Once again, school children and their teachers have been executed in the United States, in the land of the free and the home of the brave. This time, the same as happened a week ago in Buffalo, it was an 18-year-old who carried out the assassinations. Why? Because they could. Because they could legally purchase AR15s and fulfill their teenage fantasies. Now they are famous, or better, infamous.

Now, dozens of people in a small Texas town are mourning the loss of their children, their hope for a brighter future. And wondering why, in a country with so much potential, people with guns are allowed to mow down other innocent victims just for the fun of it.

I am so tired of hearing that nothing can be done about this situation, that people need even more guns to protect themselves, not fewer. In the simplest words I can find, I will tell you why: Americans who love guns are insane.

The much-quoted second amendment to the Constitution does NOT grant every living person in the country the right to own and use a gun. It states:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The Second Amendment is now among the most misunderstood provisions of the Constitution. There are two schools of interpretation: one that it’s about the right of individuals and the other that it’s about the right of a state to have a militia.

The words must also be seen in the context of the time they were written when the newborn country needed the states to quickly assemble a militia to help defend their independent status. The men would turn up off their farms with their own guns to do that defending. And in general, weapons were then essential for hunting and defending their own homes. There would not as yet have been functioning local governments with a police force to protect scattered homes and farms.

But the age of the wild frontier is past and the situation in the 21st century is a whole lot different. Now, the population needs the police to defend them from (mainly) men of all ages armed with weaponry intended for armies fighting wars, not for over-grown children indulging GI Joe fantasies.

Each time one of these massacres happens, thoughts and prayers are offered. BIG DEAL.

They won’t bring back anyone’s loved ones. But the idea of comprehensive gun control to get these weapons of war off the streets is anathema, thanks to the lobbying of the NRA and all sorts of vested interests who will fight till all eternity to protect their deadly interpretation of the outdated second amendment.

So my dear fellow Americans, the bad news is that you are doomed to live in a country governed by the NRA and gun manufacturers rather than by the rule of law. You will not look abroad to see how other countries have handled this problem and succeeded in getting guns off the streets. No, America always knows best. America is a FREE country.

I can find tears for the bereaved loved ones in Texas and in Buffalo and wherever the next attack occurs. But I have no tears for my foolish country. It really ought to know better.



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It’s Thursday morning and I’m sitting on the edge of a table, waiting to have my twice weekly acupuncture treatment. The doctor enters the room to set the needles up and down and either side of my spine. Then one in each hand, in my earlobe, and one on the top of my head. As an antenna, so the good doctor joked the first time he did it. With the needles in place, the doctor tells me to chill for twenty minutes. I rest my arms on a roll cushion on my lap and let my head fall onto my chest. Chill. Easier said than done in these perilous times. Now with Putin doing his damnedest to destroy the people of Ukraine, their homes and their homeland, we watch in very real time, the flood of refugees crossing Ukraine’s borders into former Soviet satellite countries, now NATO members that Putin claims to feel so threatened by. Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania.

Why do Putin’s supposed complaints not ring true? Perhaps because none of these countries have done anything aggressive; they joined NATO to align themselves with the West and enjoy a better standard of living than anyone there ever experienced when they were part of the east block, positioned as they were as buffers to protect a paranoid USSR from European imperialism. Right. Oh yeah, and there was the little matter of freedom too. Freedom to come and go, to travel abroad, to have beliefs that didn’t correspond to those sanctioned by an authoritarian regime.

Chill. I have to keep reminding myself. I’d only just about relaxed some after suffering from four years of trump-induced high blood pressure. The anger and disbelief about what was going on in the US, unchecked and certainly unpunished. The relief of Biden’s election win and feeling that the country could now be turned around, heal politically, and physically from Covid, and hold to account the criminals who had mismanaged and profited from their government positions.

Chill, I tell myself. It will ease the back pain; my legs will feel stronger again. But there I go, making it all about me, while millions are suffering in Ukraine, far too close to us here in Germany. Where will they go? Where will this whole crisis lead? What about those caught in beleaguered cities, being held hostage to Putin’s sick whims? Did I worry this much about all those refugees from the Middle East who have been suffering for years, for decades, forever? Do I worry more because the Ukrainians look like me? Shame on me! What if he attacks a NATO country? Is this how World War III starts? Is this how Planet Earth ends, in a nuclear cataclysm?

