*March 13, 2017
Today is your 56th day of the reputed first 100 Days as a freshman President. We, the people, observe them as signposts for campaign promises made, endeavors engaged and accomplishments attained. Already you have captured the nation’s attention (and the rest of the world) with the shamefully dubious description of being the most divisive Commander-in-Chief with the lowest approval rating of 40%, ever! I can just imagine your outrage and shock at these “fake” poll numbers, reported by “fake” news to a “fake’ audience … all conjured by your “fake” reality.
Your entry to the Beltway begins with a traffic jam of detours and disappointments. The siren-like calls announced repeatedly during your prep for the Presidency include: Your repeal and replace Obama Care plan that has stumbled into the emergency room after seven years of your Republican congress shouting “help is on the way”, the kind of help like the calvary arriving after the wagon train pioneers have been massacred … the now infamous, to-be-paid-for-by Mexico tall wall to assure curtailing illegals from crossing our border for a cost between 15 and 25 billion dollars, while Mexico has emphatically denied any plans to pay for any of it … all that American steel you insisted would be used to complete the Dakota Pipeline has curiously been contracted to India and guess where else?, Russia … you want to spend an additional 54 billion dollars in defense which will essentially draw on programs like Medicare and Medicaid while we have enough firepower to blow up the entire world several times over … you already have several states suing the Feds for pertinent civil rights violations of the Constitution in your hastily assembled no fly ban on certain Middle East and north African countries. You have barely started; on behalf other concerned citizens, I am asking, “When does the madness stop?
And now for your appointees … the bold announcements to install the best and your brightest into your cabinet is starting to look the switchman at the station redirected your train. Your crew is reminiscent of an amalgam of veteran business tycoons you knew personally and invited them to assist you for a few years while paying little concern to their myopic vision for the country’s future. I.e. a former surrogate and campaign manager, Paul Manaforte, resigned from his post due to curiously massive amounts of money made in oil deals in Russia; by the way, he was your what? … Education Secretary, Betsy DeVoss, who thinks its an OK idea to have a shotgun in a grade school classroom; please tell me she just has a curious sense of humor … Scott Pruitt, former Oklahoma Attorney General to head up the EPA while he refutes there is actual climate change; make sure there’s a thermometer in his office … a fired, disgraced National Security Advisor, Mike Flynn, who was a paid representative for Turkey, while campaigning for you; talk about double agents … a recused Attorney General who met with the Russians a day after the contested election results were counted, due to proven Russian cyber hoodwinking; and your guys gave AG Holder a hard time, where’s the equality? … a shy Secretary of State whose most recent job was CEO, Exxon Mobil and the only American to receive Russia’s Order of Friendship Award presented personally by Vladimir Putin; that’s a little too friendly for me. By the way, are you noticing the word Russia connecting more and more to the dots in your seemingly kitchen cabinet of spoiled cooks?
Often on the campaign trail, you said, “A government can be managed like a business. That’s why I’ll be good at running the country.” Ostensibly, you would boast “bigly” about your financially successful accomplishments in real estate, etc., but now you, too, shy away from the proof. To manipulate and strategize for a such a huge enterprise such as yours is quite understandable. However, to claim bankruptcy and leave laborers unpaid while moving on to other profitable ventures is not. (For some reason I’m imagining a casino in Atlantic City right now). Reliable sources hint at discrepancies regarding divestiture from principle assets of yours drawing a straight line to China, the Arab Emirates and (here’s that country again), Russia. I think your tax records would confirm your success while forging your credibility that appears to be slipping lately?Incidentally, how long do the kinds of audit you are undergoing last, as a general rule?
Americans truly want to respect their President, Mr. Trump. I am asking you to give them reasons to continue. A commendable way to initiate such an act by way of your party’s much-touted bipartisanship would be to first, swallow your pride. Then I would offer that you extend a sincere, public and well-deserved apology for a disproven claim to the man and family who occupied the house you live in now … when they did before you. As a proud African-American citizen of this still great country, I feel that it is my duty to remind you of yours. I know … the truth is not always easy to grasp, but neither is being President of the United States of America.
In Real Time,
A Real American.
P.S. Mr. Trump, if you really are hell bent on not showing us your tax returns, would consider rendering your high school and college grade scores?
Chris Jones, a native New Yorker residing in Los Angeles has written consistently about his observations of ethics and culture in the urban community. A political science enthusiast and staunch supporter of voter registration, his professional background includes senior level appointments for promotion and marketing responsibilities at Island, Motown and Warner Bros record companies, respectively. Response to his commentary can be forwarded to: [email protected].