The human disaster known as Donald Trump


TrumpAs I write this it has been just over a year since Donald Trump was sworn in office as the 45th president of the United States.  This past year has seen un-paralleled disaster for the citizens of this country.  That disaster has included comical interludes with the media that began almost immediately after his inauguration about the size, not of his hands but of the crowds in attendance to the 98 times and counting  Mr. Trump has gone to his properties to play golf  after a campaign in which he heavily criticized Barack Obama for his golf trips to the insanely obnoxious and comical cabinet meeting  that was more servile and self-serving than substantive.

But Mr. Trump’s disasters are far more serious with far-reaching implications for Americans.  Woefully incompetent people he has nominated for offices whose services Americans have come to rely on a daily basis as well in times of need are unable to meet their responsibilities because of a limited grasp of what their duties are or because such departments are understaffed.

U.S. President Donald Trump throws rolls of paper towels to a crowd in Puerto Rico

The hurricane disaster which struck Puerto Rico and the inadequate relief efforts still plague the citizens of that island 150 days later. How is it that the country with the largest, most robust economy is unable to bring electricity to its citizens for a full 132 days after a natural disaster is an indication of how nonchalant the US administration took the crisis of  Puerto Rico.

Mr. Trump’s clumsy statesmanship vis-a-vis North Korea is not only troublesome but perilous.  Bringing America and the Korean peninsula closer to war with sophomoric insults aimed at a volatile and treacherous despot is not befitting the President of the strongest, mightiest country in the world. Yet ignoring all advice he most certainly has received from those he’s chosen to advise him, Mr. Trump seems determined to take the path most embarrassing and detrimental to the Nation he represents.

There’s the even worse spectacle that just after a year in office scores of people have resigned or been fired under Mr. Trump either because of ideological differences or because they weren’t inclined to bow far enough at the waist as a sign of allegiance to the person, Donald Trump and not to the institutions his office represents. Yet the country labors on with Trump as its head and the beginning of his second year in office seems destined to be as bad, if not worse than his first year.

How seriously can a president who wants to arm 20% of teachers in schools as a response to the school massacre that took place in Florida where 17 students/teachers were killed be taken? And this was not the first mass shooting Mr. Trump has had to deal with during his Administration….Indeed there have been 10 events over the last year involving firearms with 112 people killed yet he is no better able to deal with the latest massacre than he was with the first. Mr. Trump seems to take his direction from that fraction of the GOP that talks to chairs with the same results that there is no communication and as a result, nothing gets done. The country should be used to that happening whenever there is mass shooting……nothing gets done but the incompetence of the Trump administration makes it that much harder to accept.

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Here is a #deplorable that feels kinship to, nay, enlisted by #DonaldTrump to attract like minded voters



My question to you would be what is attractive about an individual who expresses himself about the First family like this

Asked what he would like to see happen in 2017, Paladino wrote, “Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Herford. He dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture …..

Asked what he would like to see go away in 2017, Paladino turned his fire on Michelle Obama. “I’d like her to return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla.”

Paladino’s relationship to @realDonaldTrump is he was the co chair for the Trump campaign for New York and now with the campaign officially over Palidino still insists he is involved in Trump’s transition efforts. He also ran for governor for New York; luckily for the people of New York he lost. He clearly identifies with Donald Trump despite calls from some for him to be fired from any capacity but that begs the question, why was he involved with Trump in the first place?

This is #AmericanMuslims’ reactions to the election of @realDonaldTrump


apex-masjidSomeone sent me a flyer from a masjid in Apex, North Carolina where the imam of that masjid addresses what should be the reaction of his group to the election of Donald Trump.  Contrary to what the average American may think about the presence of Muslims in this country, this cleric’s advise is full of calls to American civics, service and faith in the American process as well as in their religion.

