The Clouds Are Gathering

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Trump lied? Say it isn’t so!

Actually, Politifact rated Trump 19% Mostly False, 34% False and 17% Pants-On-Fire False, for a total of 70% lies. Yeah, he lied. It’s a habit with this guy.

And he continues to lie. On Friday he claimed credit for ensuring that a Lincoln automobile plant would be kept in Kentucky, preventing the job loss disaster that would have happened if Ford had decided to move the plant to Mexico. That would be great, except that Ford never considered having the plant anywhere but in Kentucky. Trump had absolutely nothing to do with Ford’s decision about plant location. Trumpian dishonesty is a constant and it will take a huge toll on American culture, our people and our safety in the world.

Significant risks will occur when Trump slathers his fatuous dishonesty on foreign leaders. They won’t take kindly to it and the safety of the world will be at risk as he undermines international trust. And we most certainly won’t like it when he lies to us about whatever he agrees to as he fawns over Vladimir Putin.

What will happen to justice in America, which he claims to champion – like the right of every citizen to vote – when Trump makes racist, segregationist Jeff Sessions the attorney general? What will happen to America’s national security, the very same security that he brayed he will be the best at protecting, when Trump picks for his national security advisor hyperbolic Michael Flynn, a retired 3-star general who was forced to retire from the military and from his position as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency because of his flagrantly extremist behavior.

What happens to our freedoms when Trump’s ubermeister, White Supremacist Steve Bannon, starts registering Muslims and rounding up Hispanics to shuttle them off to who-knows-where?

What happens to the climate of the entire planet now that we have a Global Warming Denier in Chief?

People are already being hurt – read the post and comments here and here.

I have been accused of helping to drive the polarization of this country. I don’t know if I’m doing that, but if I am, look for me on the pole labeled, “Facts, Reality and Equal Justice”. I acknowledge that nothing bad has happened yet on the Trump national policy level. On the other hand, the preparations for very bad things to occur are happening in front of us right now and to refuse to see that is self-defeating for this nation; it may be disastrous for our minorities. We need to take

I’m in discussion with some clergy people about what we can do to address the interpersonal hate that has oozed from slimy places under the fragile rocks of American tolerance.

There is a petition going around now  urging the members of the Electoral College to vote for Hillary, as most are under no legal obligation to vote according to their state’s voting outcomes. Go ahead – click through, sign it and pass this post to your friends urging them to do the same. Make your voice heard.

What else can we do? Put your ideas for action in the Comments section below. Help us all.


Ed. note: There is much in America that needs fixing and we are on a path to continually fail to make things better. It is my goal to make a difference – perhaps to be a catalyst for things to get better. That is the reason for these posts. To accomplish the goal requires reaching many thousands of people and a robust dialogue.

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3 Responses to The Clouds Are Gathering
  1. Steve Grossman Reply


    FYI, I’m going to this meeting tomorrow.

  2. Bob Danon Reply

    Jack… WELL DONE! Love your blog.

    I have been thinking about reading my blog online. Then a friend of mine, who is a friend of someone you know, told me about your blog and linked me. And I’m glad she did.

    I intend to subscribe. And I will reference you when appropriate. And I ask that you do the same if something catches your attention.

    I hope you will take the time to check out my blog,

    Again well… Well done.


  3. Jim Altschuler Reply

    First, a math check: 19 + 34 + 17 = 70. Not 80% even if it seems like he’s lying that much of the time.

    Second, the picture at the top of this blog brings me to tears. I have seen it before throughout my life but reaction to those tattoos is always the same. Thanks for reminding us, Jack.

    Also, I signed the petition; how about the rest of you? The only real means of stopping Trump from destroying this country and its standing in the world is to keep him from getting into the White House. Your help is required to make that happen.

    I have 2 other concerns:
    1 is the obvious prejudice that Trump has voiced toward minorities and people of non-Christian religions (and sometimes the lesser Christian religions as well). This attitude and the actions that it spawns are utterly, completely unacceptable. And the people that Trump has suggested for his cabinet and his advisory staff are, so far, the kind of people who will further foster such prejudicial thinking and actions.

    The other major concern is the conflicts and/or wars that Trump will get us into given that the Republicans control both houses of congress. This scares the hell out of me. We have already lost thousands of our young people in conflicts that we had no business being involved in, not to mention the 10’s of thousands of our young people who have been physically, mentally and/or emotionally damaged, many beyond repair, in those conflicts as well. The United States cannot continue to be the world’s police force.

    The bottom line: WE CANNOT ALLOW DONALD TRUMP OR ANYONE LIKE HIM TO LEAD THIS COUNTRY. I apologize for screaming but that’s exactly how I feel — like screaming for all to hear against the insanity of Trump and his cronies. We all need to act, and act NOW.