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Day to Day Politics; The Trump Report No. 18 … “Be prepared”.

Sunday 30 July 2017.

The Boy Scout Movement was founded by returned soldier Baden Powell in 1907. Its motto is; “Be prepared”.

His idea was that scouts should prepare themselves to become productive citizens and strong leaders and to bring joy to other people. He wanted each scout to be ready in mind and body and to meet with a strong heart whatever challenges await him.

So when the President of the USA addressed a gathering of some 40,000 American boy scouts who ranged in age from 12 to 18, what did he contribute to the preparedness of these children?

Many parents were appalled at the content and nature of his speech:

”As a former Scout, as well as a former employee of Philmont Scout Ranch, I am beyond appalled that the Jamboree was turned into a political rally tonight,” wrote a Facebook user named Andy Karlson. “Unless the BSA condemns the President’s conduct (which included bullying, name-calling, and swearing) in strong and clear terms, I will know that there is no place for my two sons in scouting.”

”Please apologize for inviting the president to address the Jamboree,” wrote Tim Horneman, who said he was a former Eagle Scout. “You had to know he would say something dumb/offensive/ridiculous — and he did, of course. In the process, he got Scouts to degrade themselves and embarrassed those of us who are proud of our school-age days in Scouting.”

As the parent of a new Cub Scout, I will expect an appropriate statement about what happened at the Jamboree tonight,” wrote Facebook user Mary Samsell. “You are not responsible for what the President said, or even for the disrespect that some of those in attendance showed booing the former President (and Scout), but you are responsible for how you respond and the message that sends.”

More response here.

What did he say that got people so irate? Well here is a list of 14 of Trump’s weird comments to his largely underage audience, as published in The New York Daily Inteligencer.

1: Trump starts off by marveling at the size of the crowd and attacking the press.

”Boy, you have a lot of people here. The press will say it’s about 200 people. [Laughter.] It looks like about 45,000 people. You set a record today. [Applause.] You set a record. That’s a great honor, believe me. Tonight we put aside all of the policy fights in Washington, D.C. — you’ve been hearing about that with the fake news and all of that. [Applause.] We’re going to put that aside. And instead we’re going to talk about success, about how all of you amazing young Scouts can achieve your dreams … I said, who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts, right?”

2: Trump calls our nation’s capital a ”cesspool”

”You know, I go to Washington and I see all these politicians, and I see the swamp. And it’s not a good place. In fact, today, I said we ought to change it from the word swamp to the word cesspool, or perhaps, to the word sewer. But it’s not good. Not good.” [Applause.

3: Trump boasts that ten members of his cabinet were Boy Scouts, then threatens to fire one of them.

”Secretary Tom Price is also here. Today Dr. Price still lives the Scout Oath, helping to keep millions of Americans strong and healthy as our Secretary of Health and Human Services. And he’s doing a great job. And hopefully, he’s going to get the votes tomorrow to start our path toward killing this horrible thing known as Obamacare that’s really hurting us, folks.”

[Applause. Crowd chants “USA! USA! USA!”]

”He better get them. He better get them. Oh, he better — otherwise, I’ll say ‘Tom, you’re fired!’ I’ll get somebody. [Applause.] He better get Senator Capito to vote for it. You got to get the other senators to vote for it. It’s time. After seven years of saying repeal and replace Obamacare, we have a chance to now do it. They better do it. Hopefully they’ll do it.”

4: Trump says we need more ”loyalty,” doesn’t explain what he’s referring to.

”As the Scout Law says: ‘A Scout is trustworthy, loyal’ — we could use some more loyalty, I will tell you that.”

5: Trump marvels at the size of the crowd and attacks the “fake media” for refusing to show it (though CNN aired the speech).

”I’m waving to people back there so small I can’t even see them. Man, this is a lot of people. Turn those cameras back there, please. That is so incredible. By the way, what do you think the chances are that this incredible, massive crowd, record-setting is going to be shown on television tonight? One percent or zero? [Applause.] The fake media will say: President Trump — and you know what this is — President Trump spoke before a small crowd of Boy Scouts today. That’s some — that is some crowd. [Applause.] Fake media. Fake news. Thank you.”

6: Trump attacks his predecessor for failing to address the Boy Scouts (Obama sent a video message in 2010).

[Audience chants, ”We love Trump! We love Trump! We love Trump!”

“By the way, just a question, did President Obama ever come to a jamboree?”

[Audience shouts, ”No!”

”And we’ll be back. We’ll be back. The answer is no, but we’ll be back.”

7: Trump tells a long, meandering story about the real-estate developer William Levitt and alludes to “interesting” activities he engaged in on his yacht.

”[Levitt] he sold his company for a tremendous amount of money. At the time especially — this was a long time ago — [he] sold his company for a tremendous amount of money. And he went out and bought a big yacht, and he had a very interesting life. I won’t go on any more than that because you’re Boy Scouts, so I’m not going to tell you what he did.”

