What’s Old is New Again

What’s Old is New Again

Truth, Lies and Video Tapes

The first 40 something days of the Trump administration certain have not been boring.  My poor cell phone has been “dinging” with news alert nonstop.  I am not yet sure if all these problems are a result of Trump simply not yet understanding what it really means to be President of the United States or if it is just that he doesn’t care and is treating this job just like all the others he has had.  The problem with that is as President he is held to a much high authority and scrutiny then he was when he was CEO of the Trump Empire.  You see when you are President the stockholders, the American people, like most things done out in the open so they can see what you are doing, we mistrust when things about routine operations are being hidden and we hate it when we are lied to.  Just ask Hillary Clinton about that one.

For most of us when direct questions are asked we expect the truth from our leaders and representatives.  I know that may be a bit too much to ask for since they are all politicians but our present President and most of his administration are not.  In fact the president ran his campaign on calling out other candidates who lied.  Remember “Lyin’ Ted” and “Lyin’ Hillary” and how much of a part it was of the Trump campaign?  That’s why all of these accusations and proven falsehood attributed to the Trump Administration are so confusing.  Especially when they have been shown on video saying the exact opposite.

Mike Flynn, when confronted by this transgression did the honorable thing, he fell on his sword and took the blame like the honorable soldier he was.   It was obvious that Flynn was told to lie by someone further up the chain of command in the Trump administration.  Now Jeff Sessions, the new AG of our country is caught in the same web which he spun when he lied during his vetting process.  He recused himself from any investigation regarding this, which was a big step forward but then to state that he misunderstood the question asked and answered what he thought the questioner meant truthfully.  Spoken like a true politician.  I have seen the video of the question and no matter how you spin it the question was clear and concise.  So this song and dance we are seeing from Jeff Sessions is simply someone caught in a lie who is now trying to weasel out of it.

Now we have also learned several other Trump people have also spoke to the Russians both during and after the campaign.  This is despite the fact that Donald J. Trump himself said, on January 16th, 2017, and I quote, “I have nothing to do with Russia. To the best of my knowledge, no person that I deal with does.”  So I guess the Commander in Chief of the most powerful country in the world just couldn’t remember or simply doesn’t know what his people are doing.

In closing I just want to say personally I don’t think anyone of those half dozen people who did speak with the Russians was engaged in any kind of espionage.  Their only crime was they lied about it.  But one has to wonder why all of this wasn’t brought out by the Trump Administration earlier and if you’re not wondering about it you damn well should.  This transcends party politics and goes to the very fiber that founded this country.  We need to trust our government for without that trust very bad things can and will happen.  And when the government is caught lying to the American people they better have a good reason why.  So far I have yet to hear any good reasons.

Update

The above article was posted on 3/3/2017 on “A Hollywood Republican.”  I had high hopes that things would get better in Trump World” the longer he was in office.  Boy was I surprised.  Not only did things “not” get any better but they actually have gotten a lot worse  I have been writing articles for “A Hollywood Republican” for more than a decade now and have called out both Republican and Democrat politicians and presidents on their “stretching” of the truth.  But this President seems to think he is made of Teflon and that all his lies will simply slip right away.  Trump said at a campaign rally, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”   And I actually believe that to be true.  Over the last month however most of the Republicans who were defending him have suddenly grown very quiet.  They are beginning to distance themselves from the constant swirl of controversy that has kept this administration from getting anything done.  And you know what?  It’s their fault for allowing this to go on for as long as it has.  There has been one misstep after another with no one raising as much as a “humm.”  The standard excuse of “He’s new at this.  You have to give him time to learn” worked for only the first few months now it’s a stale as day old bread. It actually might have still held some water today if the White House would have learned from their mistakes….they haven’t.  Instead the send out incompetent people Like Sara Huckabee Sanders and the graduate from the college of dumb quotes, Kelly Ann Conway to be their spokespersons. It has actually gotten so bad people are unsure who to believe, the President of the United States or the President of Russia.  And that is very, very sad..

We can only hope that someone will get through to this administration soon because the clock is ticking and the patience of the American people is a finite thing.  2018 is just around the corner and if Trump thinks he has problems now wait till he tries to get things done with The House and The Senate firmly in the hands of the opposition party.

 

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3 Responses to "What’s Old is New Again"

  1. If anyone thought Donald Trump would be anything different than the narcissistic moron that’s he was on the campaign trail, then they had no clue who they were dealing with. Ira, he won’t change because he can’t. It’s in his DNA to be the most important person in any and every room, all knowing and all powerful. Being President requires a certain amount of humility (to know that you don’t know everything, and to seek advice, and to treat the American public as first among equals). This man can do none of these things, for Donald Trump has and always will put Donald Trump’s interests first.

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  2. George I agree. He is exactly the man he portrayed himself to be in life and the campaign. Anyone who thought he could change and actually be human was living in Trump World and deserves what they get.

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  3. There are more important things on the horizon than a continuation of Trump Derangement Syndrome.” All opinions deserve an open hearing, even understanding, and yours has certainly focused on this distraction, is understood, to exclusion of others, and consumed the past eight months.

    Maybe there is another point of view, other important national and global issues, like the economy, taxes, health care and immigration.

    For example, can we consider the question of globalization? Does it fall within the parameters of what’s old is new again. Can the ideologies of globalization and nationalism, surely opposites, clearly old and new again, occupy our brain, and can we still function?

    Is globalization as errant a religion as environmentalism? Excluded opposition of thought is intellectual and scientific tyranny.

    There is a Freudian crack of rationality trying to emerge. But then do not accept my word. Go to Davos.

    At Davos, according to Nikil Savil, “by all reports the mood was one of anxiety, defensiveness and self-reproach”: “The future of economic globalization, for which the Davos men and women see themselves as caretakers, had been shaken by a series of political earthquakes.”

    “Saval notes that the Brexit result and Trump’s election meant that “the barbarians weren’t at the gates to the ski-lifts yet – but they weren’t very far” since “the backlash to globalisation has helped fuel the extraordinary political shifts of the past 18 months.”

    Is the global financial class more interested in making money, erasing national borders, tearing down cultural identities than it is in serving the ordinary working-class blue-collar people?

    Saval observed that the participants at Davos had to realize that “after years of hedging or discounting the malign effects of free trade, it was time to face facts: globalizations caused job losses and depressed wages.

    Further, Saal implied that the usual Davos proposals – such as instructing affected populations to accept the new reality – weren’t going to work. Unless something changed, the political consequences were likely to get worse.”

    Saval points out that for years, “mainstream economists and politicians upheld the consensus about the merits of globalizations … with little concern that there might be political consequences.”

    “The economist Dambisa Moyo, “otherwise a well-known supporter of free trade, forthrightly asked the audience to accept that ‘there have been significant losses’” from globalization.”

    Is this not an example of what’s old is new again? Kinda like the transition from the religious tenant that the earth was flat….. maybe it is round?

    “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.” Joseph Goebbels

    Being passionate often clouds the mind. We must resist that compulsion and mistake.

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