Trump: Unqualified and Unhingerd 9-26-16

Trump: Unqualified and Unhinged!


Richard J. Garfunkel

Donald Trump, a self-proclaimed billionaire and tribune of the people, who has an unparalleled record of making unfulfilled and phony promises and claims about his accomplishments, his business acumen and his charitable giving in the first debate, had his proverbial “feet held to the fire.” As the poet has said, “talk is cheap,” but, in his case, his specious remarks have contained hundreds of examples of fraudulent claims, broken promises, and unexplained reversals. In the tradition of Charles Ponzi and Barnard Madoff, we have learned that his so-called foundation raises money from others and is a vehicle for him to pay for trinkets and services he wants, under the aegis of charitable giving. As for his claims of generosity, in investigation after investigation, there is little, or no, evidence of any example of personal generosity. Of course, maybe there is some evidence contained in his income taxes filings, but, it seems we have to take his word about it, because he believes that his filings are none of the public’s business, and therefore remain a deep, dark, secret. The public should ask about his connections to Chinese Debt and his connections to Russia’s Putin. Maybe in those tax returns is the key to his connections!

As for his business practices, aside from his numerous bankruptcies, the seizure of many of his properties, the 4000+ times he has been in court, what about the economic wreckage he has left in the wake of his failures and scams? There is ample evidence that he has defrauded numerous investors, partners, vendors, customers and clients?

But, aside from Trump’s outlandish and specious claims about his education, his economic brilliance and farcical and unrealistic economic plans, what of the man, his character, sincerity, morals or his vision of America? We have been able to peek into his nefarious business career and partially pierce the chrysalis, which has protected the truth around his so-called generosity. But, is his economic empire just a “House of Cards?”

As for his character, it has been on view for many years and as a result of this recent campaign alone, hundreds of well-known, and publicly responsible, Republicans have defected from supporting their party’s flag bearer. Has any Republican candidate ever experienced that in the past? Almost never in memory. Which newspaper in the whole country will endorse him? Any? So far, we have seen of his two of his most vocal backers, Newt Gingrich and Chris Christie, prime examples of flawed personalities. Gingrich, who was basically removed as Speaker of the House, and Christie, who may yet face impeachment, are two of the few. But, what of Senator Ted Cruz, who excoriated him in the primaries?  Trump slandered his wife and his father, and Cruz endorsed him. What a triumvirate of vexatious and insincere public servants. Could anyone want worse?

But, what of his sincerity? He has been insincere on his on his positions regarding; Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Choice, trade, and imports. At times, he heaped praise upon, the Clintons, Colin Powell, and even President Obama. But, expediency is Trump’s middle name and his reversals are so many, that even the media has become bored with their recital. Now, after almost eight years of being the leading exponent of “Birther Issue,” he has again reversed himself. Trump told us that he was having “his people” look into the past of President Obama. He constantly fanned the flames of the specious complaint that the Barack Obama was an “illegitimate” president, because he wasn’t born here. Not only did he make and repeat that spurious and empty smear, but he also challenged the president’s faith as a Christian. But, what of Trump’s real faith? Has he ever gone to church, except to be married? Where is evidence of his Christian morality? Is it with his multiple marriages and affairs? Is it with his faux charity or even his intemperate use of language and insults? What makes him a G-d fearing individual? I would like to see one iota of evidence.

So, the issue of truthfulness and veracity has come up often in his outrageous campaign, which has been laced with vituperation, insults, and mocking references to women, the disabled and minorities. Has any candidate, in the collective memory of any living American, been so often caught in lies by the fact-checkers? It is almost become a worn out cliché with regards to his disregard for the truth, established history, his own personal conduct, and recorded statements. Even when he is confronted by his own image giving testimony, he and his own campaign ignore that reality! When has that ever happened in the past? The editorial pages of the country’s leading newspapers have chronicled his unparalleled mendacity to the extent that most Americans have heard enough. It seems, his idolaters couldn’t care less. No matter what he says or does is irrelevant to them.

