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WHERE HAVE ALL THE CHRISTIANS GONE? SEPTEMBER 8, 2020

A friend of the Boss gave him this letter which he was going to send to his aged parents. However, he felt it would be too upsetting to send directly to them, but he also felt that the message was very important for many people in similar circumstances. Consequently, he asked the Boss to give it to me to post and I have copied and pasted it below:

TO MOM AND DAD: YOU WERE CHRISTIANS. NOW YOU SUPPORT DONALD TRUMP. I HAVE A DEPRESSING QUESTION.

This letter is absolutely true but anonymous to protect my aged parents.

Mom and Dad, something has changed. Or has it?

Though my own memory may have blurred a bit around the edges, I do clearly remember the many things you taught your children about morality – what is good, what is bad, what is true, what is false, what is moral, what is immoral, what is right, what is wrong.

And you always taught us these things within a Christian context, most especially the context of the evangelical community of which you were a part.  Not that you (in the day) disparaged other religions, but simply that you had been brought up as Christians and had settled on evangelicalism and that was the context of your faith.

And what did you teach us?

That the Devil is the Father of Lies. That he is a liar and a deceiver, a tempter, a divider, a betrayer, one who is the enemy of the good and who “snatches away what has been sown (by the word of the kingdom of God) in (a person’s) heart.” Matthew 13: 19, NASB. You told us that “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord.” (Proverbs 12:22, NASB)

What has been snatched from our hearts, and why are lying lips no longer an abomination to the Lord, Mom and Dad?

You taught us the Ten Commandments, which admonished us not to commit adultery, steal, lie, or covet your neighbor’s wife or goods; to show “lovingkindness.” In many discussions, we used the word “compassion.”

We talked about the Seven Deadly Sins of Pride, Greed, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Wrath, and Sloth. (We used the words “anger” and “laziness.”)

We discussed the import of the Cardinal Virtues originating in Greek philosophy and reflected in a New Testament written in Koine Greek. For the record, we mainly used synonyms such as modesty, humility, justice, courage, patience, fidelity, kindness, diligence, and compassion, including our duty to heed and succor those less fortunate than ourselves. We used these words because for us  they best and most precisely illustrated the specific teachings of Jesus.

We augmented our individual, personal explorations, from those of my evangelical minister brother to my own university courses and papers, with countless local Bible studies, including many at your own home during our adult years.

I had shelves of Bibles and we used a multitude of resources, from Matthew Henry to The New Bible Commentary to the works of Gleason Archer and on and on and on. We were unmitigatedly serious and, because our considerations were colored by our faith, meticulously honest.

You and the village you surrounded us with were always intent on teaching us the difference between right and wrong, and how to apply that lesson in our own lives, to seek that which is good, to seek and live in the truth.

You always told us that we were responsible for our actions, our words, even our very thoughts. (The lust of the heart comes to mind.) A few verses from the Bible seem to support this contention:

  • For each one shall bear his own load. (Galatians 6:5, NASB)
  • So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God. (Romans 14: 12, NASB)
  • Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. (Galatians 6: 7, NASB)

That responsibility, we understood, included not being unequally yoked with, for example, agents of the Devil. Now I do understand that Paul exhorted us to be subject to the sovereign authorities, and that Christ commanded us to render unto Caesar, but these admonitions are to be taken in context. Christ, for example, was specifically referring to a poll tax in Matthew 22, and Paul also mentions taxation before asking us to render to all what is “due them.” In a democracy, surely no one is due absolute allegiance. Surely no one is required to vote for or support a lawless, vicious, cruel, lying thug. A few verses to put this in context:

  • Hate evil, love good, And establish justice in the gate!(the court). (Amos 5: 15, NASB)
  • Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people. (Proverbs 14: 34, NASB)
  • By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down. (Proverbs 11:11, NASB)
  • It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, For a throne is established on righteousness. (Proverbs 16:12, NASB)
  • Like a trampled spring and a polluted well Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked. (Proverbs 25:26, NASB)
  • And do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them. (Ephesians 5:11, NASB)
  • We must obey God rather than men. (Acts 5: 29, NASB)
  • Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute. / Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked. (Psalm 82: 3-4, NASB)

Now, everything has changed. You have found a new leader, one you follow with as much fervor as you once followed a succession of evangelical leaders, many of whom turned out to be charlatans. But when you found out who they were you stopped listening to them and looked elsewhere for the truth.

Now, the seeds of your desire to seek the truth seem to have fallen among the thorns. Now you have replaced your love for the real Jesus with the adulation of a lawless thug.

Now, you are following a leader who has lived his entire life relying on lies and cruelty and crime in order to enrich and aggrandize his bottomless selfishness, and who continues in this path to this very day. His pathological narcissism has defined him and infected all the world in its shocking, ubiquitous power. The Pied Piper of lust, indulgence, greed, violence, abuse-inducing anger and hate, fraud, and treachery, he has led the disciples of his cult all the way down to the ninth circle of hell.

Most terrifyingly, so many have been blinded by the frauds and hypocrisies of this great deceiver that the power of his lies has poisoned us all, nor does there seem to be an effective antidote for his venom.

What we must remember is that even the Devil needed Adam and Eve, as Trump needs his supporters. Without their complicity he would yet be a two-bit, criminal con artist and sleazy reality TV huckster, paying off his small circle of accomplices and enablers.

But it seems as though his entourage has grown to, at last count, about sixty-three million.  

So, Mom and Dad, what makes me almost clinically depressed is that he could not have done it without you. You and so many others.

People like someone very close to us who so pathologically needs someone to vindicate his hatred for all the people he always thought were inherently inferior to him but who have achieved as much as he has or more, most prominently and gallingly the uppity, black Barack Hussein Obama.

People who hate the “elites” – that is, people who have achieved more, are famous, are educated, are respected, people who have received the attention and status the haters so desperately want while convincing themselves they don’t need any of it. Funny, they are only jealous of the money not held in the pockets of the abusive leaders of their own cults. They are only jealous of the power and privilege not exploited by the abusers they worship. Let Trump spend a third of his time golfing and most of the rest of it watching TV, tweeting, or preaching to his faithful, but when Obama was President, the White House was a plantation from which he dast not stray.

People who have become disciples of this cult leader, brimming over with hate, division, and plain old spite. People in families like ours.

People who can never forgive the Clintons and who were finally able to exact revenge, regardless the cost.

If I have learned anything of the God you have redefined as a clown and the Jesus you have reincarnated as a Republican, it is spite.

And, most depressingly, people who are willing to sell their convictions, their most cherished beliefs, yes, their very souls, for thirty pieces of silver. Prosecutors, judges, members of commissions and other public officials, organized and disorganized criminals who have it for sale anyway, all manner of takers on the take, foreign and domestic, most especially evangelical “Christian” leaders and their followers, and other political actors and organizations such as the Republican Party, but also all the little people trolling for a discount on whatever snake oil they might slather on their open wounds of self-pity, self-loathing, and resentment.

