Friday, June 30, 2017

Donald the Drama Queen

Many of our Presidents have had descriptive nicknames associated with them:  Washington was the “Father of His Country”, Madison was “Father of the Constitution”, Lincoln was “Honest Abe”, Teddy Roosevelt was “The Trust Buster”, Wilson was “The Schoolmaster”, and Reagan was “The Great Communicator”.  Other Presidents have simply been known by their initials:  Franklin Roosevelt was “FDR”, Kennedy was “JFK”.  Nothing more was needed.  Until now, however, we’ve never had a president identified by the term “drama queen”.  Granted, mention of the Trump “presidency” will more often than not be accompanied by an asterisk, but, let’s assume for one moment that he is the President.  The one thing that will never be footnoted are his all-too-frequent forays onto the catwalk of crazy.  He pirouettes and sashays in outrageous form, depending on the mood d’jour:  temper tantrums, megalomania run amok, misogynistic rants... the lunacy is limitless.

One moment he’ll prattle on about “fake news” (which he pretty much invented--see his false and shameful Obama birth certificate claims, among other fabrications), the next he’s being called on the carpet for doctoring a Time Magazine cover (from 2 March 2009) and posting this fraudulent piece of self-promotion (“Trump is hitting on all cylinders... even TV” uh huh, as if any legitimate source would have written that!) at four of his country clubs for all to admire.  Talk about “fake news”...
If he’s not telling outright lies, then he’s whining about any number of supposed grievances and manipulating the media.
“Obama had me bugged!” (demonstrably false).  “Obama was colluding with the Russians!” (didn’t he claim the Russians weren’t colluding with anyone, because they would never meddle in our elections?).  “My Inauguration crowd was the biggest ever!” (Sorry Diva Don, the empty space was epic--the proof is in the photos).  “Comey should be careful, there could be tapes...” (then watch him drag this out as long as possible--much like his claim that he might one day release his taxes).  “Let me turn the announcement of my Supreme Court nominee into a three ring circus, or a cheesy game show”--(playing coy, trying to hide his identity, scheduling the announcement as though it were some great unveiling.  It was embarrassing, as well as disgraceful.
Last, but certainly not least, Donald the Drama Queen surfaces most consistently on his Twitter feed.  Trump cannot tolerate criticism in any form, nor can he stand it when he's not the center of attention. He's unable to play well with others... but as a paranoid narcissist, how could he?  While portraying himself as a much maligned victim, he has verbally assaulted countless individuals, news sources, and organizations in the course of these late night Twitter rants.  One assumes these have been collected for posterity--a testament to the Trump years. 
In the meantime, let’s let the “leader” of the Free World speak for himself, as he did so eloquently on 6/29/17.  Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezezinski, co-hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, have incurred Trump’s wrath by failing to praise him in the sycophantic style of his cabinet.  He tweeted:

I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017 Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017

Rage on, drama queen, rage on... but please make America great again--by resigning.

NOTE:  Despite almost universal condemnation from both parties, Trump doubled down and continued running his mouth on Twitter--repeating and expanding his comments about Scarborough and Brezezinski.  He continues to embarrass himself, the presidential office, and America.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Donald Trump? Bubonic Plague?

If one were to adhere to the journalistic standards set by Breitbart & InfoWars, I’d be willing to bet that it’s possible to equate Donald Trump with the Bubonic Plague, and, after reporting a few facts which are then skillfully wrapped in baseless innuendo and repetition, create the distinct impression that the two are related and/or synonymous.  Let me state right up front that the Bubonic Plague is sometimes referred to as “Black Death”.  Given Trump’s racism, use of that term here would be far too easy, not to mention potentially incendiary.  Instead, let us focus on the facts.

The Bubonic Plague is a bacterial infection that is spread through the air from person to person, or through the bite of infected fleas from small (Donald Trump) animals.  Historically, outbreaks of Bubonic Plague were not limited to any one nation--it spread rapidly across borders (Donald Trump) making a mockery of any so-called natural barriers such as rivers and oceans, or man-made barriers such as walls (Donald Trump).
Some people dealt with their terror and uncertainty by lashing out at their neighbors (see “Trump campaign”, 2016), while others coped by turning inward and seeking to strike a bargain with God--and turning to flagellation.
In the 14th century, it was estimated that the Plague killed an estimated 50 million people--25-60% of the European population.  This devastation of the working population perversely produced an increase in wages.  In their attempt to devastate health care for working people, (Trumpcare) the Republicans are seeking to replicate what they see as a viable economic formula.  Survival of the fittest, as long as it’s them!
The Bubonic Plague is an infection of the lymphatic system that causes chills (Donald Trump), seizures (Donald Trump), general malaise (Donald Trump), high fevers (Donald Trump), muscle cramps, lymph gland swelling, and gangrene (Kellyanne Conway--bonus points).
It is not responsive to vaccines (Donald Trump) as preventative treatment; however numerous antibiotics that have been developed are highly effective.
Finally, and in true Trumpian/InfoWars/Breitbart journalistic fashion, let me report that there is allegedly a 14th century Sicilian lithograph depicting the arrival of members of the Drumpf (Trump’s real name) family arriving in the port of Messina in October of 1347 on one of 12 Genoese ships widely thought to have introduced the Plague into Europe.

There you are, the Drumpfs (Trumps) and the Bubonic Plague...inextricably linked by fine right-wing journalism!