[Audience boos.]

”Should I tell you? Should I tell you?”

[Audience shouts, ”Yes!”

“Oh, you’re Boy Scouts, but you know life. You know life. So — look at you. Who would think this is the Boy Scouts, right?”

”So, he had a very, very interesting life, and the company that bought his company was a big conglomerate …”[Trump explains that years later Levitt bought his company back.”

”He so badly wanted it, he got bored with this life of yachts and sailing and all of the things he did in the south of France and other places. You won’t get bored, right? You know, truthfully, you’re workers. You’ll get bored, too. Believe me. Of course, having a few good years like that isn’t so bad.”

8: Trump recalls meeting Levitt at a hot New York party.

”In the end he failed, and he failed badly. Lost all of his money. He went personally bankrupt, and he was now much older. And I saw him at a cocktail party, and it was very sad because the hottest people in New York were at this party. It was the party of Steve Ross who was one of the great people — he came up and discovered — really founded — Time Warner and he was a great guy.”

“He had a lot of successful people at the party. And I was doing well so I got invited to the party. I was very young, and I go in — but I’m in the real-estate business — and I see 100 people, some of whom I recognize and they’re big in the entertainment business …”

[Trump recognizes Levitt.] ”So I went over and talked to him, and I said, Mr. Levitt, ‘I’m Donald Trump.’ He said ‘I know.”

9: Trump tells the boys the lesson to take from Levitt’s life is not to lose ”momentum” — but if you do, that’s okay, too.

”But I’ll tell you, it was very sad, and I never forgot that moment. And I thought about it, and it’s exactly true. He lost his momentum. Meaning, he took this period of time off long — years — and then when he got back, he didn’t have the same momentum. In life, I always tell this to people, you have to know whether or not you continue to have the momentum, and if you don’t have it that’s okay. Because you’re going to go on and you’re going to learn and you’re going to do things that are great. But you have to know about the word momentum.”

10: Trump recalls his victory on November 8, and attacks the “dishonest people” for doubting that he could win.

”Now with that, I have to tell you our economy is doing great. Our stock market has picked up — since the election November 8. Do we remember that date? [Applause.] Was that a beautiful date? [Applause.] What a date. Do you remember that famous night on television, November 8, where they said — these dishonest people — where they said there is no path to victory for Donald Trump? They forgot about the forgotten people. By the way, they’re not forgetting about the forgotten people anymore. They’re going crazy trying to figure it out. But I told them, far too late. It’s far too late.”

”But do you remember that incredible night with the maps and the Republicans are red and the Democrats are blue, and that map was so red, it was unbelievable, and they didn’t know what to say?” [Applause.]

11: Trump goes through his victories state by state and criticizes Hillary Clinton.

And you know we have a tremendous disadvantage in the Electoral College — popular vote is much easier. Because New York, California, Illinois — you have to practically run the East Coast. And we did. We won Florida. We won South Carolina. We won North Carolina. We won Pennsylvania. [Applause.] We won and won. So when they said there is no way to victory, there is no way to 270, I went to Maine four times because it’s one vote, and we won. But we won — one vote. I went there because I kept hearing we’re at 269. But then Wisconsin came in. Many, many years — Michigan came in. And we worked hard there. My opponent didn’t work hard there because she was told —”

[Audience boos.]

12: Trump thanks his audience — which again, consisted largely of children — for voting for him in November.

”[Clinton] was told she was going to win Michigan, and I said, well, wait a minute, the car industry is moving to Mexico. Why is she going to move — she’s there. Why are they allowing it to move? And by the way, do you see those car industry — do you see what’s happening, how they’re coming back to Michigan? They’re coming back to Ohio. They’re starting to peel back in.” [Applause.]

”And we go to Wisconsin — now, Wisconsin hadn’t been won in many, many years by a Republican. But we go to Wisconsin, and we had tremendous crowds. And I’d leave these massive crowds. I’d say, why are we going to lose this state? The polls — that’s also fake news. They’re fake polls. But the polls are saying — but we won Wisconsin.” [Applause.]

”So I have to tell you what we did, in all fairness, this is an unbelievable tribute to you and all of the other millions and millions of people who came out and voted for Make America Great Again.”

[Audience chants “USA! USA! USA!”]

13: Trump makes a false claim about the latest jobs reports, and updates the kids on his tax-repatriation plan.

”We had the best jobs report in 16 years. The stock market on a daily basis is hitting an all-time high. We’re going to be bringing back very soon trillions of dollars from companies that can’t get their money back into this country, and that money is going to be used to help rebuild America.”

14: Trump assures the Scouts, out of nowhere, that they can finally say “Merry Christmas” again.