Ding! The timer goes off. Twenty minutes is up. So much for chilling. There’s no R & R available for people fleeing for their lives. When I’m out of here, I’ll check my phone for updates on the situation. Maybe there will be news about trump being indicted. That would be an excellent development indeed. But that’s going to take some time yet.

Chill? Not going to happen.

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Liquidated Real Estate

Outside in the cherry tree in my garden, a magpie is screeching her displeasure. She probably saw that my window is open and wanted to attract my attention to the crime we’ve committed. We had the birch capped, the one in which she and her mate have been nesting for a few years now. So, she is furious with us.

If I could speak her language, I’d tell her that there is plenty of arboreal real estate in my garden for her to rebuild her nest. Not to mention in the neighboring gardens and the woods that are less than five hundred meters from here, as the magpie flies. How hard can that be?

My resident magpie last year with her nest

It seems she is not convinced. Home is home. She’s upset at being dispossessed, just as humans are when their homes are destroyed. In war, for instance, as is happening in Ukraine. While I sit here in a peaceful German village, bathed in early-spring sunshine, making summer travel plans, my heart goes out to these refugees. These courageous Ukrainian women, with their children, have set out on treacherous journeys and are flooding to their country’s borders and into the EU, to save themselves from Putin’s war machine, knowing that their husbands and other male relatives have stayed behind to fight.

Germany has also opened its borders to them. To drive from Kyiv to Frankfurt, it’s 1800 KM, only 1500 as the magpie flies. Fortunately, many of them are finding refuge much closer to home. Poland and the other Slavic countries bordering Ukraine have put out the welcome mat to their fellow Slavs. They won’t need to travel 1800 KM for aid and comfort.

Other images now flood my head, those of the Syrian, Afghani, and Yemeni refugees who the Belarusians led, cynically and cruelly, to the border with Poland in early winter, 2021. There were no Polish arms spread in welcome for them. No, they were met with water cannons and armed guards who beat them back into the frozen forests. Where the Belarusians left whole families to fend for themselves in the freezing nights. The hypocrisy screams to the heavens.

I don’t begrudge the Ukrainians the help they are receiving. I just demand that we also open our hearts and purses to victims of war and famine from cultural backgrounds different from our own. Especially since many of the causes are manmade, by the same malicious dictator who has invaded Ukraine.

In the evolutional scheme of things, birds of the field can fend for themselves pretty well. By comparison, we humans live far more precarious lives. We humans, a supposedly so intelligent and advanced species, so capable in the art of torture and war, are singularly careless with the lives of our fellow human beings. Oh yeah, and also with our environment.


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I don’t know how you’re feeling today, but 2019 is leaving me with a gigantic hangover. So many things all across the globe seem to be going wrong, starting with wannabe dictators and not even finishing with countries in flames caused by global warming. Of course, although none of these things started in 2019, they are, on a daily basis becoming increasingly urgent.burnout-3721062_640

As writers, our craft calls upon us to spin characters and plots out of thin air. But the air is so filled with doomsday scenarios that who needs to create fictional ones? It seems to me that, to be relevant, a writer’s work needs to speak to the issues that face us today. It shouldn’t be blatant. That wouldn’t be fiction; it would be a political blog (– like this one). And we want to create art, not in-your-face rhetoric. But I can think of many novels and plays that take important issues and turn them into analogies, or parables, that are good stories in themselves. With a bit of thought, the reader (or audience) realizes that the author is actually inferring something on another plane.

One of the best instances is The Crucible, the play by Arthur Miller. His subject is the witch-hunt in Salem Massachusetts in 1692. This is already a story-worthy conflict based on historical facts. But he wrote it in 1953 as an analogy for the witch-hunt against Communists in the US in the early 1950s that was led by Senator Joseph McCarthy. The beauty of it is, even if the memory of McCarthyism fades, Miller’s play still stands as a powerful story about persecution.

Today, hearing a certain person constantly shouting “witch-hunt” as detractors attempt to hold him accountable for his crimes, suggests an entirely new avenue for fiction writers to go down, where the purported victim is the perpetrator. Not to forget the gaslighting we are being subjected to!