You are responsible. And I hold you responsible. I hold you responsible for the children ripped from their mothers’ breasts to be separated from them forever. I hold you responsible for the children raped and abused and trafficked in and from the prison camps your cult leader set up illegally in Mexico. I hold you responsible for the millions of vulnerable Americans your cult leader and the Republican party have caused to suffer and die while they lavish major welfare projects on the obscenely wealthy. 

And you are responsible for the soon to be two hundred thousand unnecessary pandemic deaths in this country as a result of the selfish, self-serving, partisan, absolutely unsympathetic, unempathetic, uncompassionate, un“christian,” unchristlike, heedless, and stone cold evil response of your cult leader.

Recently a member of our family approvingly parroted the despicable talking point that it was underlying conditions and not COVID that killed most of the victims. Like a twenty-year-old with asthma or a forty-year-old with a heart condition or a fifty-year-old with Type 2 diabetes would have died yesterday anyway.

This family member also included those over 65 on the list of expendables. News flash: this cohort includes 40.3 million American dads, moms, grandmothers, grandfathers, brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.

And the reason for the talking point is to  absolve “the chosen one” of guilt. What this talking point clearly implies is that all of these people don’t really “count.” We just have to cut our losses, accept the collateral damage to the goods that are damaged anyway, and move on. In the words of the leader of the cult, “It is what it is.”

Be clear: this family member has chosen loyalty to his cult and it’s messiah over life. I guess these millions of people have no real “right to life.”

I cannot begin to describe my disappointment in this person.

And I hold all of you responsible for enabling this Republican party, for decades and now in real time, in every conceivable, Machiavellian way, to make the rich get richer and the poor suffer more. Who, for example, is profiting most from the pandemic bailout legislation? Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, their rich friends, and their political allies. And who is suffering most? People of color, people of low or no means, the most vulnerable. How do these leadership priorities comport with, for example, Christ’s Beatitudes?

And where does that leave you? Whom are you blessing? Whom do you suffer and forbid not to come unto loving arms? Who are the inheritors designated by your actions? Which of the poor in spirit is blessed? Which of those who mourn is blessed? Which of the meek is blessed? Which of those who hunger and thirst for righteousness is satisfied? Which of the merciful, such as those health care providers, “hoarding, or worse,” PPEs, are obtaining the mercy of the leader of your cult? Which of the pure of heart are allowed access to your God? Which of the peacemakers who rail at “the fake media” and anyone who does not genuflect to the Orange Messiah shall be called the children of any iteration of a true God?

And which who are persecuted for seeking the truth, for seeking righteousness, for seeking compassion, sympathy, empathy, or simply a modicum of heed, shall enter anything but your chosen kingdom of greed, all manners of lust, deception and lies, of anger, spite, division, and hate.

I thought you said you knew Jesus. Frankly, you couldn’t pick him out of a lineup of mob bosses.

You are responsible for all of this. Your blindness, heedlessness, and carefully-cultivated ignorance is responsible for this.

Most to the point, you are responsible for painting the God you worship as a mad clown. You are responsible for painting the Jesus you worship as a monster, the Republican Jesus.

You are responsible for teaching me and everyone you touch, every day, that, “the Bible is a lie.” (Ben Howe, as sincere an evangelical Christian as walks our land, in The Immoral Majority, p. 234.)  I won’t say this. He isn’t saying this. You are saying this by your actions and you allegiances. You are saying this by your support for the roving con artist and walking crime wave who currently occupies the White House. You are saying this by supporting a pathological narcissist and clinical psychopath who is destroying the heart and soul of America.

Because, day in and day out, this man does the Devil’s work while you cheer him on.

So stop crying to me about “murdered” fetuses when your chosen leader is responsible for the suffering and death of so many living human children. Stop preaching to me about your Republican Jesus, who is nothing but a monster. And stop preaching to me about your “loving” God, whom you have certified as being on board with the lusts, desires, oppressions, degradations, cruelties, and the smallest of whims of the proud and the privileged who constitute the elders of your new church.

Please stop your lying and your hypocrisy now, Mom and Dad, and pray to the God that you now worship that He be not real, for if He is and if His unedited “word” is to be believed, you are in for a long, hot summer.

My faith has recently lost even its fragile moorings in the belief in the essential goodness of human nature. I look around, but I cannot find what I have lost: You, Mom and Dad, the people who gave me my moral compass, my faith, and my trust in the good that I so believed we were surely a part of.

In the end, has Donald Trump changed us, or is he just a fifth of whiskey or a primal fear or an irresistible temptation which reveals who we really are?

Who are we, Mom and Dad? Has something changed, or is this what we have always been?

My depressing question: Is this all we are?

Hi – Gizmo here. I have the same question: Is this all we are?

I don’t know. I’m just a puzzled puppy.

I’M BAACK! AUGUST 29, 2020

On November 8, 2016, the homo sapiens living in the United (?) States of America hit me over the head with a twelve pound sledgehammer. On November 9, I posted my surrender. On January 26, 2017, I was briefly prodded from my depressive state by the elephantine hypocrisy of one of William J. Bennett’s current perfidious discharges. Another assault on this poor little guy’s sense that, even among Republican puppies, butt-sniffing ought to have limits.

So I turned my attention to writing another book and plunging into other activities. But I continued to follow, with the fascination with which a mongoose watches a cobra, that which had nearly incapacitated me – the rise in America of something having an uncomfortable number of the characteristics of Fascism.

I watched a pathologically narcissistic psychopath take complete control of the souls of politicians, pundits, and street-level citizens, particularly and most distressingly, evangelical “Christians.” Though I am agnostic, I expected more of them in that I was intimately familiar with their creed. It angered me to watch them reimagine Jesus of Nazareth as the Republican Jesus. And I became not the Puzzled Puppy, but the Confused, Saddened, Distressed, Disillusioned, Despairing Little Cur Without The Energy To Ask For An Ear Scratch.

So I distracted myself to the greatest extent possible, but I got tired of such a long name. I wanted to be the Puzzled Puppy again.

Actually, what first moved me to get out of the doghouse was John Lewis’ last essay in which he wrote that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed that we are all complicit when we tolerate injustice and fail to stand up for what we truly believe. King said this in many different ways, including the simple statement, “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” Or, in the words of Elie Wiesel, “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”

I have and will continue to chastise others for their indifference. I have not been indifferent; I have been working in other ways, but I can do more. Where are my blog posts that put me on record as being with the good guys? Have I barked at the danger? In my personal life, yes. But I can write, so I need to sit down at the keyboard.

My goal is to raise my voice loudly, regularly, and often before the election. Of course, goals without action are just dreams. But I feel like I’m wide awake.

Finally, I realize that very few people, if anyone, will read a blog with three and a half-year gaps in it. So be it. This blog is for me. To do my duty.But I do hope that someone out there forgives me for my negligence and reads it.

