Wednesday, March 1, 2017

WHY WE MUST CONTINUE TO OPPOSE AND DENOUNCE THE IDIOT IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
 
It is vitally important to understand that opposing and denouncing the idiot in the White House – Donald J Trump – has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with politics.
 
I do not oppose and denounce Trump because he is allegedly Republican or because he is allegedly conservative – make no mistake, he is neither. 
 
I do not oppose and denounce Trump because he “speaks his mind”.
 
I oppose and denounce Donald Trump BECAUSE HE IS DONALD TRUMP!
 
Trump is a truly deplorable and despicable human being, a dangerous mentally unstable malignant narcissist.
 
The “mind” Trump “speaks” is unstable and incompetent.
 
Obama hit the nail on the head when he suggested that Trump is not “ideological”.  Trump has absolutely no political philosophy.  He has absolutely no political convictions or beliefs.  The one and only thing that Trump truly believes is “Trump is good and Trump is great” – and anyone who does not believe this, and kiss his ring, so to speak, had better beware.
 
Trump does not care about anyone or anything except feeding his undeservedly enormous ego.
 
Trump does not deserve any respect – because he doesn’t respect anyone or anything.
 
Opposing Trump is not political.  Opposing Trump is patriotism!
 
ROBERT D FLACH
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


IF ONLY THEY HAD.
 
UNFORTUNATELY INSTEAD THEY CREATED THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE -
WHICH PUT ONE IN OFFICE.
 
 
Please read my open letter to Vice President Mike Pence and Congress.    Click here.  If you agree please send a similar letter to Pence, Ryan, and McConnell.

EDITORIAL – THE TRUTH ABOUT THE SECOND AMENDMENT
 
The 2nd Amendment has absolutely nothing to do with the right of an individual citizen to own a gun.  It was written to appease those among our Founding Fathers who opposed a national Army.
 
This amendment does not simply say “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."  It says "A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."  The important wording in the Amendment is “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state”. The Founding Fathers preferred state militias to a national army.
 
Our Founding Fathers were afraid of standing armies.  They wanted to maintain the authority of the individual state militias that had made up Washington’s Revolutionary Army.  The members of Congress during that first gun debate believed that “standing armies in a time of peace are dangerous to liberty”. Those were the exact words used in the state of New York’s amendment to the gun debate.
 
James Madison, political theorist, American statesman, and the 4th President, hailed as the "Father of the Constitution" for his role in drafting and promoting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, believed, “Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.”
 
Had the early framers of the Constitution supported a standing army during times of peace there would be no need for a “well-regulated militia”, and thus no need for the 2nd Amendment.
 
Instead, they openly opposed a standing army during times of peace. Want proof? In the entire Constitution, there are no time limits on the power of Congress to raise money and pay for anything – except an Army. We can have a Navy forever. We can have roads or bridges or post offices or pretty much anything else that supports the ‘general welfare’ without limit and in perpetuity. But an Army? That had to be re-evaluated every two years, when all spending for the past two years of army was zeroed out. It's right there in Article 1, Section 8, line twelve reads that Congress has the power: "To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years."
 
The Founding Fathers were well aware, based on the history of Europe, that military coups by a standing army were a great threat to any nation. So they required a re-evaluation of the need for a national army every two years.
 
This is what I believe -
 
A mentally stable, law-abiding citizen should be able to purchase and own a traditional “one shot at a time” pistol or rifle for the purpose of hunting, target shooting, or, in limited situations, protection.  But it should be illegal for an individual or organization to purchase and own an AK-47, an assault rifle, or any such weapon.  By the very nature of its name, the obvious purpose of such a weapon is “assault” and not hunting, target shooting, or protection.
 
In order to purchase and own a gun an individual should first obtain a license, issued by one’s state of residence – similar to the current driver’s license system.  A thorough background check must be required as part of the licensing process.  And, similar to a driver’s license, in order to obtain a license an individual must pass a written test and a “demonstration” test, like a driving test, to show that the individual knows how to operate and maintain a gun.  As with motor vehicle licenses there would be age restrictions.
 
And if a person is considered potentially dangerous enough not to be able to fly he or she should not be able to obtain a gun license.  No fly – no gun!
 
Unfortunately Trump is a “yuuge” supporter of the 2nd Amendment – a position he took during the campaign, as with all of his positions, only because it is what his core followers wanted to hear, so he could continue to bask in the “roar of the crown” at rallies, and to get the NRA endorsement (while Trump defends the 2nd Amendment he apparently has little or no respect for the 1st Amendment, which guarantees free speech and freedom of the press).  And with Republican control of Congress there will be no much needed gun control legislation, and the many tragedies of the past couple of years will no doubt continue.   
 