Another opportunity for fiction writers to weave significant tales is the use of satire or the creation of a dystopia. Just think of the horrific dystopian and satirical world orders in George Orwell’s works, 1984 and An Animal Farm are. The reader experiences Orwell’s visions of how that reader probably does not want the world to become. Cautionary tales! Speaking of that, think: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Even the many superhero fiction novels/comics that, having been made into blockbuster films and are filling movie theatres worldwide, are an expression of our need for good guys who will overcome evil. No need to list examples of them here. They abound in popular culture and, besides speaking out on an elemental level to our sense of justice, they are lots of fun.

And for us? As writers, we may not be Orwells, Millers or even George Lucases (Star Wars), but we can still create stories about issues important to each of us. You never know how far a story will go…

With a new year in mind, maybe you, or I, will be inspired to tackle injustice, immorality or corruption, not just by writing a blog post, but by telling a story set locally, or on a global stage, or maybe in a galaxy far, far away and long, long ago.

“In our age, there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues….”George Orwell 

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There are many phenomena in this world we live in that I will never understand. I can start alphabetically by listing items such as astrophysics and then end with xenophobia – yes, it starts with an x, but don’t we pronounce it like a z?

In between a and z, I would like to bring up the item of Christianity. Or perhaps I should approach religion in general and how/why it continues to be relevant to society. What appears to be the human need to believe in some power greater than oneself is a phenomenon that can be traced from the earliest history of humankind until today. It still strikes me, though, as being a clever invention from way-back-then of rulers to subjugate their underlings, in the sense that the king could claim anything he dictated as coming from a higher power than the mortal on the throne. Think: the divine right of monarchs that was used for a thousand years to reinforce the grip of European rulers over their subjects. It was second only to the power of the Pope in Rome. At least until the Reformation.

Strangely, only a small part of modern humankind has overcome the indoctrination of religious groups of various convictions over the millennia.

If we fast forward to our 21st century and the US phenomenon of Trump & Co that engulfed the country in 2016 and that has had global repercussions, again, I have been horrified by the mystery of why American Christian – especially Evangelical – communities have been willing to fall for this man’s wanton sales pitch.

Just to give the reader an idea of where I am coming from, I, too, was a member of an Evangelical Christian church as a child and as a young person. The community gave me the support that was lacking at home. It kept me on the straight and narrow and offered me something to trust in that merely required me to take a leap of faith: to confess my sins and believe Jesus Christ was my savior. I attended a Christian College and thus stayed, despite growing doubts, within the bounds of acceptable thought until I was 21 years old.

After graduation, I left the country to pursue my education in Germany. The initial year’s duration of my grad program grew into a permanent emigration. Along with leaving the confines of US life, I rapidly grew beyond the worldview I’d willingly accepted as a child and student. To put it simply, a could no longer take that required leap of faith. I became what one might call an agnostic. Who could know if there was a god? Recently, I must concede that I’ve taken the step to atheism.

What does my personal pilgrimage have to do with Trump and American Evangelicals?

Very simple, really. During the election campaign and having an insider’s view of the Evangelical community, I just couldn’t fathom how these people of Christian principle could align themselves with a known liar, cheat, money-launderer, racist and womanizer-cum-misogynist. Just because he claimed to be anti-abortion? Just because he wound up taking on that known paragon of Christianity (i.e. anti-LGBT, etc.), Mike Pence, as his VP candidate? Could they not see that was a conscious ploy by the Republicans to manipulate the Evangelical vote??

Today I came across an article by Katelyn Beaty in The New Yorker titled “In a Private Meeting in Illinois, a Group of Evangelicals Tried to Save Their Movement from Trumpism”.

Prominent Evangelical leaders gathered at the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton (also home to one of the finest Christian colleges in America) to try to figure out how this happened to them and how to recover from their fall from grace. The attempt to resolve a common statement at the end of the two-day meeting failed. If this question interests you, I recommend reading Ms Beaty’s article.

At the very least, their meeting at all is an admission that they strayed from the straight and narrow.




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Remember me? I’m the one who should be blogging at this address. As I believe I wrote the last time I was here, about seven months ago, I have been so overwhelmed by the trump so-called presidency that I have not been able to write about it. The rapid-fire events, I was pleased to note, were even tough for professional journalists to keep up with. So, I spend my time reading, reading, reading – just trying to stay abreast of what the analysts and professional insiders have to say about the unspeakable happenings of this past year in all their irrational obscenity.


