Author: Harry Herget

Tony or T Rump?

Tony or T Rump   T Rump makes Tony Soprano look like a choir boy.  Sorta.   Tony was careful not to let his “business” crossover into his home life and become known to his “personal” family. T Rump’s “business” involves his personal family and each member is adept at leveraging the WH for both personal and family gain.   Tony plans his nefarious, unlawful activities in cloistered settings involving key lieutenants he can trust to carry out their duties in a brutally efficient and professional manner. T Rump violates the Constitution, common sense and political correctness every waking moment of every day, acting as if none of these guideposts exists.  His crimes and misdeeds are committed in plain sight, many times on camera, and he surrounds himself with a syndicate of idiots; mainly misfits and sycophants. Loyalty is the only currency in T Rump’s world that has transactional value.   Tony demands loyalty to him and his organization. T Rump demands loyalty only to him.   Betray Tony and you’ll disappear. Betray T Rump and you’ll be fired and branded a scumbag he hardly knows.   If there’s a job that needs to be done, Tony will use all means at his disposal and get it done. T Rump doesn’t pay attention.  Doesn’t read.  Doesn’t listen.  Consequently, he hasn’t a clue there’s a job out there that needs...

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Bloomberg Vs “Him”

Bloomberg Vs “Him”   Some say the 2020 Democratic presidential race is “déjà vu” all over again with fifteen major candidates in the race compared to a dozen who sought the Republican nomination in 2016.   2016 12 Republican presidential candidates: 5 Governors 4 US senators 2 Business Executives 1 Medical Doctor   2020 15 Democratic presidential candidates: 5 US Senators 3 Business Executives 1 Mayor 1 Bureaucrat 1 Former Senator/Vice President 1 US Representative 1 Former US Representative 1 Former Governor 1 Spiritual Leader/Author If there’s any truth to the adage, “What is Past is Prologue,” let’s take a moment and review the similarities and differences between “Him”, our current president, and the closest candidate to “Him” running as a Democrat for president:  Michael Bloomberg. Interestingly, of the five business executives who have run and are running now, three are billionaires and the other two are measly multi-millionaires. More interesting, each party has a candidate who changed their party affiliation for political expediency.  “Him” in 2016 when he rightly determined he could build more brand awareness as a Republican in a wide open field, than in his life-long Democratic Party where the nomination for president was pretty much decided.  A winning decision. Michael Bloomberg, a Democrat, decided in 2001 to run for Mayor of New York City as a Republican.  He, too, won. In 2019, Bloomberg is back...

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Inverted Power

Inverted Power Abraham Maslow made history in the mid twentieth century with the promulgation of his motivational theory. He articulated it in a five-tiered, pyramid shaped model, his “Hierarchy of Needs.” From the bottom up, each tier evolves into the next, from lower, wider spread deficiency needs—-psychological, safety, love and belonging—-to the uppermost growth tier he described as “self-actualization”. Three quarters of a century have passed since Maslow’s motivational theory was popularized and now, in the first quadrant of the twenty-first century, another hierarchy has emerged. It doesn’t reveal motivational or psychological precepts; however, it borrows Maslow’s pyramid scheme, except it’s upside down; an inverted pyramid. This upside down pyramid illuminates the evolution of power from a single point of Autocratic authority to an eventual, broad base of publicly determined, Democratic power. We begin with Autocracy where society is governed by one person with absolute power. Democratic Dictatorships come next as we move up the inverted pyramid. Democratic Dictatorships evolve into Representative Democracies and eventually lead to the widest tier of the pyramid, Social Democracies. Evolution from one tier to the next, from narrow autocratic to broad-based democratic forms of governance, takes generations, sometimes centuries to achieve. To devolve from a higher level of development to a lower, more primitive form of government can occur almost overnight. Trumpism is the clearest most profound example of Democracy in decline. It’s...

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Ugly Parallels

Ugly Parallels (or Time To Give A Damn) “What is past is prologue.” – The Tempest History is both instructive and predictive; in fact, these two characteristics are inextricably bound.  What is learned from what we’ve done helps shape what we do now and portends where our current path will take us.                                                         Shakespeare was prescient. It’s mistakes of the past — egregious, abhorrent and horrifying mistakes — we must fully comprehend so we won’t, in Churchill’s slight recast of Santayana’s famous quote, be “condemned to repeat it.” A disturbing number of Americans have learned little to nothing from the greatest human tragedy of the twentieth century and are deliberately, ignorantly or perniciously enabling our current president to create an environment destined to repeat it. “Make Germany Great Again” = “Make America Great Again”.   “Deutschland Uber Alles” = “America First”.   White Supremacy = Aryan Master Race.   Banning Muslims + Banning Mexicans + Rat infested Black Neighborhoods + Persons of Color Should “Go Back Where You Came From” = Goal Of (White) Racial Purity.   Trump Campaign Rallies = German Party Rallies = Propaganda Events = Pageants of Power.   The (German) Press is the Enemy of the People = The (American) Press is the Enemy of the People.   All that’s missing from T Rump’s new playbook, “The Art Of Domination”, is a modern equivalent to the...

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Vengeance Is Mine

  “Vengeance Is Mine” So said “The Chosen One.”  The One who declared, “I alone can fix it,” when referring to curing the government malaise in Washington. Biblical vengeance (Deuteronomy 32:35), as invoked, means  controlling, not submitting to vengeance. T Rump traffics in revenge when he feels he’s been wronged.  Retaliate “twice as hard” is his mantra. Just last week, he retaliated against the Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen for chiding him over his publicized desire to buy Greenland; former WH staffer Anthony Scaramucci for saying he’s acting crazy and needs to resign or be replaced; Fed Chairman, Jerome Powell for not lowering interest rates; Jews who express disloyalty to him by supporting Democratic candidates; and Chairman Xi of China for outsmarting him on the tariff war he started with China. “Vengeance is mine” in Trumpworld is an expression of unmitigated hatred.  A lashing out to punish and hurt; a prelude to taking no prisoners in a war of weaponized words and tweets. In Biblical terms, vengeance is tantamount to evil and when it’s yours, you have the power to overcome it instead of evil overcoming you. Quite a profound difference. One is enlightened.  The other is medieval.   ### 30...

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