Monday, June 20, 2016

If I Had Said It….

     I am with my dear wife, Anne, and Janice Laskie and her husband,
     the good Reverend Larry Laskie at yesterday's celebration of his 50 years of ministry.


As I listened to folks speak yesterday at a celebration of a friend’s 50 years of ordination as a Christian pastor, I squirmed in dissatisfaction. It wasn’t that they spoke foolishly or inaccurately, but it was – it was just – it was that they didn’t seem to understand what an extraordinary accomplishment this was.
by Charlie Leck

It was a wonderful service of celebration in that little Iowa town yesterday. The pastor of the church was being recognized for the 50 years of service as a Christian pastor. All sorts of wonderful things were said about him for this accomplishment. Yet…

Not once did I hear the word “disciple” or “discipleship!” It was a gargantuan omission. Here’s how I would have said it….

It was about 52 or 53 years ago that Larry – Reverend Laskie – and I took together a course in Christian Ethics that was led by a brilliant young professor who would have an enormous impact on both of our lives. During that course, we were assigned the reading of a book that would have a very deep and lasting impact on my life as a Christian – and, I think, on Larry’s also. It was a book by – when I say his name I find myself needing to do so reverently and with great admiration and love – it was a book by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Doctor Bonhoeffer was born in Breslau, Germany, in early 1906.
At the age of 14, young Dietrich began to study religion and theology in a rather serious way (not as we know confirmation youngsters study today). At the age of 17, Dietrich entered Tübingen University. The following year he transferred to the University of Berlin. There, he became familiar with the works of the great Biblical theologian Karl Barth.
So that what I am saying this morning will be particularly clear, I must add that Dietrich also spent a year of study – 1930 – at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
But, let us jump over a number of years to a time when all of Dietrich’s learning and beliefs would be tested to the ultimate degree. Dietrich was a pastor and theologian in Germany when Adolph Hitler rose to power, installed as chancellor of that great nation in 1933. It was while in New York City that Dietrich began to tell Americans about the great danger that was possible if Adolph Hitler gained ultimate power in Germany. He sent loud and clear signals.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of the first to recognize the great dangers that Hitler posed to the nation and to all of Europe; and he clearly and openly declared himself an adversary of the great leader, denouncing the political system that gave such authority to a single person.
Again, let me jump ahead, so I can make my point about Reverend Laskie. Bonhoeffer became an announced and very public opponent of the cruelty and evil that composed Adolph Hitler. Dietrich was very much a part of one coalition that attempted to assassinate Hitler. The young pastor and theologian paid the ultimate cost for that. In 1944 Bonhoeffer was imprisoned as a declared enemy of the Third Reich. From prison, Dietrich continued to write about the responsibilities of the Christian in times of evil. In 1945, only days before American forces sprung open the prison where he resided, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed as an enemy of Hitler’s own evil dreams. As he was taken away from the other prisoners, on the way to his execution, he turned to one of them – a friend – and whispered: “This is the end! For me, the beginning of life!”
The life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and reading the books he wrote was a major part of our education in seminary.
Here then is what he wrote in his book, The Cost of Discipleship, and it is this that frames how enormous are the achievements of the Reverend Larry Laskie:
“When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die… Suffering, then, and death is the badge of true discipleship.”
Discipleship! Larry Laskie was called to be a disciple of our Lord, Jesus Christ; and when the Lord bids a man “come,” he is asking him to put all else aside and to follow in his footsteps –even to the cross. Among Christians, there is no greater calling and the timid ought step aside.
Bonhoeffer liked to distinguish between “cheap grace” and “costly grace!” Cheap grace is grace without a price – without cost! Costly grace requires paying a price and sacrificing. Less precious money! Less comfort! Less time with the family! Less fame and notoriety! Less praise!
“Follow me,” Jesus said to those who were willing to be disciples. “Follow me!” And the way leads to the cross and to all the pain attending Jesus and the disciples there; but it also leads to the resurrection and the joy and wonder of new life.
Larry Laskie, at his ordination, became more than a pastor, priest and minister. He became a disciple of Christ and that led him to a difficult passage. The now famous hike over the Appalachian Trail that is talked of with such admiration is nothing compared to the trail that the followers of Jesus Christ take. When Jesus came to those fishermen by the sea and he called them to follow him, it required that they lay down all the tools of their normal life – all that gave them comfort and a means – to go and follow Jesus along the dusty, steep trails all through Galilee and, eventually, to the hillside at Golgotha, outside Jerusalem.
Larry Laskie took the vow of discipleship at his ordination and no vow is to be more honored and praised. It is a difficult and trying path that he walked, following his Lord, but the rewards, which most people cannot understand, are remarkable and fulfilling.
This man – this classmate – this dear friend heard the call to discipleship and he was willing to pay the cost. And I am as proud of him today as one could possibly be. And on behalf of him who called Larry to follow, I give him earnest and deeply sincere thanks from all the Christian world!

