Democratic Party Fiasco

While American Elections might be of little interest to my friends outside the US, they should interest them and everyone else in the world, because they greatly affect the lives and futures of every single one of us – in, or out, of this country as we can clearly see from the effects on our world, especially in the Greater Middle East. Therefore, I hope this post contributes to sharpening your understanding, or scaring you!

On the morning after President Trump gave his speech at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) in which he wowed the crowd and received a fawning endorsement and adulation, I was having coffee with my daughter during which I mentioned that unless he is impeached, or for some other ultra-ultra-serious reason, it looked to me as if Donald Trump will likely be a two-term President. On February 25, reading my online magazines and news, I saw an article by Matt Latimer in Politico titled: Trump is Winning, with a subtitle: Are you sick and tired of it yet? Here’s the link, if you’d like to read it:


The article was uncanny in its timing as it reflected exactly what I had been thinking. However, as the White House Govern-by-Chaos-as-a-Style continues to play itself out, who knows what will happen? Perhaps things will change tomorrow, however, as they stand right now, and considering our turbulent US and World landscape, here are some interesting observations:

The Iraq Prime Minister has indicated that he wants all foreign troops out of his country. Should this come to fruition, it would be momentous for the entire region.

The Government of Afghanistan, and at long last, is negotiating with the Taliban. If these talks bear fruit, this could herald another momentous event.

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has indicated a willingness to negotiate with the US, and is ready for a face-to-face meeting with President Trump. This proposal caused the world to emit a nervous sigh of relief regarding the possibility that we might avert a nuclear showdown. Remains to be seen! What is astounding, though, is that so-called Progressives and Liberals, especially the shameless dishonest and biased MSM, could not bring themselves to celebrate what could possibly be a very positive turn of events. Have they no conscience? No morals? Do they prefer War? Or, is it simply that they hate Trump so vehemently and no matter what he does?

Yemen? Syria? There is no serious effort to end these two tragedies as yet! Wringing of hands, beating of breasts and announcing that these are the greatest human catastrophes isn’t enough. No talk is! Tragic!

Iran? The sharpened sabers are rattling as Trump has you in his crosshairs!

Knowledgeable people in Israel and in the US are re-explaining that when Trump made his “Jerusalem is Israel’s Capital” declaration, he did mention that the Palestinian sections of Jerusalem were up for “negotiations” between the Palestinians and Israelis, and left the door wide open for East Jerusalem to become the Palestinian capital. Despite all the brouhaha after his declaration, and despite what might be Netanyahu’s dire and theatric objections, this was clearly his intent. Perhaps “Art of the Deal Trump” might be able to bring about a resolution to this catastrophe and bring on another momentous occurrence. Who knows?

Moreover, one of the most important arguments as to why Trump could win, where I am concerned (and I am certainly not Republican, or Conservative, nor have I voted for Trump), is the Democratic Party Fiasco! Why, you might ask? I will begin with an “Official 2018 Democratic Party Survey” that I received in the mail a few days after reading the Politico article. Here to illustrate are the three questions that I found to be absolutely, totally hilarious:

Section II: Your Personal Priorities
Which domestic issues are most important to you?
Out of the 14 Choices in this segment, number 13 is:
Ensuring that our democracy is free from Russian interference

Which international issues are most important to you?
The first Choice in this segment is:
Russian aggression and increasing global influence

Section III: The Republican Agenda
In the Second Question: Which aspects of the Trump presidency do you find most disturbing? And of the 14 Choices in that one, the fifth is:
His admiration of Russian President Vladimir Putin and refusal to recognize Russian meddling in our elections

There you have it! Brainwashing! Again I say, as I have said many times: this Russia Meddling hysteria is so extremely hypocritical when knowledgeable people KNOW that the US has been Meddling, Conspiring, Assassinating, Spying and Warring in every single country on the face of this planet. (And Trump knows that very well, and that’s probably why he has refrained so far from joining the inane chorus of damning anything Russia/Putin) While I do not believe that meddling should occur in Any country’s elections or affairs, I simply cannot understand why it is okay when we constantly do it, and not okay when others do. I have yet to read, or hear, a convincing answer to my question. Is it because we always need a “threat,” an “enemy,” a “war,” simply to satisfy our untethered aggression, greed and imperialism? Therefore, simply by posing these options as part of a serious survey is absolutely absurd, and one more reason to believe that the leaders of today’s Democratic Party are war-mongers, hypocrites and liars.