ROBERT D FLACH
 
HOW UNFIT IS TRUMP? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS
 
The reasons Trump is totally unfit to serve as President of the United States are indeed multitudinous.
 
But if I were to choose one of his proven consistent behaviors that absolutely makes his unfitness a certainty and will probably cause the most damage it would be this -
 
It is literally impossible to have a normal, intelligent and rational debate, or even discussion, with Trump.
 
Trump says, “A = B.”
 
Someone else says, “I disagree. I think A = C.”
 
 A normal, intelligent and rational person would respond, “I believe A = B because . . .” and go on to explain the reasons he thinks A = B, citing legitimate and identifiable sources (other than “most people agree”) to support the belief.
 
Not Trump.
 
Trump responds, “You are fat, ugly, stupid, hormonal, weak, sad, incompetent, a loser, etc, etc, etc”.
 
In other words, Trump is saying to anyone who disagrees with his presumably infallible pronouncements, “You have no value, so your opinion has no value.”
 
Well Trump, you arrogant buffoon, most of the world believes that it is you who have absolutely no value, and it is your opinions that have absolutely no value! And certainly no basis in truth.
 
A Trump Presidency will, quite possibly irreparably, diminish the stature and credibility of America in the eyes of the world.
 
THE WOMEN’S MARCH
 
How amazing was Saturday, January 21st!
 
Millions of people around the world joined together to protest the fact that a dangerous mentally unstable narcissist, a totally unqualified and ignorant reality tv cartoon clown, was selected to be President of the United States despite losing the election by almost 3 Million votes.
 
Arrogant buffoon Trump is truly a unifying factor! He unites men and women, young and old, gay and straight, Republican and Democrat, conservative and liberal, white, black, brown, red, and yellow, of all faiths and religions to protest his idiocy and denounce and oppose his Presidency.
 
THE LIBERTY BUZZ Online Digest
 
+ Jennifer Rubin provides “More signs that Trump is out of touch with reality” in her “Right Turn” blog at the WASHINGTON TIMES.
 
My Twitter response to Jenifer’s post title – “How many signs do we need before we realize we're all in serious danger with this fool at the helm?
 
Jennifer correctly describes dangerous Donald Trump as – “A man whose ego is so frail that he, like the rooster taking credit for the rising sun, sees all good news as a reflection of his own fabulousness.”
 
And goes on to observe (highlights are mine) -
 
The narcissistic personality is ever-present. Every person is judged to be a 'good guy 'or a 'loser' based on what he or she says about Trump. Every bad bit of news is the result of the no-good, sleazy, rotten, most-dishonest-people-he-ever-met media. Terrorist massacres are not tragedies, but vindication that he was 'right' (right about exactly what is not clear). Trump’s seeming inability to take himself out of the equation and assess events, people and policies on their own merits remains the most frightening aspect of his impending presidency.”
 
And (again, highlight is mine) –
 
Sure, all presidents have big egos. The problem arises when their psyche impairs their ability to function rationally.”
 
+ In “Temperament Tantrum” by Susan Milligan at US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT we learn the truth about Trump’s mental instability.
 
"’Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president,’ says John D. Gartner, a practicing psychotherapist who taught psychiatric residents at Johns Hopkins University Medical School and is author of 'In Search of Bill Clinton: A Psychological Biography'. Trump, Gartner says, has 'malignant narcissism', which is different from narcissistic personality disorder and which is incurable.
 
Gartner acknowledges that he has not personally examined Trump, but says it's obvious from Trump's behavior that he meets the diagnostic criteria for the disorder, which include anti-social behavior, sadism, aggressiveness, paranoia and grandiosity.”
 
Psychoanalyst Otto Kernberg has described malignant narcissism as a syndrome characterized by a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), antisocial features, paranoid traits, and egosyntonic aggression. Other symptoms may include an absence of conscience, a psychological need for power, and a sense of importance (grandiosity).  
 
+ I agree 100% with the STUFF THAT NEEDS TO BE SAID in John Pavlovitz’s post “Let the Record Show” -
 
I do not believe this man is normal.
I do not believe he is emotionally stable.
I do not believe he cares about the full, beautiful diversity of America.
I do not believe he respects women.
I do not believe the sick and the poor and the hurting matter to him in the slightest.
I do not believe he is a man of faith or integrity or nobility.
I do not believe his concern is for anything outside his reflection in the mirror.
I believe he is a danger to our children.
I believe he is a threat to our safety.
I believe he is careless with our people.
I believe he is reckless with his power.
I believe America will be less secure, less diverse, less compassionate, and less decent under his leadership.”
 
