Why the GOP will lose the 2020

Presidential Election

Whoa, amigo, where have you been? I’ve been waiting on this GOP article for quite some time. Did you forget your promise? No, no I most certainly didn’t. Been putting a new roof on the ol’ abode and got stuck in renovation, construction, tunnel vision. It happens…So now, before I start painting the castle’s exterior, it seems like a good time to rail on the Republican candidate and his chances for reelection. Oh yeah, baby. Are you going to let ’er rip? Yeah, I believe so. Well, this a family-friendly writing, so it will seem fairly anemic for some, but I promise to leave no stone unturned. Some of the more benign transgressions, of which there are multitudes, such as nepotism, large donor appointees, using political office for personal, monetary gain…I’ll not articulate upon. If I did, this simple article would evolve into one of the largest tomes ever written. No, we’ll just stick with the basic facts, such as character flaws, campaign promises, and the near destruction of our American democracy. You’ve got my attention, amigo. Will the walls come tumbling down upon our Commander-in-Chief? My dialogue would indicate as much, but the presidential election results, come this November, will decide the correctness of my thoughts. May the “Force” be with us. Oops, probably shouldn’t have said that. Hey, you’re going to let the horse run, right? So loosen up on the reins, slap the steed on the rump, and let her fly.

A quick qualifier before diving into the meat of this article. I’ve chosen to divide my thoughts into two sections. First, we’ll look at Trump’s pre-pandemic endeavors, and then, at the end of this writing, we’ll briefly look at how our Commander-in-Chief dealt with Covid-19. I’ve done this so we will not forget about his first three years in office. With the pandemic and BLM movement occurring simultaneously now, it’s easy to overlook Trump’s initial attempts at governing, which in my opinion, were a complete debacle and should never be forgotten.

Now, with that said, where to begin. Why will the GOP lose the 2020 election? Well, let’s start with the obvious. Donald Trump is an outspoken, unfettered racist. There’s nothing he can do to alter that perception. Oh, he occasionally tries to endear himself to African Americans, but its pure tokenism. For example, between now and Nov. 3rd, you’ll hear a lot about the “Opportunity Zone” legislation he created. It puts in place low-interest government loans and reduced tax incentives for developers if they’ll improve impoverished areas in our country. There’s more to it than that, but that’s the gist of it. Several small problems, though: One, very little oversight. Two, very vague terminology. And third, no mention of minorities getting preferential treatment in gaining contracts. Hmmmm, this kind of sounds like Trump cronyism at its best/worst to me. I see a whole bunch of white financiers wringing their hands over this deal. Enhanced gentrification, here we come. Yeah, this Opportunity Zone deal is typical Trump “double speak.” I truly believe the man doesn’t realize how transparent his endeavors are. 

To realize Trump’s true racist nature, all we need to remember is what Donald Trump has done on Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s National Holiday. He’s mostly played golf in his gated communities, gone on unimportant political excursions, or sat in the Oval Office twiddling his thumbs. I believe this year, in an unannounced, impromptu excursion, Trump visited the King memorial in Washington DC for a quick photo op, and then jetted off to Switzerland. The man doesn’t have to announce his racism. He lets his actions do the talking .

Donald Trump’s racism is not directed solely toward African Americans. No, it is much broader and expansive than that. In the last three-plus years we’ve witnessed his racist attitudes and actions being played out politically against Hispanics, Asians, Muslims, and Native Americans. I’m sure to have left out other peoples, and I apologize for this. The point being that the man’s racism borders on or simply mirrors what the world witnessed in Nazi Germany during the thirties and forties. Pretty disgusting.

Come November 3rd, there isn’t anything Donald Trump can do to alter the facts. No amount of smoke or mirrors can hide what he’s done during his presidency. Racists will vote for the guy and those of us who believe in “liberty and justice for all” will vote for Joe Biden. There’s more of us than them. Advantage Democrats.

