Day 73 of the Trump Presidency
From the Boundless Reservoir — April 4, 2017
Okay, are you settled in and grounded? Are your feet firmly on the floor, and is your breathing connected to something eternal? To read this I think you’re going to want to. I’m pissed today — I feel like I’ve been asleep for several days and got woken up. It’s seductive to just go to sleep to what’s going on — at least I find that it is.
So, take a moment now — get yourself in your body and present to your breathing. Notice the thoughts you’re having and see if you can get them as thoughts. Those are brain patterns — patterns of neurons firing that are being stimulated and excited by the sensory input coming at you.
Here we go. Trump is (and I really do mean IS) an idiot. I’m sorry, but really — today, I was about as flabbergasted as I have been that he is the president. At a town hall meeting today, he said:
“When you look for a job, you can’t find it and you give up, you are now considered statistically employed. But I don’t consider those people employed.”
Now, if you’re not leader of the free world and “successful” business man, you might not know that that is just not true. But he is our head of state. And, it’s not true (I know it’s not true, and I suspect that most of you reading this know it’s not true.) This goes to his wild and completely unsubstantiated contention that there are really 100 million people in the US unemployed.
In addition to that, he has yet to demonstrate that he is willing to take responsibility for a damn thing, and is more than willing to lay blame liberally at the feet of others, and especially his predecessor, even in the most horrific circumstances. In the aftermath of the horrifying events in Syria today where, again, citizens where subjected to poison gas — and so far dozens have died, Sean Spicer (Trump’s ever capable press secretary) said what happened was “a consequence of the last administration’s weakness and irresolution.” For god’s sake — they are willing to blame Obama for the horrific use of nerve gas today in Syria. How low, deprave and irresponsible is this administration willing to go?
Further, on Monday, Trump welcomed Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the current president in Egypt, to the White House. This is a man that Obama would not meet with due to his egregious civil and human rights abuses. It takes very little time on the internet to get a pretty consistent picture that El-Sisi is a brutal dictator that has no hesitation to mete our violence and imprisonment to those that oppose him. Here is what Trump said at the photo-op: “I just want to let everybody know, in case there was any doubt, that we are very much behind President El-Sisi. He’s done a fantastic job in a very difficult situation.” He added, “You have a great friend and ally in the United States and in me.” For more on this and how he is befriending autocrats and stepping back from any stand for any stand for human rights being recognized, I’ve linked to an article from The New Yorker that came out today entitled “Trump Embraces the Sunni Autocrats.” (News flash — this is not going to do anything to defuse the powder keg of the Middle East.)
Then, lest anyone forget, he still has not divested himself from his businesses. Apparently, there was a change in the trust agreements, buried deep, that allows him to take as much money as he wants, whenever he wants, from the income of his businesses. Beth Shapiro Kaufman, the president of law firm Caplin & Drysdale, who reviewed the trust document, said this: “He’s still the beneficiary of all these assets. He is still entitled to the income and the profits of the trust if he wants them. Has he put these things out of his control and out of his personal benefit? The answer is no.”
This seems to me to hold the potential of a massive conflict of interest. What happens when something happens in the world that threatens some Trump property or holding, but there is no basis for governmental intervention? I wouldn’t trust him to operate with any shred of integrity — and given Trump holdings span the globe, this is not even remotely far-fetched. (Frankly, this has probably already happened — in Russia and elsewhere).
Okay — there is one other thing I am pissed about that happened today. Mitch McConnell said this: “Later today, due to the threat of an unprecedented partisan filibuster, I’ll file cloture on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. It should be upsetting to everyone that our colleagues across the aisle have brought the Senate to this new low, and on such an impressive nominee with such broad bipartisan support.” Now, to be clear, this is the same man who REFUSED to even speak to Merrick Garland, who you likely recall, was appointed by President Obama over a year ago to fill the seat left vacant by Scalia’s death. That, in my view, was pure and simple a dereliction of duty. It was a complete dishonoring of the constitution and the office of the President. What McConnell did was unprecedented, and, again in my view, did massive damage to our republic. And, we are on the verge of doing more damage. He will likely invoke the “nuclear option” did get Gorsuch confirmed this week. (To read what this all means — and it is wildly complex — you can read a primer on Wikipedia. I read it, mostly was lost, and was clear it is all a game with serious consequences.)
There it is. Don’t lose touch with the boundless reservoir of love, and do something that connects you to that which eternal. Music always works for me. And, be kind — in my experience, there is a lot of anger out there — we can defuse it around us by being kind.
See you tomorrow.
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