Therefore, how can any sane American support this brigand, con man, serial adulterer, sexual predator and mendacious liar? Almost every candidate for the presidency has been a decent person with an accomplished record of achievement and public service. Often the choice comes down to political party or vision of the future. We entrust a person of either party with the idea that our future is in stable hands, no matter what their philosophy is. But, what is Trump’s philosophy? Does anyone really know? Again is there a sincere bone or nerve in this man’s whole body or mind? That is the question that should be asked by every voter. He is not a Republican or a Democrat. He is not a Liberal or Conservative. He is not a protectionist or a free trader. He is not an internationalist or an isolationist. But, he is a valueless demagogue who believes in nothing but power, control and self. It is all our choice, let’s not blow it.

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A lifelong New Yorker, who now lives full-time in Palm Beach County, Richard was raised in Mount Vernon, New York and he was educated in the Mount Vernon public schools He graduated from Boston University with a BA in American History. After spending a year on Wall Street as a research analyst with Bache & Co., he joined a manufacturing and importing firm, where over the next twenty-five years he rose to the position of chief operating officer. After the sale of that business, Richard entered into the financial services field with Metropolitan Life and is a Registered Representative, who has been associated with Acorn Financial Services which is affiliated with John Hancock Life Insurance Company of Boston, Ma. Today, he is a retired broker who had specialized in long-term care insurance and financial planning. One of Richard’s recent activities was to advise and encourage communities to seek ways to incorporate “sustainability and resiliency” into their future infrastructure planning. After a lifetime in politics, with many years working as a district leader, which involved party organizational work, campaign chair activity and numerous other political tasks, Richard has been involved with numerous civic and social causes. In recent years, Richard served in 2005 as the campaign coordinator of the Re-Elect Paul Feiner Campaign in Greenburgh, NY and he again chaired Supervisor Feiner’s successful landslide victory in 2007. Over the next few years, he advised a number of political candidates. He has served as an appointed Deputy Supervisor of the Town of Greenburgh, with responsibilities regarding the town’s “liaison program.” He was a member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board of the Town of Greenburgh, NY. Richard has lectured on FDR, The New Deal and 20th century American history in the Mount Vernon schools, at the Westchester Council of Social Studies annual conference in White Plains, and at many senior citizen groups, which include appearances at the Old Guard of White Plains, the Rotary Clubs of Elmsford and White Plains, and various synagogue groups around Westchester. In the winter of 2006 Richard was the leader of the VOCAL forum, sponsored by the Westchester County Office of Aging, which addresses the concerns of Westchester County’s Intergenerational Advocacy Educational Speak-out forums for senior citizens. Richard has given lectures for the Active Retirement Project, which is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Center on the Hudson, the Greenburgh Hebrew Center, and other groups around Westchester County. Richard also is the founder and Chairperson of the Jon Breen Memorial Fund, that judges and grants annual prizes to students at Mount Vernon High School who submit essays on public policy themes. He also sponsors the Henry M. Littlefield History Prize for the leading MVHS history student. Richard serves on the Student College Scholarship Committee of Mount Vernon High School. In past years Richard chaired and moderated the Jon Breen Fund Award’s cablecast program with the Mayor and local and school officials. Richard has been a member of Blythedale Children’s Hospital’s Planned Giving Professional Advisory Board, and was a founding member of the committee to re-new the FDR Birthday Balls of the 1930’s and 1940’s with the March of Dimes’ effort to eliminate birth defects. Their renewal dinner was held at Hyde Park on January 30, 2003. Richard