Before I go much further, I need to explain the fundamental, driving force behind Donald Trump’s presidency. He’s a greed-head, narcissistic bully. The man does everything possible to improve his image while debasing others, and often uses bullying tactics to accomplish these ends. This explains his compulsive need to belittle and blame previous presidents and others for their errors and his consequential problems. Also, these character flaws explain his need to terminate so many of the US treaties and pacts negotiated before him. Narcissists need fall guys to remain unsoiled and pretty, and bullies don’t like rules created by treaties and accords because tyrants function best without regulations interfering with their methods. This one truism, Trump being a narcissist bully, pretty much explains every effort of his presidency. Throw in greed-head with narcissistic bully and you have Donald Trump the man and United States President.

With that said, let’s move on. How can one assess a sitting president’s worth? One traditional manner is to revisit campaign promises and see how many came to fruition. Trump made lots of promises, some realistic and others just political, emotional rhetoric…On the emotional rhetoric side, the best example is “build a wall.” No, Mexico didn’t pay for the few miles that have been completed to date. The military budget was unconstitutionally pilfered for the job, and some conservative investors were scammed by none other than Trump’s right-hand man, Steve Bannon, into believing their donated monies would be used solely for wall construction. Federal prosecutors in New York think Steve and comrades used the investors’ dollars for personal gain. How can a simple outlandish campaign promise turn so ugly? Easy, look at the character of those people involved.

Let’s try and put some logic and organization into this campaign promise stuff. I’m going to make this easier for us by first looking at promises that completely reached maturation without a hitch. Trump promised tax reform and immediately produced. The rich and corporations now pay much less to the federal government in tax revenue. Some poorer people pay less in taxes and some middle-class tax payers, like myself, pay more to the Feds come April 15th. Trump also said he’d put a conservative onto the Supreme Court. No brainer. Republicans control the Senate…done deal. Also, our sitting president wanted us out of many treaties and accords his predecessors negotiated for our country, and he did just that. He removed us from the Paris Climate Accord, took us out of TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership), renegotiated NAFTA, threatened to leave NATO, and removed us from the Iran Nuclear Accord. I’ll take a closer look at all these strategies later on in the article. Blunders would be more accurate than “strategies,” but for now, let’s just say that these tactics are directly related to our sitting president’s greedy, narcissistic, bullying personality, and have nothing to do with bettering America or American lives.

I must mention another promise he campaigned on and relentlessly tried to fulfill. His successes were hit or miss and we have the judicial system, mostly, to thank for his failures. Trump campaigned on a “federal deregulation” platform, and has continually tried to reverse federal regs that his predecessors penned into law. Mostly he was unsuccessful, due to court rulings, but for me, he got his way far too often. I’m reminded of a friend’s comment following Trump’s victory in 2016. My friend noted that the most often repeated sentence Donald Trump would hear while in office was, “but, Mr. President, you can’t do that.” I believe my amigo’s insight held true. Remember back in 2018 when he tried to roll back the mpg and auto emission regulation developed by President Obama. In this case he mostly didn’t succeed because of environmentalist litigation, the wishes of state governors and legislators, and the fact that the auto industry itself didn’t want these laws dismissed. On the flip side, Trump removed enough environmental regulations to open up hundreds of thousands of acres to fracking in New Mexico and Texas, reduced the sizes of numerous national monuments, diddled with the Clean Water Act, etc. Even with the November elections looming before us, he’s still tearing away at our planet’s ecosystems. The North Slope developers just got the okay from the Feds to start exploratory drilling and the Army Corps of Engineers just gave the thumbs-up to those wishing to develop the Pebble Mine complex in Alaska’s pristine Nushagak drainage system.

There you have it. Trump’s successes. He gave himself and corporations big tax cuts, put new Supreme Court Justices into place, deregulated many protective, environmental laws, and pulled us out of numerous international treaties, accords, and pacts. Not much of a legacy, really. The man was pretty much a “no show,” in regards to doing much with his “office” and all that it provides.

