Every president is remembered for something. What will be Trump’s legacy? Friday, Nov 27 2020 

Every President has several accomplishments and several failures. But, time blurs our memories, and we tend to remember very few of each.

The little we remember becomes their legacy.

Thus, legacy is in the eyes of the beholder, and what you remember about a President may be much different from what I remember.

Presidents have personalities; their legacies generally reflect their personalities.

Here is how I personally perceive the legacies of our more recent Presidents.

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s legacy is a blend of Social Security and “a date which will live in infamy.” I remember Harry Truman for dropping the atomic bomb and for recognizing of Israel.

I see Dwight D. Eisenhower’s legacy as the interstate highway system and his warning about the “military-industrial complex.” John Kennedy will be remembered for the Cuban missile crisis and landing men on the moon.

Lyndon B. Johnson is remembered for “The Great Society,” and sadly, for Vietnam. Richard Nixon, of course, is famous for Watergate, but also for opening diplomatic relations with China.

I seem to remember Gerald Ford mostly for pardoning Nixon, and Jimmy Carter only for the Iranian hostage crisis. Though each had positive accomplishments, they don’t stand out in memory.

For me, Ronald Reagan forever will be the end of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union. George H.W. Bush lasts in my mind for the “Read my lips, no new taxes” lie and for the Willie Horton bigotry.

Bill Clinton always will be Monica Lewinsky, with a nod to Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and “Slick Willie.” George W. Bush, to me, is the Iraq war.

Barack Obama’s legacy will be “Obamacare,” though ironically, it is a copy of a Massachusetts law signed by Republican Mitt Romney.

And then there is Donald Trump. Having a limited ability to read or desire to learn, he has done a minimal amount. He masked his insecurities and inabilities by focusing not on doing the job, but rather on self-aggrandizement, anger, and insult.

Perhaps that is why, despite having strangely passionate followers, he was voted out of office.

It is too soon to know what Trump’s legacy will be, but I predict for most of the world it will be summarized like this:

 

Today, as I write this, Trump continues to build his legacy.

He pardons convicted criminals, which may even include pardoning himself. He endlessly, and without evidence, claims the election was “stolen” from him, and he does everything in his power to void the votes of millions, thus voiding American democracy.

His incompetence regarding the COVID-19 disease has led to the unnecessary deaths of three times more Americans than died in the Korean and Vietnam wars, combined.

By this year’s end, we will exceed in just one year, the number of World War II combat deaths that took place over four years.

As I said, “lie” is but an overall summary of his legacy. Many, more specific terms can be found here.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

Monetary Sovereignty Twitter: @rodgermitchell Search #monetarysovereignty Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

THE SOLE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE.

The most important problems in economics involve:

  1. Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
  2. Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics. Implementation of Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

  1. Eliminate FICA
  2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone
  3. Social Security for all or a reverse income tax
  4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone
  5. Salary for attending school
  6. Eliminate federal taxes on business
  7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 
  8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.
  9. Federal ownership of all banks
  10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

STRIFE, FEAR, GREATNESS, AND THE MYSTERY OF TRUMP Monday, Nov 23 2020 

STRIFE, FEAR, GREATNESS, AND THE MYSTERY OF TRUMP

STRIFE:

The universe is not favorable for life. Unimaginable cold, unfathomable heat, deadly radiation, crushing gravity, poisonous elements — they all abound.

Even mother earth tries to kill her children. She sends us ice ages, volcanos, earthquakes, windstorms, floods, droughts, and meteors, while her “red of tooth and claw” children try to kill each other.New study estimates the odds of life and intelligence emerging beyond our planet

Every living creature, from viruses (living?), through plants, through animals, all have enemies, living and inert, that threaten the delicate, interconnected web we call “life.”

Survival has required a constant struggle, life vs. anti-life. To survive, fragile life must defeat vigorous anti-life in a battle that continually is lost, or rather, continually almost is lost, every second of every day. We stand on the point of a needle.

Yet, here we are, we humans who have struggled best, survive.

