Freedom From Stupidity Would Be A Good Start For America

By Donald A. Collins | 14 February 2022
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Just reading the February 13th page one NY Times story about Trump’s post Presidency behavior should be adequate to awaken the somnolent, but apparently not fully.

Just a few sentences from the above will give you the flavor of his venial unpatriotic objectives.

In early December, Donald J. Trump put on a tuxedo and boarded the private jet of a scrap-metal magnate and crypto-miner for a short flight across Florida, touching down at an airport in Naples. There, a long red carpet marked the pathway into a Christmas-decorated hangar filled with supporters of Mr. Trump who had paid $10,000 to $30,000 for the privilege of attending a party and taking a photo with him.

The event had all the trappings of a typical high-end fund-raiser: a giant American flag, a lectern, chandeliers and an open bar. Frank Stallone’s band provided the music; an anti-Biden “Let’s Go Brandon” banner hung from the rafters.

But the money raised did not go to Mr. Trump’s political operation. Instead, Mr. Trump’s share of the evening’s proceeds went straight into his pocket, according to a person familiar with the arrangement.

Multiple attendees said they bought their tickets from a private company, Whip Fundraising, whose founder, Brad Keltner, has asserted that “the lion’s share” went to charity. But the website advertising the event listed no charitable cause. And Mr. Keltner, reached by phone, declined to discuss how money was distributed.

In the year since Mr. Trump has left the White House, he has undertaken a wide-ranging set of moneymaking ventures, trading repeatedly on his political fame and fan base in pursuit of profit. Much as he did while in the White House, Mr. Trump has thoroughly blurred the lines between his political ambitions and his business interests.

Is that a good reason to vote for more non-governing GOP Trumpianism??

My predictions, as the truckers’ Ottawa bridge blocking is over today and the overall economy is soaring with US unemployment at an historic low, include the following:

1. Putin won’t attack—just try to harass, which won’t work, but an offramp
2. COVID is coming down except for the dull-bulbs
3. Freedom really means more tolerance and coming together
4. And more and more of us are for dismissing any growing hatred
5. Trump goes down and down as the GOP leaders panic further when the release of the House Commission’s January 6th report occurs
6. The Supreme Court Kills Roe? Not to happen, but very likely!

All nations know nuclear war is untenable, but conventional war is also obsolete in gaining political objectives. Putin knows that and that such a war will hurt his ailing economy and his weakened political position if he starts killing ethnically matching Ukrainians and many Russian soldiers come home in body bags.

Yes, Putin is vicious, merciless, and dangerous, but he has already likely gotten recognition of his wish that NATO not to add Ukraine to its 14 members. And he is not stupid.

Putin will try use a course of less than invasion tactics over time as this February 14, 2022 page one Wall Street Journal article tells us. And Ukraine will survive.

Biden may not be the perfect President—we have never had one—but we now know who the worst was and the first who tried to overthrow voting access for minorities and our trust in established US institutions such as our elected officials and our media—and sadly partially succeeded.

The obvious question: would you prefer Biden or a dictatorial racist? Roe could be a powerful swing vote factor, but not to be hoped for!

Not a hard decision to make at the midterms except for those dull bulbs who keep dying of COVID to prove how stupidity works.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?” and “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population”.

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