1360 days left in the Donald Trump’s first term (time for the countdown!)

From the Boundless Reservoir — April 30, 2017

Hello all.

Well, here we go! Back at it. And, in spite of the insanity I’m going to briefly write about here, I’m really happy, really grounded and connected to what matters, what gives life. I saw an amazing jazz show last night with 6 great friends. Beekman (a quartet –sax, piano, drums and bass) performed at the Sound Room in Oakland, and they were sensational! I mean, just knocked me back — all the way back. And, this morning, I played music with the Home of Truth Band — it was a total blast. What are you doing to keep yourself connected and expressed? I don’t think there is much that is more important.

Before I get into what I want to write about, let me say this: I haven’t listened to or watched the speech he gave yesterday in Harrisburg. I am waiting for a transcript — which I haven’t seen yet. His FUWOB gets in my way of hearing what he says — I have a really hard time getting past my reaction to how he presents himself, his endless self-aggrandizement makes me crazy! As soon as I can get my hands on the transcript of the speech, I’ll download it, read it, and give you my unvarnished, totally objective (hah!) take on what he had to say. I understand he is still after it about the media — which is, frankly, scary if he is. More on this after I digest it!

There are some things I want to write about today — I’ve been chowing through articles, and I read a list of all of the executive orders he’s signed — I’ll link to two different sources. The NBC News is pretty concise, the Business Insider article is more comprehensive and contains links to the actual language of each of the orders. In reading through these, if you do, you may find yourself angry. Why do I think this is important to know? I think it’s important to know who the man is that is running the country — he has yet to demonstrate, from my view, that he really has any interest in governing. I find myself wondering what he’s going there. What is he up to? Does he any vision, any future he’s creating short of “Make America Great Again?”

Right up front, I want to say a couple things: first, Trump was hyper-critical of Obama signing executive orders. Here’s what he said at a town hall meeting in South Carolina in February 2016: “The country wasn’t based on executive orders. Right now, Obama goes around signing executive orders. He can’t even get along with the Democrats, and he goes around signing all these executive orders. It’s a basic disaster. You can’t do it.”

Turns out, he’s signed 30 executive orders in the first 100 days (Obama signed 19, and average 35 a year). He appears to like these. I invite you to read the list. Among the list of executive orders and memorandum is this: Executive Order, March 28: Dismantling Obama’s climate change protections. I read (and have saved to Drop Box) the entire executive order. Holy Crap! This is so hard to get through without passing out, and even harder if one has a commitment to understand what the heck it’s saying. Suffice to say, it is dense, and it seems to me that it creates a whole lot of room for the administration to “suspend, revise, or rescind those [regulations or laws] that unduly burden the development of domestic energy resources beyond the degree necessary to protect the public interest or otherwise comply with the law.” There seems to be a whole lot of latitude in this order to determine what is unduly burdening development. There are others in the lot on the face of it seem useful (eg. Commission on opioid epidemic — but god knows, why did he put Chris Christie in charge of this?), others that seem pretty benign. However, there are others that from my view seem very troubling.

Another thing that Trump was highly critical of Obama about was how much golf Obama played. Here’s an example from a tweet in 2011. “@BarackObama played golf yesterday. Now he heads to a 10 day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. Nice work ethic.” Trump said “I’m not going to have time to play golf.” He was going to be too busy doing the people’s work of running the government (which, who knew? Is harder than he thought it would be). In Obama’s first 100 days, he played golf one time (for comparison purposes, GWB played 0 times, and WJC played 7 times). Trump has managed to get in 19 rounds of golf already! To quote his tweet, “nice work ethic.” Nuff said on that.

One other thing: I read the transcript of his most current weekly address, where he addresses what he accomplished in his first 100 days (which, he has repeatedly said he’s not really interested in that arbitrary marker). Here’s how he starts his address:

“My fellow Americans, I truly believe that the first 100 days of my Administration has been just about the most successful in our country’s history.”

Who says that? In what reality is what he “truly” believes of any interest, other than to gauge what we’re dealing with regarding the man in charge? I get he “truly” believes that. Wow. In my book, he is disconnected from reality, and seems more concerned about being the best, creating the most massive, it will be the best ever, the biggest, etc. than to actually governing. There is no end to the superlatives — and, in the meantime, we have…well, that of course depends on your view of things. But certainly, we’re a bit premature to be declaring this “just about the most successful in our country’s history.”

I’m leaving you with that to gnaw on!

Thanks for reading. And, thanks for keeping yourself present and engaged. If you’re reading on Facebook, links to all the articles I mention are on the Medium blog which is linked in this post. See you later!

#lovearmy

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