We survive partly because we have the best brains, joined to marvelous hands, and voice boxes for the best communication, and among animals, we are large. We survive partly because good fortune has spared us the worst the universe has to offer.

But mostly we survive because nature has given us the tools to become the greatest killers this planet ever has known.

We are social animals, but we use our sociability to facilitate our killing. We kill them all, from viruses to bacteria, to whales, to fellow sapiens. Even our pleasures, our games, involve a ritualized form of killing called “winning.”

Evolution is based on strife, the survival of the fittest. We are programmed for strife. Throughout history, humans never have been without war.

The vast majority of our games are selfish, competitive, killing games. We win and the other side loses. In essence, we survive and they die. Only the genes that compete best are allowed to fight another day.

Our species is so enamored with strife, we not only wage war, we enjoy watching it. From Roman gladiators to today’s boxers, to all spectator sports, we become emotionally involved in the battles and the victories and defeats.

Watch the passionate fans at an American football game, and you will see bloodlust in action. Even flag football or touch football are not enough. It has to have crushing tackles and broken bodies to titillate the hoi polloi.

Some of us do exhibit compassion and charity, but scientists will tell you the ultimate purpose of charity is to effect species victory. Helping even the weak, the aged, or the ill assures their knowledge will not be lost — beneficial for a society’s survival.

And this is the important point. Though as individuals, we are efficient killers, and killing eliminates competitors for resources, as a society, we do not spend our lives killing. We need our family, friends, and neighbors to find and create resources, and for defense.

Those who show no compassion, and solely are ego-driven, seemingly would have a personal survival advantage, but because they do not contribute to species survival, they often are punished by the species, directly via physical attacks or indirectly via various forms of shunning.

TRUMP

Millions voted for Donald Trump. Why does he appeal to so many people?

Before he became president, he had failed in businesses where failure is nearly impossible: Gambling casinos and real estate. A casino is a guaranteed money-printing device, and real estate generally had increased in value for more than 60 years.

Repeatedly, Trump had been bailed out of his foolish predicaments by his father, only to fall into bankruptcy, yet again.

He was a Democrat who decided to switch parties to one that would accept is morals, a thrice-married womanizer, who never stopped cheating, a notorious liar and con man, whose reputation was so bad he still today is unable to obtain loans from any American bank.

His money kept him from Trump University and Trump Foundation prison.

He has cheated everyone, not only lenders and investors, but also swindled his workers out of their salaries.

Yet he was elected by the self-proclaimed “party of law and order.” During his four-year term, his prime accomplishments included giving tax breaks to the rich, attempting to destroy health-care insurance that protected millions of people, eliminating consumer protection laws, and hiring incompetent agency heads whose main efforts were to sabotage the primary missions of their agencies.

History will find him wanting.

He was impeached by the House of Representatives, and narrowly saved by the Senate, and was voted out of office. But, still he received more than 70 million votes.

Why?

Trump is a pure warrior. Lacking all compassion and human kindness, he is a psychopath, totally devoted to personal victory. He lives for strife.

He deems anyone, who exhibits even an ounce of kindness and mercy, a “loser,” the single worst epithet he can imagine. For a soldier who dies or is captured or wounded fighting for his country, Trump has only one question, “What was in it for him?”

He cannot imagine doing any unrequited kindness; everything must accrue to him, personally.

Seeing acclaim go to someone else is anathema. Trump has fired people whom he thought received more credit than him. His favorites are those sycophants who give him glory for everything good. (See: Mike Pence)

Trump preaches strength and patriotism, while he himself is a weak anti-patriot, who fearfully avoided the risks of battle by claiming heel spurs.

He admires dictators, the more brutal and unforgiving the better. Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, Rodrigo Duterte, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud — murderers all — are Trump favorites.

In rising to power, he has followed Hitler’s playbook.

FEAR

The most powerful human emotions are fear and hatred. They are so closely related that the former breeds the latter.  It is almost impossible to hate someone of whom you have no fear.

Tyrants understand this, thus we see the use of scapegoats, which generates fear and loathing among the populace.

