Well, that was fun! For some it's been a four day weekend all wrapped around overeating, family, friends and politics. Wonder how many families got together this weekend and said nothing about politics just to maintain order. Lots... Welcome to Sunday Morning Coffee where it's time to get back to work. Here you'll read some stories you have seen and others that you may have missed all laced with my comment. So, enough leftovers...grab some coffee and let's have some fun!
This weekend the man who defied the United States for decades and who, came first to the United States in an attempt to mend fences but ran into conflict with then Vice President Richard Nixon, died. While President Obama offered condolences to the family President-Elect Trump denounced Castro in several blistering missives. Normalization with Cuba has happened is there a threat it may be turned back? Who knows... But it is clear that Fidel Castro, who came from a wealthy family, made is mark there and here in the U.S. and that power does corrupt.
As you now know Hillary Clinton has widened her popular vote count over Donald Trump by well over two million votes. It is the first time in history that such a large popular vote lead did not result in victory. In 2000 I was in Louisville on election night and woke up the next morning to the slogging it out of voter counts in Florida. Al Gore, nationwide, ended up leading in the popular vote by 500,000 yet lost the election to George Bush when the Supreme Court ended the vote count in Florida. There is talk of re-counts but it will not matter. Donald J. Trump will be sworn in on 20 January with an asterisk next to his name.
Meanwhile the Republicans and those who voted for Mr. Trump had their own things to be thankful for on Thursday...as our contributing cartoonist Tim Lloyd suggests this week. Thank you again Tim!
Can't We All Get Along
President-Elect Trump met with the New York Times last week and his parting remarks were yet another peek at just how horrible this person is. After publicly denouncing the media and hurling insults from the podium and encouraging his minions to turn and distrust the media he went to the Times and called it a "crown jewel". Be clear on this. The only "crown jewel" Donald J. Trump is interested in is his own. He has caused, perhaps, irreparable harm to this nation and our standing in the world. I am not moving on and I am not going to just "get along". I will, at every turn oppose this self indulgent monster when his actions and policies hurt Americans. Daily...if need be.
I do not know Mr. Blow nor do I recall ever reading his work. But, last week in a very public dust-up on Twitter I clicked through to his New York Times piece from 23 November. Yikes! I have a new hero and I wish I had the writing skill he possesses. In this article he frames his reasons for not "getting along" with President Elect Trump and I'm in 100%. Here is a sample: "I will say proudly and happily that I was not present at this meeting. The very idea of sitting across the table from a demagogue who preyed on racial, ethnic and religious hostilities and treating him with decorum and social grace fills me with disgust, to the point of overflowing. Let me tell you here where I stand on your ‘I hope we can all get along’ plea: Never.” If you want help in framing your argument in being a member of the loyal opposition have a read by clicking here.
You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
We are weeks away from Inauguration Day and we're already getting a good look at a Donald J. Trump presidency where public policy mixes with the building of a financial empire all molded by your president. Public policy be damned...let's see if we can twist an arm in Mumbai for a new luxury hotel. How about an unsecured phone call to President Mauricio Macri of Argentina with daughter Ivanka on the line. Oh and then a fast-track of the hotel there. A blind trust for his holdings? Nah...his kids are blind enough for Mr. Trump. You have not seen the likes of this...ever. Remember you elected this man who has not one shred of public service only service to himself.
Remember this image of then President Elect Obama visiting a national cemetery in Illinois on Veterans Day 2008? Donald Trump on Veterans Day 2016...crickets. On Thanksgiving 2008 the entire Obama family served meals to the poor and homeless something that has been continued through last week. President Elect Trump? Holed up in his luxury golf club Mar a Lago in Florida. "But, he is going to make America great again" intone his minions. Bullshit! You are getting a glimpse of what an "oligarchy of patricians" looks like.
Oh, and while we're at it...the middle class is in for a tax hike. But, don't believe me...have a look at this "Fair and Balanced" report from Fox News. Yeah...suckers.
Speaking of Creepy
Iowa is about to become the latest victim of even more draconian policies now that Gov. Terry Branstad has clear sailing in both the Iowa House and Iowa Senate. The Iowa Democratic Party has, once again, failed in delivering a strong message of why it is better than the GOP. This is sort of like the Unions. Unions are hated and vilified among the working class because they have not been successful in their message. Where unions are strong the workers get paid more than their non-union counterparts...but that reality is looked at with distrust by many of the same people who would benefit from collective bargaining. Anyway...if you like Kansas and if you love Wisconsin you are going to swoon over Iowa...soon...very soon.
Thanksgiving was wonderful and filled with gratitude and understanding. My brother Yoni sat with us Thursday night for dinner. The first that has happened in six years. There are lots of reasons as to "why" but those melted away several days before Yom Kippur when he reached out. The resulting coffees and conversation led to a wonderful evening. He has been thought much over the past several years and we are truly thankful for the reconciliation that he instituted. It should have been me... Thank you Yoni and we love you.
Have a wonderful week and thanks for reading!