Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Johnny One Note

Dear Readers: The Captain would like to apologize for the repetitive use of images of President Donald Trump in today's post. However, this was deemed necessary to convey my point. I apologize to those who, like me, are sick and tired of seeing his ugly mug everywhere; I will try to do better in the future. - The Captain

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When the Captain was but a wee cabin boy, the high school music department presented its annual musical production. That particular year it was a variety show. A very talented young man – who would later meet a tragic and untimely end while trying to make it big in Los Angeles – sang “Johnny One Note”, from the 1937 musical “Babes in Arms”.

Here’s Judy Garland doing the original.


That song came to mind recently as the Captain was reading through a Facebook post about, once again, President Trump.

Turns out that the President lied about being wire-tapped by President Obama during the recent presidential campaign.


Yet one Trump supporter replied to the allegation: “I don’t care what he does so long as he turns the Supreme Court pro-life.”

You see? Johnny One Note.

I have mentioned this before, but I’ll say it again. The job of the President of the United States of America is about more than just nominating a Supreme Court justice who will overturn Roe v. Wade.


First and foremost, the President is the nation’s Chief Dreamer, the Caster of the Vision, the Enabler of the American Dream.

He also gets to appoint Cabinet Secretaries, the people who will advise him and help shape the President’s dreams. In addition, there are some 2,000 other government jobs that are nominated from the Oval Office.

Then there is the Federal Budget. A President is expected to lead the way in determining where our tax dollars are spent, and he gets to sign off on the final budget approved by Congress.

The President also is the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. militaries, and has always within arms reach the “Football” – the briefcase capable of launching nuclear weapons against our enemies.

May it never be used. Amen.

And the President is the chief Ambassador of the United States, meeting with other world leaders to confirm and coax harmonious and mutually-beneficial relationships between the nations.  

Awkward!
In the past, many have also seen the President of the United States as someone to look up to: a father figure, a moral leader, a hero.

So the job of President is multi-faceted. And many of these facets have direct implications upon our lives and the state of our nation – our safety, our security, our economic viability.


But thanks in no small part to the “Johnny One Note”s out there who voted for Donald Trump based on a single campaign promise – and keep in mind, these were just campaign promises – we have a President who is detached, has filled his Cabinet with cronies and others who have absolutely no experience, has no military experience or respect for the military (beyond their ability to blow shit up!), has an unstable temperament, and is a chronic liar and manipulator.

If you want to see how the President is doing on his campaign promises, click this link:

Not to make unfair comparisons, but the President seems to operate from a mindset similar to what Adolph Hitler wrote in 1925 in Mein Kampf

“If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself.”


Nonetheless, his approval ratings are abysmal, especially for a newly-elected President. Even failed TV host Arnold Schwarzenegger is trolling him!


And world leaders are definitely uneasy about this administration.

Germany's Angela Merkel reacts after Trump says Germany owes NATO money!

Japan's Shinzo Abe re-positions after an uncomfortable handshake with Trump.
And these are our allies!

As for the Johnny One Note who thinks this President will fulfill his campaign promise about abortion - apparently Johnny's sole concern - Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch told the Senate panel interviewing him today that if the President had asked him to overturn Roe v. Wade, he would have turned down the nomination.

Here’s looking to Election Day 2020!