearance.

I have spent a lot of braincells over the last four years writing articles for this blog about Trump. To many to count. As I have stated before, I write for my own mental health, to get my thoughts, emotions and yes, my anger out in the open. That I have a small audience that reads and comments on my thoughts is a bonus for me. Maybe there will still be a reason to write about Trump from time to time, but I doubt I will need to say something every week or even every month. I hope not.

Trump was not a part of my life before he became the Clown King, and I can’t think of a reason to give him any space in my life when he leaves. Sure, there might be a book or two worth reading but honestly, I even doubt that. I lived through the failed Trump experiment. I don’t need to relive it or be reminded of it. My hope is to never have to write about him again except maybe once more, to add my comments and thoughts to his obituary.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright

Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,

And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight

Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,

Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.        

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We are still waiting

“Tremendous evidence pouring in on voter fraud. There has never been anything like this in our Country!” – Trump tweet 12-15-20

Maybe you remember, after the Mueller report was completed, Trump went on television ranting about the “Russian Hoax” and informed Americans that Rudy Giuliani was almost finished with his powerful, beautiful report that would completely vindicate and exonerate him and prove once and for all that Obama was behind the “Russian Hoax”. We are still waiting.

Maybe you remember Trump telling America that thousands of miles of “new” border walls were being built between us and Mexico and that Mexico really was paying for it with new tariffs. Not only did Trump tell us he took a televised tour and showed us….what the model would look like. Oh, and Walmart and Target passed all those tariffs on to you and me when Mexico increased the cost on jeans and underwear. Trump only built about nine miles of new border wall. The other 414 miles that he “built” in four years for $11 billion of our hard-earned American dollars was not new but “improved” meaning they added a few 2 x 4’s to the old wall. You guessed it; we are still waiting.

Maybe you remember Trump telling us that he had come up with a health care plan that was “MUCH better, and FAR cheaper” than Obama Care.  The America-First Healthcare Plan would “deliver Americans better care, lower costs, and more choice”. For those select few that got to read the plan the common remark was, “damn, this looks just like Obama Care” and once again, we are still waiting.

Maybe you remember Trump telling us about a “VERY BIG & BOLD” $2 trillion infrastructure package he was working on. It would be “focused solely on jobs and rebuilding the once great infrastructure of our Country!” Trumps, “Infrastructure Week” became a running joke for the press. Whenever Trump needed a diversion or a subject change. Whenever the headlines about him weren’t flattering his ego or when the headlines were about someone else, Trump would resurrect “Infrastructure Week” until whatever crisis had passed, or the headlines had changed. No, we never saw or even sniffed an infrastructure package and yes, we are still waiting.

All these promises lead us to today, to this voter fraud, rigged election moment in history. An allegation that even the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court, won’t touch with a ten-foot gavel. A claim that no less than fifty lower courts have thrown out. But why? Trump says, Rudy says, Ron Johnson says, Ted Cruz says, Lou Dobbs says, and Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson say that there is no way on God’s green earth that the magnificent, the powerful, the brilliant Donald J. Trump could have lost to a lesser individual such as Joe Biden. Donald J. Trump has been perfect, or as Franklin Graham described him “one of the great presidents of our nation.”

But once again there is an itty-bitty problem. Despite Trumps constant tweets about a rigged election, ignoring the pressing issues that everyday 3,000 Americans are dying from COVID-19 or that Russia has been hacking us for six months, nobody on Team Trump has produce one piece of proof. Every case Trump has filed in the courts, except for one minor procedural issue, has been rejected. And here is the funny part, even though Trump and Rudy use the word “fraud” over and over again, in all of the court cases filed the word “fraud” is never referenced or even insinuated. Do you know why? They have zero evidence of fraud. They have zero evidence of anything. Their entire case is built around this phrase, “There is no way Trump could have lost!” Well guess what, 81,000,000 Americans disagree.

Trump and Rudy keep saying the proof is coming. Mountains of evidence. Powerful evidence. “Tremendous evidence pouring in on voter fraud. There has never been anything like this in our Country!” But guess what, we are still waiting.

Apparently, Trump and Rudy have so much evidence that instead of showing it to the courts, the press or even to us they would rather have the states that Trump “should” have won throw millions of Biden votes away or better still just nominate Trump “friendly” electors. They have so much evidence that Team Trump is asking Congress not to certify the electoral votes on January 6th. Do you see a trend here? Trumps got nothing except butt hurt feelings. He can’t believe that the majority of the American people rejected him. Haven’t you seen how big his MAGA rallies are? He can’t believe that we are tired of him. What we are tired of is all the noise, all the hate, and all the divisive rhetoric. As I wrote the other day the Trump experiment was a failure, a “tremendous, powerful” failure and his efforts to stay beyond January 20th will fail also.

But sane, rational people know that Trump isn’t trying to stay. He gave-up being President in 2018. He tried it for about two years, got bored and quit. What Trump is trying to do is monetize his remaining weeks as much as possible. He is trying to squeeze every nickel and every dime out of MAGA that he can and so are his kids. And the sad part is that he has made over $250,000,000 on this scheme and counting. Just remember when dealing with Trumpers, “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”

It’s almost over.

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