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I've written a number of times here about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Here are some other blogs about him...

http://chasblogs.blogspot.com/2007/04/dietrich-bonhoeffer-1906-1945.html

http://chasblogs.blogspot.com/search?q=Bonhoeffer

http://chasblogs.blogspot.com/2012/02/bonhoeffer-book-by-eric-metaxas.html




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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Trump is out of control!


For the last couple of days, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate has been out of control. To define that, I mean a candidate who cannot be controlled by the party he represents nor can he be controlled by the politically trained and savvy staff surrounding him. And, in all likelihood, he cannot control himself! It’s not a pretty picture.
by Charlie Leck

Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, made a couple of very serious political errors in the last several days that are biting him back very viciously. His staff tried to step him back to correct his error, but the candidate raged against both the idea and, according to several reliable news reports, against his staff.

It all comes down to a matter of the separation of powers doctrine in both the United States Constitution and in the long standing traditions of politics in America. Republican U.S. Senator from Maine, Susan Collins, has been particularly sharp in her attack against Mr. Trump’s faux pas and his stubbornness about backing away from his miscue.

“I continue to hope that Mr. Trump will rethink his position,” Senator Collins said for the record, “and take back those words and show respect for the separation of powers doctrine that is enshrined in our Constitution.

You all know, by now, vaguely anyway, what has happened, but I’ll review it here as factually as I can.

Dahlia Lithwick, reporting for Slate, explains the law suit this way: “… two class-action lawsuits filed by former students against the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s Trump University. The “University” and Trump are on the hook for allegedly using predatory marketing practices to sell worthless real estate classes.”

Mr. Trump has been suggesting very publically lately that the judge, because he is of Mexican descent, will not be fair and neutral in his judgment. Even though the judge, Conzal P. Curiel, was born in Indiana and educated at Indiana University and the Indiana University Mauer School of Law, Mr. Trump continues to refer to him as a Mexican. Plenty of people, with no ox of any kind to gore, have called Mr. Trump’s attacks on the judge both racist and a threat to the American concept of an independent judiciary.

A couple of weeks ago, the judge ordered documents about the case, which would apparently would be embarrassing to both Mr. Trump to his efforts at TU, released to the public.

Mr. Trump suggested that the appropriate people ought to take a look into Judge Curiel. When that didn’t stick or get a response, Mr. Trump went further by arguing that Judge Curiel had “an absolute conflict.”

Why? What is the conflict? It is “…because he is a Mexican!” The judge also happens to be a member of an association of Latino lawyers. Why is all this relevant?

“Because I am building a wall,” Mr. Trump said. “It’s an inherent conflict of interest!”

Mr. Trump has had many opportunities to walk the statement back or to make clearer what he is saying. He’s babbled some, but he can’t make these comments come out any better. They are very damaging. What Mr. Trump is realizing is that he has said many foolish and racist things about the ethnic backgrounds of a number of people and he is suggesting that anyone of such background could not hear a complaint about him without prejudice.

Our American judicial system is being insulted and attacked by Mr. Trump. We have a great tradition in this nation of protecting the judiciary from such attacks.

In all of this, Mr. Trump has gone more than a bit too far.

Evidence that he is out of control are displayed in the way he has reacted to his political staff’s suggestions that he step this whole matter back a bit and show more restraint in such attacks. There are several very credible reports that Mr. Trump has displayed a great deal of anger and displeasure with his advisors (the most solid report has been presented by Bloomberg News).

Only yesterday, Mr. Trump publicly expressed displeasure that former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, called his remarks “inexcusable” and inappropriate.

Mr. Trump’s reply was: “I saw Newt. I was surprised at Newt. I thought it was inappropriate what he said!”

Donald Trump is having a hard time handling “the racism thing,” as he has called it. Only last week he pointed to someone in his audience and referred to the fellow as “my African-American over here!”

A New York Times editorial on June 7, 2016, expressed shock and dismay at Mr. Trump’s remarks. Mr. Trump saw nothing to worry about it what he said.


