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March 01, 2017

Was the Trump speaking before Congress last night the real Trump?

Now Don, I’m not going to call you Donald, because that’s the name of a duck, and I’m not going to call you “The Donald,” because that was a way ancient morons of nobility used to call themelves so they could feel like bigshots; for example, Otto The Feeble of Saxony, and Pliny The Elder, who got buried by Mt. Vesuvius in 79. That’s pretty dumb, rushing off toward an eruption.

To act even bigger should they have called themselves instead “The Feeble,” or “The Pliny?”

Now Don, that speech to Congress, was that the real you? Or was it the act of a chameleon? Not once during the address did you call Rosie O’Donnell a fat pig as you have in the past, not once did you mimic the speech impediment of a reporter, or call John McCain senile.

I’m proud of you Don.

The only potential problem is how long will the new more likeable you hold? Three days? You might be a Jekyll and Hyde, you know, drink the potion and flip out. You can control a speech and I have a suspicion that as soon as the brief afterglow wears off you’ll revert to the old you, always blaming others and never taking responsibility for anything when it’s bad. For example when you said you had the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan and this was immediately pointed out as a lie (not an alternative fact); you blamed an aide, saying “Someone else told me that.”

I hope you can learn and I’m willing to give you the chance.

Even though you behaved yourself during the speech and didn’t act like no one in American political history has ever acted before (your supporters think rudeness is cool), during the speech you made some really disturbing comments. For example, remember back during the campaign when you said, “I’m going to make the military soooooo big, nobody will dare mess with us.”

“Sooooooo big?”

Who talks like that Don? I’ve never heard anyone talk this way. Do I go around telling the clerk at the grocery store, “Just put my bottle of wine in the bag waaaaayyyy down?” The clerk would think I was an escapee from a mental ward, and he’d be right to think so.

Two major mistakes Don. You want to build up our nuclear arsenal when we can already destroy the world ten times over. This will result in an arms race and Don, you didn’t learn from as far back as World War I that an arms race doesn’t make the world a safer place. Learn from World War I Don. You know what World War I was, right? It’s something bad that happened 100 years ago.

The second mistake is that no mention was made of the fiscal cost of increasing the size of the military as you like to put it “Soooooooooo big!” Weapons systems cost a lot of money and Ronald Reagan already made the mistake of military spending like there was no tomorrow and put this country further into the red (debt) several times over.

Republicans always make the same mistake (Bush did too). They talk about smaller government and then military spend like a (pardon the pun) drunken sailor.

Maintenance of a lean and effective strike force capability and working closely with allies is more reasonable than overkill wasteful weapons systems and the accompanying boastful ravings of military might and grandeur similar to that of a kid squealing with delight while playing with a toy battleship in the bathtub.

Instead of being specific on how you will pay for what will be an enormous sum, instead vague references were made to collecting unpaid taxes (including your own, Don?); raising a spending cap (borrowing more from China is always good), cracking down on welfare fraud (that might purchase one modern battle tank), and fees from increased energy production.

Really Don, you gonna punish oil companies and their drilling with your plans for a super army?

As one observer understatedly and sardonically put it, “Trump undercut his proposals by soft pedaling the cost.”

Which brings us to vainglory and reality, or the lack of reality; vainglory in the dictionary is defined as “excessive vanity.”

Excessive vanity?

Don could this be you? The man who before a group of veterans who had won the Congressional Medal of Honor (you often have to die to win one), said “I’m brave too.”

Lack of reality speaks for itself.

Don, you haven’t learned. I want you to get a book and study Lyndon Johnson. He tried to fight the war in Vietnam and at the same time cure poverty in the country with expenditures, and, as worthy as a part of this was,it just wasn’t realistic. Johnson accomplished neither victory in Vietnam nor over poverty and died a broken man.

There’s always a cost Don. It’s also called Murphy’s Law.

It’s easiest to promise things Don.