Donald Trump and his hoards of enablers don’t puzzle me. They are, to use a phrase he likes, stone cold immoral. They are absolutely unpatriotic, un-American, and borderline if not over-the-line treasonous. They are autocrats in search of a banana republic. And if they can, they will make us one.

Will we let them do it?

I don’t know. I’m just a Puzzled Puppy.

***

To begin, I will repost what I wrote on October 3, 2016. (Did I get anything right?) This will set the stage for much of what I feel needs to be considered. As one can sadly see, not much has changed:

SPITTING IN THE FACE OF JESUS  OCTOBER 3, 2016

To: Christians, Evangelical and Otherwise, Considering Voting for Donald Trump

Mothers, hide your children! Particularly Christian mothers who sincerely believe in the teachings of Jesus.

Donald Trump is coming.

Let’s look at what we relearned about him from the first debate and subsequently. 

Let’s begin by stating that the philosophical beliefs that define this puppy’s very core concur almost completely with the teachings of Jesus with regard to how we ought to comport ourselves in this life. I believe that most puppies feel this way.

This leaves out, consistent with my agnosticism, those parts of His message pertaining to the supernatural or to the worship of supernatural beings.

So, to be clear, I’m unqualified as a spokesman for Christianity and disqualified from being considered, in any way, a theologian. 

I simply believe that Jesus Christ was one of the greatest human beings ever to walk the face of the earth, and that His conception of what constitutes morality, of what we ought to do and what we ought not to do – of, very simply, what is right and what is wrong, is as good as it gets. And I’m qualified to discuss this.

Unfortunately, a huge number of self-identified Christians appear to disagree profoundly with the teachings of Jesus Christ. This is particularly true for Christian supporters of Donald Trump, given the incontestable fact that virtually all of what he preaches and epitomizes spits directly in the face of the Carpenter of Nazareth.

To begin with, Donald Trump doesn’t have exactly a stellar record of paying carpenters for their work. He calls this “good business.”

Trump doesn’t pay taxes. He calls this “smart.”

Trump doesn’t give any appreciable amount to any charities or any church.

Jesus would certainly never have praised Trump as He did the poor widow who gave “all she had.” Jesus instructed His followers to be generous and to give to the poor, mandates which were hardly sidebars. He had very little interest in real estate.

He said, “Woe to you who are rich,” “No servant can serve two masters,” and something about a needle and a camel.

I doubt that Jesus would have rooted for a mortgage crisis which brought misery to millions, even if it would have enriched Him.

And as far as my exegesis has taken me, Christ never said or implied anything consistent with the phrase, “You can’t be too greedy.”

If I read the gospels correctly, He believed in sacrifice for the greater good.

In that Christ was not a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, it’s doubtful that He discriminated against blacks or the poor in His housing projects, though almost “everyone else did it” at that time.

It appears that Jesus was a moral leader who was rather impatient with greedy opportunists. If He returns, Trump needs to bolt down the tables in his tower.

Jesus was rather disappointed that His disciples couldn’t stay awake with Him for an hour in the garden, about twice as long as Trump was able to stay awake during the debate. I was more puzzled than normal – shocked, actually – when Trump rebuked Secretary Clinton for taking the time to prepare for this event. So I did some preparation of my own and came up with a short quiz for Christians regarding this topic:

            QUESTION: Which of the following Bible verses applies to which candidate?

  • “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise…it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” (Proverbs 6: 6-8, NIV)
  • “One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.” (Proverbs 18:9, NIV)

To return to the New Testament and the specific teachings of Jesus, when did He say that a person ought to be judged on how she or he “looks”? When did He ridicule a woman for having “that face”? When did He call someone a “fat pig” and then unapologetically double down on it, again and again and again?

When did He call someone “disgusting” and say, “I think everybody would agree that she deserves it”? I point Christians who are thinking about voting for Donald Trump to the Parable of the Prodigal Son. (Luke 15:11-32)

The moral of this story, central to the very heart of the meaning of the New Testament, conflicts directly with the daily actions and statements of Donald Trump for the entire arc of his life up through at least as late as Friday, September 30, 2016, when he erupted into a “tweetstorm” in which, rather than forgiving her for simply belatedly revealing the truth, he said the following about a 39-year-old woman who had offended him:

  • Background: Had previously called her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping,” in reference to her Hispanic heritage. Had ridiculed her in public for gaining a few pounds, including making a disgusting video of her being forced to exercise to lose weight in front of cameras while Trump and various other lechers leered at her.
  • Called her past “terrible.”
  • Called her (she had won his beauty pageant) “the worst I ever had.”
  • Said she had gained a “massive” amount of weight. Fact check: She had gained a few pounds.
  • Trump, a serial philanderer and vulgarian who often brags of his sexual exploits and infidelities, a friend and party partner of Hugh Hefner who has appeared on the cover of Playboy magazine, falsely accused this woman of making a “sex tape.”
  • Puzzlement: Donald Trump, who’s currently married to a former nude model, finds it scandalous that a contestant in a “beauty pageant” he sponsored may have made a “sex tape,” which to date has not been shown to exist. (Regarding his “pageants,” in case you didn’t know it, these barbaric spectacles involve females who are required to remove most of their clothing and parade half naked in front of such pulchritudinous body judges as Donald Trump, who also oversee their weighing and measuring like animals being examined at a county fair.)

I’ve often imagined Jesus tapping a pen on a clipboard while profoundly evaluating the size and shape of his female disciples’ breasts. Haven’t you?

I could go on for volumes but let me conclude:

First, before you vote this November, ask yourself this: How many of the women you love, your mothers, sisters, daughters, cousins, nieces, and friends, are overweight? Remember this: Donald Trump thinks they’re fat pigs. This overweight male finds overweight females disgusting. And he thinks it’s more important to lash out at them than to prepare for the incredible responsibilities he has chosen to undertake. So go out and vote for him. But please don’t ever tell me you did. Do you know what disappointment looks like in the big, sad eyes of a puppy?

This race isn’t about politics or party, or even about issues on which we can legitimately disagree. This race is about the very soul of the United States of America. It’s about who we are.   

By the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule, the Sermon on the Mount, and any other of the teachings of Jesus, by anything any of us were ever taught in our churches, synagogues, mosques, or schools, to say nothing of Buddhism, Hinduism, or any other philosophy of morality, Donald Trump is an unmitigatedly, unrelentingly, absolutely immoral man.

No one is perfect, certainly not Hillary. And she is a politician, which I would define, to paraphrase Graham Greene, as an animal which, when cornered, becomes eloquent.

But absolutely no one displays the cornered rat’s eloquence more skillfully than Donald Trump, whose crude and vulgar rhetoric is used to project his most egregious flaws onto his opponents. No one has seen more vulgarity in Bill Clinton than The Donald, and no one has stretched the truth more painfully to characterize Hillary Clinton as being as dishonest as he.

Hillary’s serious and unfortunate faults noted, there’s absolutely no doubt that Donald Trump is far and away the most overtly and acutely immoral human being who has ever run for the office of President of the United States of America. He consistently says and does evil things without remorse.

