Beyond Despicable

President Donald J. Trump, “COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID  .  .  .  COVID, COVID, COVID (people) are tired of such negativity.”  And none so tired as the hundreds-of-thousands who died, the millions who suffer, the mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers and friends.

To mock victims to stoop below despicable!

Off With Their Heads!

Alice In Wonderland’s Queen of Hearts’ standard command for any incurring her displeasure, “Off with their heads!”  His-Would-Be-Royal-Majesty President Donald J. Trump’s kneejerk sentence for all incurring his displeasure, “Lock em’ up!” Joe Scarborough, Lawrence O’Donnell, Hilary Clinton, Hunter and Joe Biden, among others, remain under such indictment.

I am, at the same time, alarmed and sorry for this poor man.

The Pied Piper of D.C.

I face a dilemma.  It will make no difference but, seeing human health and lives sacrificed to Fear, I feel compelled to speak.

When villagers reneged on paying the Pied Piper of Hamelin one thousand guilders for piping their rats into the Weser River, the charmer returned to dance their children into the River or—accounts vary—a cave and never seen again.

Failing to pipe all of Barack Obama‘s rats from his Village, proving tragically incapable of leading America through a COVID-19 pandemic, seeing his prospect for reelection inexorably slip toward a cliff, hoping True Believers can pull him back from the edge, The Pied Piper of D.C. stages star-spangled, red-white-and-blue “Campaign Rallies,” tosses out Red Caps and t-shirts, boasts, bullies, clowns, insults—“Pocahontas.” “Sleepy Joe.” “You’re a terrible reporter.” “You ask stupid questions.”—but not one substantive word!

Mocking experts’ counsel to wear masks and maintain social distance, like the rats and children of Hamelin, Donald Trump hazards the health and lives of followers with shoulder-to-shoulder, back-to-back COVID 19 “Super-Spreader” events in homage to a single Monster Ego!

That’s Crazy!

As numbers of deaths approaching 250,000, infections 8,500,000 and COVID 19 continues mushrooming across America, death threats compel a man who devotes his life to battling infectious disease and public health, Dr. Anthony Fauci, to walk with bodyguards.  I’m stunned to hear President Donald Trump says, “People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots!”

Could such baffling pronouncements reflect a sane mind?

That Happened?

Because a small, radical group of Muslims hurt and kill non-Muslims, Donald Trump barred Muslims from America.  A small, radical group of Americans, the Ku Klux Klan hurt, killed, and would again, hurt and kill non-Whites.  Indications are that with permission (“Stand down and stand by.”?) White Supremacist, neo-Nazis and assorted White Militias would hurt and kill non-Whites.

What happened to?

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The retched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Emma Lazarus’s sonnet, “New Colossus,”
on a plaque inside the Statue of Liberty

How Times Change

In 1972, when it became known that Thomas Eagleton had been treated for Depression, George McGovern felt forced to drop him as a running mate.  Today, three dozen mental health professionals, folks with fist-hand information, and his niece, a Clinical Psychologist, agree the man sitting in the Oval Office, Donald J. Trump, suffers from Malignant Narcissistic Personality Disorder (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM5).

The Great Shell Game

The Brief Life of A Buck, a Dummy’s tale of a dollar:

New York Federal Reserve Bank creates and loans one dollar to Citibank which it in turn loans to Ford Motor Company.  Ford includes the buck in line worker Jerry Scudnick’s paycheck.  Jerry’s wife, Ann, passes the buck to Safeway for Enfamil.  Safeway moves it on to California Produce Co-op for tomatoes. The Co-op pays it to migrant picker Juan Garcia who wires the dollar to Juanita, his mother in Mexico City.  Juanita pays pharmacist Roberto a dollar in pesos for heart medicine.  Roberto passes the buck to Eli Lily Pharmaceuticals who include it in Connecticut Research Chemist Mike Young’s salary.  Mike hands it off to Wells Fargo in his $1225 mortgage payment.  Part of a loan payment ,Wells Fargo passes our dollar to the San Francisco Federal Reserve.  Depending on the economy, The Fed may loan it back out or erase it from the books.

Photo Ops

For me, three snap-shots leap from the photo album publicizing President Donald Trump’s Narcissism: Descending, as from Heaven, on a Golden escalator, posing like a cardboard cutout holding a Bible in front of a church and, most recently, posturing like Mussolini on a White House portico, swiping off the detested mask to reveal grim determination in place of the trademarked grin, directing a Presidential photo op for Red Cap Minions.  All to maintain the image of a man who, today, feels his back to the wall.

What began as “The greatest infomercial in political history” and led to the Oval Office, may prove Donald Trump‘s greatest curse.  Citizen Trump may well have continued skating around ethics, morals and the law, to a posh retirement at his Private Golf Club.  Presidency drew increased exposure and focus to a lifetime of blurred shenanigans and felonies.  As polls show diminishing hope for a second term, a potentially out-of-office Donald Trump faces litigation and indictments which could lead to financial collapse, even prison.

The tragedy of our forty-fifth President lies behind the photo ops and charade, the bluster, bullying and name-calling.  In the most inaccessible recesses of Donald Trump’s heart a sad little boy yearns and schemes for Love he never knew and has no notion of how to get or give.     

The Dirt

If President Trump may lean on the United States Department of Justice to dig up dirt on his opponent, Citizen Biden may request likewise. The individual most devastated by the findings of parallel, impartial, in-depth investigations lies beyond question.