Now, let’s review Trump’s failures, and there’s no better place to start than our country’s economy. Remember Trump’s grandest campaign promise was the revitalization of the American economy and the reestablishment of its greatness. Why didn’t I place this promise in the success category? Simply put, it doesn’t belong there. A little history before I continue. Trump received from President Obama an economy completely healed from the Great Recession. Unemployment was down, GDP was chugging along with annual improvements of 2.2 to 2.3 percent, interest rates were low, national debt heading in the right direction, the stock market had rebounded, and American’s confidence in the economy had been rejuvenated. What a gift for Donald Trump. Of course, if you remember Trump’s dialogue, he inherited a mess. Well he did not, and he should have taken the ball and scored a touchdown. That didn’t happen. What’s happened to our economy since Obama is anemic at best, and at worst a total disappointment. GDP got a bump from Trump’s tax renovation, and rose to a 2.9 annual percentage growth for a moment, but for the most part GDP has stalled at 2.5 or 2.6 percent during Trump’s presidency. This outcome from the candidate who promised 4, 5, or even 6 percent GDP during his tenure. Didn’t happen and the man had the lowest interest rates in recent history to work with. The stock market has stayed healthy, but even this is an illusion in regards to the health and well-being of average Americans. The stock market owes its growth to corporate players, one percenters, and retirement fund managers. They have the cash in our present economy and have kept the Dow numbers up where they’re at. Before Covid-19 America enjoyed the lowest unemployment numbers since, well, ever. Something for a president to hang his or her hat on. Kind of. Let’s look closer. The service and retail industries saw large growth during Trump’s tenure. The medical profession saw good growth, also. To be expected. We’ve got an aging population, requiring more attention from doctors, and with consumer confidence up, you’d expect more service and retail jobs. Construction ticked up a little, as did most other business sectors. Again, to be expected in a growing economy. On the other hand, manufacturing, the one sector that Trump promised big numbers in, had little growth. Actually manufacturing lost jobs in 2019 and 2020. Many economists blame Trump’s trade wars for these losses. Donald Trump couldn’t produce and sustain those proffered manufacturing jobs, just the ones that would make “America Great Again.” His inept international economic strategies derailed any substantial growth in US manufacturing, and in general, I’d place his overall grade for economic growth a C-minus at best.

During the Trump administration, the gap between the lower economic classes and the rich has widened considerably. This is because he couldn’t produce more higher paying jobs, like manufacturing. His economy stumbles along on the back of service industry and retail job growth, neither of which produce living wages. People had jobs, could make the monthlies, and had a little left over for discretionary use. Annual income has ticked up a bit during Trump’s presidency, but even this is a misleading statistic. Trump’s economic strategies didn’t aid these numbers at all. Personal income has risen mostly because several states have raised their minimum wages. Minimum wage directly affects the service and retail sectors, just the ones seeing the most job growth, so basically, the uptick in annual income has everything to do with what the states have done and nothing to do with Donald Trump’s plans and maneuvers.

Trump’s economy has been a bust, and even worse, he’s left Americans, both present and future, with a huge national debt. This is the largest batch of red ink that I can ever remember seeing, and there’s rumblings of a weakening dollar because of this imbalance. Remember, his tax cuts were not followed by fiscal restraints, and this one-two punch will have to be addressed by other administrations, long after Trump is gone. Also, our trade deficit is the largest that it has been for over a decade. Did 45, personally, do anything to improve our economy significantly? I think not, and believe future economists will say the same. Trump was given a gift from Obama, a healthy economy ready to do even better. Trump, instead of scoring a touchdown, dropped the ball, tried to punt, and then, shanked it. Trump’s economy, a major disappointment. Advantage Democrats.