Quite literally, like the people in our world who frighten us the most, he doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong.

And it defies logic and common sense to believe he ever will.

One observer (Brian Fallon) asked, “What kind of human being is this?”

For this puzzled puppy, I don’t see how a person who reports losses of almost a billion dollars on a single tax return can call himself a businessman. And I don’t see how a wealthy person who pays no federal income taxes can call himself a patriot.

This man is not great. He has done no great things, only greedy things. He is not qualified in terms of his knowledge or skills for the job for which he is applying. He is temperamentally unsuited for the presidency in ways that ought to terrify anyone living anywhere on the planet.

Trump is a demonstrably immoral man. And his demonstrations occur daily, often hourly. Any evangelical or other Christian who votes for him ought to be ashamed.

Donald J. Trump serially spits in the face of Jesus, both as I know Him and as Christians know Him. And if we elect this great deceiver, there isn’t enough sackcloth and there aren’t enough ashes to cover our hypocrisy and shame.

Or maybe the concepts of right and wrong don’t exist anymore. I don’t know. I’m just a puzzled puppy.

My next post will be a letter a friend of the Boss wrote to his elderly parents expressing his acutely painful disappointment over their support for Donald Trump.   

THE BIRTH OF OUTRAGE JANUARY 26, 2017

The Background

In 1998 William J. Bennett published a book entitled The Death of Outrage. In this text he examines Bill Clinton’s violations of  American ideals.  He discusses sexual misconduct, character weaknesses, flaws in judgment, and disrespect for the rule of law. He bemoans the fact that Americans are able to accept such assaults on our values.

In other books Bennett discusses educating our children in shared values, moral clarity, moral collapse, moral poverty, and honor. An example would be The De-Valuing of America: The Fight for Our Culture and Our Children.

In a widely-purchased text, The Book of Virtues, Bennett gives us examples of literature celebrating the following core values:

  • Self-discipline
  • Compassion
  • Responsibility
  • Friendship
  • Work
  • Courage
  • Perseverance
  • Honesty
  • Loyalty
  • Faith

Since then Bennett has jumped on the Trump train, acting as a significant surrogate for Trump’s election. Let’s look at Trump’s report card with respect to these values: (On a typical 1 – 100 scale.)

Self-discipline

0    No explanation needed.

Compassion

0    Ridiculing women, minorities, the handicapped, and all who disagree with him seems disqualifying.

Responsibility

5    Has virtually never taken full, or in most cases even partial responsibility for anything he has ever said or done.

Friendship

0    May show some loyalty to some “friends” if they are sufficiently and unwaveringly sycophantic, but otherwise in no discernible way.

Work

60    Cannot concentrate; cannot focus; doesn’t read; doesn’t study or inform himself about even the most basic, immediately important topics. Speaks very well and often; works very hard to aggrandize himself, which accounts for 59 of his 60 points.

Courage

60    Is not afraid to be different but is deathly afraid of deprecation.

Perseverance

99    Tireless in his efforts to aggrandize himself.

Honesty

-100    By many country miles the most dishonest human being who has ever been nominated to run for President. Quite literally, Trump wants everyone in the world to believe that the truth is whatever he says it is. NEWS FLASH: “Alternative facts” are not an alternative reality – they are despicable lies. (As to my score, I have to get off the scale here. A grade of “0” would be an assault on the science of mathematics.)

Loyalty

0    Bennett was talking about loyalty to others, not to oneself.

Faith

10    Like most politicians, he pretends, but even his pretensions ring uniquely hollow. He compares his ghostwritten fiction, The Art of the Deal, to the Bible, for example.

As you can see, on something like Bennett’s scale, Trump has earned an aggregate score of 14.4%. Bennett himself would also receive a miserable score, though it would be higher than Trump’s.

Consider this: Bennett has taken to preferring the counsel of Sean Hannity over that of his previously preferred exemplars such as Victor Hugo, Margery Williams, Charles Dickens, and Jesus Christ, to name a few.

So, William J. Bennett, the bloated bloviator from Brooklyn, now publically and loudly supports a man who has spent his life in mortal combat with Bennett’s own oft-stated, repeatedly-recorded, and reputedly deeply-held values. (Any dictionary editor wishing to use this example as the very definition of hypocrisy is free to do so.)

The Point

Bennett, who has taken to lying and denying, ignores and even impugns anything that does not fit the current version of his shamefully amorphous brand, which is consistently and flatulently cloaked in the grandiloquent rhetoric of morality and values.

He has almost completely lost touch with whatever connection he may have had in the past with what is “good and true,” as the philosophers he claims to revere describe axiological considerations about which he is now spectacularly and I must say curiously confused.

This puppy, on the other hand, remains true to the idea that considerations of morality ought to supersede considerations of party, principality, or tribe, and are not to be randomly determined by the exercise of the raw power of the current ruling faction, ethnicity, or class. In other words, Trump’s power ought not to trump the power of moral principle.

To me, this is the key issue in each and every election.

Though virtually all of the details seem to have bedeviled him, Bennett was actually right when he wrote, years ago, that we ought to preserve our outrage over evils existent within and created by our own country. He was right that legitimate moral outrage was dying. But at this point he doesn’t seem to see his own role in facilitating what now appears to be a successful operation on a patient he helped to kill.

So this is my point: I am outraged by the poverty of Trump’s morality and that of his shameless supporters. And so, it seems, is much of the rest of the world.

True outrage has been born again, in the face of Trump and all of his supporters and sycophants, including Mr. Bennett.

May the recent worldwide expressions of this outrage continue and prosper.

 

WHAT DONALD TRUMP IS TEACHING YOUR CHILD NOVEMBER 6, 2016

My paws are dirty. I’ve been walking around in the mud. I don’t feel good about it. I can’t seem to clean my feet and I’m tracking all over the rug.

In the past month I have started a number of posts only to stop in the middle before further effort made me vomit.

The mother of all bile is running at the top of the Republican ticket.

So what are your children learning from all this? Plenty. First and foremost how to succeed, how to win, how to get rich and famous – and perhaps even how to become President of the United States of America. Here are the characteristics they need to develop:

Your child needs to learn to be arrogant. Never mind self-esteem, self-confidence, pride, vanity, hubris, egocentrism, or even arrogance as most of us normally perceive and detest it. No. Don’t stop there. Until you have become, in your heart, mind, and soul, a full-blown, pathological narcissist, those who have reached that pinnacle will still be able to deprive you of what you deserve: everything, regardless of who has it now or who gets hurt in the taking. This includes the money, property, dignity, or even the spouse of anyone whose possessions you covet.

Your child needs to learn to be an unmitigated, unabashed, unashamed, unrepentant, compulsive, serial liar. This works wonders, because given that no one is perfectly honest, least of all those running for office, you can use a few of their fabrications to justify a constant, unremitting stream of deceits, innuendos, libels, slanders, and outright lies, without any restraint whatsoever, because a frighteningly large percentage of the citizens of this country will embrace those lies with the fervor of gaunt, bloody-mouthed hyenas devouring maggot-encrusted meat.