is currently an active contributor to the Roosevelt Institute, which is involved in many pursuits which included the opening of the Henry A. Wallace Center at Hyde Park, and the Eleanor Roosevelt – Val-Kill Foundation. In 2007, he proposed to the City of Mount Vernon an effort to develop an arts, educational, and cultural center as part of a downtown re-development effort. Richard was a team partner with the Infrastructure & Energy Solutions Group. IEFG which has developed innovative strategies for the 21st Century. Richard hosted a weekly program on WVOX-1460 AM radio, called “The Advocates,” which was concerned with “public policy” issues. The show, which was aired from 2007 until May 15, 2013, has had amongst its guests; Representative Charles Rangel, Chairperson of the House Ways and Means Committee, Mr. Jonathan Alter of Newsweek, along with hundreds of others. All the 300 shows are archived at Richard currently gives lectures on Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, FDR and the Jewish Community, The New Deal, FDR and Douglas MacArthur, 20th Century American Foreign Policy Resulting in Conflict, and Israel’s Right to Exist. Richard lives in Boynton Beach, Fl, with his wife Linda of 44 years. They have two married children. Their daughter Dana is a Rutgers College graduate, with a MS from Boston University, and is the Assistant Director of Recruitment at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Their son Jon is an electrical engineering graduate of Princeton University and a senior software architect at NY/Mellon Bank in NYC. Richard J. Garfunkel Recent Appearances: KTI Synagogue, Rye Brook, NY- Long Term Care & Estate Conservation- Anshe Shalom Synagogue, New Rochelle, NY- Long Term Care- American Legion Post, Valhalla, NY- Long Term Care and Asset Protection- Doyle Senior Ctr, New Rochelle, NY-Long Term Care and Asset Protection- AME Methodist Ministers, New Rochelle, NY, LTC and Charitable Giving- Profession Women in Construction, Elmsford, NY, LTC and Business Benefits- Kol Ami Synagogue- White Plains, NY, Long Term Care and Disability - Beth El Men's Club-New Rochelle, NY-Long Term Care-Is it Necessary- Greater NY Dental Meeting Javits Ctr, NY, NY- LTC and Disability- IBEW Local #3 , White Plains, NY, Long Term Care and Asset Protection, Health Fair -Bethel Synagogue, New Rochelle, NY-LTC and Disability, Heath Fair- Riverdale Mens Club CSAIR- Riverdale, NY- LTC- Life Weight Watchers of Westchester and the Bronx-LTC and Tax Implications Sunrise Assisted Living of Fleetwood, Mount Vernon, NY-LTC Sprain Brook Manor of Scarsdale-LTC- November 15, 2001 Sunrise Assisted Living of Stamford, Connecticut, February 2002 Kol Ami Synagogue, White Plains, NY, February, 2002 The Old Guard Society of White Plains, NY, April, 2002 The Westchester Meadows, Valhalla, NY August, 2002 Kol Ami Synagogue, White Plains, NY, October, 2002 JCC of Scarsdale, Scarsdale, NY, November, 2002 The Westchester Meadows, Valhalla, NY, January, 2003 The Rotary Club of White Plains, NY January, 2003 The Westchester Meadows, Valhalla, NY April, 2003 Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale, NY January, 2004 Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon, NY March 2004 Kol Ami/JCC of White Plains, NY November, 2004 The Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale, January 2005 The Sunrise of Fleetwood, Mount Vernon, April, 2005 The Woodlands of Ardsley, assisted living, November, 2005 The Woodlands of Ardsley, assisted living, December, 2005 The Woodlands of Ardsley, assisted living, January, 2005 Rotary Club of Elmsford, April, 2006 Kiwanis Club of Yonkers, June, 2006 Greenburgh Jewish Center, November, 2006 Temple Kol Ami, White Plains, February, 2007 Hebrew Institute, White Plains, March, 2007 Temple Kol Ami, White Plains, NY, April, 2007 Westchester Meadows. Valhalla, November, 2007 Hebrew Institute. White Plains, November, 2007 Art Zuckerman Radio Show- January, 2008 JCC of the Hudson, Tarrytown, February, 2008 Matt O’Shaughnessy Radio Show, March, 2008 WVOX –Election Night Coverage, November, 2008 WVOX – Inaugural Coverage, January 20, 2009 The Advocates-host of the WVOX Radio Show, 2007- 2010 Rotary Club of Pleasantville, February, 2009 Hebrew Institute of White Plains, May, 2009 JCC Hudson, Tarrytown, December, 2009-10-11-12 Brandeis Club, Yonkers, March 25, 2010

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