+ Trump lied again.  We will never see his tax returns unless Congress forces him to make them available to the public.  Pat Garofalo discusses this in the editorial “Tax Returns” Still MIA” at US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT - 
 
"Failing to release his returns certainly isn't the most disqualifying thing about Trump – take your pick from among his misogyny, authoritarian tendencies, willingness to whip up racial animosity amongst his supporters or cavalier attitude toward warfare and nuclear weapons, just for starters – but it is symbolic of the lying, fantasy-based campaign that he has run. It's one final insult to the intelligence of the American electorate."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Sunday, January 1, 2017

EDITORIAL: CONSERVATIVE PHILOSOPHY AND THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT
 
 
I have never been able to understand why Republican candidates, Trump included, feel they must pander to fundamentalist Christians – aka “evangelicals”, the religious right, or the Tea Party – in order to be perceived as a true conservative.
 
It has always been my understanding that one of the basic tenets of conservatism is limited government – the belief that the government should intrude in one’s personal and business life as little as possible.  The role of government should be to provide citizens with the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals; conservatism emphasizes empowerment of the individual to solve problems.
 
The Republican Party has perverted conservative philosophy to include the tenets of extreme fundamentalist Christianity.
 
The Libertarian Party, whose core beliefs also emphasize limited government involvement, individual liberty, and increased personal and political freedoms, states “. . . we defend each person's right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power.”
 
Contrary to the belief in limited government, “evangelicals” want the government to tell citizens how to live their lives by forcing the specific religious beliefs of fundamentalist Christianity on them.
 
Religious belief is personal and individual.  It should never be legislated, or used as the basis for legislation.  One’s religious beliefs may cause a person to become involved in political activity as a way of helping society and one’s “fellow man”, but one religious group’s specific religious beliefs and interpretations should NOT be made into law.
 
Murder is not illegal because God said, "Thou Shall Not Kill".  It is illegal because it deprives the victim's civil right to life as guaranteed by the Constitution.
 
If your religious beliefs instruct you that abortion is bad – then do not have an abortion.  If your religious beliefs tell you that homosexuality and same-sex marriage is wrong - then don’t practice homosexuality or marry someone who is the same sex as you.  But you cannot force your specific religious belief on your neighbor, regardless of any sincere desire to save him or her from the “fires of hell”.
 
The religious can certainly "preach the gospel" to those who will listen, but cannot make the government force non-believers to follow their perception of the gospel.
 
America is NOT a “Christian country” - it is not a religious country, period.  The idea of religious freedom and the separation of Church and State is a cornerstone of American democracy.  It is one of the main reasons the first settlers came here.  Separation of Church and State means that the government cannot tell a citizen how to worship or what to believe.  It also guarantees the right of citizens not to worship and not to believe.    
 
A while back I noticed the following observation on a sign displayed at a local Jersey shore eatery –
 
The last time we mixed politics with religion people got burned at the stake!
 
ROBERT D FLACH

 
TRUMP’S CONFLICT OF INTEREST PROBLEMS
 
In a post at THE SURLEY SUBGROUP David J. Herzig says that many experts “believe that President elect Trump’s ownership of active business assets, even in a blind trust, would violate, Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the Constitution which prevents the President from accepting ‘presents’ or ‘Emolument’ from foreign states”.
 
Herzig explains (highlights are mine) -
 
When a businessperson who runs many active businesses runs and wins for President, clearly there would be many second order problems associated with inherent conflicts between running corporations and the country.  When President-elect Trump won the office, many of these conflicts have bubbled to the surface.
 
For example, to avoid a conflict of interest between benefiting one’s personal holdings and the Country’s best interests, assets of the President are placed in a blind trust.  As many have pointed out, this works only when the President does not know the nature of the holdings.  Putting existing businesses into a blind trust does not stop the President from knowing the underlying assets of the trust.  The conflict is not ameliorated by trust structure.  Nor, by the way, would it be fixed if President elect Trump divests but the family continues to own the assets.”
 
The Array of Conflicts of Interest Facing the Trump Presidency” is discussed in detail by Larry Buchanan and Karen Yourish of THE NEW YORK TIMES.
 
This article reiterates (again, highlight is mine) –
 
Ethics experts warn that if Mr. Trump puts his children in control of operations but continues to own the company, he will remain vulnerable to charges that his actions as President are guided by personal financial interests.”
 