Your child needs to learn to be greedy. After all, as the man who might be President in two days has said, “You can never be too greedy.” So take everything you can take, even if it means getting involved in three lawsuits a week for your entire career. Or if it means defrauding, cheating, intimidating, or extorting  anyone and everyone who gets in your way, including men, women, children, teenage girls, or elderly widows. Even if it means cultivating ties with the Mafia or setting up sham universities or sham charitable foundations which are simply vehicles for enriching yourself.

Even if it means failing to pay those who work for you or provide you goods or services, stiffing teenage girls who model for your agency, or hiring illegal, undocumented workers and marrying a potential First Lady whose nude photos triggered an investigation which found that she had broken immigration law by modeling illegally in the United States while here on a visa on which she was not allowed to legally work. But she got paid, so take the money and run.

While you’re at it, pretend to give to charities you don’t support and weasel out of paying any federal income taxes. Claim to be a philanthropist and a patriot while you are actually a moneygrubber and a subverter. This is where being an unmitigated, unabashed, unashamed, unrepentant, compulsive, serial liar helps.

Your child needs to learn to be a hypocrite. Call anyone who has ever lied a liar. Call generous people greedy. Commit actual criminal acts and later slander you opponent by libelously calling her a criminal. Hire a man you said committed multiple felonies to lead your transition team, a man whose top aids, including a mother of  four children, are headed for the slammer while he walks.

Accuse your female opponent of the spectacularly dishonest and completely unfounded charge of adultery while being a serial philanderer, cheater, and sexual abuser who has bragged about sexual assault and now spreads lies about the dozen women who have accused him of exactly what he bragged about doing. And while you’re on your high horse, engage publically in disgusting conversations about your wife and agree publically that your daughter is a nice “piece of ass.” And daydream about dating her and about dating 14-year-old and 10-year-old girls.

Stand on stage as though you are Johnny Depp and insult the looks of every woman who disagrees with you, from Rosie O’Donnell to Carly Fiorina to Alicia Machado, and go on record as being unimpressed by your opponent’s shape as viewed from behind. You’re running for President, you f–king a–hole!

Essentially, project every negative characteristic you have and every evil and reprehensible act you have ever committed on anyone who in any way opposes or disagrees with you. Call your opponent an elitist, a liar, arrogant, an adulterer, greedy, a hypocrite, temperamental, unqualified, dangerous, a criminal, a con artist, a racist, and anything else your diseased mind can conjure up which defines yourself and will deflect attention away from the fact that you are the most ignorant, unqualified, pathological, narcissistic, sociopathic, quasi-fascist, racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, inveterately evil con artist and scumbag ever to run for President in the entire history of our nation.

Hypocrisy is such a weak word.

Your child needs to avoid ever learning the word shame. Your child needs to learn the simple fact that having any shame for ever doing anything, no matter how reprehensible, is merely a sign of weakness of character, and may cause this child to lose, the only sin one can ever commit.

Your child needs to learn that learning is bad. Ignorance is a virtue. Don’t read, don’t study, don’t prepare, don’t pay attention to anyone or anything that isn’t paying attention to you. The fact that the Brexit vote is pending or that Russia has invaded Crimea or the names of the leaders of other countries in the world or being able to locate them on a map or understanding the basics of American government or governance or reading the Constitution or having even the vaguest clue of what’s in it or having even a rudimentary understanding of the norms of human relationships or expected standards of comportment are all irrelevant wastes of time that could be better used to abuse women or girls or satisfy other pressing lusts or bask in the bright lights of publicity, self-aggrandizement, and superficial, unearned glory.

Preen and prance like a county fair cock while others clean the barn so you can gather the eggs before the other chickens come home to roost in a coop you have co opted for your own self-serving ends. And while you’re at it be a chickenshit coward who’s afraid to admit that he isn’t perfect and that he doesn’t know jack.

Your child needs to learn to be un-American. The Constitution and Bill of Rights contains a series of suggestions, to be ignored when the fortunes of the Chief Executive are at stake. All treaties, agreements, and promises, both domestic and international, are subject to the whims of the President, who now has a new collection of powers never before conceived of by anyone in any branch of our government, but which are, starting Friday, January 20,  to be enacted solely at the will and whim of the pathological narcissist who has been able to “unrig” the election and seize control.

Elections are now to be decided by assuming any your opponents are prima facie unqualified criminals who are to be jailed or executed for their audacity in opposing you, or at the very least removed from the race. And if the “rigged” system allows them to win, the peaceful transfer of power is to be placed in jeopardy.

All citizens, heretofore considered equal, are to be summarily placed in discriminatory categories and ranked on the basis of race, religion, ethnic origin, size, shape, weight, gender, and general pulchritude.

Parents, your child has a lot to learn.

Your child needs to learn to be racist and xenophobic. Let’s face it: Mexicans rape, deal drugs, and litigate unfairly against European whites. Blacks are cop killers who shouldn’t be allowed to live in apartments next to whites. Blacks who are arrested for crimes are automatically guilty and should suffer the death penalty even in a state which has abandoned it. And if any convicted black is later proven to be innocent, the criminal justice system is also rigged.

Muslims are terrorists and shouldn’t be allowed to enter our country. Nor are American Muslims to be afforded the same Constitutional rights as other Americans. Their places of worship must be surveilled and their neighborhoods watched.

We can break any and all treaties that involve “foreign” powers (except those signed with Putin), randomly kill any “ferriner” whom we even vaguely perceive to be a threat, and consider the use of nuclear weapons against any nation not having the initials U.S.A.

If you learn this lesson well, your first major campaign ad will be sponsored by a hate group, you will be the darling of the alt-right and white supremacist groups such as Breitbart, virulent racists such as Ted Nugent and Steve King, as well as more subtle racists such as Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, and Rudy Giuliani. And a puzzlingly large percentage of your supporters will be outright racists.

Most impressively, you will get the endorsement of David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan.

Finally, your child needs to learn to be misogynistic. Women, as we all know, are generally fat, shrill, mouthy, disgusting people who have disgusting menstrual periods and the disgusting habits of going to the bathroom and nursing their babies. Fortunately, their Constitutional rights may well rest on their ratings on a scale of 1-10.

But, whether some of us think it is politically incorrect to admit it or not, Hillary Clinton is female. She is the first woman in our history to have been nominated by a major party for the position of President of our country.

