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Stephanie C. Fox

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Disgracing the Nation

We had a nice vacation with Trump – the #Pumpkingropenfuhrer – out of the country.

Now he’s back, damn it.

We have a vacuous celebrity of a Thief-in-Chief who leaves you-name-it to his crooked son-in-law to study up on, handle, and otherwise deal with anything and everything that comes up.

Trump is a guy with a limited attention span who hates to study anything in depth.

He rode a golf cart while the other G7 leaders walked in Sicily, showing that he lacks the stamina that he accused Hillary Rodham Clinton of lacking, even though all she had was a brief bout of the flu, and she proved herself capable of marathons of travel and peacemaking trips for 4 years as U.S. Secretary of State. He also got tired while visiting with Benjamin Netanyahu, wandered away from the area where they were meeting, and had to be led back to that spot, cameras flashing and video cameras recording.

He may even be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.

When sufficiently rested and in lucid moments, Trump enjoyed the pageantry of hobnobbing with the leaders of a nation that bears responsibility for Al-Qaeda, dancing with swords and putting his hands on a glowing orb as if he were Saruman, the evil White Wizard from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, making a crystal ball call to the evil, undead Sauron.

 

Oh, and don’t forget that shove. Trump blatantly shoved the prime minister of Montenegro out of his way in his undue haste to get to the front of the photo-op. He was so focused on appearances that he overlooked substance…as usual. The European leaders found him disgusting and despicable, with no ability to make a deal.

How could voters have ever thought Trump was competent for this job?! Business and politics are vastly different! I read a history of Venice. That empire was one held by businesspeople who were well aware that business and politics are NOT the same thing, and cannot be handled the same way. No doge ever treated the Venetian empire like a business.

Melania Trump didn’t help matters much. She looked like Marie Antionette reincarnated in her $51,000-Dolce & Gabbana flower jacket.

No FLOTUS should be seen wearing a jacket that cost $51,000. Not with lots of citizens who don’t have enough money to pay for basic necessities, including, but not limited to, health care.

But back to her husband… The leaders of the Nordic nations certainly don’t think Trump is competent. They posed with a soccer ball, clutching it all together in a mockery of Trump and Saudis.

Now Trump is back, facing Russia-gate after having spewed state intelligence secrets to his good buddies…who are not his nation’s friends.

He is back to calling any news report he doesn’t like “fake news”.

We’re back to watching him and his wife consume unreasonably disproportionate amounts of U.S. tax funds on self-indulgence while they plot to cut more and more services from U.S. citizens.

Immigrants who work as harmless crop harvesters are being hunted relentlessly.

A judge in Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, hated sending a 43-year-old husband back to Mexico, away from his wife and daughters. The man had been picking coffee, not bothering anyone. But…it’s a fire sale on migrants. Every last one of them must go, regardless of the waste of human and other resources incurred.

Federal Judge Calls Trump Deportation Order of Hawaiian Coffee Farmer ‘Inhumane’

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/federal-judge-calls-trump-deportation-order-hawaiian-coffee-farmer-inhumane-n766376

As someone who writes about and is fascinated by human overpopulation, I am nevertheless disgusted by this. Trump has declared open season on ALL hombres, not just the bad ones. Hiding in churches won’t work for immigrants whose status isn’t approved, either.

I’m not in favor of hunting down people who haven’t hurt anyone and who clearly aren’t going to hurt anyone – people whose intentions are to earn a living by taking hot, sweaty, low-wage jobs harvesting crops that U.S. citizens don’t want.

I would love a population policy that bars anyone who can’t afford to pay to raise their own children with food, clothing, education, health care, shelter, safety, plus no physical or psychological threats to the potential child’s well-being, from reproducing.

That’s the stuff of dystopian science fiction, such as my Nae-Née series, not reality, but that series is meant to make people think about all aspects of the issue that it takes on, namely that of human overpopulation, not to shy away from doing so. (I don’t let the Farmers, its villains, off, however.)

The Handmaid’s Tale is the scenario we are more likely to face instead, thanks to Christian Taliban monsters such as Mike Pence who want to force women to have babies. Such ideas remind me of studying history – oh, let’s be specific about this and say studying herstory, because I was focusing on women’s experiences – and learning that most women used to have no option for financial support other than to get married, then take the physical risk of childbirth, with often lethal consequences. Women really were forced to have babies. They could end up dead – no thank you! – or stuck with parenthood – again, no thank you. We don’t all want that, and we shouldn’t have to be cornered into it.

We have an entire ocean separating us from the sort of difficulty that Angela Merkel invited into Europe. Hordes of ecosystems migrants are not going to walk on in to the United States. We make them all wait for years on end, no matter how bad it is in some holding camp, until they have been vetted to the nth degree and then some, before they are allowed to take a plane here, a ride that they must get a loan to pay for. Everything is NOT free in America, despite the song from West Side Story. That’s just fiction.

No one is coming for anyone’s guns.

In fact, crazy people are now going to be allowed to have guns, and registration laws are being relaxed thanks to our Idiot-in-Chief and that traitor, Mitch/Yurtle the Turtle McConnell, who swore not to do his job as long as Obama was our president, his oath of office be damned.

How should we assess a candidate for political office?

Here are some suggestions: research their resumes, their economic background, their beliefs, their character, their temperment. Look to see the ranking of their school and what they studied, plus how serious (or not) of a student they were. Was the candidate born wealthy? If so, has that wealth given the candidate a sense of entitlement and cluelessness about the difficulties of constituents who struggle to make financial ends meet? Any sign of taking payoffs to vote a particular way or to ignore things that ought not be ignored? Do they like to control other people’s lives, or do they care more about protecting their rights? What is their record on women? Any affairs? Any indication of a desire to curtail women’s freedoms of any kind? Can the candidate cope with pressure from journalists to answer tough questions without losing emotional control and physically assaulting them?

Trump and Greg Gianforte both fail on that last count.

Populism is taking over the United States, and it’s the new fascism.

No wonder the United States of America is no longer a nation to feel proud of.

We have become the Untied States of America.

Liberals, with altruistic, inclusive policies, got our way for decades.

Meanwhile, human overpopulation has strained resources.

Democracy suffers whenever there is resource scarcity.

If you have any doubt about that, just look at the Middle East, from whence the hordes of migrants came, thus straining Europe’s resources.

The conservative right has lost any interest in respect for the rule of law because that rule has not served its interests – interests which the majority of those who make up the younger generations disagree with.

We’re entering our own resource war over health care and access to food now as government benefits are scaled back.

Any voter who imagines that this will not affect them – that it will only affect others – is dreaming.

Just wait.

It won’t be long.

We’re already seeing the effects.

We need many, many more cases of voter’s remorse.

It is useless and dangerous to fail to study history and to not see ahead to the threat of disgrace and even disaster posed by a political applicant.

Just wait and watch as more people wake up to that hideous reality.

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