If you aren’t already aware, I am, by comparison to many out there in the blogosphere, a screaming liberal who believes in outlandish ideas like free and democratic elections, freedom of choice (think: women’s health issues), strictest gun control, environmental protection, universal healthcare…I could go on, but I think you get the idea.


The impersonator in the White House is the antithesis of all the above, a really great example of everything I abhor, and the sooner he is no longer there, the better. Of course, he will need to take all of his “people” with him, especially the so-called “Christian” VP. We all know he was chosen by t’s friend Vladimir, as was Rex. Rex has, however, already found the door, only to be hypothetically replaced by someone much worse. But maybe, just maybe that can be stopped. The timing of t’s ouster needs to be very well considered so that we don’t find ourselves stuck with Paul Ryan for two years. (How much again did he get from the NRA, i.e. the Russians?) That brings us up to the Democratic wave that will wash over the country with the November mid-terms. When all those blues take their seats in Congress in January, then, at the latest, is the moment. Bye-bye, little t!


But are you feeling it, too? That the tide is turning? That t is not so much acting out his dictatorial whims but thrashing around in deep, deep water? He is in way over his orange head, trying to hire conspiracy theory lawyers who then can’t be hired, firing a Secretary of State and an NSC advisor just because they said nasty things about Vlad and V expects him to do it? Hiring super-hawk FOX News warmonger Bolton to get ready for nuclear war? And I haven’t even mentioned Stormy! Behind all this frantic activity lies fear.


My hero Bobby Mueller is closing in like a boa constrictor, silently lying in ambush, just waiting for the right moment to strike and wrap trump in his crushing embrace.


Is it always darkest before the dawn? Not being a morning person, I can’t really say for certain. But I believe in this adage metaphorically. Things can’t get much darker than they are just now. Mr. Mueller, it’s time.





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Six Months in…

…and how many more to go?

Where to begin?

I have just re-read my post from January 17th, 2017 – yes, the last time I posted,  so perhaps it’s best to pick up there. As you all know, the situation in the US and in the world has only gone downhill.

My abstinence from writing has been caused by a complete feeling of impotence. I have felt overwhelmed by the shameless acts of little t and the republican majority in both Houses of Congress. The sheer speed of t’s (and the republicans) attempts to sabotage the country – and for that matter, the world – in every possible area has been breathtaking. Every day we’ve been bombarded by the next unbelievable appointment he has made for high offices, his next executive order, for example, to ban Muslims from entering the country, to turn back the clock on environmental protection, or to abolish the regulation of a financial industry that single-handedly caused the international economic crisis of 2007-9. I won’t bore you with listing everything, which would be an impossible task. You will have either followed it with your jaw hanging on your chin, or you will have turned off, watched sports or a movie, and let it all take its course. It may be true that you and I can do little to stop him.

HOWEVER, all those marches and all those protests against everything t is trying to change for the worse have had their effect on the Democrats, at the very least. They may have rediscovered their calling.

Although I haven’t expressed my opinions here for six months, my friends and family will all too willingly tell you that they think I’ve been obsessing about the political situation. Nor have I kept quiet on Facebook. Maybe because it was my first foray into voting in a US presidential election since 1972(!!), or maybe because of my inability to grasp that the American electorate could go so wrong in their choice, but I have not been able to normalize this presidency. Every day I start out by reading as much as possible online about the news from the US. Could it be that, just maybe, that overnight (we are 6 hours ahead) the Russia investigation blew up and t has been taken down?

So far, no luck. But the news leaking out from the investigations is encouraging. The special counselor Robert Mueller is extremely competent. And a very busy man. I’ve read that he is hiring prosecutors by the dozen. Looks like, where there is smoke… I live for the day when all will be revealed. And I tell myself, it’s not all that far off.

A slight comfort to my lagging intellect is that, time and time again over the last 6 months, analysts and commentators in quality media – think: MSNBC – Rachel Maddow and co. – have also expressed their own feelings of being overwhelmed by events. But they, being professionals, got on with the stories. They have demonstrated that the press is truly the fourth pillar of American democracy.The epithet of fake news has not kept them from their work.

