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One of the first things I learned as I was being groomed to be a good manager was that foul language and an attacking attitude on the part of one of my staff would not be good for the rest of the staff, and would not be tolerated.

I guess that Trump’s management style, as a chief executive with no one to account to, allows him to let his people snipe at one another and use foul language whenever they want with no repercussions. I’ve heard that he likes his people to be highly competitive, and maybe that works for a business that is only there to make money for its chief executive and his family, but its no way to be responsible for the safety and security of over 300 million people.

As President, Trump has shown no leadership ability. While he has signed 42 Executive Orders to date, evidence of the way he wants things to be managed, he has not provided guidance to Congress, which is what a leader would do to get legislation enacted.

Our country has no clear vision of where it is going, although we are seeing that the protections put in place by previous presidents for groups that have been subjected to discrimination are being thrown out the window. Civility and cooperation (and this has nothing to do with so-called political correctness) have also been tossed aside, as Trump does not exhibit either of those traits. He wants his word to be law, and will bully to get it, which may work in a business where he is the absolute boss, but not in government, where he is technically an employee of the American people and is expected to be looking out for them and not himself.

While I am personally not a fan of Reince Priebus, I expect his treatment by Trump and the White House to have serious repercussions. Priebus was probably the only one in the Administration who understood how the government works and how to get the Republican Congress and governors to support the president’s plans. Trump now is surrounded by millionaires, billionaires and Goldman Sachs people who don’t necessarily have the trust of the American people, or their elected officials. Congressmen will stand together, and the Administration’s veiled threats to individual congressional members, even if they are Senate females, will not be tolerated.

Maybe the White House needs to take some refresher courses on the changes that have affected rules of management if they ever want to get anything accomplished.

Having had a chance to step back from the craziness to take time to review the US Constitution, I suddenly realized that Trump’s tweets, whether official or not, have no bearing on US policy without the backing of Congress. Unlike the Trump Organization, Trump’s word is not law. He can send off tweet after tweet, but our founding fathers came up with a form of government where the Executive Branch is supported or constrained by the Legislative Branch.

Trump can tweet all he wants, and sign Executive Order after Executive Order, but if any tweet or EO requires funding or the approval of Congress, he is dead in the water. Much like Obama was during his second term.

Trump’s tweets are displaying his total betrayal of the people he promised to support and protect. His veiled threats to members of Congress and his own congressionally-approved appointees show that he cares not a whit for them if they disagree with him. So much for his loyalty to others when he demands it from them.

Loyalty and respect require a two-way street, and as we have been seeing with Trump, it is his way or the highway. At least in his own mind. As he has not yet managed a coup on our democracy, he is only as strong as Congress allows him to be. They represent the will of the people, unlike the bankers and backers he has appointed to tear down the governmental agencies by which they feel constrained.

It is time for Congress to take a stand, either for the American people, all of them, or for a man who would be an autocrat, if allowed. And its time for the American people to remember how their Congressmen vote on issues that affect them.

Yes, just a joke. He can’t really think that he belongs there. At least, not while he’s alive. After all, even Teddy Roosevelt, the youngest and most Republican member of the enshrined quartet was dead many years before his image shone down from the mountainside.

As for the company he would be keeping, Trump is neither the warrior as Washington or Roosevelt, nor the statesman or diplomat of Jefferson or Lincoln. All four fought for what they believed in, knowing that it could result in their deaths. These four presidents were picked because they commemorate the founding, growth, preservation, and development of the United States.
Washington set the precedent of limited terms in office because he didn’t want our new country to be subject to a king in everything but name.
Jefferson doubled the size of the young country.
Lincoln did his best to keep the country intact as one country, not two.
Roosevelt stood up to corruption and provided that the wonders that made our country special would be left intact for future generations to enjoy.

Trump treats politics like his companies. He expects absolute rule and absolute obedience. He preferred deferments to service to his country. His empire grows on the backs of contractors he does not pay and people he bullies. But that didn’t stop companies affiliated with his name from failing. His god is the almighty dollar, and based on this treatment people without enough dollars don’t deserve to be considered. If Trump finishes this term of office, and goes on to a second, the United States of America will undoubtedly have fewer states when he finally leaves office. Trump’s best advisors have been steeped in corruptions of their own, and in the name of the almighty dollar Trump is guaranteeing that the most beautiful and fragile parts of our counry will be sold to and despoiled by corporate greed.

