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Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

I am sending my comments, but I don’t expect this will go anyplace. Trump has this country in a vise and is tightening it daily all to the benefit of his friends in Russia and North Korea and Saudi Arabia as well as other places. He is financially and otherwise beholden to them and they should be proud of the job he is doing on their behalf as well as his own.

Clearly, he has the best interest of Saudi Arabia in mind when he refuses to move aggressively and investigate the murder of Khashoggi. And that is just one of the horrendous things he is and has done. The plight of the children on the southern border is another. Concentration Camps? I would say no – it is too mild to compare that to concentration camps. When you have children sleeping on the floor under metal blankets and a section for those sick children which room no one can see or visit the children – that speaks of a horrific scene and consequences and murder through gross neglect.

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Donald Trump’s friends – his close friends, especially those he has appointed to his administration in financially lucrative positions says a lot about him. My grandmother used to say -“show me your friends and I will tell you who you are.”

Trump’s friends are sexual abusers – some convicted of such; Pedophiles – very publicly exposed; and an assortment of really low life people who are making a great living on other peoples dime.

Trump himself – before he became president – was credibly accused of having sexually abused, attacked, and now raped twenty (20) plus women and we still hold him up as “President of these United States”? Where are those who wanted to take down the Democratic Senator from Minnesota who was accused of much less? He was gone in short order. Millions of people voted for Donald Trump knowing all about him and what they knew was beyond the putridness of garbage dump stuff. This is who we now call President. And who the Evangelical Christians like Falwell, Jr. and others support and are delighted he is their president. What is their private life that they keep hidden like? Do they understand and acknowledge this president because they are right there with what he is doing? How well do you Evangelical folks who are quick to dump on others know your leaders who you shore up, keep your money going to support, and praise as though they are God.

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Cosby and Trump. It is time for hollywood to take responsibility for who they have created. It took decades to bring Bill Cosby down and out of the way to where he could no longer sexually assault women. Why? Because he was held up for years in a fictional television show as this idealized African American doctor with an idealized family. With that kind of insulation he was untouchable and he was unbelievable that he was guilty of what the courts finally called him on. We, as people, could not distinguish between the actor – Dr. Hucstable (intentional misspelling) and Bill Cosby, womanizer and sexual abuser. That has got to stop.

Trump is now untouchable because people can’t believe the man they wanted to be like on the television show – created by script writers; make-up artists; public relations people – would do the things the real Donald Trump is doing and has done. Our forgiveness activated by our greed has allowed this man to be and remain President of these United States. The criminal activities, the rape, the sexual assault to which he admitted and bragged about, all of the things the “Christian” leaders ignore and instead raise Trump up as the second coming.

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This U. S. A’s immorality is being exposed. Murdoch – “great” newsman and good friend to Donald Trump, who manipulated his media to cover-up his friends illicit activities to keep his reputation sterling and outside the reach of the police. Knowing that, is this the background for Trump calling the legitimate media the “Fake News”? He knows what his friends in the media do for him so the entire group must be manufacturing news and covering up real legitimate news. When the people who surround you by your choice are so foul your ethics, morality, sinfulness increases exponentially because that is how you see the world. That is what you have in common so it must be alright. All of what we are seeing with Trump goes along with White Nationalists. They share the same ethical base. Maybe they were dropped on their heads at birth and this is the result? Or their laziness has been supported by their greed and this is who they have become covering up their horribleness by looking down on others. Turn the laws of Moses, Abraham, Jesus upside down and inside out and those Christian leaders living on the livelihood of others becomes who they single out to put a cover on their worse activities.

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Stories in the media like “Game of Thrones” need to be taken off and never again see the light of day. Looking at Coby and Trump, who do you think is going to happen with that horribleness put out into the world. It comes home to roost and I hate to think in what form.

I only saw a small portion and that was an advertisement for the series. A woman thrown down a large hole for what I didn’t know. But that was followed by an equally ugly scene where a woman was destroyed quickly, effectively and apparently with no calling to account. Those things change the ethical base of the society. Just as Cosby and Trump’s television shows compared to who they really are changed the ethical base of society because many don’t separate the actor from his role.