The other three pillars – legislative, judicial and executive – have been duking it out. And the press has done its job and exposed their shortcomings. The executive’s (president’s) attempts to castrate the courts and control Congress are finally being fought off. Have Congressional Republicans (bought and paid for by big business) finally realized that t’s ship is foundering? Will the Democrats reform their party and push back against the republican gerrymandering that has caused them to win more seats than is their due? So many spaces to watch.

And the end won’t come a day too soon.

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This is the winter of my discontent.

This is the winter of my discontent.


Just two weeks ago, the cosmic cycle, at least as we Earthlings see it, reached its end and immediately began its course anew. Our sun rises and sets. And the planets orbit that sun, oblivious to the species that dominates Planet Earth and continues the self-eviscerating process of destroying its own living, breathing environment, as well as slaughtering other species, even its own. Why do we do this? For wealth, for power? I suppose they are one and the same.

The above probably would not seem a promising start to a holiday letter. But it was what I spontaneously wrote as I contemplated our annual missive to friends and relatives.

Fortunately, I thought better of using it and attempted a more upbeat version.

Unfortunately, it reflects the writer’s state of mind this winter.

With massacres in Syria and the countless other atrocities that are causing the refugee floods from Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere; with Europe weakened by Brexit, populist movements and insufficient leadership; with the new tenant moving into the White House, chosen by less than 25% of the electorate, having won (or actually LOST by 3 million popular votes) on a message of hate and division – no, sorry, neither my brain nor my heart can muster a message of optimism for the New Year 2017.

I have read that clinical depression is diagnosed when a person finds him/herself depressed for no apparent reason. So I can breathe a sigh of relief and begin the year with the certainty that I am definitely not clinically depressed.

No, for much, if not all my pessimism, can be explained by one huge event that will be sending shock waves through the planet for the foreseeable future: the election of Donald J. Trump to the American presidency. As most of my readers know, I don’t live in the US but in Germany. This year, for the first time since 2000 (when another Democratic candidate was cheated out of this post), I was in the US in November and experienced the circus firsthand. I became addicted to watching quality news broadcasting and following incredulously little t’s path to the Oval Office. I must say, any belief I had in the democratic election process has been thoroughly shaken, if not completely destroyed.

Now back home, I am still following as best I can, the way the US and the rest of the world have reacted to t’s alleged election victory. Since then, I’ve been participating enthusiastically in the fireworks ceaselessly exploding on Facebook, sharing articles that reflect my opinions – and it would seem, the opinions of many. It isn’t easy, but I try to stay away from name-calling FB users with views contrary to mine. (Many of them do not reciprocate the courtesy.) But I do not spare little t. He deserves any name that anyone calls him, except President.

It is true, I have not listened to the news on Fox nor read Breitbart online to discover if I have somehow missed little t’s good side: his presidential demeanor and diplomatic prowess, his magnanimous spirit, revelations of his much-touted “secret plans”. However, to this day – three days prior to his inauguration – the content of those secret plans to fix the Affordable Care Act or to end the war in Syria, have remained just that: secret. Why, even the Republicans who hold sway in both Houses of Congress are not that big on content either. In regard to repealing Obama Care, what are they going to replace it with?  They have no idea; they just know, it has to go! Who cares if millions of Americans lose their health care coverage!

I must confess that, rather than tuning in to Fox or Breitbart, I have relied solely on listening to t’s very own voice on TV, expounding his great, fantastic, big ideas, plans, programs, etc. Unfortunately, so far there is still no discernable content. Or to reprise an earlier presidential campaign: Where’s the beef? Gee, back then, voters actually asked that question. Now, it would seem many were satisfied with any empty hamburger roll.

Of course, it’s been hard to avoid the charming Kelly Anne Conway and her attempts to interpret the “World According to DJT” to the real world – what did little t actually mean when he said X, Y, Z? She has told us that we shouldn’t listen to his words but see what is in his heart.

This is about the time when I find myself gagging.

In fact, this is when we can change the station. We needn’t bother listening to her blather, for when she is done, we are none the wiser.