So, yes, by all means, Trump must be joking about being on Mount Rushmore.

Once again betraying a portion of the population that he previously assured he would support, we see that transgender people are not worthy in the eyes of the President or his administration.

I suppose once all the details are worked, the next group he will ban from military service is women. After all, they are just supposed to be eye candy and don’t have opinions or ideas on a par with any man, unless they are President Trump’s daughter.

After that, considering all his expertise in foreign relations, we will obviously need to reinstitute the draft because we won’t have enough servicemen with the elimination of our current and future transgender and female service people to support the size of the military we are going to need to protect ourselves.

I sure do hope that the President’s sons and son-in-law, as well as the male children and grandchildren of all our Congressmen, will be willing to serve their country in the place of all those others willing but not allowed to.

POTUS tweet Wednesday morning after the special election in Georgia’s 6th District:
“Democrats would do much better as a party if they got together with Republicans on Healthcare,Tax Cuts,Security, Obstruction doesn’t work!”

So tell me again how the Democrats are supposed to work together with the Republicans when the latter draft bills behind closed doors and do not allow the Democrats to even see what is being drafted so they can contribute.

And how Pelosi and the Democrats are able to obstruct when they are in a definite minority in both the House, the Senate, and the number of Governorships in the USA. As opposed to the earliest words of the Republicans when Obama was first elected, that the Republicans would resist anything Obama wanted to enact. And as proven by their multiple shutdowns of the government and refusal of the Senate to even consider vote on a Supreme Court nominee, as is their duty. Of course, if the Democrats adopt the same behaviour, maybe they can make obstruction work.

And how its “left” that is hateful when its the “right” that has been trying to keep anyone different from themselves from having the same rights and securities. When I was growing up, we were taught “judge not lest ye be judged”, but its only the more conservative and outspoken religious that seem to be judging others and proclaiming their lives and lifestyles as wrong. Not to forget that most hate crimes in this country are performed by people who don’t like anyone different in any way from themselves (Democrats don’t go to churches or synagogues or mosques and open fire, Democrats do not open fire on health clinic workers, and the non-religious do not protest at funerals for fallen heroes). By the way, I remember Democrats calling Republican behaviour deplorable, but its the Republicans who proudly call themselves that, and call anyone who disagrees with the a Libtard. Of course, what can you expect when a President went around calling his campaign opposition “Little”, “Lyin;”, “low energy”, ugly, “Cheating”, and such. Why wouldn’t his followers do the same?

By the way, my favorite remark from Karen Handel was that she, like other Republicans, does not believe in a livable wage. Her attempt to backtrack to say that the government shouldn’t be responsible for setting a minimum wage doesn’t cut it, as “I really believe that the solution to helping insure that all hard-working Georgians can make a good salary is not through mandates.” However, if not for federally mandated minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, many Georgia employers would not be paying their employees any more than the $5.15 an hour minimum stipulated by the Georgia legislature. Of course, the 6th District doesn’t have to worry about that, as many of them, like Representative-elect Handel, have made their money by using their name-recognition to advance rather than working for the benefit of others. One of the the things Handel did was to use the “woman” card, although she has not done much to improve the lives of woman who need help. But that does seem to be the Republican way.

When a man who is totally unprepared in any way to lead the country becomes President of the United States of America, I have a problem with him calling the Constitution that I have sworn to support and uphold archaic and a bad thing for this country.

There is a reason that most elected politicians started small, learning the system. It is complicated, constrained, and was never meant to be a permanent career or position of indisputable power.

POTUS’ problem is that he has long forgotten anything he may have learned in history, government, social studies, civics, political science, or whatever those courses were called when he was in school. If he ever learned any of it at all. His concept of his job is apparently that it should be no different than running his corporation.