Another terrific article that I happened to come across, written by MJ Rosenberg and published in the Huffington Post on October 5, 2017 with the title: “Sorry, Democrats: Your NRA (National Rifle Association) is spelled AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and which is another perfect reason that illustrates the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party. Here’s the link to that one:


In this essay, the author is telling the Democratic Party that they cannot have a hissy fit about the power of the NRA to intimidate and shut down any reasonable debate on gun laws, when they allow AIPAC to apply those very same tactics of intimidating, shutting down, black-mailing and smearing anyone who goes against their criminal agenda. The author himself admits in another article that had he been thirty years old he would not have dared to write this article for fear of AIPAC’s belligerent retaliation. Imagine this! It is very disturbing, and proves how very few brave and honest people we have who could stand up to wrong-doing wherever it stems from, yes, even from Israel! So that’s another reason why the Democrats are war-mongers, hypocrites and liars, not that Republicans are any better on this issue.

Schumer, Pelosi, Feinstein and all those pretend Democrats Love what Donald Trump has been doing! And don’t you believe otherwise! They Love the new tax laws that will enrich them even more; they Love his support of the very corporations that line their pockets with campaign/bribe money; they Love his saber-rattling as I have not seen any one of the head honchos of that party voting against ANY war! All the other supposedly Democratic issues are simply window-dressing – especially DACA, on which they should have done something when they could have, but didn’t –  that they dredge up now and then in order to whip up the ignorant crowds! Yes, they are war-mongers, hypocrites and liars!

Unfortunately, they are supported by all of Trump’s Opposition: Neo-cons; many of the upper echelons – retired and still active – in the CIA, FBI, NSA etc.; the so-called journalists and pundits of the MSM, the Deep State whatever that is, etc. who are simply intent on destroying Trump by any means necessary, even at the expense of this country and its citizens. Here is a perfect article:


With this inordinate amount of outright mania that has overtaken the Rachel Maddows (perhaps a Xanax before she comes on the air?) and her likes, no wonder this President is suspicious of everyone around him and wants to keep Ivanka, Jared and a few others close to him in order to relay his messages to Heads of States personally and lest they be distorted by others. Who knows how he will conduct those affairs if they are made to vamoose!?! If you notice, he has also personally spoken to every Head of State on a one-to-one in order to relay his thoughts and listen to theirs without, again, the distorted message that he might receive from others who have their own sick agendas in mind. He knows, and he is absolutely correct, how secret, and not-so-secret, agendas can corrupt the truth to suit the “conspiracy?” Have we all forgotten Iraq and the lies that went into initiating that crime and which today is engulfing the entire Middle East? Trump, himself, rightfully believes in the fabrications that led us to that.

And not till the day I die will I ever forget Hillary, that war-mongering witch, saying with a snicker on her face: We Came, We Saw . . . He died! This was about Gadhafi and Libya and the unwarranted war that Hillary and Bernard Levy inflicted on that nation! The woman has never seen a war that she didn’t support, especially in the Middle East! Another reason why the Democratic Party is a cabal of war-mongers, hypocrites and liars!

A Party cannot be Progressive and Liberal, to support Humane Causes and Compassion while at the same time it cherry-picks issues/causes/countries to support, or not. So: Are Republicans/Conservatives any better? Not really. This election has proven them to be more brazen in their pursuit of their agenda, an agenda that I do not wholly support (parts of it I do), and will not vote for. However, Trump, specifically, is doing Exactly – Exactly! – what he had promised to do, which is more than I can say for the election promises of the Democratic Party and their Fiasco!

Clinton had Ken Starr to air out a tawdry sex escapade that left this nation reeling. My sense is that Special Counsel Mueller, unless he takes his talking points from the shrieking MSM, will not stoop that mean and low, and while he might unravel a trove of information that anyone digging long and hard enough into ANY President/Administration/Corporation is bound to find, it would probably be that what the Trump Administration is guiltiest of are ineptness, inexperience and bluster rather than criminal behavior. I might be wrong. We will all find out soon enough.

Our mid-tern elections are coming up this November with no viable opponent to Donald Trump. If this endures to 2020, with the Democratic Party Fiasco continuing on the same failed platform as it seems to be, and Independents, Greens, Liberals etc. fragmented, inchoate and unwilling as yet to create One Voting Block/Party that will be a feasible challenger to this President, then guess who will win the election? Yes, Trump will win!