A quick note before carrying on. In the midst of writing this article, my hometown newspaper reported a slight uptick in the purchase of durable goods when comparing June and July numbers. Seems the upper classes, due to lack of vacation travel, have more discretionary monies to spend, so they’re buying new cars, kitchen appliances, washers and dryers.…Doesn’t really affect most of the country, but you can be sure we’ll hear about this small, upward movement during Trump’s 2020 campaigning.

On the 2016 campaign trail, Trump made much of his business and negotiation skills. Often, he did this in conjunction with debunking Obama’s or Bill Clinton’s abilities. He promised to rectify previous poorly designed treaties and accords such as NAFTA and the Trans Pacific Partnership. TPP attempted to facilitate trade between eleven Pacific Rim countries and the United States. Notably, China was not a member of the group, which of course put the United States at the head of the table. Consequently, a fairly advantageous pact for the US. Trump’s ego and bullying tendencies caused him to disavow both treaties. They weren’t brokered by him and they came with rules that inhibit his ability to strong-arm lesser countries.

Let’s see what Trump accomplished. In regards to NAFTA, a new economic treaty, USMCA, was signed into law in 2019. It took three years to get this deal brokered. What did it actually accomplish? Well, some Midwest dairies get to sell more product to Canada. Automobiles must have 75 percent of their parts manufactured in the signees’ countries, up from 62.5 percent from the NAFTA agreement. Forty to 45 percent of automobile parts must be produced by workers making at least $16.00 an hour (not a living wage). This of course does nothing for Mexican auto employees because the 40 to 45 percentage of workers can be found solely in the US and Canadian labor force. And lastly, of dubious note, Mexico is encouraged to allow auto workers to form unions. Really? Encouraged? I’m sure the drug cartels and corporate owners want to see a viable middle class created in their country. Both these groups, corporate owners and drug lords, prefer a 21st century indentured servant class. You know, a group of employees, with little leverage, and singing “I owe, I owe, so it’s off to work I go” each morning before arriving at their poverty-level jobs. Oh yeah, there’s a “sunset” clause (totally offensive term) that allows everything to self-destruct in 16 years. There you have it. The terms I just mentioned are the ones most often touted by the administration. Wow! Three years got us that. Which was the better agreement, NAFTA or USMCA? You be the judge. NAFTA did away with all tariffs and duties placed upon products traded between the treaty members. Again, which accord did the most to strengthen and protect the treaty members’ economies? This USMCA accord is total crap! Oops, I mean a total PR scam that does almost nothing to make “America Great” and enhance American lives. It’s complete reality TV show stuff with absolutely no meat to chew on.

Okay, how about Trans Pacific Partnership? This really is smoke and mirror stuff. Since this agreement was never ratified by all the participating countries, it really never existed, so pulling us out of the treaty had no merit whatsoever. Total PR work at its lowest level. It had great possibilities for the US since we were, as I said, at the head of the table. Could have greatly aided our influence in the Pacific Rim region by shutting out China’s influence and enhancing ours. Trump removed us from the deal, interesting for a number of reasons. One, since the agreement left China outside looking in, you’d think Trump would have approved of it. But bullies don’t like rules…Also, guess who brokered the original deal with the other countries? That’s right, President Obama. In a Trump administration, this automatically doomed TPP, no matter how much it helped American business and influence. Trump’s maneuvering was totally an egotistical, bully, narcissistic endeavor by him to erase Obama’s legacy. To date, there has been no significant effort by the Trump administration to develop another accord of any kind in the Pacific Rim.

