I’m rubber, you’re glue…….

TRUMP

“Our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace and do not represent American values or American fairness. You can’t say things that are false, knowingly false, and be able to smile as money pours into your bank account,”

AMERICAN VALUES

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

That business about freedom of speech and the press is in the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights, so it is, like, an American value.

Donald Trump is the president of the United States and, so, any criticism of the government, political advocacy, and advocacy of unpopular ideas that he may find distasteful or against public policy are almost always permitted. He cannot sue those who criticize him for what he does as a government official.

He claims there are passages in “Fire and Fury that MAY be false, he certainly don’t like them, and so his lawyers have informed the author and the publisher,

“Mr. Trump hereby demands that you immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the book.”

Mr. Trump says that the book is filled with libel, and its only purpose is to have him look bad. He does not like the idea that someone would pass on things that are not true, accept things without verification, or simply make things up to hurt someone to their advantage. People shouldn’t attempt to promote themselves and benefit by slamming others.

And he will ignore the First Amendment an attempt to make it unlawful.

He seems to forget his own M.O.

Examples of things Trump claimed about opponents in an attempt to spread false information and weaken their standing by saying “things that are false, knowingly false”:

January 2nd, 2018, Trump claimed that Dianne Feinstein had said. that there wax no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

-December 5th, 2017, said,”Hillary Clinton lied many times to the FBI.”

-October 12th, 2017, claimed that the Obama administration “borrowed more than $10 trillion, right? And yet, we picked up $5.2 trillion just in the stock market. … Maybe in a sense we’re reducing debt.”

-October 12th, 2017, said, “Bob Corker gave us the Iran Deal.”

-July 11th, 2017, said that John Podesta, who didn’t work for the DNC , “refused to give the DNC server to the FBI and the CIA. Disgraceful!”

-May 4th, 2017, said, “Dems want billions to go to Insurance Companies to bail out donors”

-March 20th, 2017, said, “The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process.”

-February 9th, 2017, said that CNN’s Chris Cuomo “never asked” Sen. Richard Blumenthal about Blumenthal’s misstatements on his own service in Vietnam.

-November 2nd, 2016, said, “Twitter, Google and Facebook are buying the FBI criminal investigation of Clinton. Very dishonest media.”

-October 18th, 2016, he claimed Hillary Clinton was “let off the hook” for her email scandal while Gen. David Petraeus had his life “destroyed for doing far, far less.”

-October 10th, 2016 said that after Hillary Clinton helped a man accused of raping a 12-year-old, “she’s seen laughing on two separate occasions, laughing at the girl who was raped.”

-October 6th, 2016, said, “In her campaign for president, Hillary Clinton has received $100 million in contributions from Wall Street and hedge funds.”

-September 27th, 2016, said that top Clinton advisers “were pressing” birther movement stories “very hard.”

-September 16th, 2016, “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy.”

-August 29th, 2016 claimed that as governor, Tim Kaine “oversaw a huge increase in illegal immigration, a tremendous increase.”

-August 18th, 2016, said Hillary Clinton is “proposing to print instant work permits for millions of illegal immigrants to come in and take everybody’s jobs, including low-income African-Americans.”

-July 21st, 2016 said Hillary Clinton “wants to essentially abolish the Second Amendment.”

-July 1st, 2016,  “As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton laundered money to Bill Clinton through Laureate Education, while Bill Clinton was an honorary chairman of the group.”  

-June 23rd, 2016 said that the Benghazi victims were “left helpless to die as Hillary Clinton soundly slept in her bed.”

-April 18th, 2016, said Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio “had it set so that the winner takes everything, because they wanted to make sure that I didn’t get anything” in the Florida primary .

-March 31st, 2016, said Ted Cruz distributed the ad showing a nude Melania Trump on a rug.

-March 13th, 2016, said the man who rushed the stage at him in Dayton, Ohio, “had chatter about ISIS, or with ISIS” in his social media posts.