“Federal judges have repeatedly and emphatically refused to recues themselves from cases because of their (the judge’s) race or ethnicity. These rulings were driven by two realizations: Ethnically based challenges would reduce every judge to a racial category, which would be racist in itself. And such challenges would make judges vulnerable to recusal motions — for reasons of race, ethnicity, gender or religion — in every case that came before them.
“In other words, once these challenges were allowed, there would be no end to them.
“The gravity of this matter has clearly eluded Donald Trump, who has cast aside the Constitution and decades of jurisprudence by suggesting both ethnic and religious litmus tests for federal judges. These pronouncements illustrate that Mr. Trump holds the rule of law in contempt.
“…Mr. Trump is essentially arguing that his own bigoted attitude toward Mexicans has disqualified a respected jurist from hearing a court case in which he is a defendant. Under that bizarre logic, he could rationalize ruling out judges from every demographic group he has insulted or happens not to like. At the rate he’s going, there would soon be no person in the land left to judge him. Fortunately, the American legal system doesn’t work that way.”

In an interesting side story, the NY Times points out that this is not the first time Mr. Trump and his lawyers have used such a strategy. His attorneys argued the same thing between 2008 and 2010 in an attempt to remove two judges who were hearing cases against Mr. Trump – one of African American descent and another a white woman. (You can read this June 6, 2016 story by Michael Barbara and Megan Twohey here!)

I’ve been arguing here for weeks that Donald Trump is not qualified to be President of the United States – he’s not bright enough and he’s not fair enough! His ego is too out of control and his sense of judgment is warped! The Republican Party ought to do something to shed this candidate (but, you know, they are afraid of the certain law suit that would follow).


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Friday, June 3, 2016

The Case against Donald Trump


Here are some strong bullet-points in the case against Donald Trump. Spread them around one-by-one if you care to; however, be sure not to swallow!
by Charlie Leck



  •  Stephen Hawking, the physicist, author and genius of matters relating to the cosmos and a gentle comedian, had something remarkable to say the other day as an explanation of one of the greatest cosmic mysteries: “I can’t… He is a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.
  •   Something else Hawking said intrigued me more, suggesting that history is pushing Britain toward a deeper union of nations for both security and trade: “Gone are the days we could stand on our own against the world. We need to be a part of a larger group of nations, both for our security and our trade.” I think it is time for America to begin thinking about such matters as well and a true union of North American nations might make sense as well. However, Donald Trump’s terrible talk about America makes it difficult to build a case for such an alliance of nations.
  •   Retired Army Col. Peter Mansoor, a long time Republican, will not vote for Donald Trump. “He just thinks Republican Donald Trump is too dangerous to be President.” [Anne Gearan in the 6-1-2016 Washington Post]
  •   Former President of Trump University (the bogus disaster) testified under oath that Donald Trump was significantly involved in crafting the advertising for that institution that cost unsuspecting individuals thousands of dollars. Documents released by the District Court portray Trump University (TU) as a pretty sleazy place. Instructors were told to attempt to steer students toward the most expensive courses. In advertisements for TU, Donald Trump claimed he was over-seeing the curriculum and that the faculty would be “hand-picked by me.”
  •  North Korea has officially endorsed Donald Trump in his election efforts to become President of the United States.
  •  In a May 31, 2016 editorial, the Washington Post referred to Donald Trump as “Bully-in-Chief!”
  •  Trump recently referred to Indiana-born jurist, Judge Gonzalo Curiel as a “Mexican” and “a hater.” This particular judge is overseeing a case against one of Mr. Trump’s businesses.
  • Trump has wondered aloud if more countries shouldn’t be permitted to stock nuclear weapons.
  • One must remember that our founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson, warned us that Democracy – this Democratic Republic –is fragile and hangs “as if on a thread!”
  •  In an opinion piece in the June 1, 2016, StarTribune (Minneapoilis), Rolf Westgard comments about Donald Trump’s call “to restore coal to its former glory.” He writes: “Trump is not concerned about CO2 emissions and global warming; he had stated earlier that the ‘concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing noncompetitive.” … “The Trump plan would also cut off all U.S. funding for the United Nations climate programs and cancel U.S. agreements under the Paris climate accord.”
  • Thomas Friedman wrote this week in the NY Times: “Indeed, when Donald Trump tells the truth, it should be labeled “Breaking News – Trump tells truth without immediately contradicting himself. We’re going live to the scene right now.”
  •  New York Daily News on May 31, 2016, called Donald Trump “a thin-skinned liar who can’t take the heat!”
  •  The Republican Governor of Michigan has said he will not support Donald Trump. The state’s Lieutenant Governor, Brian Calley, has said he will support Trump.
  •  Republican hot-shots are starting to come out of the closet with announcement that they will not attend the Republican National Convention. They include Jeb Bush and Senator Lindsey Graham (SC). Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has indicated he probably won’t make it either. The NY Times says that “just about” every U.S. Senator in a close race will avoid the convention. Senator John McCain (AZ) is one of the prominent senators who will avoid the convention.
  •  Conservative columnist David Brooks, whom I greatly admire, wrote the following opinion in the June 3, 2016 edition of the NY Times: “In this election we’ve been ignoring the parts of America that are working well and wallowing in the parts that are fading. This has led to a campaign season driven by fear, resentment and pessimism. And it will lead to worse policy-making down the road, since prosperity means building on things we do well, not obsessing over the things that we’ve lost…. The person chiefly responsible for this all-warts view of America is, of course, Donald Trump.”
  • Paul Krugman (granted, a liberal columnist), in his June 16, 2016 column, gave this explanation of why the Natural Resource Defense Council has already endorsed Hillary Clinton for the presidency.: “At this point Donald Trump’s personality endangers the whole planet."
  • A letter written to the NY Times (David Swanger from Santa Cruzz, CA) on June 16, 2016 suggests a new slogan for the Hillary Clinton campaign: “Sanity!” He says, “Sanity embraces all the qualities that you bring to the campaign and counters Mr. Trump’s boasting, blasting and bloviating.”
  • If I had to declare the very dumbest thing Donald Trump has said in his campaign, it would be this (in reference to Mexicans}: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems to us. They’r bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” Hispanics now constitute 17 percent of the U.S. population. Not too smart, Mr. Trump – not too smart!
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All of this is remarkable. In a normal year one would not hesitate to predict a devastating defeat for Donald Trump in the national election. This, however, is not anything close to a normal year.