Since we’re talking about America’s economy and its connectedness with other countries, seems like a good time to weigh in on Trump’s attempts to influence Chinese business relations with the US. Now remember, Trump wanted nothing to do with TPP, which shut out Chinese influence. No, Mr. Trump chose to take on China himself. Hey, he’s the best economic presidential negotiator we’ve ever had, right? How did things go with the Chinese negotiations? I’d say, not so well. First Trump started a trade war with China for several reasons; often mentioned our Chinese acquisitions of US companies and the consequential acquisition of their US technology. Also, the obvious trade imbalance between our two nations was not acceptable to Mr. Trump. How’d all the tariffs and Trump’s nasty, bullying rhetoric do in regards to changing Chinese economic gamesmanship? It did nothing. As a matter of fact, the Chinese played him like a fiddle. Trump’s lucky that US corporations absorbed his tariff costs and didn’t pass on the price hikes to American consumers. We could have seen considerable inflation due to these added costs. No, American business, flush with capital due to lower tax burdens and a steady US economy, absorbed the higher prices and helped keep inflation in check. Remember, corporate America likes a Trump presidency. They know who cut their taxes and who is constantly deregulating the economic playing field.

Just before Covid-19 took over our country, Trump announced a major victory in negotiations with China. He claimed to have gained considerable concessions from the Chinese, and here’s where Trump was played like a fiddle. The Chinese conceded to purchasing 200 billion dollars’ worth of farm goods from the US. Trump took a victory lap and proclaimed his better negotiating skills when compared to his Chinese counterparts. The Chinese will purchase a large number US hogs and soybean tonnage. Did Trump masterfully outsmart his negotiating adversaries and win these concessions? No, the Chinese just happen to need pork due to their disease-decimated hog population, and they’ve never been able to produce all the soybeans they need. Due to the rapid development of the US/China trade war, no other country had enough time to ramp up soybean production and supply China with the additional tonnage they’ve always required. No, a masterful Donald Trump at the negotiating table didn’t win Chinese concession. Simply put, circumstances and timing allowed for a moral victory of sorts for Mr. Trump. The Chinese simply outmaneuvered Donald Trump. Now, they’ve gained a bargaining chip by just doing what they had to do. The next time Trump and the Chinese sit down at the negotiation table, they’ll remind Trump of their concession and ask our bestest ever negotiator to return the favor.

Remember, the “theft” of US technology and the trade imbalance started this trade war. These issues have not been remedied or dealt with at this point. Most of the tariffs still remain in place. The only concessions won by the US are some pigs and soybeans have been purchased by China. Clearly, Trump has missed the mark, and gotten nowhere with his trade war with China.

There you have it. Mr. Trump’s attempts to better America’s international trading positions have gone nowhere. Of course he’ll say otherwise and already has. The man is nothing but smoke and mirrors and reality TV show tricks. Did he improve on NAFTA? Not really. Just wasted our time. Did pulling out of the TPP benefit us? No, if anything it reduced our leadership in the Pacific Rim. Did his trade war with China accomplish his goals? No, it did not. So what have Donald Trump’s international, economic goals done for America? Nothing. In general, they’ve just been inept endeavors. Trump’s international economic prowess, advantage Democrats.

How’d Trump do with US international politics? You probably noticed none of his efforts fell into my successful category, for good reason; the man could care less about international politics, unless it has something to do with economics. He doesn’t believe in America’s democratic process, and trying to foster and develop it worldwide is not on the man’s radar…

So, what were the Trump administration’s “foreign affairs” objectives and strategies? I don’t think his administration really had an international plan. Seemed to me that most of his endeavors were photo ops with national leaders and knee-jerk reactions to geo-political situations. There’s no rational way to discuss his efforts because his efforts lack, just that, a rational basis. So I’m just going to review some of his diplomatic moves and call it good.

He apparently likes Israel and disapproves of a Palestine State idea since he decided to move the US/Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. Really? Are you kidding me? This is the man who wants to defund the Foreign Service. I guess he wants to cut jobs so that he can spend a bunch of money on moving an embassy.

How about the Russian aggression in the Ukraine. Not much being done. Oh yeah, I forgot about the “quid pro quo” stuff. I guess, maybe, he at least noticed there was aggression occurring. Although, it seems that the Ukraine/Russia conflict just offered a vehicle for Trump to get at Biden. I don’t think he really cares what Putin does.