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Ed. Note: We could go along for pages printing what has come into us. Somehow, a deluge of what sounds like hatred, desperation, at the end of their ropes, disgusted with society, is what we are reading and hearing. We can’t print anymore of this it is unbelievably depressing and our members tend to come from the upper classes; the scientists; the intellectuals of this world – these are the people sending us these comments. They have power in this society and we are praying they are exercising that power in good and just ways.

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Donald Trump and Gay Folks!

Monday, December 31st, 2018

A series of articles to look at, give a partial analysis and outline of Trump’s base and what it cam expect of him.  We are starting with that portion of Trump’s base which are those who are very anti-gay, homophobic, are sure gay folks are trying to convert their children, destroy Christianity and the values they claim to hold close to their hearts and so much more.  You know the rhetoric and you know that portions of Trump’s base overlap.  It is very true that those who are homophobic have other bigotries against other groups which overlap, but this article addresses itself to the anti-gay community portion of Trump’s agenda.

Trump has tried to satisfy them by attempting to ban transgender people from serving in the armed forces, throwing out of the armed forces those transgender people already serving and more.

We will not say much about Donald Trump in his teens because those are tender years and can be the background for the direction in which a person travels, but could also be just experimental and a passing phase.

When we get to Donald Trump in his 20’s, however, we see a person beginning to show his values and to set his life’s path.

One of the people Donald Trump met, who became his mentor, was Roy Cohn.  Roy Cohn was a prominent New York attorney with an awesome reputation for bullying.  He was, at the time, a very famous attorney in these United States and not always for the best of reasons.  At the end of his life he was disbarred for many reasons like – particularly reprehensible conduct, and his ethics were called into question and so much more.   Cohn’s clients included several of New York City’s mafia, who he defended along with a large and impressive roster of clients.

Roy Cohn connects – Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump, the Rosenbergs, Roger Stone, Joseph McCarthy, and many more.  A surprising confluence of people.

For the purpose of this article, that which is right out there about Roy Cohn is that he was gay and he died of AIDS.  He is the person most responsible for helping Donald Trump move from his father’s businesses in Queens, New York to Manhattan.  In the process Donald Trump and Roy Cohn were extremely close.  If you could not find one you called the other and that person could tell you where to go or call to find the other – they were that close.

They spent evenings together over candlelight dinners at Club 54; once Trump married, Roy Cohn spent many evenings having dinner with the Trumps at their condo in Trump Tower and that in spite of the fact that Roy Cohn did not think Ivana was the person Donald should have married.  

Donald Trump was in the middle of the male gay community which surrounded Roy Cohn.  He was accepted as one of the boys and his relationship with Roy Cohn was common knowledge and also accepted.

Donald Trump was one of Roy Cohn’s most important clients.  If you did anything with Trump that would or could have resulted in a legal battle you had to deal with Roy Cohn, but Trump rarely, if ever, paid Cohn.  And if you went to Trump’s office during that time there would be a large picture of Roy Cohn on his desk.

We could go on for pages about Donald Trump’s relationship with Roy Cohn, but the point of this article is that during that time and for many years after Roy Cohn’s death, Donald Trump was in the middle of a very sophisticated gay group in Manhattan in which he was totally accepted.  According to some he provided an apartment, at Roy Cohn’s request, to one of Cohn’s friends who was dying of AIDS so he could live out his shortened life in relative comfort and Trump did just that – giving up a condo in Trump Tower – for free.

With that background, where does this hatred of people who are gay come from?  Where does this doing whatever he can to limit access to the gay community of the many things previously granted them as equality – like gay marriage?    The question becomes – why does Trump’s background and relationships  show that he would do the exact opposite?  Why did he have a mentor who was very gay and in the middle of a gay community bringing Trump into the middle of that community in a very public way?