It’s been a long, hard campaign and election season.  We’ve heard some incredibly divisive rhetoric, some of it aimed at us and some of it aimed at other minorities we call friends and allies.  Many of you have come to me and expressed your fears and sadness over the outcome of the elction.  Let me first say that as American Muslims, we should all respect the choice that has been made through our electoral process.  We should also continue to have a high level of self-esteem as we have always been good and loyal citizens of this country, not only out of respect for the laws and regulations of this country but because doing so is part of our faith.

The more I grow in this faith the more love and respect I have for our great Prophet and Messenger (prayer and peace be upon him); the more thankful to God I am for making me one of his followers in this time; and the better I understand God’s words, which are full of wisdom and mercy.  One of the verses of Quran that really inspires me is “Verily, you (the believers) have had in the Messenger of God a great example”.  It’s he who taught us courage, patience and trust in God.  It’s he who taught us to rely, in times of hardship and all times, only on God’ not anybody else. It’s he who taught us to be positive, no matter what the challenges are.  He also taught us that after making plans and taking necessary steps to achieve a certain goal, the final decision is still His.  It’s he who reported to us the verse of Quran in which Almighty God says “And perhaps you don’t appreciate something, while God would bring good through it”.

So I trust God.  And I ask that you do too, my fellow Muslims. I know it is hard given the divisive rhetoric we’ve heard throughout the campaign process.  But I ask you to walk with heads held high; we should not be pushed to hide our faith, our identity, nor our values.  This is not what our great prophet taught us to do.  Nor is it the principals that this Great Nation was founded on.  Our prophet taught us to face all kinds of challenges with courage, wisdom, pride and patience. Gentleness is the path of our great prophet so let us NOT find our path to equality and justice by drinking from the cup of bitterness.

Instead, here’s what we must do; we need to be more active civically, we need to get involved with volunteer organizations, we need to get out and meet our neighbors.  We need to get out of our “bubble” which finds us only socializing with those “like” us and show our neighbors and community who we are.  If you don’t leave the “bubble”, you cannot be upset when people stereotype you or fear you.  We need to be more active in the political process, meet our representatives and express our fears and challenges with them.  We need to work in tandem with government and our communities to form alliances and create a better world for everyone.

And to President Elect Trump—We will give you a chance.  Let not your Muslim citizens (nor any other minority) be your worst enemy.  Your worst enemies should be ignorance, poverty, inequality, crime, racism, discrimination and hate.

Two thousand sixteen is not an end, but a beginning.  Two thousand sixteen should be an opportunity to replace the fear, mistrust and suspicion that were infused in some American’s hears, with love, brotherhood and mercy.  Just like our Prophet taught us to do.  We’ve got a lot of work to do.  Let’s get started- Imam Khalid Shaku

Don’t let it be said you don’t know what Muslims are doing in this country.

This is how some #AmericanMuslims deal with a@realDonaldTrump victory 


 

#Russia and@realDonaldTrump: two of a kind #keitholbermann


Entitlement brought to you by@realDonaldTrump


Don’t move along…. there’s a lot to see here so sit back and watch it. Many thanks to Jessie Grady for chronicling this slice of America post Donald Trump. Ms. Grady is more courageous than most American politicians. Today’s American thinks fealty to Trump means they can be publicly as obnoxious and profane as they want and still claim to be victims. Go figure.

IT has commenced @realDonaldTrump


That racist of all notions, that throwback to the days of Nazi Germany has started. That being the idea of a Muslim registry where Muslims are asked pointedly whether they believe in Islam. We’ve already heard Donald Trump say he thinks such a policy is necessary and now it appears before he has even been inaugurated the wheels are in motion to get started

Several Muslim-Americans received mysterious robocalls asking them whether they identify as a follower of Islam, some of whom are citing the spectre of a proposed Muslim registry as cause for alarm over the confounding calls.

The robocall appear to have gone out in the past two days asking Muslim-Americans their religious affiliation and assuring them the call would “be kept strictly anonymous and confidential,” 

“Do you identify yourself as a MUSLIM, yes press one no press two,” the robocall asked….


Who is behind this is not clear but the seeds sown during the Trump campaign have started producing fruit and the American landscape for now is not the same as it was a few short months ago