Trump 153* or How to Block the Narcissist and his Sycophants from Inflicting More Damage on the World

Trump 153* or How to Block the Narcissist and his Sycophants from Inflicting More Damage on the World

  • The number 153*: from the number category called narcissistic; narcissistic numbers are equal to the sum of the cubes of its own digits (Thanks to The World of Trotter Math).
  • Narcissistic: having an excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one’s physical appearance; vain, self-obsessed, egotistic, conceited, self-centered.

Sometimes it’s hard to believe what’s happened to our country in the wake of the last presidential election. But, that said, we have to face what is happening, act, and support and be a part of the opposition and protestation of the deconstruction of American.

The Authoritarian, aka, the narcissist, painted a dark picture of the world as soon as he opened his mouth on January 20, 2017. He continues to repeat this mantra of the presidential campaign, not only within the White House, but especially when he goes on the road like he did last night in front of his deplorables (hat tip to HRC). As one Republican advisor to Ronald Reagan put it, last’s night speech by Trump was the ‘most divisive’ ever by a President.

So what is Trump 153 about. It’s not an advanced course by any means, but it is an introductory one, perhaps the most important type of course offered at university because if they are taught correctly, they will inspire students to take action and pursue a degree in that area of study.

Inauguration

Course 153 is based on the work that has already been accomplished in the first 100 days of the Trump administration. Yes, that’s right. The first action was no action. Not so many people showed up on January 20, although the narcissist claims the media was wrong, even when one of his own government agencies took pictures of the crowds at his and Obama’s first inauguration. However, Trump can take credit for the fact that hundreds of demonstrations were held across the U.S. protesting the very nature of Trump.

The Women’s March

Women's_March_on_Washington_(32593123745)The second, and perhaps most important action to confront and block Trump’s world was the Woman’s March, on January 21, 2017. The numbers, world wide, are staggering. 500,000 people marched in Washington, D.C.  More than 2 million marched in other U.S. cities. World wide, 81 countries held marches in 168 locations. Organizers reported after the marches that at least 5 million people participated, with 673 marches held worldwide. In the U.S. the only protest that rivaled the Woman’s March, were marches held in protest of the Vietnam War.

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From Order to Chaos: The Attack on the EPA

From Order to Chaos: The Attack on the EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established in 1970 under Richard Nixon’s administration.  Now in 2017, it is likely that at least 25% of the agency will be dismantled by the Authoritarian’s administration.

This is a crime against the well-being of all living things and their environment by the White House

Even before the current administration took over the White House, the Authoritarian’s transition team sent clear messages that the EPA was in trouble. The so-called transition team wanted names of EPA employees who worked on, wrote papers about, and did research in the fields related to climate science.

They were not doing this give out awards!  They did it put the EPA on notice that “we are out to get you.”

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With Billionaires in the White House We Need to Keep an Eye on the Money

With Billionaires in the White House We Need to Keep an Eye on the Money

It’s been reported that the Authoritarian wants to increase the Pentagon’s share of the Federal budget by 10% which translates to about $59 billion more dollars.  A report has circulated that the EPA will be cut by at least 20%, including staff and dollars.

The Federal Budget is divided into three parts as shown below.

  • Mandatory Spending (like Social Security)–$2.5 Trillion
  • Discretionary Spending (like Education, Defense)–$1.1 Trillion
  • Interest on the Debt–$229 Billion

If the President submits a budget that includes a $59 billion increase in spending, the money for this is part of the Discretionary Spending which is about a third of the total Federal budget.  Mandatory spending is spending on certain programs such as Medicare and Social Security, and are controlled by existing law. Mandatory spending has increased over the years, and is expected increase from $2.2 trillion in 2016 to $3.6 trillion in 2023.

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EPA: From Obama’s Protection to Trump’s Destruction to the Emergence of Resistance

EPA: From Obama’s Protection to Trump’s Destruction to the Emergence of Resistance 

Using the Wayback Machine, we can keep watch on some aspects of the Environmental Protection Agency website now that Trump and his EPA pick for Secretary of the EPA, Scott Pruitt are in charge. Trump wants to cut the EPA, and Pruitt, with ties to the coal, oil and gas industry, and champion litigator against the EPA while he was Attorney General for Oklahoma, is no friend of Earth’s environment, other than helping those who take from the Earth what ever they want.

On January 24, one of the first things the Trump administration did was to demand that the EPA take down all of its Climate Change pages. Then they were told to hold off, then told to remove them, and then to put them back.  As of this writing the Climate Change page is still on the website.  But the fact that the White House actually ordered the page to be taken down set in motion a lot of resistance.
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Soft Power & Track II Diplomacy Banned with Citizens in 7 Muslim Nations

Soft Power & Track II Diplomacy Banned with Citizens in 7 Muslim Nations

Peaceful relations between nations require understanding and mutual respect between individuals. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1956

Soft power and Track II diplomacy began in 1956 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower created People-to-People, which was to build a massive program of communications between Americans and citizens of other lands, distinct from government contacts.  Government contact diplomacy is Track I Diplomacy, whereas people-to-people is Track II Diplomacy.  It’s obvious that President Eisenhower would be opposed to the Trump administration’s ban on citizens from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, & Libya entering the U.S.

In a Chronicle of Higher Education article, Keith David Watenpaugh wrote “Why Trump’s Executive Order Is Wrongheaded and Reckless.'” Professor Watenpaugh is a historian of the Middle East and professor of human-rights studies at the University of California, Davis.  In the article he said:

The closing of America to the world, begun by this order, is, among other things, an abandonment of the enormous capacity of American soft power embodied in exchange programs, study abroad, and efforts to rescue scholars and students — all of which promote human rights, collective security, and global commerce.

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