There are hundreds of other articles, brave writers and books warning that as long as the US Government – both Democrats and Republicans – remains in the gripping tentacles of the NRA, AIPAC/Israel, greedy Corporations, the immoral Mainstream Media, “The Conspiracy” and the Russia/Putin frenzy then we will continue going further down the toilet and, perhaps, taking down this whole Planet along with us! We can do better than this, as the examples I noted earlier might indicate! Meanwhile, and wherever the chips may fall, brace yourself World! It’s going to be quite a rough ride with a few interesting years ahead!


Millennial Activists!

I published a blog on November 15, 2015 that was titled Generations (from which I have lifted some paragraphs today). That essay was based on an article from the Vanity Fair issue of November 2015. The term “Greatest Generation” – born between 1910 and 1924 – was coined by Tom Brokaw and titled his book on the same subject. That generation was followed by the Silent Generation – born between 1925 and 1945, my generation, although I am by no means Silent! Nonetheless, some sociologists often combine the two mentioned generations, which I will do as I look at the Greatest/Silent Generation and how they/we impacted this nation and their/our influence on the current state of affairs and on the generations that followed ours.

The writer of the Vanity Fair piece, Bruce Feirstein, stated that the “Deepest Fear” of the Greatest Generation is “America 2015.” Wow, how right he got that! I think that most of us are sleepless over this present day America, because we have been around long enough to witness how this nation has been behaving more and more like an erratic, reckless and arrogant empire than that ideal bastion of freedom and democracy that we grew up – perhaps naively and romantically – believing in.

Feirstein followed up with the existential question (according to him) of my generation: “Where the fuck did we go so very, very wrong?” I put the magazine down after reading this and stared into space for a long time all the while running the tape in my head of all the events that have spiraled so badly out of control, and that have caused me and my peers to really wonder how the fuck did we get it all so very, very wrong??

How can it possibly be that my generation could have engendered so much damage that has today brought us to the very edge of this precipice that is our dismal political reality? I say political reality because when I look at the absolutely amazing things being done and invented by individual efforts, collaborative efforts, or collective and organizational efforts all over the planet I am awed. Yet, it is only when I look at the political landscape, at the inept and corrupt politicians and corporations leading the world, and at the humongous collateral damage that the wars they designed and ordered have produced, that I see this extraordinary degree of misery and despair. It is enough to look at Syria and to how WWIII is now being fought there – no kidding! – and whether that will engulf more collateral damage on our planet.

It seems to me that we, the Greatest Generation, had raised our children, the Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, to be totally self-engrossed with their egocentric pleasures. In other words, by opening so many doors for them that had been closed to us, we ended up by awarding them self-centered attributes. In the US, Women’s Liberation; the ending of two World Wars and Vietnam; ending of segregation and establishment of Civil Rights; family planning with the invention of the pill as well as other compelling causes were major battles that had already been won, (across the oceans, in the Middle East, we had different issues and causes that were just as compelling to us) therefore, and since those major battles were over and done with (not that they are at all), the Boomers could now focus internally on their self-actualization. So, other than voting once every four years, they entrusted their politics to elected officials. Is that, I wonder, what we did? It seems to be the case, though I doubt very much that this was our intention.

That generation was followed by the Gen Xers, born between 1965-1979. It seems to me that this generation felt that there was no need to get bent out of shape for any one thing, cause or situation other than their families and jobs, and not much point in voting because politicians will screw it all up anyway. They are now bringing up the Millennial and iGen children on whom they are lavishing their parenting desire to do better than us, their parents and grandparents. In that process they are overdoing the parenting and the doting, as well as the micro-management and undue involvement in their children’s lives, which has earned them the apt titles of “Soccer Moms” and “Helicopter Parents.”

This brings me to the Millennials, born between 1980 and 1994 (some say 2000). The kids of this generation feel that there are no lifetime commitments on any level. They have personal gripping “issues” and “dramas” to attend to and unduly fret about. They feel that while they wanted to become more politically involved, they also did not think that politics merited much more than a few laughs while watching SNL, Colbert or five minutes of News and then quickly going back to playing with their gizmos and pretend wars. However, life barged in upon that sheltered cocoon and shook them rudely awake!

