Jupiter, a mass of gas

This month, according to NASA scientist, Jupiter, the massive gas planet, will be so close to earth that it will become visible by simply using a pair of common binoculars.  Think about that for a second, the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter, is also the most elusive. While being the biggest, it is also the shyest. Jupiter does not like to be the center of the universe, no pun intended, unlike the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave that craves attention. Jupiter is a giant mass of gas floating around space minding its own business and not throwing its weight around. Donald Trump is also a mass of gas, aka a fart, but unlike Jupiter he actually likes to throw his weight around. While the rest of the civilized world embraces the notion of saving the planet by 1) acknowledging climate change and 2) embracing the need for clean energy solutions Trump withdraws from the Paris climate accord and refuses to acknowledge changes in the earth’s climate. This despite warmer winters, extremely hotter summers and the melting of snow caps and icebergs.

There is a saying that denial is not just a river in Egypt, and by Trump, and the fossil fuel industry, denying the facts it will not make them go away.

The Nile River

Speaking of going away, talk of impeachment also seems to not be going away. In fact, the chorus is getting bigger despite Speaker Pelosi keeping the chorus at bay.

Now even some Republicans are beginning to shun some of Trumps stances. Specifically his proposed tariffs in Mexico.  While Trump continues to insist that the tariffs will be paid for by Mexicans, and that said tariffs would benefit Americans, the rebelling Republicans, as do most Democrats, know that these tariffs will ruin the American agricultural industry. Even after Trump gave farmers a financial bailout, most farmers do not endorse these Mexican tariffs. Just like the Mexicans will not be paying for Trumps border wall, they will not bare the cost for these tariffs.

But just because a few Republicans do not like Trump’s Mexican tariffs it does not mean that they are ready to join in on the impeachment band wagon. In fact, despite the  cacophony for impeachment, with the exception of one or two Republicans, a majority still support the bulk of Trump’s policies.

Once upon a time the Republican Party was known as the party of family values. In retrospect it’s kind of laughable considering the hypocrisy of that party.  Republicans went after President Bill Clinton with a vengeance because of the Monica Lewinsky affairs. Then after that case was over, many top ranking Republican Senators and Representatives were arrested for having sex with House Pages (teenage boys) while another was caught in a public men’s room propositioning a teen aged male for sex .

To paraphrase candidate Ronald Reagan  in a 1980 debate against President Jimmy Carter

Is America’s Standing In The World Better Off Today Than It Was Four Years Ago?

The answer is probably not. Trump has sunk so low that not only does he mock and mimic those in the US that do not agree with him, but he has also  mocked and mimicked other world leaders as well. From calling the Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un Rocket man to his most recent gaff in calling the London Mayor Sadiq Khan a loser and very short man to the labeling of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as nervous Nancy. Trump resorts to name calling and bullying. Its a shame to admit, but we have a four year old child running the nation. Yup, we have an unstable kook as President of these United States.

Ball of Confusion

Eve of destruction, tax deduction,
City inspectors, bill collectors, mod clothes in demand,
population out of hand, suicide too many bills, hippies movin’ to the hills
People all over the world are shouting end the war and the band played on.
Round and round and around we go, where the world’s headed nobody knows.

Ball Of Confusion that’s what the world is today.

Ball of Confusion as song by the Temptations circa 1970

Songwriters: Norman Whitfield / Barrett Strong
Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today) lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC