There are lots of things to think about.

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Trump Wants to Abolish the Johnson Amendment

The news today is that Trump attended the prayer breakfast this morning.  He, of course, praised his performance on the TV show “The Apprentice” and bragged about his ratings.  I don’t know how any of the participants were able to choke down their breakfast after Trump asked them to “pray” for Arnold so that his ratings, much lower than Trumps, will go up!

Then he “promised” that he would repeal the Johnson Amendment which prevents Churches from actively endorsing and working for a political candidate.

Does Trump know that he doesn’t have the power to repeal the rule?  (I know, the Republicans will probably come to heel, and do what he wants them to do.)

I wonder if it has occurred to Trump that when Churches can support specific candidates so can the Synagogues and the Mosques.  That might be interesting.

What kind of a country have we become?

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Truthful Trump ?

Hmmm. Can you say “Truthful Trump” and not laugh?

I can’t. His latest lie about Hillary Clinton using Clinton Foundation money for personal expenses is the ultimate lie.

Here is a secret: In my psychology practice I often found that when someone told a lie, he or she was really talking about himself or herself.

This fits Trump perfectly now that the truth about his use of the Trump Foundation has come out.  He has used the money to settle lawsuits, to make donations with money that was donated to his foundation, so that the donation looked like it was Trump’s money when it was money from other people.

By the way: I am still getting ads on my email for a get rich quick scheme that has Trump’s name on it. Anybody else notice this? When I checked it out is was a scam: Unfortunately under many different names, but the same scam: Junk information, good luck getting your money back.

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My concerns about a Donald Trump Presidency

There are many reasons to be concerned about the possible Presidency of Donald Trump.  The concern that I want to talk about today is Mr. Trump’s behavior of criticising, denigrating, and in some ways threatening those people who do not agree with him or who do not support him.

For example, when Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona said he was not ready to endorse Mr. Trump the Presidential candidate threatened to support his opponent.  When Governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez, would not endorse Mr. Trump he accused her of not doing her job.

Trump accused Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over a fraud case over Trump University, of being a “hater” and accused him of being biased.  IMG_1554

There are many other concerns.  People are called names routinely during Trump rallies.  Mr. Trump has had a long history of questioning President Obama’s birth and lately his educational credentials.  (This is interesting in light of the questions about Melania’s Trump’s educational inflation and the recent questions about her visa.  Has Trump really been talking about his own family all along?)

Mr. Trump has used many methods to injure  those who disagree with him or who do not support him.  These range from threats (delivered by Mr. Trump himself, or by colleagues or employees) to questions about the person’s ability or qualifications.  Whenever Mr. Trump comes across them, he encourages them, repeats them, and reinforces them.  The comments and t-shirts available at his rallies demonstrate remarkable levels of hate.

Mr. Trump has a lot of influence right now and he can do a lot of harm.  Think about what could happen if he becomes President Trump.  He is a person who attacks and criticises people who cannot strike back with any power.  As a President, Mr. Trump would have a lot of power over people who work for the federal government and also indirectly over those who work for state governments.  Mr. Trump has frequently threatened the work security of someone who doesn’t support him.  This is a very effective coercive technique to get compliance.

This is a dictatorship.  This is dangerous.





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Defense of Fox news!!

I cannot believe that I am defending Fox news!

But here goes:

Usually I like Rachel Maddow on MSNBC.  I think she makes too much of minor issues some times. But today…

Chill out Rachel!

First of all, 10 candidates on any stage is too many,

We should have fewer candidates, not more. What difference does it make who makes the ninth and tenth and eleventh spots? They are far out in the field any way.

There is another debate at 5 o’clock on Fox news for those candidates who didn’t make the top 10. People who want to watch it will watch it.  Most shows on tv can be screened when people want to see them, rarely are we restricted to live presentation. So all of them will have exposure.

I personally think the first debate (for the bottom seven, to be held at 5:00 EDT) will be the better one. Both might be worth watching. Perhaps none of them will be worth watching.

One thing is certain. Missing out on that top 10 candidates debate will not end anybody’s political career. There is plenty of time for commentary, news making, and there will be more debates. There is more than a year left: lots will happen.

Maybe more people would take the first debate seriously if the news media would stop calling it the “children’s table.” Name calling and demeaning comments are not limited to the word “rapists.”

While there is a lot of fuss made about the criteria for the first debate there is very little attention paid to real issues:

the need for cleaner air and water,

the need for better and safer infrastructure,

the need for more work,

the need for better wages,

the number of regulatory agencies that are underfunded,

the excessive role of fundamental religious views in politics.

What would happen if these issues were mentioned, debated, addressed?