The biggest – in reality, the only hurdle to returning to normality is DONALD J TRUMP. With every Tweet he alienates anyone who voted against him. He widens the abyss and digs it deeper. No, you don’t have to watch CNN or MSNBC to become afraid of what t will do to the US, Europe, NATO or the UN. Not to mention the damage he will do in relations with Russia*(!!!), China and North Korea. All you need to do is read or listen to the unfiltered, unedited pronouncements emanating from his own mouth.

IMHO we have a right to worry.

So what lies ahead for 2017? Impeachment? Constitutional crises? Only the stars know.

*That’s a kettle of fish I’m going to leave the lid on right now. Can’t wait to find out what’s really in the pot. But one thing is for sure: it will stink.

The winter sun sets on my discontent.

The winter sun sets on my discontent.







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The Trump has stolen Christmas!

It’s down to the wire with sending those Christmas cards, shopping for presents and decorating the tree. But why can’t I get into the seasonal spirit this year?

Never fear, I do intend to tell you why.

For the first time since 2000, I was in the US for the election. Back then it was bad enough. I was relieved to hear, as my plane lifted off for Germany, that the winner of the popular vote, Al Gore, had been declared president. Upon arrival in Frankfurt, George W. Bush was suddenly president. We all know how well those eight years went.

This time round, I was, during the course of the primaries and the election campaign, so appalled by DJ Trump’s campaign that I took a step unprecedented for me. I registered to vote in my home state of New York, a place I hadn’t lived since 1972. Over my adult lifetime in Germany, I have never felt a need to vote in US elections. The issues were mainly American; I did not know about them, I lived in a place beyond their relevance and was content to leave the choices up to the locals.

But as this election cycle progressed,  I was reminded of the undeniable fact that US foreign policy runs the world – even though American election campaigns cannot be won on foreign affairs issues! It seem to me that a good deal of at least the Western world should have a vote in a choice far too significant to be limited to the US populace. Alas, that will never happen. So I took up the gauntlet to play the minuscule role allotted me and voted for Hillary Clinton.

Again, as the campaign rolled on, it became increasingly evident that Trump did not possess the personality, judgement or even the interest in doing the job that would qualify him to govern a county that loves to call itself the greatest on earth. The thought of his winning was just too ridiculous to seriously believe it could happen.

But happen it did. And in N Jersey I witnessed up close all the coverage following it, all the flabbergasted pundits who said it couldn’t/wouldn’t and above all shouldn’t happen. It was addicting, keeping up with the latest news on T’s atrocious appointments and nominations, on his Tweets that revealed a wild-west gun-slinger shooting from the hip with nary a thought of consequences. It was a heady feeling seeing protests across the country of Americans  peacefully (in the main), declaring that T was #NOT MY PRESIDENT.

BUT this was the man the country had chosen. Well, at least the 56 % who went to the polls. Well, of them 46.1 % who voted for him. Pitted against the 48.2 % who voted for Hillary Clinton (also-rans clocked in with 5.7 %). Clinton’s lead in the popular vote continues to rise. And now as it is almost final, she has 2.86 million more votes than he does. Doesn’t that work out to be somewhat less than a quarter of the population voting for him? Doesn’t it make you wonder what would happen if everybody voted? (BTW in Australia voting is a legal requirement. You will be fined if you don’t do your patriotic duty.)

Who knew that it really takes this long to count all the ballots. Who knew that the 50 States each has its own version of outdated polling equipment leaving them wide open for rigging the count.

Not to mention the restrictions put on the Right to Vote Act that barred millions of willing voters from casting their ballots.

T keeps calling his win a historic landslide. Hmm, lots of adjectives come to mind to describe his “win”, but not that.

With far too many anomalies to be classified as an election as usual, it is impossible to return to the routine order of the day. We now know that the Russians, led by their top KGB agent Vladimir Putin, interfered with the process via cyper-hacking. Of course, the FBI did their best to stir up the idiotic email issue – again – a few days before the election – which turned out to be unfounded as well as completely politically motivated.