At no time has Trump acknowledged that lifestyle, nor has he said anything about that personal history.  He did not come out, for example, to say that “at one time I was very supportive of the gay community, but in xxxx year I discovered my fault and reformed – turned my back on that history and all of the people with whom I had a close association and friendship and now have decided that homophobic is what I really am and have cut off associations and friendships with any and all gay people except those who have recanted, turned their lives around and are now straight.”

From where in his soul does this close association and friendship with many gay males come from – people with whom he had an extremely close relationship – to make him today able to move his campaign to take an active homophobic stance on many issues; to talk about people who are gay in very negative and subhuman terms; to go after those who are transgender to keep them away from serving in the armed forces and in many other ways.

More to the point would be – how and why do the people who really are homophobic and whose agenda is to rid society of everyone who is gay, transgendered, etc.  have simply taken Trump at his word.  Even knowing this background and history, they have never questioned any of this background.  What is going on here that they believe that he, without political campaigns to win,  would continue to act to make sure this gay group of people are clearly oppressed and not equal to the rest of society?

Surely they have had at least a passing thought that when Trump has no more campaigns to win he would then govern in such a way as to bring the gay community into equity with the rest of society and the goals of the homophobic community destroyed and turned against them.

Anything else makes no human sense.  To say God is using Trump makes even less sense because in my many decades of reading scripture God does not involve me and mine in any evil that God moves to eliminate.  God takes the evil hitting me and turns it into good.  God does the work and humanity benefits.  God upheavals and me and mine are playing God as we see fit.  But this part of Trump’s base has many excuses as to why they are supporting Trump because they believe, in the long run he will act in the interest of and promotion into society of their anti-gay, homophobic, anti transgender beliefs and life actions.

We believe that is nonsense and we believe something else is operating here and we believe we know what that is about.

Take a look at Bill Cosby and the evil he inflicted on dozens of women with his corrupt actions.  Look at how many years and how much pain and suffering and hard work it took to expose Bill Cosby and bring him to justice.  Why was that?  Why did so many people for so long support Bill Cosby in spite of what was showing right in their faces up close and personal?

For many, many decades television, books, and much more of media coverage portrayed Bill Cosby as this loving father and great man.  He received all kind of awards – not based on who he was, but based on his media persona – which many believed and would not let go of even in the face of facts which proved otherwise.  It took decades before it began to seep into the world’s conscience that the Bill Cosby on television and all of those Cosby family books and other kinds of media that circulated was created fiction and not the real Bill Cosby.  The real Bill Cosby was the person going to Court who was finally proven to be the sexual predator that he actually was and not the great, kind, with it father he portrayed in many media settings.  The kind of father we all want and many of us don’t have.  It is extremely difficult to give up on that kind of dream.  And the kind of dream Turmp portrayed – great business executive, incredibly successful giving others and maybe one day us the opportunity to follow in his footsteps.  That is like giving up on the lottery for those so addicted.

For many years, Donald Trump has been portrayed on television as this great business mogul with all of the trappings to create a romantic figure to get us to tune in year after year.  We have in mind the man created by good writers, camera people, directors, producers, in books ghost written for him by others.  We have not been able to believe and to take down the man so constructed for us by the media to see the real person who is the real Donald Trump.  The media is now doing its best to show us that person, but many are resisting because Donald Trump is putting himself in front of the public as the created, romanticized person who actually exists only on television and not in real life. 

Don’t you think it is time to look carefully and scrutinize this man the way many had to scrutinize Bill Cosby to see who he actually was and to look away from and put in the fairy tale books the Bill Cosby and Donald Trump created as marketing tools to sell all kinds of products to the average American citizen?

And don’t you think, given those two examples of human beings turned into almost monsters by their media persona and how far we have had to go to expose them as other than that romantic image – that we should give lots of thought to what we create and watch and give credence to in the media because clearly that is now roiling our society by the way it has seeped into our consciousness and affected decisions in real life and in how we make choices for ourselves and others?  

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