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What to Do with President Trump?

Cornfield Polls: What to Do with President Trump?

Retro in Vogue

Retro is back in vogue. But, not necessarily in the way you may think that phraseology implies.

The retro here is for retroactive, such as when say a pay raise is retroactive back to a certain date behind us, but were not compensated at the time at the higher rate of enumeration.

Or when lawmakers have found the courts frown on attempts to make a certain crime or punishment retroactive due to the uproar from the public or their own disgust over a situation.

Lawbreakers have the protection of being tried, convicted and sentenced not on some new law or new enlightenment on a given crime based on the law and sentencing applicable at the time of the crime. To do otherwise would be unfair and violation of one’s civil rights under our Constitution.

Yet, we are seeing a rush to judgment today based on new emotions, new thinking, new intolerance or new toleration for those of fame, money or power when it comes to what is and is not acceptable behavior in dating, in relationships, in attempts to woo or otherwise engage with another in some type of sexual contact.

We thought we had hit the mother lode when Bill Cosby was arrested and sent to his fate before a jury of his peers.

How little did we know that a couple of years later, the whole country is suddenly incensed in a manner similar to the villagers rising up with torches and pitch forks to make the world “safe” from Dr. Frankenstein’s monster.

I can readily understand the desire to get a scrupulous pound of flesh for those within the decade who have been weighed and found wanting in the realm of unwelcomed sexual contact. But when we attempt to apply today’s standards to actions decades (plural) old to destroy a person on what at the time (though wrong at the time) was not activity roundly decried, is not right.

Should these, mostly men acting badly and without thought, transgressors be judged on the distant past and all the good negated and their change in thought and action ignored because now it is suicide to act in such a boorish and insensitive way?

Should the guilty be allowed to continue the good, repent for their past sins and move on?

For those who are still guilty, still transgressing, that is a different venue and the current moral standards and laws apply, no doubt about it.

Remember when Jesus and His disciples were confronted by the mob with a woman who had been caught in the throes of adultery? Jesus squat down and wrote in the sand with His finger.

When He spoke, it was soft, yet firm, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”

After the crowd sheepishly melted away, Jesus was left with the woman. He asked, “Where are your accusers?”

The woman noted they were gone.

Jesus then said the immortal words, “Neither do I condemn thee…

That’s where most of us stop. But stopping there leaves out the most important part of what Jesus had to say.

The final five words were the key to forgiveness, “Go and sin no more.”

From the Cornfield, what these men did was not right, but we must temper our outrage with wisdom.

For those who have moved on, who have gone their way since their sins and crimes to “sin no more“, should be allowed to apologize, make amends and continue to be a benefit to society.

For those who continue to wallow in the mud and slop of their self-delusion and debauchery, let there be a reckoning.

Politics and Me

Decided this afternoon to take the latest quiz from Pew Research to find out where I land on the political spectrum.

Here is the outcome: Core Conservative

Now take it for yourself and see where you place:

The outcome surprised me. But I was close to the middle of the general public, which more or less make me moderate. There was no moderate listing on the scale.

From the Cornfield, since you can take the quiz right here without leaving the site, comment afterwards your results.

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Broken: The 11th Commandment

11: Thou shalt not speak ill will against thy fellow Republican in public.
So much that gem of wisdom from the late great President Ronald Reagan. That commandment was not just broken, but smashed to smithereens on Tuesday on the floor of the US Senate, no less, by retiring Republican Arizona Senator Jeff Flake with a scathing dressing down and renunciation of sitting Republican President Donald Trump.
Jumping in and piling on was the retiring Republican Senator from Tennessee, Bob Corker. Corker spoke to CNN and threw kerosene on the fire that had broke out between the Prez and himself. 
The venom, the anger in the remarks from the two Republican Senators was akin to that felt by Moses when he came down from the mountain with the 10 Commandments to find the children of Israel in debauchery before the golden calf. In this case,
Flake played the role of Moses. Steve Bannon was acting out Aaron who pronounced that Trump was the new golden calf to prostrate before. Corker filled in for Moses’ right hand man, Joshua.
The result was the same – the shattering of the commandments.
Will Republican elected officials continue their adulterous relationship or will they turn back to their true ideological center?
Can Republicans survive if they stand like the three Hebrew children, not bowing or bending, able to come through the fire of white nationalism and the alt-right?
Will the Grand Old Party be hauled out and rewarded for surviving the ravenous lions in the den of jingoism and xenophobia?
From the Cornfield, has anyone checked Reagan’s grave lately?

Rampant Insanity

We have all been taught or heard that repeating or doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result, is the definition of insanity.

If this is so, we have a wide swath of people who are symptomatic of insanity.

Starting at the top, we have President Donald Trump, who continues to fight, long after the outcome has been determined and the story written.

From his base their will be rousing cheers. From his detractors there will be loud denunciations.

No matter how many times the Prez either picks a fight or responds to an attack, the result is always the same.

Insanity!

Then we have the talking heads and the national press corps showing signs of madness. Each time the Prez does what he does, going off or tweeting with abandonment, the chattering class and media keep asking, “Why doesn’t the President just do this or do that?”

Matters not to them that the Prez is a 70-year-old man, set in his ways, who is not going to change or meet their expectations of what is or what is not presidential.

Trump is Trump.

Insanity!

Finally we have the man and woman in the street.

If you live in the Heartland you shake your head at the Prez and ignore.  To their detriment you tune out all things based in Washington, then wonder why the country is in the shape it is

Insanity!