Trump’s scapegoats are Mexican “rapists,” Muslim “terrorists,” the “fake” media, black “thugs,” “extreme” leftists, socialists, whistleblowers, Barack Obama — all the people Trump fears and thus hates — and these are the people he has taught his followers to fear and hate.

When people suffer fear, they seek protection. They are more likely to buy guns. They are more likely to join cults like the white supremacists, that are based on fearing people of color.

When people are in fear, they look to a strong leader who will protect them. Trump feigns strength. He promises to protect his followers from the people he himself fears and hates.Mahatma Gandhi quote: It is weakness which breeds fear, and fear breeds distrust.

We live in fearful times. Many people are impoverished or fear poverty. Many people are jobless or fear joblessness.

Many people fear the “Godless” left, who “kill babies.”

Bigotry is a representation of fear. Trump’s appeal is to bigotry, hatred, and fear.

Trump’s most ardent followers are America’s most fearful people.

Compassion and generosity require the courage to give of oneself — the courage to overcome the Gap psychology that urges us to distance ourselves from those “below” us on any social or economic scale.

And so, despite all his flaws, Trump has retained much of his base. And he will retain them until a principled leader arrives to assuage the fears we all suffer to some degree and teaches us we can be both compassionate and safe.

GREATNESS

Trump promised to make America great, again, then proceeded to make America small.

He promised we could cower safely behind his Wall, though a great people does not cower or need a wall. His promised wall only told the world and us that we are weak.

America was great when we followed Franklin Roosevelt and gave our lives and fortunes against the Axis oppressors.

America was great when, under Harry Truman, we instituted the European Recovery Program (Marshall plan), that gave billions of our dollars to war-devastated European nations.

America was great when under Harry Truman we didn’t wreak vengeance on Japan, a nation that had attacked us. Instead, we made Japan an ally and helped its people recover.

America was great when we followed John Kennedy and courageously flew the dangerous path to the moon.

America was great when we instituted Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society.” to unselfishly help the poor and the weak.

Those were unselfish times. Those were compassionate times. Those were great times.

Those were NOT “America first” times.

Had Trump encouraged the wearing of masks, he could have saved well more than 100,000 Americans. Despite all his other failings, he could have been great, for that alone.

Instead, his personal insecurities caused him to fear looking weak. So he discouraged mask-wearing to prove his strength, and our families, friends, and neighbors died.

Trump poisoned the GOP and drained its strength. Today, it is an assemblage of toadies, fearing to say anything that will crack the ego of the bully.

The bully is not strong. Continual strife is not strength. The weak are those who most fear looking weak.

Trump is a weak man, supposedly diminished by his tyrant father. When Americans begin to understand Trump’s weakness, we will not fear to welcome a wise and compassionate leader, and the age of Trump and fear will end.

Only then will America become great, again.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

Monetary Sovereignty Twitter: @rodgermitchell Search #monetarysovereignty Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

THE SOLE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE.

The most important problems in economics involve:

  1. Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
  2. Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics. Implementation of Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

  1. Eliminate FICA
  2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone
  3. Social Security for all or a reverse income tax
  4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone
  5. Salary for attending school
  6. Eliminate federal taxes on business
  7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 
  8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.
  9. Federal ownership of all banks
  10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

Why has the GOP gone “full Trump”? Friday, Nov 20 2020 

With Donald Trump now trying to persuade members of the Electoral College to subvert America’s democracy and vote against their legal mandate, it should have become clear, even to the most hardened Republican, that Trump cares nothing for America, nothing for democracy, and nothing for anyone or anything but himself.

According to the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised, Trump is a psychopath, which four years of him amply have demonstrated.

The GOP is not a ship of fools. On average, they are intelligent people. Obviously, they must intellectually recognize Trump for the incompetent ego-maniac he is.

So why do they continue to back him? Why do they countenance the democracy-shredding attempts to invalidate an entire state’s election?

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Why indeed, during the time of Trump’s greatest insanity, has the GOP gone “full Trump”?

Many pundits ascribe this to fear — fear of retribution, fear of the millions who voted for Trump, fear of losing office.

