Trump Times Entry 161 – All in the Damn Family

All in the Damn Family

“That goddamn family”
Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion

April 18, 2017

Funny how we assume the best of attractive people. Like when we think Ivanka Trump is the good one – it just feels right. How could anyone who looks like that harbor darkness as ugly as the Donald’s? The sons, sure – they look like they’d kill endangered animals for fun, makes them easy to identify as risky. But not number one daughter, which makes her all the more dangerous.

She’s a Trump and conducts herself as such. This week her company won approval for three trademarks from the Chinese government. Trademarks grant monopoly rights in China and, understandably, competition for Trademark designation is really keen.

And, Ivanka got three, all on the same day, the day she dined with the Chinese president. The Trump administration is riddled with these little coincidences – go figure.

And while figuring remember, appearing less dangerous than the Donald is not difficult – every American citizen, sans the Donald, qualifies. And while Ivanka doesn’t come right out and spout racist rhetoric or speak with clueless privilege, she challenges such speech around her with silence. And she speaks out in defense of that silence. Definitely a Trump.

Of course, offering critique of a woman who holds a senior adviser to the president position by virtue of nepotism and conducts private business while executing the duties of that job is no longer remarkable. What’s remarkable is that this particular ethics fuckup is acceptable behavior – from the good one.

Well, at least she doesn’t complain about mean tweets like brother Eric.

And doesn’t hunt elephant, like piece of shit, Donald Jr.

And she’s certainly not about to about to plunge us into another Asian war, like Daddy.

No, she’s just gonna stand aside and watch, ever the opportunist.

Who would have guessed that it would take one-hundred-sixty-one days, from election, for scandal to reach Ivanka? The republic suspects significant on-the-job sexism in the Trump camp. Had there been equal opportunity, Ivanka would have had a scandal of her very own way before her Russian greeting husband. Just sayin’.

In Peace and Justice,

Trump Times Entry 142 – Are We Really Having This Conversation?

Are We Really Having This Conversation?

March 30, 2017

Was sitting in a local coffeehouse this morning, selling off one of my unused guitars to a fellow baby-boomer, when the conversation turned to the Donald. (He brought up the topic; I try to avoid public Trump discussions with people I don’t know for fear of creating an ugly public display.)

The gentleman took particular issue with Trump’s latest act of nepotism: hiring daughter Ivanka. I, of course, agreed with his reasoning. While the hire may have been technically legal because of a loophole that overlooks advisor positions, it certainly violated the spirit of the law. Why would job title override the actual working relationship?

He went on to say, “Well, maybe it’s for the best; I’d rather have her advising daddy than that asshole Bannon.”

I had to agree.

But, after the briefest of pauses we both blurted out, “I can’t believe we’re having this conversation.”

Yeah, nepotism is better than Nazism. I guess… but why are these our only choices?

They’re not.

The president’s relatives and white supremacists don’t belong in the White House inner circle. Period. The conversation need go no further than that. Both are wrong; one does not cancel out the other.

In the one-hundred-forty-two days since the election, absurd conversations have become common. The republic needs to remember, this is not normal.

In Peace and Justice,

Even though you can’t expect to defeat the absurdity of
the world, you must make the attempt. That’s morality,
that’s religion, that’s art, that’s life.
– Phil Ochs