-March 3rd, 2016 said the wives of the 9/11 hijackers “knew exactly what was happening” and went back to Saudi Arabia two days before the attacks to watch their husbands on television flying the planes.

-December 17th, 2015, claimed that he 9/11 terrorists’ friends, family, girlfriends in the United States “were sent back for the most part to Saudi Arabia. They knew what was going on. They went home, and they wanted to watch their boyfriends on television.”

-Tuesday, July 21st, 2015, said John McCain “has done nothing to help the vets.

-July 15th, 2015, said Florida had five sanctuary cities while Jeb Bush was governor.

-Tuesday, April 12th, 2011, claimed that President Obama spent over $2 million in legal fees defending lawsuits about his birth certificate.

-Thursday, April 7th, 2011, said that President Obama’s “grandmother in Kenya said he as born in Kenya and she was there and witnessed the birth.”

In summary, when he says they said it, they didn’t. When he says they didn’t say it, they did.

If he says they did something, they didn’t. When he says they didn’t do something, they did.

And in this way he promoted his celebrity and his candidacy for office.

A reminder to Mr. Trump:

LIBEL: a published false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation.

He may want to move cautiously on this libel thing.

A personal rant

I feel the need to explain myself, if not to inform the general public, at least to live with the knowledge I got this off my chest and, as would be with a primal scream, a cathartic effect.

There is a gentleman, a term I choose for its modicum of neutrality, who is approaching middle age and who grew up with many people I have come to know since I moved to where I now live, and whom I would consider to be friends.

He is considered by these people to be a friend of theirs and they of him, and, so, in spite of my opinion, I have to accept that he will remain their friend and my opinion is my own and is most likely not a reason to disrupt that.

However, having said that, my opinion is this.

He came of age in the 1980s when the AIDS epidemic was in its infancy, when conservative politicians were reluctant to act, when funding was slow in coming, when AIDS was considered a punishment from God, when Gay people were not worthy of help, and when my new friends, just like my previous friends, lost friends and loved ones in sadly large and unnecessary numbers.

When you are in any Gay bar, turn to the empty stool near you and understand that someone should be sitting there.

During this time and the subsequent years of ending discrimination in housing, employment, military service, and medical care, of ending bullying and harassment in Massachusetts state schools, and the years leading up to marriage equality that ended the disrespect and dismissal of the long term, committed relationships of a large number of GLBT people, this individual supported and voted for those politicians, both local and national, who fought against this progress and in so doing aided those denying his friends their rights, and who had no problem with letting us die and even justifying that, while preventing his friends from attaining equal, not second class, citizenship.

He has continued in this support, and during the time leading up to the 2016 elections often explained to young GLBT people within ear shot of me why it was in their best interest to vote Republican as the presidential candidate was the best friend of the GLBT Community, a claim that had little support from observed past practice, and later scoffing at any resulting executive orders that have ended certain rights, claiming that is not that serious a thing, and dismissing any perceived threats to continue this removal of rights as merely unsupported and laughable speculation.

This to me is a betrayal of the friendships he claims, and a denial of any responsibility for having supported those who chose and worked to oppress those he considered friends, and will most likely continue to do so.

When he enters the city’s only Gay bar, hugging and glad handing the people there and approaching anyone much younger than he, people who in effect he has betrayed in the past and continues to in the present with his support of anti-GLBT politicians and so the policies they promote and the disinformation they spread to justify it, while attempting to influence the younger patrons to also support those who may very well attempt to, and possibly could succeed in erasing rights they take for granted because the battles that won them are as much in the past as those who fought them, my mood is affected, and not in a positive way.

I have known and worked with people who had fought those battles while this person had been content to be a bar hopping bar fly, glad to benefit from the successes of the hard fought battles and moving calmly into the better society created by those he betrayed and obstructed by his support of those they fought, like the person who walks behind the one shoveling the snow off a sidewalk.