”In the Scout Oath, you pledge on your honor to do your best and to do your duty to God and your country. [Applause.] And by the way, under the Trump administration, you’ll be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again when you go shopping. Believe me. Merry Christmas. [Applause.] They’ve been downplaying that little, beautiful phrase. You’re going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again, folks.” [Applause.]

My thought for the day

“We should teach our children how to think. Not what to.”


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  1. Harquebus

    “What a spectacle the peasants make, like children at their first circus, they cheered for Trump. A very entertaining pageant of manipulation, and then to watch the retards realize they were fooled once more.”
    “Any individual who depends upon the System for his survival will defend it instinctively.”
    “Duplicity and delusion are the handmaidens of success in the business of peasant-debt-slave manipulation, right?”
    “Trump is a Capitalist so he is Capital-centric, thus he doesn’t care about people. But try explaining that to a peasant.”
    “At the very minimum; change would require pain on a biblical scale. It takes pain to de-condition the brain, it’s what Pavlov taught us.”

    “The United States is a nation of laws, badly written and randomly enforced.” — Frank Zappa

  2. Karl Young

    John: You are right we should teach our children to think. Though in many instances it’s their parents who need to learn and learn how to think.How many working class people think they have made it by sending their kids to expensive private schools.The parents would be served better by reducing their work load and educating themselves.And send their children to a less expensive school.

  3. Terry2

    Can anybody else hear echoes of the Hitler Youth in this cynical use of children by Trump ?

  4. stephengb2014

    I try to read both Left and Right leaning alt independent news outlets on the web, mostely thrpugh facebook, I also watch channel 7 and ABC for mainstream news. I do not biy newspers nor purchase fire walled digital news media.

    I presume that this means I am not so well informed as I might be, but I think that I am more informed than ever in my life.

    So from what I understand is we have a POTUS, who by several proffessional accounts is mentally ill, a narcissistic pyscopath, who is surrounded by hand picked psycopathic sycophants, and supported by a sewer (his word) of congressional neoliberallut plutocrats, and an ignorant electrate.

    The Alt Media in the USA are talking civil war, whilst a number of extreme right shock jocks, are openly advocating a bloody uprising against anyone who happens to be Democrates.

    What could possibly go wrong?

  5. economicreform

    Like Hitler and all other brainless dictators, his days are numbered and his political demise will not be a pretty sight. The only issue is how much damage he can inflict on humanity and the planet in the interim.

  6. Jaquix

    Apart from the outrageous content of what Trump said, the reaction of the “crowd” of Boy Scouts I found horrifying. More than half of Americans are cringing but theyre stuck with the regime, the Grand Old Party of white males who are also probably cringing (at least a little) but using this time in power to get what they can done. Fortunately, so far, not so much.

  7. Frank Smith

    “using this time in power to get what they can done. Fortunately, so far, not so much.”
    My fear is that could change dramatically if Trump is impeached and Pence assumes the Presidency. Unlike Trump, Pence is a true Republican and much admired by many of the Republican Establishment. His elevation to President would give the Republicans unfettered control of the Executive, the Senate and the House and enable the strongly conservative Republicans to have a field day dismantling any remaining progressive programs and legislating their damaging right wing agenda. A horrible thought, but following Trump’s crazy actions this week I suspect that many Republicans are at least considering dumping him through impeachment and installing “their man” Pence in his place. Should Trump be crazy enough to move against Robert Mueller there will be a flood of Republicans prepared to dump him. I shudder at the thought of a Pence presidency and the damage that could do over the next 3 years.

  8. Keitha Granville

    Every time he speaks he says “believe me “over and over again, as if he is trying to convince himself.
    He is a disgrace. My dad was a Scout leader for many years, and would never have included a political leader at a Jamboree – totally inappropriate. My guess would be that the leaders were all died in the wool Republicans.
    Terry2 – absolutely right. It is frightening.

  9. wam

    Lord, if the religious schools taught children how to think they would ask questions. QED, no thinking allowed.
    If the process of critical thinking was available to the majority of people:
    the MSM would not be able to dissemble.
    TV advertising would not work
    Teachers would succeed
    the education system would overload

    As for educating yourself the singapore system of $800 grants for self education seems so superior to our vetfee debt.

    As for trump, he is so clever as to appoint staff, sack them and successfully claim he is draining the swamp.

  10. John Lord

    Frank Smith. It is a fear of justifiable proportion. He is a religious nut job.

  11. Johno

    Only in ….

  12. Frank Smith

    John Lord,
    Thank you for your thoughtful articles and YES, your diagnosis is spot on. The resulting dilemna that regrettably faces us all, but unfortunately lies in the hands of US Republicans, is whether to persist with the crazy Trump whose ego could very well propel us into nuclear war or dump him and trust our future to the “religious nut job” Pence and the Tea-Party policies of the right-wing Republicans. From here it looks like a lose-lose situation at present.

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