In the Middle East today we have the image of Ahed Tamimi, the seventeen-year-old Palestinian Millennial now in jail and awaiting to stand trial in Israel for slapping an Israeli soldier. Unbelievable! She, as much as her stone-throwing Millennial peers, represent the rude political reality of a ruthless occupation that propelled them into protesting their situation. Here, in the United States, Emma Gonzalez and her peers were propelled by the tragedy at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School in Parkland, which left seventeen people dead, to protest their situation. Whether it is Ahed Tamimi in Palestine, or Emma Gonzalez in Florida, these Millennials are the face of a planet that is deeply anguished, and of a United States that is having a nervous breakdown. Just as the Sixties, whether in the US or in the Middle East, defined the Greatest Generation, it might just be that there is another cosmic movement uniting today’s Millennials in their search for Justice wherever they are geographically located. What the hell are we doing to these youngsters here, there and everywhere by subjecting them to such unwarranted tragedies?

It is difficult to put into the proper words how heavy with grim atrocities are the hearts of so many people across this world. It is not a matter of being “pessimistic” or “optimistic,” for no matter how positively we try to view our world, appalling events are clouding every one of our attempts. One cannot be politically aware while feigning nonchalance. Yet, in order to be able to get out of bed every morning, millions of people are tuning out the world and living their busy lives totally ensconced in their daily bubbles, requirements, jobs, families and entertainment, choosing to be oblivious to the world and its sordid events. In a way, I don’t blame them. It’s not that they are callous humans, it’s mostly that they feel helpless in the face of so many humongous challenges. Where does one begin listing the calamities that keep coming at us with such rapidity that we barely process one horrific event before being slapped with one that is equally, or more, shocking??

The atrocious massacre in Florida was heart shattering, to say the least! The images of these innocent slaughtered children made the nation stop and gasp in horror! How could this be happening again, and again, and yet again???  The images of the mourning, and rightfully angry parents, as well as the tearful faces of the stunned and traumatized students will be with all of us for the longest tortuous time. How can this be? The parents and people of this nation are demanding Action, not Palliatives. Again, and again, we are proving to be a Violent Nation. We have proven it as the Mass Massacres increase, as we go from one War to another: War on Opioids, War on Drugs, War on Crime, and to all our Other Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and all those hundreds of other countries where we have stationed our troops and caused the killing of all those Other Students, Children and Innocent Civilians. And, please don’t tell me, as some of our corrupt politicians have said, that our Wars are for the ultimate Good! What a sadistic explanation! It is like saying: I am going to kill you and your children, but it is for a Good Purpose. Seriously? Yes, we are, indeed, a very Exceptionally Violent Nation!

Nevertheless, it is extraordinarily hopeful, inspiring and awesome to witness the young teenagers from the Parkland School in Florida, joined by students from all over this nation, rise up after that horrific tragedy and declare: Never Again! Yes, indeed! These beautiful children now have a Cause that is uniting them and propelling them to Action! They are Organizing (being the experts on social media, after all!), Marching, Protesting and defying the politicians who will not address their concerns.

As hopeful as I am that this tragic event, will take off and cause a cultural awakening and shift in this violent nation (same as the Black Lives Matter Movement; the Me Too Movement etc.), I am also deeply apprehensive for these brave Millennials.  The corrupt politicians, lobbyists and powers-that-be will do their best to crush their valiant endeavors by infiltrating their earnest ranks with their evil-doings. These kids, though, are not fighting for Left Agendas, or Right Agendas. They are fighting for their Lives which are being held hostage by Greedy and Corrupt Politics. And, perhaps, there is hope that if these Millennials succeed, they will, at some point before it is too late, claim the title of the Greatest Generation for themselves by seeking to change the dismal politics that have made my generation dread “America 2015!”

I am not a sociologist (or any “ist”), however I think that all generations share a similar common goal: we all want our children to do and be better than us. That is why we try to analyze and make sense of the past. We do that in order to understand, correct and create better people and, hence, a better world.

We, the Greatest Generation, still have a bit more time to translate all our experiences and all our desires for the benefit of the younger generations and to somehow make them grasp and appreciate those aspects of the past that connect them to us and to the planet as a continuum of events and not, as they sometimes seem to believe, that they are what they are simply due to an egg and a sperm coming together! My heart goes out to them and to the many challenging and brutal battles that lie ahead of them!