Let’s look at North Korea’s nuclear weapon threat and long-range ballistic missile development. Well, Trump rattled swords and shields together for a bit, visited with Kim Jong Un, and stepped onto North Korean soil. Did any of Trump’s diplomacy change anything? First, let me mention that we, the American people, heard nothing about what Trump and Kim talked about. Diplomacy? There’s no proof that anything like that happened. There was a photo op on the Korean Peninsula, a few phone calls back and forth, and I believe Trump penned a presidential correspondence with Kim Jong Un’s address attached. Diplomacy? No evidence of that. Did the “meet and greet” exchange between Kim and Trump change anything? There’s no evidence of the nuclear bomb development being curtailed, and I guess, Kim is shooting off short-range missiles now instead of long range jobbies. I would suspect this has more to do with rocket fuel prices than Trump diplomacy. Just saying…

How about Trump’s political strategies in the Middle East? Well, his wishy-washy, herky-jerky diplomacy has left the United States as a lesser player now, and Russian and Iranian influence has been enhanced. We still have troops in the area. I know this because a friend of mine has a son deployed there. The young Ranger can peer through his binoculars at a Russian fort that is a stone’s throw away from the American installation. What the troops are doing or what their mission is, is a big fat unknown to me and probably to you, also.

Speaking of the Middle East, Trump pulled us out of the Iranian deal and left our allies in the lurch. He said that Iran wasn’t complying with the accord and that his administration would put the screws to the Iranians and bring them back into compliance. No real evidence of this happening, either. As a matter of fact, the Iranians have been somewhat active in the region with little comment coming from the US. I believe the US killed a high-ranking Iranian official in a drone strike, so this shows some thought being given toward Iran and its influence in the area. This drone attack came after numerous muscle-flexing maneuvers by the Iranian government. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard has been harassing oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz for some time, actually boarding tankers and diverting their passage. An ally of Iran bombed Saudi oil refineries, causing serious damage. All of these events garnered little comment from Donald Trump, although some believe the US drone attack that killed the Iranian official was in response to the above-mentioned Iranian transgressions. The US said little about the maneuver, so whatever political advantage the attack had was lost due to vagueness. What happened next, which brought no overt action from the United States, was, arguably, Iran’s most aggressive act against US military personnel. Iran bombed an Iraq military installation, targeting US military barracks and wounded numerous soldiers. The Trump administration shrugged their shoulders, said, “No big deal,” and promptly forgot or ignored the assault and its ramifications. What is Trump’s stance toward Iran and its prominence in the Middle East? I don’t know. I know he doesn’t like Iran, but what his administration is doing to control and or curtail the country’s influence is a mystery to me.

Trump campaigned on bringing our boys home and ending these long, drawn-out military engagements in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Well a few boys have been shifted around, some sent to Germany, and a few sent home. Basically, everything has been put on hold, and now sits in limbo. I suspect the US military is just waiting for someone with a vision and some leadership skills to step in and give a few directives.

Donald Trump feels NATO takes advantage of the US. He belittles NATO member country heads of state, talks about pulling out, and in general, causes confusion and uncertainty among member nations. NATO is America’s biggest deterrent against Russian regional aggression. I believe Trump doesn’t care about Russian aggression and so, consequently, doesn’t see the importance of NATO. Presently, he’s trying to bully and cause discord between NATO members by repositioning troops from Germany to Poland. Slap in the face to Chancellor Merkel, and Trump’s proposed troop movements are causing more uncertainty among NATO members. Typical Trump tactics: insult and then create uncertainty…“What will I do next?” diplomacy.

