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Est. April 5, 2002
September 28, 2017 - Issue 713

A One-Man Movie

"His talk of acting unilaterally is the equal
of a child bully with a barrels-loaded super-soaker
water gun while the other kids have Dixie empty cups. 
Many humans were totally offended, not only in this
nation, but all who were listening.  Peace cannot be
achieved by walking alone, chiefly because the
United States never leaves anyone or nation alone!"

Have you been to the movies lately? Me? I’m not a real movie-goer…I think they’re too expensive and the theaters are too grandiose (therein lies the reason for the exorbitant ticket prices). Besides, most of the movies out these days are sequels. Hell, here lately, if I want a movie, all I have to do is turn on the news. Our so-called president Donald Trump is a one-man movie with plenty of sequels. He’s playing daily at a hashtag near you!

Suffice it to say, I am not a fan of Donald Trump; as a matter of fact, I am an outright opponent. I pretty much puke whenever I face the reality that he is the leader of this country. His name tastes terrible in my mouth. As such, I found myself wondering (not for long, I might add) why I oppose Trump. Might it be the drama within his administration? Or might it be the unbelievable policy proposals that come from his Twitter feed? Or maybe it’s his propensity to unabashedly lie—for no good reason? I imagine, like a good movie—or a terrible one—the many twists within the plot make it a “must see” event.

I shudder at the sheer recalcitrance of the lead character that usually makes a good movie. That accurately describes Donald Trump. Knowingly or otherwise, the character of the office of the presidency is expected to be highly regarded and protected. His propensity to react when offended is the kind of sophomoric behavior that makes for an unexpected twist in a movie plot.

Movies are made with a most audacious character in a lead role; the kind of actor who can look you in the eye and tell you, you’re not seeing what you’re seeing—and not bat an eye!

Look, it takes one hell of an actor to make you believe a lie. That one helluva actor is the so-called President of the United States. "In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally," he tweeted last November, several weeks after his electoral victory. He also alleged at the time, without evidence, that "serious voter fraud" occurred in California, New Hampshire and Virginia, and complained that the media wasn't covering it.

After his inauguration, he promoted a then-debunked claim about voter fraud. He kept repeating to a group of bipartisan congressional leaders that he would have won the popular vote if 3 to 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally hadn't voted. He still can’t prove that, but the showman believes he can convince you by making you watch re-runs. The method acting isn’t specific to Trump; that’s a mainstay in the playbook of Republican politics.

I guess a typical leading man, doesn’t get to be one without some degree of vanity. Along with denying the undeniable, Donald Trump insists that there was "no collusion" between his winning campaign and the Russian government, in his extended remarks about his decision to fire then-FBI Director James Comey.

In an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, Trump slammed Comey as a "showboat," an attention-seeker who had lost the confidence of the president and the agency he led. Though the accusation is laughable, thinking on it, it’s hard to laugh at! "Look he's a showboat, he's a grandstander, the FBI has been in turmoil," Trump said. "You know that, I know that. Everybody knows that." Really? This—coming from the guy who complains that the media doesn’t cover him every single day he’s been in office, but then slams ‘em whenever they do?

First of all, no one knew that Comey was a showboat, except Trump. And, think about it: Neither did he; he’s never once before that assertion, nor since, has he presented any supporting evidence of that claim, but like a traveling circus, Trump kept the show moving.

A good movie doesn’t have to be biographical, so it doesn’t need to be true. The Trump administration has been nothing less than a trip through Narnia, Oz or Hogwartz. The fantasyland that Trump takes America through from week to week ought to be criminalized. He lies for no reason at all. It’s absolutely amazing to me. It’s not like when you were a kid and you thought you’d get a whoopin’ if you got caught! He’s a grown man acting like a toddler in a movie. What is somebody going to do to him? You can’t help but ask yourself, “What is he thinking?”

I watched clips of Trump’s first speech to the United Nations General Assembly. He spoke in his movie persona—real “John Wanye-ish, totally insane-ish.” Talking like he was at his private backyard barbeque tailgate. I await the day when the “honor and respectability” of the presidency is restored—by somebody!     His talk of acting unilaterally is the equal of a child bully with a barrels-loaded super-soaker water gun while the other kids have Dixie empty cups. Many humans were totally offended, not only in this nation, but all who were listening. Peace cannot be achieved by walking alone, chiefly because the United States never leaves anyone or nation alone!

For all who didn’t know, I shall resound my horn: I wanted Donald Trump impeached on January 20, 2016—simply based on his business conflicts as he assumed the office of the Presidency. The fact that he didn’t want to and still hasn’t opened his tax returns for scrutiny, and denies that the Russia investigation is “a thing,” only solidifies my case for his impeachment. But let’s fast forward to now: His recent attacks on NFL players is merely a veiled attack on Blacks as a whole. You thought Charlottesville was racist of him; this movie is now it’s 20th sequel! Every other week in his 9-month, so-called presidency, he brings a new script to theaters near you.

Trump needs to be impeached for trashing the US Constitution. He continually dishonors his oath to protect and uphold this nation’s most highly regarded document. His incessant and unnecessary attacks on the media and his fox-like sly attacks on protestors, namely Colin Kaepernick, demands impeachment hearings for abridging the First Amendment and its guaranteed protections of American citizens. I don’t hear anyone talking about that, but we at Socially Speaking are sounding the alarm! People need to clear the theater—we are screaming fire because we are being burned!

And therein lies the problem with Trump. Your house is ablaze America. There is no way, anyone with half a functioning brain can believe this movie, much less, follow this leader. He’ll lie to anyone, about anything, at any given time—consequences be damned! He ignores law. He ignores order. He ignores moral turpitude. Of course, I too live in a fantasyland. I’m hoping that consequences will catch up with him—in sworn testimony. This guy needs to be under oath as he tells his story, in the most improbable movie of all time…the so-called “Impeachment of Donald Trump’s Presidency.” Columnist, Perry Redd, longtime activist & organizer, is the Executive Director of the workers rights advocacy, Sincere
that currently owns the FCC license for WOOK-LP 103.1FM/ His latest book,
Perry NoName: A Journal From A Federal Prison-book 1, chronicles his ‘behind bars’ activism that extricated him from a 42-year sentence and is now case law. He is also the author of As A Condition of Your Freedom: A Guide to Self-Redemption From Societal Oppression, Mr. Redd also hosts a radio show, Socially Speaking, from his Washington, DC studio. Tweet him @socialspeaks. Contact Mr. Redd and BC.




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