The feeling is that Trump always will hold power over Trumpers, who will do his bidding, no matter how insane that might seem to rational people.

And while that partly might be true, I suggest there is yet additional motivation.

I suggest that the GOP has gone “full Trump”, for the same reasons his followers close their eyes to his failings: He hates the same people they hate, and he projects the faux strength that promises to protect them from what they fear.

It is, in essence, the appeal of a cult or a religion.

Members of a cult look to the powerful leader to supply all answers and solutions to life’s problems.

Similarly, members of a religion look to guidance from religious leaders, who receive their instructions from an all-powerful God, who reveals to them the Path to safety and away from damnation.

For the GOP, Donlad Trump (and to a lesser degree, Mitch McConnell) supply that strong leadership.

There is great comfort, especially for the weak-of-mind, to be relieved of all decision obligations.

In going “full Trump”, Republicans don’t need to think about what is right vs. wrong, or what is best. They need only to do what their leader tells them. So simple.

In this way, they cannot be blamed for errors, and they will be protected from those they fear.

Trump defends his followers from the hated and feared “Mexican criminals and rapists.” He defends them from the hated and feared “Muslim terrorists.” He defends them from hated and feared liberals and socialists, and from those who would take away their guns, and from gays who would take away their traditions and religion.

So many fears, so many hatreds, so many threats — and Trump promises to build walls to protect his followers from all of them.

His lies don’t matter; it is his promises that are important. “Follow me and I will lead you to the promised land,” and since no one else makes that promise, they follow him.

It’s hope over reason, just as with all cults and religions.

Republican politicians are people. They bear the pain of fears and unrequited desires. We all do. They too want to be relieved of that pain by allowing a strong leader to guide them. They love to hear the promises of life in the kingdom of Trump heaven.

So, they follow Trump, not just because they fear Trump or even elections, but more, they fear life without Trump, when bands of Mexicans, Muslims, liberals, aliens, socialists, scientists, and gays supposedly will have free reign to ravage, plunder, and rape America.

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Loyalty for the leader or for God is perceived as superior to loyalty to fellow men. Trump repeatedly insults those “disloyal” who might stray as RINOs — Republicans In Name Only.

He casts out any who dare to think for themselves or speak truth to power.

In all cults and religions, morality is what the leader says it is.

Separating young children from their parents, denying refuge to life-endangered immigrants, taking healthcare from the poor, denying marriage rights to gays, denying voting rights to blacks, urging people not to wear masks, stealing money from students of Trump University, stealing money from donors to Trump Foundation, cheating on wives, attacking women, subverting America’s elections — all these, and more, become moral in the world of the cult.

There are few who dare to criticize an infinitely moral God, who in anger murdered all the men, women, and children of Sodom and Gomorrah. It was moral because God said so.

There are few Republicans who dare criticize Trump who has murdered by his denial of COVID, 250.000 American men, women, and children.

Trump and his Trumpers follow the traditions of cults and cult leaders, and religious leaders who have been committing justified crimes for centuries, shielded by the cult’s or religion’s mores.

In summary, the Republicans in Congress have turned “full Trump” not only by their fear of losing an election but additionally by something far more visceral. They fear being cast out of the cult and having no one to protect them from the cruel, real world. They fear having to make decisions that they alone will be forced to justify.

They fear reality and responsibility far more than they fear Donald Trump’s brand of dictatorship or even anarchy.

As with all cult members, they are frightened people, going full Trump by lashing out at anyone who attempts to open their eyes to the truth.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

Monetary Sovereignty Twitter: @rodgermitchell Search #monetarysovereignty Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

THE SOLE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE.

The most important problems in economics involve:

  1. Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
  2. Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics. Implementation of Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

  1. Eliminate FICA
  2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone
  3. Social Security for all or a reverse income tax
  4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone
  5. Salary for attending school
  6. Eliminate federal taxes on business
  7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 
  8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.
  9. Federal ownership of all banks
  10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

Thank you, Donald Thursday, Nov 19 2020 

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Thank you, Donald. You now have my permission to open Trump Tower, Moscow.

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