One other international political alliance that Trump removed us from needs to be looked at further. I mentioned Trump pulling us out of the Paris Climate Accord in my section devoted to his delivered campaign promises. Again we have the sitting president erasing a previous president’s work. (Quick note; do we have a democracy when one president and his administration erases a previous president’s accomplishments?) Trump did this to appease and aid one of his biggest support groups, natural resource extraction corporations. Removing us from the Climate accord was a definitive, bold statement uttered by Trump. He told his oil, natural gas, coal, and timber producing cronies not to worry; he wouldn’t let international regs get in the way of their environmentally unfriendly extraction methods and the pollution their tactics and products create. Trump basically told the world he doesn’t care about CO2 emissions and that his boys were ready and eager to develop more “dirty” energy and ramp up pollution.

Donald Trump’s administration has not improved America’s influence in the world, and more to the point, he has diminished same. He pulled us out of various alliances, accords, treaties, and pacts. For the most part, he did not even pretend to fill the vacuum left by the US departure, and in the few cases where an attempt was made to construct new alliances, his lack of diplomatic skills and vision created empty, photo op only, allegiances. Trump’s international prowess, advantage Democrats.

We’re getting towards the end of my diatribe; not that I want it to conclude. This article has been a pleasure to write and in a weird, esoteric way, a privilege. Bear with me. I have a few more thoughts to explore and illuminate.

What has Donald Trump done to protect American citizens from the Covid-19 pandemic? I’ve said this or something similar to it a lot in this article: not much. A cartoon that I saw pretty much says it all in regards to Trump’s reaction to our pandemic. T-rex, triceratops, and diplodocus are looking up into the sky and watching the meteor that caused the cretaceous period extinction plummet toward the Yucatan. T-rex shouts out to his comrades, “Oh no! The economy!” There you have it. T-rex, I mean Donald Trump, doesn’t care about us; he just cares about the economy. How many Americans must die in order to keep it chugging along is of no import to Mr. Trump. He just wants it to keep “chugging.” Mr. Trump is a politician now, so keeping voters happy and unaware of motives is secondhand to him. He’ll never utter the words “herd immunity” for fear of losing votes, but that’s what he wants, and all his actions to date promote this result (see article “containment vs herd immunity”). Let’s be frank. The US response or more accurately, Donald Trump’s reaction to the pandemic, is a dysfunctional joke, only no one is laughing. First, he denied that it was a problem. He had everything under control. This response lost us valuable preparation time. Then he started babbling all kinds of unscientific nonsense. “It will go away in the summer,” “nothing worse than another flu,” “drink some bleach. That’ll kill it.”…After babbling nonsense for a while, and watching the death toll mount, he began blaming everyone else for his poor efforts. WHO, China, CDC, and others were all mentioned as reasons for his slow response. If only others had performed better, he could have, too. Next, as his poll numbers began to fall, he began to politicize the pandemic. People who wear masks were extremists. Social distancing and sheltering in place weren’t necessary and would only harm our economy. All of the precautions and strategies mentioned by professionals were left-wing efforts to derail his reelection. Then, Trump started to talk about how he’d gotten the US over the hump and the pandemic was behind us. He encouraged everyone to get back to work and for the country to reopen and return to normalcy. So, just when some parts of the country had “flattened the curve,” Trump’s “reopen” campaign got the virus revved up again. Now, he is once again blabbering about how the pandemic is totally behind us and anyone who says different is just trying to derail his reelection. The man is total 1984-style “double speak and a complete embarrassment. Speaking of which, the world is watching our country’s response to Covid-19 in total disbelief with its jaw agape. Our inability to work together and fight this disease is shocking to most countries and should be frightening to us.

There you have it. Trump’s concern for his precious economy has put him at odds with all those who care for the health of our citizenry. So, in typical Trump style, he’s attacked, debased, insulted, and rejected all those that disagree with his ideas and motives. To date, the US has had the most Covid-19 cases and the most related deaths of any other country on our planet. The buck stops with the man at the top, President Donald Trump. His personal agenda has created the Covid-19 nightmare that we we’re all living through, and that pretty much sums it up. Advantage, Democrats.