To be perfectly honest, I have absolutely no doubt that Trump intends that his actions as President be guided by personal financial interests.  Everything Trump does is about his own personal interests, financial and otherwise, regardless of the ethics, appropriateness, or legality of his actions.
 
Trump MUST sell off ALL of his investments before being sworn in as President and place the proceeds in a blind trust.  Nothing less is acceptable!
 
If this causes a financial loss for Trump it is just too bad.  He should have thought of this before deciding to run for President.

 
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION THEME SONG
 
The “theme song”, if you will, of President John F Kennedy’s brief administration became “Camelot”, from the Broadway musical of the same name written by Alan Jay Lerner, one of Kennedy's schoolmates at Harvard University.  Jacqueline Kennedy inadvertently coined the phrase "Camelot" as a way to refer to her husband's presidency when she revealed in an interview in Life after the assassination that JFK liked to listen to music from the show.  There will be great presidents again,” she said, “but there will never be another Camelot.”
 
The “theme song” of a Trump Presidency will also come from “Camelot”.  It is “C'est Moi”, which is French for “it’s me”.  In the musical Lancelot, en route to Camelot to join Arthur’s Round Table, sings of the attributes needed of a member of such a prestigious and demanding organization – which boils down basically to perfection.  He asks, “But where in the world is there in the world a man so extraordinaire?”  His answer, obvious to him, is “C’est moi”.
 
Trump is the ultimate narcissist.  Donald Trump truly believes that in all God’s creation there is no man more “extraordinaire” than Donald Trump!  His sole motivation in seeking the Presidency, in doing anything, is “love of self” and certainly not “love of country”.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Thursday, December 1, 2016


 

EDITORIAL – THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUMP’S MENTAL CONDITION
 
A big mistake made by many Americans is to treat Donald Trump as a “normal” and “legitimate” politician – the same way one would treat any other major Party politician.  However Trump is neither “normal” nor “legitimate”.
 
Those who say he is “not ideological” are correct.  He has no political philosophy, beliefs, or convictions, as a “normal” and “legitimate” politician would.  His one and only belief and conviction is “Trump is great and Trump is good”.
 
We must be constantly reminded why Donald J. Trump is the only elected President who is truly unfit to serve.
 
The main reason is the fact that he suffers acutely from a mental disability known as Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
 
According to the Mayo Clinic
 
Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultra confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that's vulnerable to the slightest criticism.
 
A narcissistic personality disorder causes problems in many areas of life, such as relationships, work, school or financial affairs. You may be generally unhappy and disappointed when you're not given the special favors or admiration you believe you deserve. Others may not enjoy being around you, and you may find your relationships unfulfilling.
 
Narcissistic personality disorder is one of several types of personality disorders. Personality disorders are conditions in which people have traits that cause them to feel and behave in socially distressing ways, limiting their ability to function in relationships and other areas of their life, such as work or school.
 
If you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious. You often monopolize conversations. You may belittle or look down on people you perceive as inferior. You may feel a sense of entitlement — and when you don't receive special treatment, you may become impatient or angry. You may insist on having "the best" of everything — for instance, the best car, athletic club or medical care.
 
At the same time, you have trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism. You may have secret feelings of insecurity, shame, vulnerability and humiliation. To feel better, you may react with rage or contempt and try to belittle the other person to make yourself appear superior. Or you may feel depressed and moody because you fall short of perfection.
 
Many experts use the criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association, to diagnose mental conditions. This manual is also used by insurance companies to reimburse for treatment.
 
DSM-5 criteria for narcissistic personality disorder include these features:
 
Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
 
•Expecting to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
 
•Exaggerating your achievements and talents
 
•Being preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate
 
•Believing that you are superior and can only be understood by or associate with equally special people
 
•Requiring constant admiration
 
•Having a sense of entitlement
 
•Expecting special favors and unquestioning compliance with your expectations
 
•Taking advantage of others to get what you want
 
•Having an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
 
•Being envious of others and believing others envy you
 
Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner
 
Although some features of narcissistic personality disorder may seem like having confidence, it's not the same. Narcissistic personality disorder crosses the border of healthy confidence into thinking so highly of yourself that you put yourself on a pedestal and value yourself more than you value others.”
 
This mental disorder makes Trump incapable of intelligent and rational action, and incapable of dealing with criticism and challenges like a mature adult.
 
It is also possible that Trump is a sociopath. 
 
Again, according to the Mayo Clinic -
 
Antisocial personality disorder, sometimes called sociopathy, is a mental condition in which a person consistently shows no regard for right and wrong and ignores the rights and feelings of others. People with antisocial personality disorder tend to antagonize, manipulate or treat others harshly or with callous indifference. They show no guilt or remorse for their behavior.”
 