And she is facing an unprecedented expectoration of opposition from the patriarchy that still controls our nation. Let’s look at some background on that. Though about half of America is and always has been female…

  • The leaders of our first colonies were male.
  • All of our Presidents have been males who defeated other males in the general election.
  • Most of our governing bodies at all levels are male-dominated. The United States Congress, for example, currently has a record number of females, amounting to 20% of the House and 20% of the Senate.
  • The Supreme Court currently contains a record number of women – one-third. The appointment of the ninth justice is currently being blocked by powerful males obstructing the Constitutional obligations of the Senate. The current nominee is male.
  • Virtually all of our major military leaders have been male.
  • Our private-sector executive hierarchies have been and continue to be overwhelmingly male.
  • Our workforces have been historically male-dominated.
  • The majority of our doctors have been and still are male; the majority of our nurses are female.
  • To a great extent both star and earning power in Hollywood is strongly skewed toward males.
  • Elementary schools have historically been staffed by females and secondary and post- secondary schools by males.
  • I could go on for pages, but I am trying to keep this short. BOTTOM LINE: All of the major decisions that affect the lives of women are made by males.

So what is the specific relevance of this to the current state of the presidential election?

This is where I am pissed off no end.

Hillary Clinton, a female, has currently had reckless statements made about her by the ever-bumbling James Comey, the male, Clouseau-like Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He says he has found something that might or might not be important. But it is important for this male to take the action of informing fourteen congressional males and two congressional females in direct violation of FBI protocol and possibly the law itself, as were some of his previous actions. I suggest that everyone read the Lanny Davis article of October 29 in The Hill entitled Lanny Davis: Comey’s actions improper, irresponsible and possibly illegal.

In addition to the Republican attack males, male Vladimir Putin and his male cohorts, including male Julian Assange are acting as de facto Trump surrogates and de facto Speakers of the House to take control of the American electoral process. Perhaps U.S.A!, U.S.A!, U.S.A! should be replaced by K.G.B!, K.G.B!, K.G.B!

Male bootlicker Paul Ryan, male attack dog Jason Chaffetz, male partisan Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, male rabid, partisan attack dog Darrlell Issa, male Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, male, rabidly radical narcissist Trey Gowdy, male, unhinged Rudy Giuliani, and a host of other males are currently issuing downright orgiastic, irresponsible, democracy-devaluing, self-indulgent statements based on an almost total lack of evidence and several outright lies.

Please excuse me for characterizing these people this way. I don’t like to have to do it, but being gentle at this point is like bringing a pea shooter to a gun fight. Anyway, I don’t think Job himself could be patient in the face of what these people have said and done.

In the meantime, males such as John McCain and Chaffetz are campaigning on investigating and obstructing Hillary Clinton’s presidency were she to be elected, including any nominations she might make to fill any and all Supreme Court vacancies.

Also, a number of prominent males have discussed, before the election has even been decided, impeachment. Scumbags feeding this reprehensible and unmitigatedly destructive notion include male John Hostettler, male Representative Mo Brooks, Republican from Alabama, and a number of male supporters of Donald Trump.

One of the most stunningly outrageous, reprehensible things I have heard in a lifetime of following campaigns was the statement of a a male commentator who said that a good reason to vote against Secretary Clinton is that she may be constantly hindered in performing her duties by the string investigations by her opponents that is being considered, though he could not deny the partisan, frivolous, and destructive nature of these plans.

Trump’s opponents, on the other hand, will probably be more willing to reach across the aisle to do the work of the people. In other words, once again, reward the perpetrators and punish the victim. Punish those who pledge to cooperate and reward the obstructers for their obstinacy. Let them use the most classic techniques of the bully to get their way. And we wonder where Trump came from. I’m not puzzled here. Not at all.

Now: we hear BREAKING NEWS! on television all the time, and millions of words are written every day. But I have not yet heard anyone effectively make the following case:

Virtually all of Hillary Clinton’s negative reputation with the exception of the email scandal was caused by the males around her.

Her husband, the male Bill Clinton, put her in difficult and precarious positions throughout their relationship. This selfish, self-aggrandizing, lying sexual predator dragged her through more dog shit than I could produce in a lifetime. During his term as President he shamed her while he shamed our nation.

Since then, this male has been a gaggle of albatrosses around her neck, including foolish things he has said and done recently.

Most men buy their wives necklaces of diamonds or pearls. This boar would recognize neither. This male used and abused her, and for his actions she has paid dearly and daily.

In the face of all of it, she has always mustered the courage and loyalty to support him, even too vigorously at times, but the price she has paid for this courage and loyalty has been a horrible tainting and an unjust diminishing of the positive perceptions of the public service she has attempted to provide throughout her career and may yet prove fatal to her desire to serve America as it’s first female President.

Enter male Anthony Weeny. Because he can’t stop exposing his penis to children, Hillary is now paying, once again, dearly and daily, perhaps until November 8th when she loses the election under the weight of his sins added to those of her husband. And added to those of the multitude of other males whose deepest desires undoubtedly revolve around the preservation of the pecking order and their position in it.

The new emails are very likely to be either redundant or irrelevant or both. But their reemergence at this critical time due to the perversions of the male Weeny and the misconduct of the male Comey may cost Hillary dearly.

And what about misogynistic male Donald Trump? This con artist has a lifetime resume of serial lying and abuse, fraud, the encouragement of and a troubling fascination with violence, obscene, unapologetic greed, illegal activities and questionable connections, active racism, operative spite, and sexual predation, including forcing his way into a locker room full of naked teenage girls and, again, referring to his daughter as a “piece of ass.”

And this pathological male is supported by a rogues’ list of males that would scare the hell out of any woman alone in a dark alley.

NOTE: All of the above characterizations of Donald Trump are true, documented, verifiable, and legally demonstrable, as opposed to the wild, reckless, libelous, slanderous lies that Trump disgorges at Secretary Clinton each and every day of his campaign.

Yes, Hillary Clinton has her faults, as do all human beings and all politicians. And yes, at times she has misled and even lied. And yes, she made a big mistake with the issues around her private server.

That being said, her record stands in distinctly positive contrast to those of her opponents, particularly those whose lives revolve around obstruction and spite. In terms of her major opponent, this puppy believes that comparing Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump is like comparing a Golden Retriever to a herpes virus.

I don’t think I’m even approaching hyperbole when I say that Hillary Clinton, with all of her faults, is a veritable angel when stood beside the frightening number of disgusting, male scumbags who currently hold positions of leadership which they consistently use to benefit themselves while feasting on the very soul of our nation.

Let’s get real. Let’s play the gender card. Let’s elect the first woman President of the United States of America.

And, while we’re playing the gender card, lets play the race, tolerance, fairness, compassion, justice, honor, patriotism, altruism, humility, curiosity, education, reading, training, preparedness, and truth cards. Let’s play all our cards. We have a royal flush.

But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I’ve recently contracted rabies but don’t know it yet. I don’t know. I’m just a puzzled puppy.

(Revised 11/8.)

SPITTING IN THE FACE OF JESUS OCTOBER 3, 2016

To: Christians, Evangelical and Otherwise, Considering Voting for Donald Trump

Mothers, hide your children! Particularly Christian mothers who sincerely believe in the teachings of Jesus.

Donald Trump is coming.

Let’s look at what we relearned about him from the first debate and subsequently.