Whoa, there you have it. Why the GOP will lose the 2020 presidential election. Simply put, the Republicans have a narcissistic, racist, immoral, greed-head running for reelection who only cares for his own interests. He wants American business to excel, but due to his ineptness and ego has created one international blunder after another, which, in turn, has caused the US economic to stumble along, not gaining any momentum. The man has created a dysfunctional government, George Orwellian style with double-speak as the rule. A good example of this would be our Secretary of the Interior, David L. Bernhardt. Ah yes, the defender and administrator of US public lands. David’s previous job, Oil and Energy industry lobbyist. OMG! Are you kidding me! The entire US government is now filled at high levels with Trump puppets who proclaim administration propaganda on a regular, continual basis. Anyone who has been paying attention knows this and nothing Mr. Trump will and can say between now and November 3rd will deflect the criticism and dislike his administration so rightfully deserves.

 Most “people[l4]  of color” will not vote for this man, and, as I personally can attest to, many moderate Republicans will not cast their vote for him, either. Most of my Republican friends have had enough of him and are not embracing the “Ends justify the means” beliefs that many championed in 2016. The “means,” like Donald Trump, have become too repugnant for them.

Many older voters, both men and women, have lost faith in Trump and won’t vote for him again. The man threw these people under the bus with his “herd immunity” approach to the Covid-19 pandemic. Donald Trump never spoke those words, herd immunity; he’s not that dumb. All of his actions toward the pandemic have steered the US in that direction, though. The man knows Americans vote with their pocketbooks, and a strong economy is his only saving grace. Herd immunity is the best way to keep the economy from slowing up. All of us should note Sweden’s response to the pandemic and the results of herd immunity in that country. Worst Covid-19 death rate per capita in the EU and an economy that’s not much better. Too bad Mr. Trump didn’t take note; a lot of American lives could have been saved if he’d encouraged thwarting the virus vs ignoring it and/or thinking he could manipulate it to his advantage.

No, Mr. Trump will not win reelection, and I can’t think of another president who deserves to be dumped more than 45. When all the dust settles and the smoke of Donald Trump’s administration is blown away by our democratic process, the man will become the loser he really is; any and all influence held by him during office will quickly dissipate into thin air, as will all of his tricks and reality TV show gimmicks. Can’t be soon enough for me. Come on November 3rd, hurry the heck up.

You did it, amigo. The man is toast, for sure. You slapped him up one side, then down the other. Yeah, pretty easy really. There’s not much defense for his presidency. You really think he’s a goner? Like I’ve said, the American voter is a fickle critter and easily swayed. A few timely moves by Trump could totally change the playing field. The Dems have to get out the vote, especially the youth and “people of color” demographics. If they can truly mobilize these groups, Donald Trump will be packing his bags come November, and leaving the White House in January. I’ve got my fingers crossed, my lucky rabbit’s foot in my pocket, and a bundle of sage ready for use, amigo, plus I registered to vote. Good for you, my dear friend, and I hope many others have done the same. It’s time for the beast to be kicked into the gutter where it belongs so that the rest of us can get on with bettering our country and truly making it the “Land of the Free.”

What’s next, amigo? What are you going to write about? Not sure; the ol’ abode is pleading for a paint job, and the weather is cooperating. So, that’s next on the agenda. After I put the last brush stroke on the exterior trim, I think I’ll address systemic racism in our educational system. No better place to start. All of us white people need to be educated about racism and the best place to do this is within our existing school systems. Lots of changes need to be made; for instance, it’s time to rewrite history. Change the textbooks? Good place to start. This time write about what really happened to everybody and everything, not just what happened to the wealthy and ruling class. The truth needs to be portrayed before we whites can really alter our ways. Okay, amigo. I’ll be waiting. Hang in there, my friend, and to all of you, dear readers, hang in there as well. Stay safe, be smart, and patient. Good things are on the horizon.


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