Crossing the Rubicon

The truth is you and I have to keep fighting. Donald Trump wants you to believe he won the election, but he didn’t. Don’t be deceived; Joe Biden won the election, and you and I have to keep fighting to keep democracy alive and well in a country that is tethering on the brink of dictatorship. This denial of reality isn’t about Donald Trump; it is about a political party that is fearful minorities will take over the country and turn it into a socialist state. Donald Trump is an afterthought. The Republican Party is complicit in Trump’s attempt to delegitimize the election because they want him to succeed. Yesterday his lawyers held a press conference at the RNC spouting conspiracy theories declaring Donald Trump won the election. Today Trump invited two Michigan legislature leaders to the White House to figure out how to decertify the election results that show Joe Biden won Michigan by 150,000 votes. The coup probably won’t work, but the sad part is republican leaders, except for a few, do not condemn his actions.
The Republican Party has crossed the Rubicon, and there is no turning back.

Humble losers

Time to call it a day
You rose to the pinnacle of success.
Had a messy career
If Mussolini, hung upside down
But here, do it legally
Take the red hat off
Bow, rise, wave, and say goodbye
Exit right or left
Time to say goodbye
You are a loser
But humble losers are winners in the end.

Courage

So why do the Republican Party leaders deny that Joe Biden won the Presidency? The simple answer is: they have no ‘balls’; in order words, they lack the courage to admit the truth. They are cowardly in hiding behind a falsehood; namely, it’s too early to tell who won the election. But why do they hold this position knowing the outcome is inevitable -Joe Biden will be the next president of the US? They don’t want to upset the 71,000,000 who voted for Donald Trump. They are afraid that the voters will not elect them next time if they say the obvious. Leaders are not afraid of the truth. Leaders embrace and set an example for people to follow. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt told the American people: “You have nothing to fear but fear itself.” A leader embraces the truth; he doesn’t hide from it.

An open letter

Nobody likes a sore loser.

I heard that as a kid.

Nothin’ worst than that.

Above the rumblings of a crowd,

“Are you a sore Loser?’ Jim Acosta, a CNN reporter, said.

Nobody likes a sore loser.

I heard that as a kid.

Ain’t nothin’ worst than that.

A guy I knew blamed everyone for his loss but him.

Please don’t do it.

Like the old days: bow, wave, and exit.

Like the old days, do the right thing.

Leave the arena like a man.

Cognitive Reality

I felt relief when I thought Joe Biden beat Donald Trump for the US presidency. On Saturday, November 7, 2020, it became official-Joe Biden was the United States president-elect. He gave a speech Saturday night, reiterating the same themes said in prior addresses: The virus, economic crisis, climate change, and systemic racism, unify a divided nation, etc. I listened to most of his previous talks. In almost every speech, he brings up the number of people who have died from the virus, and he gets the number wrong, then immediately corrects himself. You are probably wondering what I am talking about? In almost every speech, he says, 200,000 million thousand people have died from the virus. This error is a cognitive issue. He corrects himself immediately, knowing that he misspoke; he did it again Saturday night, probably the most important speech of his life. It’s not his fault, he is trying to do the best he can, but it indicates that his cognitive abilities are somewhat impaired. There is a danger when you elect a president seventy-seven years old. Ronald Reagan was sixty-nine years old when elected president. Did he have Alzheimer’s disease during his second term is an open question. I’m relieved Donald Trump lost the election, but Joe Biden’s age may be a significant issue looking ahead

NUTS!

Important people think what they say matters to ordinary people. Jack Nicklaus, the golfer, endorsed Donald Trump on Twitter because he sees beyond Trump’s nasty words and agrees with his policies. He is an eighty-year-old man using Twitter to support Donald Trump. There is something unmanly about that; if you endorse him, do it on national TV. If you believe what you say means something, tell it to the whole world. Be a man, don’t hide behind a Twitter post, and Trump via Twitter said, “Thank You, Jack.” Two grown men, Trump, 75, and Nicklaus, 80, using social media to influence the public.
On December 22, 1944, the American troops were sent an ultimatum from the German forces outside of Bastogne, demanding “the honorable surrender” of the town within two hours. General McAuliffe’s reply was brief and concise: “To the German Commander: N U T S ! ” That’s how an honorable man communicates, Typed text on paper, not Twitter.

Song of Joys

 

Song of Joys

Today I listened to Barack Obama speak to an audience in Flint, Michigan

And it made me think about my favorite poet

“O the orator’s joys!

 To inflate the chest, to roll the thunder of the voice out from the

  ribs and throat,

 To make the people rage, weep, hate, desire, with yourself, 

 To lead America–to quell America with a great tongue.” [i]

Oratory is an art; few politicians have this magic ability. There have been many great American orators who can take you to a place you never been; in mind, you travel to a place of beauty and love. Only a great orator can perform this feat or an ordinay citizen.

  [i] Song of Joys by Walt Whitman

The monster

The monster has a mini-me
Scott Atlas, Trump’s Covid-19 advisor
Tweeted: “Masks work? No!”
Twitter removed the tweet
But there for all to see
Seared in consciousness
Like a branding iron on a cow’s ass
Masks don’t work
Social distancing a farce
Do your own thing
Open up businesses
Schools
Churches
The Arena, ninety thousand fans raising their right hand in front of their body,
Shouting, “Lock her up,” “Lock her up.”
Thump, “Lock ’em all up.”
Hitler would be proud.

The White House

Numbers growing
Map room, debate prep, advisors, and Trump not wearing masks
East room to
Honor Gold Star Families of fallen heroes
Generals’ quarantine
Hundreds in Rose Garden
Hugging, shaking hands, proud to be part of the crowd
Celebrate Supreme Court nominee
A hotbed of COVID clusters
Mask-less photo op on Truman balcony
Thirty-Four people infected
Workers in Hazmat suits clean the rooms
Rapid testing protocol not working
The people’s house is empty
The president in the Oval Office
US Marine guards the door

The whole and its parts

It seems like I publish a book, and I realize I need to change something. Any serious writer feels this. So what do you do? Correct and republish. The last blog in a published book was ‘The monsters’, and I realized the word ‘the’ is redundant, and the title of the blog should be, ‘Monsters.’ So what do you do? Republish the book. It happens all the time; you can’t republish the blog, the blog is part of the book, so you can’t erase and correct; you have to do it all over again. The whole is the sum of its parts. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, Aristotle