If you are on the coasts or metropolitan areas, you take to the street at the least little provocation, demanding removal of the Chief by any means. Not getting your way, like a child grabbing his/her bat and ball and going on, you throw a temper tantrum.

Nothing changes and will not change until 2020 – maybe – when the next presidential election is conducted.

Insanity!

From the Cornfield, keeping my fingers crossed and praying this outbreak, this pandemic can be contained.

Remember the Grand Old Party thought they could pull off a Borg and assimilate the Prez when he was a candidate.

Remember how that turned out?

An American Revolution

***I highlighted the insanity in teal.

For Whom Doth the Taxman Cometh?

One of the biggest issues facing members of Congress and in the headlines is tax reform.

But from where do the tax dollars come?

Who is paying the biggest slice of the tax pie?

This new study from Pew Research paints a clear picture.

For all the talk about making sure the Middle Class reaps the lion’s share of benefit from reforming the tax code, it is not that sector of American society which pays anywhere the most of the tax burden. In fact, the Middle Class does not even contribute 5% of the haul each April. 

Yet when looked at from the perspective of who has the means and stash of disposable cash to shell out in taxes, the Middle Class does come up short. A cut in the rate would be a boon for most in the mid sphere of the US economy.

Some 48% of the money sent to the government comes from individual income tax returns. Compare this to the lament about the corporate rate, reputed to be among the highest in the world, but only results in 9% of total federal revenue.

Do we need tax reform?

Should the Middle Class get priority?

Based off the percentage from corporations flowing to the government coffers, is a tax cut needed? Will the theory of “trickle down economics” produce or prove to be “voodoo economics“?

From the Cornfield, read the full study (http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/10/06/a-closer-look-at-who-does-and-doesnt-pay-u-s-income-tax/).

Then, answer these questions.

Revisiting ‘The Prez’

The hottest show in the digital air continues to be the Realty TV show – The Prez!
The show received a bump this week (as if it needed one) from retiring Republican Senator Bob Corker.
Corker stated the obvious to The New York Times that President Donald Trump is hamming it up in the White House as if he was a Reality Show TV President!
DUH!
Remember this from March 20, 2016?

Reality TV Election Season 1

Or this from March 6, 2017?

Tune Out Reality Show Presidency

Then there was this on June 23 of this year: 

The Prez – A Review

Compounding it all, the national press corp has yet to learn not to swallow hook, line and sinker.

Baited

From the Cornfield, from your surprise about the Prez, perhaps it is a confirmation that now is the time to retire, Senator Corker.

About Polls

The national press corps, Democratic pundits and Republican Never-Trumpers are making a big deal out of President Donald Trump’s lack of good numbers in the polls.

Why? The President lost the popular vote by around 3,000,000 (three million) votes. Of course poll numbers will have him in hot water.

BUT it is the Electoral College numbers which count.

Most likely poll numbers will never be great for this President.

My advice – ignore the polls and focus on what is or is not accomplished.

That is all that matters.

From the Cornfield, as in all, it is not what is said, but what is done or not done with which to measure success.

Speaking of polls, how long will the Trump Presidency  last?

Cornfield Polls: How Long POTUS?

An Independent Presidency

Republicans are learning a lesson, which the Establishment had not anticipated.

The White House may have an occupant who won the Oval Office running on the Republican ticket, but being on the ticket does not make one more than a card-carrying member.

Donald J. Trump is an independent President.

Remember back in July, 2015, two years ago I wrote: 

From the Cornfield, as I look through the stalks and the Desert cacti pricking me when I get too close, the Trump Effect on the 2016 presidential race will very likely be a lesson for the GOP of how to lose an election.

For The Donald it is an easy way to throw an election.

Trump, a friend of President Bill and Hillary Clinton, sitting on the front row of Chelsea’s wedding, giving to Hillary’s campaigns, for years backing Democrats, is now crowing about being a Republican.

Looking out across the Desert, it is no mirage. Trump is neither Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or even Independent. Trump is Trump.

What The Donald says, does, how he acts, are all for the benefit of only The Donald – America’s interest takes second place to Donald’s self standing.

Turns out I was right in my assessment.

President Trump is who he has always been: An independent thinker who does what benefits him, not a political party or any set ideology.

What George Wallace could not do, Trump did.

What Ross Perot could not do, Trump did.

As I noted in “An American Revolution“, Trump may have seized power of the Grand Ole Party, but he was not then nor now or ever a Republican.

An American Revolution

The sooner the Republican Establishment accepts this fact, the sooner the party can move on and survive.

In name, Republicans won the White House, but in reality, the GOP lost the election to an independent.

Like it or not, support him or not, reality is that Trump mirrors the people who voted for him – he is a free thinker like his voters.

Those voters may not agree with his thoughts, his actions, his words, but they like the fact he says what is on his mind.

These voters like that Trump is Trump and not a cut-out doll.

We are a nation that survived the tumultuous days of the 1960s and the constitutional crisis which erupted during the last days of President Richard Nixon. We will survive this presidency as well.

From the Cornfield, there will be days when we will reel and scream like passengers on the train with Casey Jones. There will be other days we will be sailing smoothly, island hopping in the Caribbean.

Keep the life preservers handy and a stockpile of water, but know this too shall pass.

Give me your thoughts on how long the Trump Presidency will last: 

Cornfield Polls: How Long POTUS?