CALIFORNIA FIRES RAGE BUT AMERICANS DON’T
By John Moser
Posted on August 10, 2018
August 6, 2018 seemed like a typical day. I woke up and found soot on my car in Napa, California and the sun did not shine; the sun was an orange hue which seemed a mix of smoke and overcast. I drove to Sacramento where I work and got out of my car. The soot was still raining down on my car like snowflakes. Inland, where there was no overcast in the summertime, I noticed more white cover. Odd? After realizing Sacramento doesn’t have overcast in the summertime, I concluded these were smoke clouds, not water clouds. There was no place to go to get out of the soot. No one seems to care. Casual acceptance is the operative phrase.
California is changing rapidly. And for the worse. I went to Lake Tahoe in late July, one of my favorite places on this Earth and dipped my toe into the water in Incline Village, Nevada. I couldn’t believe it. The water was incredibly warmer. I could suddenly swim without any difficulty, unlike the times as a child when I was chilled to the point of shivering and being forced to take my time to adjust to the outrageously cold water. My suspicions of the warmth were confirmed by a UC Davis study that showed the water in July 2017 was indeed 6°C warmer than it was in July 2016. Furthermore, the average overall water temperature has increased from 5.6°C in 1970 to 6.1°C in 2017. The clarity also dropped to its lowest level of 59 feet which was well below its historical clarity depth of over 100 feet in 1970.Continue reading
ONE DECISION AWAY FROM TYRANNY
By John Moser
Posted on June 12, 2018
When scholars someday look back at the decline of the United States, they may conclude Donald Trump was the responsible party (or at least the lynchpin or at the very least the straw that broke the camel’s back). Trump is one man, but he is only one man who requires support from a majority of US citizens. That is all he needs to destroy this country. The greatness of our Constitution that we so proudly proclaim to other nations could be no more. Our forefathers predicted a man like Donald Trump could salivate over power and abuse that power in ways that could destroy the sanctity of the country. We have realized this and have worked hard to fight tyranny, as can be seen in our Revolutionary War in which hundreds of thousands perished. The last significant fight against tyranny involved an amendment ratified in 1951 limiting the terms of a President to two. The Constitution has a series of checks and balances on this power, but, most importantly, this power grab must be supported by a majority of Americans. Until now, I felt relatively safe from tyranny. Donald Trump is the figurehead of a country that has made a series of blunders that led to his rise. Continue Reading
WHY DID WE VOTE FOR THIS MADMAN?
By John Moser
Posted on September 06, 2018
With this week’s announcement of Bob Woodward’s book, Fear: Trump in the White House and the anonymous op-ed piece by a senior White House official in the New York Times, it is becoming clear that President Trump’s presidency is not just in turmoil, but is seriously undermining the credibility of this county. My greatest fear is that the pressure that Trump is now feeling could lead to more irrationality and perhaps more unbridled, dangerous behavior. With a President who is overseeing thousands of nuclear warheads and the largest army on the face of this planet, humanity, in its entirety, now faces a crisis we have never seen before. Humanity is being run by an amoral madman. Hopefully, we will 1) live through this and 2) if we are able to survive Trump, never see it again.
The revelations that are being exposed about Mr. Trump this week should be the metaphorical death of a President. I do not need to list his behavioral shortcomings, because we are all aware of them. Or are we? The President has more lives than a cat. We hope we are not seeing the death of a nation, but I argue the inevitable is occurring: his removal from office or the death of the United States.
Let’s be clear. Not one American should be surprised by his bizarre behavior while in office. His behavior is his pattern of self-promotion that started in his childhood and has continued on unimpeded. Many people are trying to figure out why still 90% of Republicans support this madman. Are Republicans crazy?Continue reading
HELSINKI: THE DEATH OF THE NATION-STATE AS WE KNOW IT
By John Moser
Posted on July 22, 2018
On July 16, 2018 President Donald J Trump stated, “I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be” Russia who would be responsible for the election hacking. He added, “President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.” When Mr. Trump was asked directly whether to believe Mr. Putin or his own intelligence agencies, he replied, “I have confidence in both parties.”
To most people who have been following Mr. Trump, this response is no surprise. Mr. Trump is all about “Making Trump First” not “Making America First.” After Helsinki, it could even be stated Trump is “Making Russia First” or “Making the ‘Honorable’ Mr. Putin First.” A month ago it was making “Kim Jung Un First.” Who will be next? It certainly won’t be us Americans.
None of this is surprising to me now. What is surprising? How about starting with the notion that someone like Donald Trump and his misogynistic, xenophobic, racist, misanthropic, ignorant, egotistical, and despicable personality traits could even come close to the most powerful office in the world. How? How for the sake of us all? How?Continue reading
2300 Separated Children: We All Are To Blame
By John Moser
Posted on June 26, 2018
It is disturbing enough to see 2300 defenseless children removed from their parents’ custody. What is worse are the reports that many of these children may never be reunited with their parents again. Never. As of this writing, the government reports that a little more than 500 have been reunited. The recordkeeping was so bad that border agents simply uprooted the families willy-nilly based upon the stroke of Donald Trump’s pen to destroy the lives of children who cannot even spout the words “Make America Great Again.” Children in one area and “offending parents” in the other. The psychological pain and torture for these children are beyond comprehension. It is downright disgusting and inhumane. It is easy to blame President Trump for this mess; instead we should all be blaming ourselves. And these types of stories will continue as long as we prefer to think in terms of ourselves (Americans) in an isolated world where fantasies of our own making (call us a seriously flawed Fantasy Island) rule in our heads. We would like to think of our country as 1950s Eisenhower Era of post-World War II where anything we do requires no consent by the rest of the world. Continue reading