Among the symptoms of this disorder include -
 
• Persistent lying or deceit to exploit others.
• Being callous, cynical and disrespectful of others.
• Arrogance, a sense of superiority and being extremely opinionated.
• Lack of empathy for others and lack of remorse about harming others.
• Failure to consider the negative consequences of behavior or learn from them.
 
If you ask me this describes Trump to a “T”.
 
Robert D Flach
 
 
FYI
 
As of this writing it appears that Hillary Clinton has at least 2.2 Million more actual votes than Trump (estimated to probably end up at 2.5 Million).  When you add the about 5.8 Million votes for Gary Johnson and Jill Stein that means 8 Million more Americans voted intelligently and rationally (i.e. against Trump) in the election than those who did neither. 
 
More proof that America has been once again royally screwed by the Electoral College system.

 
THE LIBERTY BUZZ online digest
 
* Joshua Foust (precociously cranky, never bitter) says it best – “This Is Not Normal”.
 
About the nicest thing you can say about President Trump’s incoming administration is that it is without precedent. But there is another way of looking at it: it is not normal.”
 
* Trump’s victory continues to embolden and encourage bigots - Hate incidents spreading in wake of Trump win
 
“. . .a Muslim-American high school teacher in central Georgia received a handwritten letter regarding her hijab.
 
‘Your headscarf isn’t allowed anymore,’ read the anonymous note. ‘Why don’t you tie it around your neck and hang yourself with it.’
 
On Saturday night, a church offering Spanish-language services in Silver Spring, Md., was vandalized with the message, ‘Trump nation. Whites only.’
 
And over the weekend, several college students at the New School in New York City awoke to find swastikas scrawled on their dorm-room doors.
 
These are just a few of the incidents of hate speech, harassment and intimidation that have been reported in the wake of last week’s presidential election. As of Friday evening {November 11}, the Southern Poverty Law Center had counted 201 hate incidents in the first three days after the election, citing local news stories, social media posts and submissions through the SPLC’s website. By Monday, that number had more than doubled, to 437.
 
‘We feel strongly that this outburst of hate crimes is directly related to Donald Trump’s victory,’ Mark Potok, SPLC senior fellow, told Yahoo News, noting that ‘a very large proportion’ of these cases included direct references to Donald Trump, his campaign or the presidential election.”
 
That item was a week ago.  I expect the number of incidents has grown since then.
 
* Ed Kilgore of NEW YORK MAGAZINE says “Trump Is Shaping Up As a Nightmare for Labor”.
 
* Trump must truly sell off all his business holdings, so that he does not benefit in any way from profits earned during his hopefully short tenure, and place the proceeds in a blind trust. Turning the businesses over to his kids is NOT AN ACCEPTABLE OPTION!
 
David J. Herzig talks about “Trump’s Emolument Tax Problem“ at THE SURLEY SUBGROUP  While not a real 1040 tax issue, it is truly an important one in the context of the current horror in the US (highlights are mine) -
 
When a businessperson who runs many active businesses runs and wins for President, clearly there would be many second order problems associated with inherent conflicts between running corporations and the country. When President-elect Trump won the office, many of these conflicts have bubbled to the surface.
 
For example, to avoid a conflict of interest between benefiting one’s personal holdings and the Country’s best interests, assets of the President are placed in a blind trust. As many have pointed out, this works only when the President does not know the nature of the holdings. Putting existing businesses into a blind trust does not stop the President for knowing the underlying assets of the trust. The conflict is not ameliorated by trust structure. Nor, by the way, would it be fixed if President elect Trump divests but the family continues to own the assets.
 
 
From John Oliver:
 
The danger of saying, ‘Just live your lives, the sun still comes out tomorrow’ is that it’s true for some people, and it’s very easy to forget that it’s not true for others. Not everyone is going to be okay, and it’s incumbent upon everyone to remember that. You have to keep remembering that this is an abnormal version of what we’ve been through before.”
 
And from Steven Colbert:
 
I’m all for ‘Give him a chance,’ but don’t give him an inch. Because I remember everything he said [during the campaign], and it’s horrifying.” But Colbert wasn’t all doom and gloom: he also offered a three-step prescription for how to handle the next four years. “Vote on the local level, get involved in local organization and get to know your neighbors. There are reasons to get together that have nothing to do with politics. There have to be things that we do that are not competitions, and politics are jockeying for power. So get involved in your local community in significant ways that helps you meet your neighbors.”