The problem with that is that companies are run by the person with the plan for the company. Countries are only run that way when the leader is a despot or tyrant. The Constitution was created to prevent that from happening. The Constitution ensures that any political dynasties still have to be elected, not inherited. The Constitution was written to ensure that the country was run by people who were responsible for the good of the country, not their own good. To preserve a democratic republic, not to allow dictators to assume power.

Our current POTUS became President for prestige and benefits, not out of any form of patriotism. If his life at an elite military academy was so great, why didn’t he follow through and serve our country? I don’t remember how many deferments he got, but he was in much better physical shape at the time of his deferments than my father was when he served. (And dad’s problems were recorded.)

Rather than taking crash courses from experienced advisors on how to run the country, POTUS has been too busy spending most of his weekends at his golf course, a relatively unsecured facility. I feel sorry for the Secret Service assigned to him, as there are a lot of people out there who are not happy with the flippant way the country is being run. I would hate for any of them to be injured in the line of duty for a man who couldn’t care less about his own lack of empathy, knowledge and ability.

POTUS acts like a spoiled child – I want what I want when I want it, and I don’t care what anyone else thinks or wants. If someone else has done things that made people happy (like Obama with healthcare and protections for potable water and breathable air), all those things have to be reversed so that POTUS can feel better about himself.

Thank you, founding fathers, for creating a Constitution that will keep POTUS from making himself king, emperor, or whatever he thinks he should be.

According to the news I’ve been reading this morning, that’s what President Trump has said about his new job.

The Man was never an employee before. The President is an employee to 326 million people, a majority of whom are not happy with the man hired to do the job.

The Man was able to bully people to get what he wanted because he had money and a reputation. The President is constrained by laws and rules and cannot legally use his money and reputation to assume he will get what he wants. He is only now, at 70 years old, learning how to compromise with others.

The Man appears to be a narcissist with some kind of antisocial personality disorder. (I am a lay person, untrained in psychology, so unable to diagnose even in person, but to me this is how he appears to behave and the characteristics he portrays.) The President is leader and guardian of the the United States of America, and must act in its best interests and defense. That includes a need to always put on an ambassadorial front to make the best impression possible on the rest of the world because America cannot survive isolated from the rest of the world. It also means that each person should be treated with the respect and care given to every other person. It means ensuring that the people of the United States have conditions under which they can thrive, are not adversely impacted due to tainted air, water and food supplies, are safe at home and when traveling around the country, and have the education and training to be competitive with others.

The Man can surround himself with people who are just like him and be as open or close minded as he wants on a personal level. The President must professionally surround himself with people who are at the top of their fields, people who can make well-calculated assumptions, predictions and decisions based on the needs of the entirety of the populace, not just those who are friendly towards the President.

The Man went to Wharton for an education on business. The President should undergo some form of training for the position. I would never hire my buddy with no experience to re-wire or re-plumb or re-build my home. I would never hire my mechanic to take care of my finances, or vice versa, without training. Why so many people thought that electing someone who knew nothing about how our country is governed, and still knows very little about it, is unfathomable.

Change begins with the first step, not the top goal. If people are unhappy with the government, and understand the basics of governmental operations, they would not keep re-electing the politicians not functioning according to their job requirements and the expectations of the constituency. As an employer, if someone was not performing up to specifications they would be given a warning and chance to improve, and then justifiably could be terminated for cause. Instead, this country has gone right to the top to make changes. That is the equivalent of firing the CEO or president of a company but keeping the staff that do nothing except collect their paychecks. Would anyone really expect any changes to that company? Next time maybe we should elect a President who understands the gravity of the job and takes it on to make America a better place for all, not just because it adds to their personal prestige.

I hope everyone realizes that American citizens will continue to pay for President Trump for the rest of their lives. He and his wife will have live-long Secret Service protection. (Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012 (Pub.L. 112–257)) He has a guaranteed income for life, equivalent to the pay of a Cabinet Secretary, as well as a paid staff (I did not read this section closely enough to herein state the size or duration of that staff) and free postage for life. His widow also has a guaranteed income until she dies or remarries before 60. (Former Presidents Act (3 U.S.C. § 102 note))

The job may be tough, but its benefits go on forever.