The King of Self and His Stale Television Act! 11-13-18

Most of the thinking public assume Donald Trump was anxious to deflect and mute the image in Michael Wolff’s book that he is an unfit brigand, mentally ill-equipped and possibly certifiable. On Tuesday, he allowed a diverse, bipartisan meeting, reflective to attend a White House confab about immigration to be televised for nearly an hour. As usual it was the put-on farce that this unprincipled so-called, “reality star” loves to parade in front of his brain-dead supporters.

Surely, he thought that he would be able to demonstrate to the planet his balanced and learned grasp of the issues and his relish for accommodation with his political adversaries. Of course, in his own account, he knows all, therefore he doesn’t have to read up on anything. In his case, “ignorance is bliss” every time.

But, instead, what came through was the stark reality of a man who had absolutely no idea what he was talking about; a man who says things that are diametrically opposite to the things that he has said before; a man who has no clear avenue of thinking, a man who is over his head, and is willing to prostitute himself to entertain his blind, deaf and dumb followers. In the midst of his mindless agreement with a plausible Democratic proposal, he was interrupted by one of his handlers, Kevin McCarthy, who said basically, “Hold up clown, you have no clue what you are agreeing to!” In clear language, The King of Self exposed himself once again as the untutored buffoon that the world knows.

He demonstrated once again that he is a man without principle, interested only in how good he can make himself look and how much money he can make. Of course, with the King of Self, it is all about himself and his (fetid) image. Everyone with a brain, knows he is playing to the 33% who will eventually pressure the Senate Republicans not to vote for his impeachment.

Yes, he always reflects his basic animosity to people who are different, (women, minorities, etc.) particularly when they question his logic, legitimacy and lack of understanding the simplest issue. As a matter of policy, the whole idea of building a wall, for which Mexico would pay for, was just a feckless, campaign stunt to, once again, please the lemming-like people who grovel to his xenophobic racism.

Trump is not committed to that wall in the least. It is another media prop for the great unwashed, who he promises the world. He is committed only to burnishing his flawed and bloated image, no matter whatever comes of it. Mexico is not going to pay for it, and he knows it. Of course, he believes he can extort the money through other means. If thus is so, he is quite mistaken or delusional.  But, of course, he has always known that the Great Wall of the Donald is not going to be built. Can one just imagine the needs of our country that will be ignored, if that $35 billion was ever spent? Of course, it is just another of his unlimited (6400+ at last counting) lies. Some White House flack must have stuck the phrases “chain migration” and “diversity lottery” into his pea brain. I am sure he has no clue what they mean and stand for. In fact, he couldn’t care less. (his wife’s criminal father is part of “chain migration!”)

But, ironically, he is completely flexible on the issue of actual immigration policy. He doesn’t have the patience or brains for that much reading. Learning about our past and present immigration history would require reading more words than could fit on a tweet.

If Donald Trump followed through with what he initially agreed with his Eurocentric, white nationalistic base will once again be bombastic, Bannon-driven and out for blood, his! He will have proved once again that he was saying anything to keep them angry, even telling lies. He will have reflected once again his unfitness, his lack of qualifications and his unhinged, directionless mentality. And once again, they couldn’t care less

That is because Trump has no real message, except follow me, greed is good, and I am the King. But in this case, and many others, the public is starting to notice that this King has no clothes.


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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. 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