I could go on till Hell freezes over about what stinks in this election. And most of you reading my post will know this already. But please bear with me while I make a few modest suggestions:

  1. Something must be done about the electoral college system. Either get rid of it or give the states the number of electors that truly represents their population. Go to to find out about what is already afoot to circumvent the necessity of a constitutional amendment to neutralize the college.
  2. Update your polling stations with machines that work, cannot be manipulated and can actually be examined for correct results.
  3. Improve the teaching of social studies, history and ethics in the schools so that children can learn how to be good citizens, how to respect the rights of others with disabilities and different skin colors, religions and sexual orientations. Make sure you have teachers capable of fulfilling this extremely important mission! If I recall correctly, in the US the separation of Church and State is still anchored in the constitution. Schools are not a venue for teaching creationism or white supremacy.
  4. Political correctness has had some really bad press. Rethink why this sometimes awkward principle is so vital in today’s United States and in the world as a whole. It’s all about:


Which brings me back to our President-Elect who shows very little regard for anyone other than Number 1. He mocks people who are different; he is actively supporting racism by his choice of staff and cabinet, elevating unqualified people who bring with them from the get-go plenty of their very own conflicts of interests. His, of course, he dismisses as his divine right.

(BTW the US President is not a deity, unlike Roman Emperors of yore.)

It would be too much to hope that tomorrow the Electoral College will be self-confident enough to stop Trump’s march to the Oval Office. That being so, I see many rocky roads before us. And I see the time, effort and resources that should be used to solve the nation’s urgent problems, being wasted in the next couple of years to impeach this travesty of a president.

He is not my President and never will be. I am ashamed to have to admit that I am an American citizen.

With all of these thoughts in my head, I just can’t muster much enthusiasm for celebrating Christmas this year.

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So now the deed is done. All the pundits and the media got it wrong with their projections. The US is faced with at least four years full of potentially nasty surprises. Unless DJT is impeached for fraud and racketeering, human trafficking, sexual assualt….the list goes on, and one can only surmise what crimes he will/would perpetrate once ensconced in the Oval Office.

Of course, just under half of the popular vote (noting that only 55% of the eligible population voted) actually went to this man who thrilled his supporters by pushing all the right (emphasis here on right) buttons of angry white men, the poor souls who felt neglected by the political establishment, who resented a black man as POTUS for 8 years, who really believed T’s idiotic rhetoric, insane promises and hate tirades.

My challenge to you American readers is to go check out to find out about what is already happening to circumvent the rigged electoral college system. For there is a way and very few people are aware of it.

There are those voters who believe T will moderate his views now that he’s been elected. He has, in fact, deleted his promise from his website to ban Muslims from entering the country. We also have to take into account that a President is not the all-powerful dictator that T would like him to be. For example: How exactly does he expect to force Mexico to pay for that famous wall? I suppose he could hold a million illegal Latinos hostage at a secret location until our southern neighbor coughs up the dough.

And how pliant will the Congressional GOP turn out to be? Now that they are safely returned to the Senate and the House, maybe they just might recover some semblance of morality and courage. Oh dear, is that wishful thinking on my part? And I am not yet up to contemplating the field day T could have loading the Supreme court with his justices. My mind gets brain freeze from the mere thought.

I am reminded of the interview with the ghostwriter of T’s autobiography ( The Art of the Deal, 1987), Tony Schwartz, that appeared in the New Yorker (July, 25. 2016), in which Schwartz said that Trump’s attention span was no longer than ten minutes. That his brain is tuned into the short format of television sound bites, which is about all he can digest. How is this President-elect ever to deal with complicated policy issues that cannot be  reduced to  a TV sit-com format? Schwartz  stated that he deeply regrets having been involved in writing this book.

And now T is setting up his transition team. It seems no one has informed him that anti-nepotism laws and conflict of interest regulations exist. For he has chosen his three adult children and a son-in-law to be on this team. Oh, by the way, the same 4 rather close relatives will also be managing his companies while he is managing the country. Do you think there is something the man does not understand about the concept of a blind trust?

When exactly is the Justice Department going to catch up with this criminal who thinks that the laws don’t apply to him and his? Will this character make a laughing-stock of the US, similar to Berlusconi in Italy? One thing is for sure, the DOJ better get its skates on before T takes away their wheels.

Note: I have not posted any pictures of T — nor even spelled out his name — because his facial expressions are too ugly for a thinking person to bear. Say, if you like that I am in denial following Hillary Clinton only won the popular vote; however, I consider it self-preservation — something T is very adept at.

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