I cannot befriend him, and although I know the others have known him most of their lives and he has not done anything overt that prolonged their oppression, I feel bad for those who have not forced him to see how he has not been the true friend he and they assume he has been because he certainly, whether conscious enough about it to realize or too indifferent to bother to see it, he has been stabbing close friends and the community in whose bars he feels so welcome in the back.

So if anyone has wondered, or will, why, when he comes in, I might move to a distant stool, or finish a drink and not order another as I put on my coat, make sure I leave a tip, and then walk out, it is because I am old enough to choose my friends and those with whom I socialize carefully, and I choose not to deal with a person who so cavalierly hurts my friends.

And if you never see me do that, just know that I do.

No one likes to be last off the bench

When you are sitting on the bench in the elementary school playground and the two captains of the teams that are about to play during recess are picking players, it is a bit of a blow to your self-esteem when there are few people left and you are one of them. Your desperate prayer is not to be the last one sitting on the bench, and, if you are, your inclusion on one team is signaled by a disappointed look , a shrug of resignation ,and an eye roll of the captain who has to accept you because you are the last choice and it is his turn to pick.

On the world stage, imagine being a country that fears that you will only be condemned in a Trump tweet because, well, you are the only one left.

After countries like Australia, China, France, Germany, Iran, Mexico, North Korea, United Kingdom, Pakistan, and Palestine, have been victims of tweets and surprise changes in relations, it is just possible other countries may not want to be left out of that club.

2017; THE BIGLIEST FIRST YEAR: OUR FIRST YEAR UNDER TRUMP

Trump offers a new payment plan

“He says what is on his mind. He means what he says.”

And with that, many, who are now finding out that that may not have been a sure bet, voted for Donald Trump because he was refreshingly non-establishment and one of the common people.

At his rallies he fomented xenophobia by representing anyone who came from a foreign country, specifically Mexico, as raping and pillaging our people and cities, and taking the jobs Americans are so eager to have, like picking lettuce under the blazing sun for unlimited hours with low pay.

At his campaign rallies one of Trump’s big crowd pleasers was repeating that Mexico was going to pay for the wall on the Southern border, with the guarantee of this being the phrase “Believe me”.

His base ate that up.

Then that was switched over time to Congress needing to come up with the money since Mexico refused to do that, and the artiste of the deal took the easy road and accepted Mexico’s refusal.

Trump had claimed after his trip to Mexico that he and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto had not discussed the wall, but Nieto publicly stated that the topic had come up, and he had told Trump, again, that Mexico would not pay for the wall.

This resulted in Trump and House Republicans coming up with plans to use taxpayer money instead.

In March of last year Republican Mike Rogers of Arkansas introduced  the Border Wall Funding Act of 2017 that would put a 2%  tax on all person-to-person wire transfers to Mexico, the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean. In effect, citizens of the United States would be taxed directly to pay for the wall if they wired any money to family members there. A provision to this that did not make it out of committee had included a 7% “fine” on any money sent unless the sender could prove he or she was in the U.S. legally.

Businesses would be exempt.

You earn money and pay your taxes on the income, and you get further taxed because you wire money to someone in another country. Sending money by cable is already a rather expensive thing to do.

Not exactly Mexico paying for the wall with that arrangement.

Toward the end of last year, Trump came up with an idea that could force Congress to come up with Wall money, and it involves hostages.

Trump reversed Obama’s DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, but said it could be reinstated as long as Congress passed some form of it by the end of March.

But, “there’s the rub” because he added,

“Look, I wouldn’t do a DACA plan without a wall. We need it. We see the drugs pouring into the country, we need the wall.”

He has even tweeted,

“The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL.”

So he takes a program that has benefited many young people brought here illegally by their parents, something for which they should not be punished, and closes it down so that he can use the DREAMers as hostages.

Want the program back?

Pass a budget that uses taxpayer money to pay for the wall for which he promised that Mexico would.

This is extortion plain and simple.