by Mack Williams
3 December 2016
I. Can I Borrow A Quarter?
If someone wearing a Make America Great Again cap approaches you to ask to borrow a quarter…of a hundred million dollars…it may be the President-Elect, seeking to cover his settlement amount for the Trump University fraud case. Now if all the women he allegedly assaulted and all the vendors he allegedly stiffed all sue, he might be broke by the time he takes the oath of office. Might have to take the presidential salary after all.
Of course, salary refusal does not create an exemption from releasing tax returns.
II. Jill Stein’s Recounts
I’m okay with Jill Stein raising money for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, but am I the only person that thinks it ironic that the person funding recounts is the reason – or at least one of the reasons – why a recount is needed?
After reading Mr. Trump’s tweet advocating jail time or loss of citizenship for flag burning, I thought about how spoiled we have been while having a constitutional law professor and scholar in the White House these last eight years. Meanwhile let’s be clear – more damage would be done by gutting the Affordable Care Act than the burning of any piece of cloth.
IV. A Cespedes For The Rest Of Us
If you have been a fan of the New York Mets for many years, you have seen several occasions where it seemed as if they were trying to fool the fan base by bringing in a star who was, unfortunately, past his prime. Then there were several other occasions where they let stars in their prime walk out the door. Another such occasion was on the horizon…but for a change, they bowed to reality and signed their star free agent, Yoenis Cespedes. Perhaps they’re coming to the realization that contention is not promised to anyone; while you’re realistically in a position to contend, you’ve got to go for it.
V. Blake’s Dunks
I’m loving the forthcoming reboot of Space Jam with Blake Griffin in the co-lead role with Bugs Bunny, but I wonder if anyone has noticed that most of the time he does those posterizing dunks over people, he really should be called for an offensive foul as a result of his push-off with his left hand and/or arm.
VI. Russell Westbrook
What was the name of that tall high scoring guy that was on OKC with Russell the last few years?
VII. Rise To Another Level
I thought that when he insulted Mexicans and continued to talk about some silly and madly expensive wall people would see him as unfit for the presidency. I thought that when he advocated a total ban on Muslims people would think that somewhat un-American.
Then when he mocked a disabled reporter and lied about having done so – despite the videotape – I figured that was the end. When he retweeted racist and anti-Semitic posts from bigots, and insulted Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her Native American heritage, I knew he was done. When we found out that he stiffed numerous vendors at his casinos, took a tax write off enabling him to not pay federal incomes taxes for two decades, and then refused to release his tax returns like all other candidates, I was thinking landslide due to the crash of his “populist” image. When newspapers ran long articles on all of the lies that came from his mouth, I knew the electorate could not back him.
Finally, when the Access Hollywood tape came out, demonstrating his feelings about women and how he can behave with them, I absolutely knew it was over. I was even more certain than ever that Republican women would go behind the curtain and vote Hillary. Could she pull the Senate and House along?
I was wrong… along with most everybody.
And as a result, on January 20th, Donald J. Trump will assume the office of President of the United States. But unlike some House and Senate Republicans eight years before, who met that evening to plan their attempts to sabotage any efforts of the incoming Obama administration, I won’t be wishing the worst for him. In fact, I will be hoping that he does a good job. If, as the President of the United States, Donald Trump fails, we are all failing.
So I hope he succeeds. Unfortunately his past – see above – doesn’t seem to indicate that as a possibility.