Let’s begin by stating that the philosophical beliefs that define this puppy’s very core concur almost completely with the teachings of Jesus with regard to how we ought to comport ourselves in this life. I believe that most puppies feel this way.

This leaves out, consistent with my agnosticism, those parts of His message pertaining to the supernatural or to the worship of supernatural beings.

So, to be clear, I’m unqualified as a spokesman for Christianity and disqualified from being considered, in any way, a theologian.

I simply believe that Jesus Christ was one of the greatest human beings ever to walk the face of the earth, and that His conception of what constitutes morality, of what we ought to do and what we ought not to do – of, very simply, what is right and what is wrong, is as good as it gets. And I’m qualified to discuss this.

Unfortunately, a huge number of self-identified Christians appear to disagree profoundly with the teachings of Jesus Christ. This is particularly true for Christian supporters of Donald Trump, given the incontestable fact that virtually all of what he preaches and epitomizes spits directly in the face of the Carpenter of Nazareth.

To begin with, Donald Trump doesn’t have exactly a stellar record of paying carpenters for their work. He calls this “good business.”

Trump doesn’t pay taxes. He calls this “smart.”

Trump doesn’t give any appreciable amount to any charities or any church.

Jesus would certainly never have praised Trump as He did the poor widow who gave “all she had.” Jesus instructed His followers to be generous and to give to the poor, mandates which were hardly sidebars. He had very little interest in real estate.

He said, “Woe to you who are rich,” “No servant can serve two masters,” and something about a needle and a camel.

I doubt that Jesus would have rooted for a mortgage crisis which brought misery to millions, even if it would have enriched Him.

And as far as my exegesis has taken me, Christ never said or implied anything consistent with the phrase, “You can’t be too greedy.”

If I read the gospels correctly, He believed in sacrifice for the greater good.

In that Christ was not a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, it’s doubtful that He discriminated against blacks or the poor in His housing projects, though almost “everyone else did it” at that time.

It appears that Jesus was a moral leader who was rather impatient with greedy opportunists. If He returns, Trump needs to bolt down the tables in his tower.

Jesus was rather disappointed that His disciples couldn’t stay awake with Him for an hour in the garden, about twice as long as Trump was able to stay awake during the debate. I was more puzzled than normal – shocked, actually – when Trump rebuked Secretary Clinton for taking the time to prepare for this event. So I did some preparation of my own and came up with a short quiz for Christians regarding this topic:

QUESTION: Which of the following Bible verses applies to which candidate?

  • “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise…it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” (Proverbs 6: 6-8, NIV)
  • “One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.” (Proverbs 18:9, NIV)

To return to the New Testament and the specific teachings of Jesus, when did He say that a person ought to be judged on how she or he “looks”? When did He ridicule a woman for having “that face”? When did He call someone a “fat pig” and then unapologetically double down on it, again and again and again?

When did He call someone “disgusting” and say, “I think everybody would agree that she deserves it”? I point Christians who are thinking about voting for Donald Trump to the Parable of the Prodigal Son. (Luke 15:11-32)

The moral of this story, central to the very heart of the meaning of the New Testament, conflicts directly with the daily actions and statements of Donald Trump for the entire arc of his life up through at least as late as Friday, September 30, 2016, when he erupted into a “tweetstorm” in which, rather than forgiving her for simply belatedly revealing the truth, he said the following about a 39-year-old woman who had offended him:

  • Background: Had previously called her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping,” in reference to her Hispanic heritage. Had ridiculed her in public for gaining a few pounds, including making a disgusting video of her being forced to exercise to lose weight in front of cameras while Trump and various other lechers leered at her.
  • Called her past “terrible.”
  • Called her (she had won his beauty pageant) “the worst I ever had.”
  • Said she had gained a “massive” amount of weight. Fact check: She had gained a few pounds.
  • Trump, a serial philanderer and vulgarian who often brags of his sexual exploits and infidelities, a friend and party partner of Hugh Hefner who has appeared on the cover of Playboy magazine, falsely accused this woman of making a “sex tape.”
  • Puzzlement: Donald Trump, who’s currently married to a former nude model, finds it scandalous that a contestant in a “beauty pageant” he sponsored may have made a “sex tape,” which to date has not been shown to exist. (Regarding his “pageants,” in case you didn’t know it, these barbaric spectacles involve females who are required to remove most of their clothing and parade half naked in front of such pulchritudinous body judges as Donald Trump, who also oversee their weighing and measuring like animals being examined at a county fair.)

I’ve often imagined Jesus tapping a pen on a clipboard while profoundly evaluating the size and shape of his female disciples’ breasts. Haven’t you?

I could go on for volumes but let me conclude:

First, before you vote this November, ask yourself this: How many of the women you love, your mothers, sisters, daughters, cousins, nieces, and friends, are overweight? Remember this: Donald Trump thinks they’re fat pigs. This overweight male finds overweight females disgusting. And he thinks it’s more important to lash out at them than to prepare for the incredible responsibilities he has chosen to undertake. So go out and vote for him. But please don’t ever tell me you did. Do you know what disappointment looks like in the big, sad eyes of a puppy?

This race isn’t about politics or party, or even about issues on which we can legitimately disagree. This race is about the very soul of the United States of America. It’s about who we are.   

By the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule, the Sermon on the Mount and any other of the teachings of Jesus, by anything any of us were ever taught in our churches, synagogues, mosques, or schools, to say nothing of Buddhism, Hinduism, or any other philosophy of morality, Donald Trump is an unmitigatedly, unrelentingly, absolutely immoral man.

No one is perfect, certainly not Hillary. And she is a politician, which I would define, to paraphrase Graham Greene, as an animal which, when cornered, becomes eloquent.

But absolutely no one displays the cornered rat’s eloquence more skillfully than Donald Trump, whose crude and vulgar rhetoric is used to project his most egregious flaws onto his opponents. No one has seen more vulgarity in Bill Clinton than The Donald, and no one has stretched the truth more painfully to characterize Hillary Clinton as being as dishonest as he.

Hillary’s serious and unfortunate faults noted, there’s absolutely no doubt that Donald Trump is far and away the most overtly and acutely immoral human being who has ever run for the office of President of the United States of America. He consistently says and does evil things without remorse.

Quite literally, like the people in our world who frighten us the most, he doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong.

And it defies logic and common sense to believe he ever will.

One observer (Brian Fallon) asked, “What kind of human being is this?”

For this puzzled puppy, I don’t see how a person who reports losses of almost a billion dollars on a single tax return can call himself a businessman. And I don’t see how a wealthy person who pays no federal income taxes can call himself a patriot.

This man is not great. He has done no great things, only greedy things. He is not qualified in terms of his knowledge or skills for the job for which he is applying. He is temperamentally unsuited for the presidency in ways that ought to terrify anyone living anywhere on the planet.

Trump is a demonstrably immoral man. And his demonstrations occur daily, often hourly. Any evangelical or other Christian who votes for him ought to be ashamed.

Donald J. Trump serially spits in the face of Jesus, both as I know Him and as Christians know Him. And if we elect this great deceiver, there isn’t enough sackcloth and there aren’t enough ashes to cover our hypocrisy and shame.

Or maybe the concepts of right and wrong don’t exist anymore. I don’t know. I’m just a puzzled puppy.

 

 

 

 

 

A DEPLORABLE MAN SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

I never know where to begin in describing the psychopathy of Donald Trump. This might be my major theme until the election. In fact, at some point I will explain clearly why Donald Trump is the most dangerous human being on earth.

I hear the chuckles and see the smirks and rolling eyes coming from the infatuated Trump supporters who are just waiting to be bitch-slapped by The Man because they know full well that he won’t ever do a thing for them unless it also benefits Donald J. Trump. (By the way, fellow feminists, my mother is a female dog, so don’t get too politically correct here!)

But let me be serious: I’m serious. And a poopload of professionals whom we have entrusted at the very highest levels with our safety and security agree with me. For example, I have no doubt that the last two Republican Presidents and the last two Republican candidates for President agree. And when “Bomb, Bomb” McCain is worried about having a trigger-happy President, it’s time to sit up and take notice.

In fact, I will go so far as to say that any man, woman, or dog who has a serious knowledge of world affairs and who doesn’t understand this is educated far beyond his or her ability to comprehend.

O.K. Getting ahead of myself. For today, just two examples of Donald Trump’s pathological character. I will go in reverse chronological order:

First, three days ago, on Friday, September 16, at a rally in Miami, Trump was defending the Second Amendment. He, his running mate, and his surrogates have been consistently lying about Hilary Clinton’s wanting to abolish gun ownership in the United States. So he concluded that if she doesn’t want anyone else to have guns, he thinks that “her bodyguards should drop all weapons. They should disarm…Let’s see what happens to her.”

Now, I agree that in this amazingly violent and hate-filled atmosphere in which our country continues to be engulfed, people do need guns to protect themselves, and that elites protected by armed guards ought to understand this. But Donald Trump can never stop at the reasonable end of a point. This is why he is so dangerous.

He concluded his rant by saying, “Let’s see what happens to her.” This sentence represents the projectile vomit of a diseased mind being splattered upon the psyches of some pretty sick puppies who are a small but integral part of his audience. And these deplorables understand exactly what he means. They have heard the same thing at least once before when he “joked” about how convenient it might be if someone assassinated Hillary Clinton before she could make any Supreme Court nominations.

And he knows exactly what he is saying and exactly what he is doing. Anyone smart enough to manipulate the country into very possibly electing as our President a profoundly ignorant, dangerously unqualified, constitutionally dishonest, terrifyingly mentally unstable con artist and sham-meister is smart enough to know exactly what he is saying and exactly what he is doing.

No one should underestimate this man or accuse him of merely bumbling or misspeaking. For anyone who does, stay tuned for the 8th of November.

Second, seven days previously, at another rally in Florida, Trump made another of the long list of statements, any one of which, in a sane world, would disqualify him from the race. He said, “With Iran, when they circle our beautiful destroyers (interesting adjective) with their little (my emphasis) boats, and they make gestures at our people that they shouldn’t be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water.”

To repeat a word: the people who cheered this statement, which appeared to be virtually the entire audience, are deplorable.

Again, I’m ahead of myself, but this might be exhibit “B” or “C” of the list of clear and present evidence that Donald Trump is in fact the most dangerous man in the world.

In the incident in question, the United States Navy, under the overall command of Barack Obama, acted in an extremely professional, extremely disciplined manner and did exactly what they should have. They held off until one of the boats got too close and then they fired three warning shots.

No escalation, no war, no lives on either side lost, no collateral damage, no American or Iranian mothers, widows, or children weeping. We demonstrated our power and maintained our integrity and moral authority.

Had Trump been President, we might now be in another war involving American ground troops, the entire Middle East, Russia, and perhaps some pretty serious ordnance.

And all of this not to protect ourselves, but to punish some bad boys who flipped us off. Trump never mentioned any determinative threat, because he would have had a hard time making that case. His justification was simply that these people were making “gestures at our people that they shouldn’t be allowed to make.”

It’s a wonder his children lived to adulthood.

One commentator said that had Obama chosen the Trump scenario, he would have created an escalation that we wouldn’t have been “able to contain.”

This is some serious dog shit.

It’s time to get real. Why are we failing to speak effectively to this lunacy? When will we understand that these are the deranged statements of a madman who has already endangered our national security and is on track to decimate it? When will the elected Republican cowards and bootlickers who still support him man up to his schoolyard bullying?

I guess asking when cowards will get brave, when ignorance will educate itself, or when deplorables will stop being deplorable is foolish.

I don’t know. I’m just a puzzled puppy.

 

IT’S OUT! SEPTEMBER 17, 2016

My little e-book about Donald Trump, What Donald Trump Supporters Need to Know: But Are Too Infatuated to Figure Out (by Gizmo, The Puzzled Puppy) is finished and published. It’s been delivered to about 14 vendors and will be out on all of them in a couple of weeks, but should be available for purchase on Amazon Kindle (https://www.amazon.com/Kindle-eBooks/b?ie=UTF8&node=154606011) no later than next Wednesday, probably before. Unfortunately, iBookstore won’t have it for at least about a week. I will provide updates and links as vendors make it available for sale.

I strongly suggest that you buy, read, and recommend this e-book. It’s a review of many of the reasons why this election is the most consequential in the history of our nation. Sometimes it’s just nice to have everything in one place. I shouldn’t say everything – that would be impossible, and new outrages surface every day. But a pretty decent summary nonetheless.

As I indicated on August 11, I want to post a couple times a week now that this little project is finished. Spoiler Alert: I’m pissed off no end.

Will be growling soon. (Do you think I should be smiling? I don’t know. I’m just a puzzled puppy.)

SLOW PUPPY AUGUST 11, 2016

Sorry! In my last post I said I’d try to publish the Donald Trump text around the time of the Republican National Convention, but I’m a few weeks behind. My goal now is early September, which will give people a couple of months to look at it before the election. I’m slow, but I also want to be as current as possible with my information, so I’m watching things carefully. For example, as things have evolved my theme has also evolved, from what the Trump nomination says about America to more emphasis on what the Trump nomination says about Trump. (And his supporters.) I think this is the important issue right now. After the text is out I want to post a couple times a week. Thanks for your patience! (About Donald J. Trump in general, I’m really, really a puzzled puppy.)

 

HE WON! May 4, 2016

Well, as I thought he would, The Donald has virtually wrapped up the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. In the meantime I’ve been following the process and spending the time I have preparing my comments. I’m just a puppy and I work alone so I’m slow, but what I’ll have to say will be interesting. I’ll try to publish around the time of the convention, which will be in Cleveland from July 18-21. My theme is what the Trump nomination says about America. A lot, I think! But what do I know, I’m just a puzzled puppy.