Good News/Bad News

A FEW MONTHS AGO I WAS SITTING IN THE OFFICE OF THE AMERICAN CONSULATE IN PAPEETE WAITING FOR MY APPOINTMENT WITH THE AMERICAN CONSUL TO HAVE SOME POWER OF ATTORNEY DOCUMENTS NOTARIZED AND OFFICIALLY STAMPED AND VERIFIED. I WAS GIVING MY WIFE TOTAL CONTROL TO SELL PROPERTY IN CALIFORNIA. I DID THIS TO AVOID THE NEED FOR ME TO RETURN TO THE USA JUST TO SIGN A FEW DOCUMENTS. WHICH, IN RETROSPECT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN THE WISE CHOICE. THE LAST TIME I HEARD FROM HER WAS VIA A POST CARD FROM SOUTHERN ITALY. FROM SOME PLACE CALLED ” VA FUNGOOL”. THE POST CARD JUST SAID, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING ! SOUTHERN ITALY IS BEAUTIFUL THIS TIME OF YEAR ! signed, Your grateful wife! I GUESS HER FLIGHT MUST HAVE BEEN DIVERTED AND I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR A PHONE CALL FOR QUITE SOME TIME. HOWEVER, THAT IS JUST MY ATTEMPT AT HUMOR AND NOT WHAT THIS STORY IS ABOUT. FOLLOWING IS MY STORY.

AS I WAS SITTING IN THE CONSULATE OFFICE, TWO FRENCH GENTLEMEN WALKED IN AND SAT DOWN NEXT TO ME. WE WERE SITTING ACROSS FROM A LARGE PHOTOGRAPH ON THE WALL OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. THE TWO FRENCH MEN WERE VERY KIND AND THEY WERE WAITING TO MEET THE AMERICAN CONSUL ALSO. THEY ASKED ME IF THEY COULD PLEASE ASK ME SOME QUESTIONS REGARDING PRESIDENT TRUMP.

I AGREED TO TRY AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THEY MAY HAVE TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY. THEY EXPLAINED THAT THEY WERE HAVING DIFFICULTY UNDERSTANDING DONALD TRUMP. I ASSURED THEM THAT IT WAS NOT A LANGUAGE BARRIER BECAUSE MOST AMERICANS ALSO HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE PRESIDENT AND PARTICULARLY WHEN HE IS TRYING TO SPEAK.

NEXT THEY WANTED TO UNDERSTAND WHY SO MANY AMERICANS VOTED FOR PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ? I ASKED THEM IF THEY KNEW THAT DONALD TRUMP ACTUALLY GOT FEWER VOTES THAN HILLARY CLINTON RECEIVED IN THE ELECTION ? THEY DID NOT AGREE WITH ME AND WERE SURE I WAS WRONG ! I TOOK OUT A PIECE OF PAPER AND DREW A DIAGRAM TRYING TO EXPLAIN THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE AND HOW IT WAS POSSIBLE TO RECEIVE FEWER VOTES AND STILL WIN THE ELECTION. THEY SAID THEY DID NOT UNDERSTAND AND I MUST BE IN ERROR ! I TOLD THEM NOT TO WORRY BECAUSE I BARELY UNDERSTAND IT AND MOST AMERICANS DON’T UNDERSTAND IT AT ALL.

THE TWO GENTLEMEN ASKED ME MANY QUESTIONS. THEY ASKED TO WHICH POLITICAL PARTY I BELONGED ? I ATTEMPTED TO EXPLAIN THAT I HAVE BEEN A FISCAL CONSERVATIVE AND THE LAST TIME I VOTED FOR A DEMOCRAT, IN RETROSPECT, BEING A FISCAL CONSERVATIVE AND CONSIDERING THE MASSIVE SIZE OF THE NATIONAL DEBT, MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE TO CLAIM TO BE A FISCAL CONSERVATIVE. I VOTED FOR PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER. I DID NOT VOTE IN THE LAST ELECTION AND I EXPLAINED THAT FOR MANY YEARS, I WOULD READ THE SUNDAY NEWSPAPER WITH ONE OF MY ELDERS AND OVER THE YEARS, THERE WERE MANY TERRIBLE STORIES ABOUT THE BUSINESS PRACTICES OF DONALD TRUMP AND HIS UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR AND MANY BUSINESS SCAMS. THEN THEY ASKED ME “SO, HOW DID DONALD TRUMP GET ELECTED ?

I ANSWERED THAT DONALD TRUMP CAME TO POWER IN MUCH THE SAME WAY ADOLPH HITLER CAME TO POWER. THEIR COMMON METHODS ARE:

  1. CREATE SCAPEGOATS FOR ALL THE COUNTRY’S PROBLEMS. CREATE COMMON ENEMIES TO DIVIDE AND CONQUER.
  2. TELL PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR. THEN THEY WILL WANT TO BELIEVE YOU. BLAME ALL THE COUNTRY’S PROBLEMS ON OTHER COUNTRIES AND SCAPEGOATS. HITLER BLAMED THE JEWS, THE PRESS, AND THE “INFERIOR” RACES. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP BLAMES IMMIGRANTS, THE “PRESS” aka (FAKE NEWS) AND ANYONE THAT DISAGREES WITH HIM. DONALD TRUMP GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE WHEN ANYONE IS NOT ON BOARD WITH HIS DELUSIONAL REALITY. DONALD TRUMP PEDDLES HIS HATRED AND DIVISION TO MASK HIS OWN INCOMPETENCE. WHEN HE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND COMPLICATED SUBJECTS SUCH AS CLIMATE CHANGE , HE JUST DENIES THE FACTS AND THE PROBLEM BECAUSE FACTS ARE VERY INCONVENIENT FOR HIM ! WHEN HE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND A ISSUE, HE JUST DISMISSES IT BECAUSE HE IS NOT INTELLIGENT OR INFORMED ENOUGH TO DISCUSS THE SUBJECT. CLIMATE CHANGE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN A BILLION DONALD TRUMPS. THE SCIENCE CAN NOT ALL BE WRONG! FACTS ARE LIKE KRYPTONITE TO DONALD TRUMP ! WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WITH HIS HEAD IN THE SAND. (or somewhere else !) WHEN THE FIT HITS THE SHAN, WHO WILL GET ANY PLEASURE BY SAYING, “I TOLD YOU SO ! ” ? nobody !
  3. FEAR, HATRED AND DIVISION ARE THE ONLY OBSTACLES THAT CAN KEEP US FROM INTERNATIONAL UNITY AND INTERNATIONAL SOLUTIONS ! INTERNATIONAL UNITY AND COOPERATION ARE OUR ONLY HOPE FOR OUR WORLD. DREAM BIG. THINK GLOBALLY ! OR WE CAN STUMBLE DOWN THE SAME OLD DENIAL PATH AS WE WATCH OUR FRAGILE AND SICK BLUE MARBLE SLOWLY DIE OFF BEFORE OUR EYES. THINK TOLERANCE, HOPE, FAITH, COOPERATION, WE CAN DO IT! peace/ marc

THE GOOD NEWS IS:

THE CHOSEN ONE IS HERE !

THE BAD NEWS IS:

IT’S DONALD TRUMP ?

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