Saturday, August 5, 2017

Don Trump Plays Golf, The Boy Scouts, and The Mexican President: Lies, Lies, and More Lies

With chronic liars, they have learned to always lie, maintain the lie, lie to support the previous lies. They have learned that lying is always the best way to deal with any situation. That means winning. The game is still playing as long as they can keep lying. They have learned to avoid admitting they have lied at all costs. That means losing. It is better to, "admit," a lesser lie than admit the real lie. They have learned if they keep coming up with lies one of them will work and they are off the hook. They escape to lie another day.

Alan Hall, retired fraud investigator

You will never know what I am thinking. And those who boast most loudly that they know my thoughts, to such people I lie even more.

Adolf Hitler

All of which brings us to Donald John Trump. He is the guy who told a couple of interviewers last year, "I'm not going to have time to go play golf," and "There's just so much to be done so I don't think we'll be very big on vacations." The statements were a poke at Barack H. Obama who Trump had criticized over the course of several years because he occasionally took vacations and played golf while serving as president. Yesterday, Trump left for a 17 day idyll  at his country club in Bedminster, NJ.

According to the Washington Post, prior to this latest trip, Mr. Trump has taken 53 days off and shot 33 rounds of golf since his inauguration. In the same time span eight years ago, Barack Obama took 15 days of down time and played golf 17 times.

So who cares, right? It's not like the boss was, or is completely unavailable to make split second decisions if there is a crisis, or so far removed from Washington he can't return at a moment's notice.

No, the problem here isn't how many rounds of golf Donald Trump has played. It is his complete disregard of the pledge he made during the campaign not to do so.

Yes, yes, all politicians lie, or at least speak a language laced with half truths and tenuous qualifiers. However, after nearly seven decades on this blue ball, it is hard to come up with the name of one who lies so often, so unrelentingly, and with such arrogance that being caught in a lie means absolutely nothing to him.

Last month he made a speech to the Boy Scouts of America annual Jamboree which was deemed so inappropriate comedian Samantha Bee likened it to one which might have been delivered by Der Fuhrer to the Hitler Youth. In fact, the address was so appalling, the head of the BSA, Mike Surbaugh issued a written apology to the organization's membership and their families.

Despite the public outrage and after the letter of apology had been circulated, Trump claimed someone in the leadership of the Boy Scouts called him to say, "It was the greatest speech that was ever made to them and they were very thankful."

Executives at the Boy Scouts immediately released a statement which said they were, "unaware," of any phone calls made from them to the Chief Executive. It was a polite way of saying the dude just made that fucking shit up.

On another subject, last Monday, El Don told gathered members of the media, "The president of Mexico called...said their southern border, very few people are coming through because they know they're not going to get through our border, which is the ultimate compliment."

The Mexican response was basically, we didn't make any stinkin' phone call.  

When confronted by the media, White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, claimed both statements were not, technically, lies, even though there had never been any actual phone calls. In the case of the Boy Scouts she said, "numerous" leaders told Trump his speech was great immediately after he finished it. She didn't offer any names of those, "numerous," leaders which makes them--well--anonymous sources. You know, like the ones fueling what her employer calls fake news.

As for the Mexicans, Sanders shrugged off the glaring discrepancy by saying President Nieto made the comment to Trump during the G-20 summit which was held during the first week of July. She didn't offer any explanation as to why Trump kept the conversation secret for so long.

These are just the latest examples of Trump's willingness to make shit up as he goes along without any concern his lies will be exposed. To him being caught in a lie is of no consequence because, one--he doesn't care and, two--he never stays on the same subject for more than a few seconds.

Indeed, The Big Orange Guy doesn't pause long enough between lies for the media, or the public to focus at length, or in depth on any single grotesque falsehood. He spews them with the velocity of a machine gun across a vast array of subjects, creating a tsunami of lies which simply overwhelms those of us who try to enumerate them while mesmerizing the malignant idiots who believe he is the savior of white America.

The terrible truth is something is fundamentally wrong with the mind of Donald Trump. His emotional and intellectual development seems to have abruptly ended during his early adolescence. It has left him the same, socially insulated, spoiled rich kid--the one who has no sense of restraint, or moral culpability--that he was so many years ago.

Such a boy-man strives only to enrich himself and enhance his own celebrity. He is not worthy of the nation, or its highest office.

But here we are, stuck with the evil son of a bitch.

And we have only ourselves and Hillary Rodham Clinton to thank for it.

sic vita est


1 comment:

  1. The ongoing non-discussion concerning issues such as presidential birth certificates and vacations is beyond ridiculous. One thing a president cannot do is hide anything very well -- and they are never truly on vacation. I suppose we are to believe Trumps "working" vacation is somehow different than Obama's "excessive" vacations But, with Trump I think the issue of his success goes deeper than the obvious. Could it be that the American people are so hungry for a strong leader to tell us what to do, in return for resolving all our problems, ("I am the only one who understands all of the problems"), that enough people that were needed to get him elected cannot see or think straight? I think the answer to that question may be yes. I pray and hope the best days of America are not behind us, and that we can find the strength to resist the pull of this very slippery slope to mediocrity.