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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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Resist Trumpism, Part 2

There was a lot of reaction to Buzzfeed’s release of the dossier of the possible connections between Trump’s people and Putin’s operatives. Evidently, the information had not been confirmed by the United States Intelligence agencies so far.

But if we look at the information that we already know about Trump from his own behavior and performance we know:

We know that Trump is salacious.

We know that Trump encouraged Russian interference in our election.

We know that Trump likes his roughneck image.

Why do we cover or dispute what we already know? Why do we even pay much attention to the validity of the dossier?

We know that Trump will favor billionaires, especially himself and his businesses.

We know that Trump will reduce environmental protection.

We know that Trump will reduce safety regulations.

We know that Trump will pretend to be religious.

We know that Trump will reduce voter rights.

We know that Trump will restrict women’s rights.

We know that Trump will be demeaning to anyone who is not like him.

Soooo

Why do we cover this performance?

Suppose after his next press conference only the dry facts (there wouldn’t be very many of them) were reported? Suppose his tweets were given no coverage? Suppose the press reported that as usual Trump said nothing remarkable?

Suppose instead the press did the real work of finding out and reporting on the real problems in the United States? The real difficulties with climate change? The real dangers of poor enforcement of safety regulations because the agencies that enforce these regulations are seriously underfunded? Suppose instead of fussing about who is at fault for the Russian interference in our election the press focussed on the serious underfunding of the technology in the United States government?

We might have change. We might be able to hold Trump to account.


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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.

Reply with your own experience. I really want to hear from you.


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Politics, Corruption, and (In spite of that) Happiness

Thoughts about politics

I have had a lot of thoughts about the changes in the United States Congress.  I have to admit that the Democrats who ran for election or re-election deserved the loss that they experienced.  When they refused to defend the Affordable Care Act, the stimulus to the economy, and the need for more help for the middle class (like an increase in the minimum wage) they abandoned the record that the Democratic Party stands for and needs to continue.

Enough said.  I hope the Democrats that are left will find a way to be articulate and proud.

Thoughts about Corruption

Read an article in The New Yorker Magazine: January 19, 2015 issue.The Article is “Corruption and Revolt” by Patrick Radden Keefe.  In this article he describes some of the rampant corruption that runs through the government of Afghanistan.  The Karzai family runs a remarkable drug program that is aided and abetted by the CIA.  If you feel startled and discouraged by this statement, read the article.  (Warning:  You won’t feel better after you read it.)

Sorry, this doesn’t sound very happy.

Thoughts about being happy

So on to happy:  I have been babysitting my one year old grandson twice a week for a year now.  He is cute, sweet, and a real mover.  I spent two weeks in Cancun and Playa Del Carmen in December, and I am planning a return trip in April.  I moved from one small suburb of St. Paul to another suburb of Minneapolis in the Fall of 2014.  Now I am closer to the action of Minneapolis, and I am very happy about that.  I have continued to volunteer at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts.  If you are in the Minneapolis area check it out.