Work – in any way you can – to defeat Donald Trump!

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Donald, the Bully!


 
There is something about Donald Trump that deeply frightens me! Of course! That is how bullies manage to thrive. They use fear tactics – much in the manner of terrorists! My even greater fear, however, is that Donald Trump is insane in addition to being a bully!
by Charlie Leck

Donald Trump is being defined these days, by a number of national columnists, as a fascist! It’s a term that has always baffled me and I went looking for answers. In an essay about defining Fascism, George Orwell concluded in this manner…
“…even the people who recklessly fling the word ‘Fascist’ in every direction attach at any rate an emotional significance to it. By ‘Fascism’ they mean, roughly speaking, something cruel, unscrupulous, arrogant, obscurantist, anti-liberal and anti-working-class. Except for the relatively small number of Fascist sympathizers, almost any English person would accept ‘bully’ as a synonym for ‘Fascist’. That is about as near to a definition as this much-abused word has come.
“But Fascism is also a political and economic system. Why, then, cannot we have a clear and generally accepted definition of it? Alas! we shall not get one — not yet, anyway. To say why would take too long, but basically it is because it is impossible to define Fascism satisfactorily without making admissions which neither the Fascists themselves, nor the Conservatives, nor Socialists of any colour, are willing to make. All one can do for the moment is to use the word with a certain amount of circumspection and not, as is usually done, degrade it to the level of a swearword.”
In a 1944 speech by then Vice President Henry Wallace, he defined the American fascists this way…
“The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity… They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.”
That (the above) is something all reasonable voters should think about when November comes around.
And, the thoroughly liberal columnist Robert Reich, has said the following…
“As did the early 20th-century fascists, Trump is focusing his campaign on the angers of white working people who have been losing economic ground for years, and who are easy prey for demagogues seeking to build their own power by scapegoating others.
Democracy Now carried the following headline on March 15th of this year: “Father of Fascism Studies [Robert Paxton*]: Donald Trump Shows Alarming Willingness to Use Fascist Terms and Styles!”
*Paxton is the professor emeritus of social science at Columbia University. He is the author of the book: The Anatomy of Fascisim.
Dana Milbank, in the Washington Post, says this about Donald Trump…
“I wish I could enjoy Trump, who at last week’s debate defended the size of his penis. But this isn’t a conventional debate between Democrats and Republicans or insiders and outsiders. Trump is on the wrong side of a struggle between decency and bigotry, between democracy and something else.
Glenn Beck, the enormously conservative talk-show host, is quoted in the article referred to above…
“We should look at Adolf Hitler in 1929. Donald Trump is a dangerous man with the things he has been saying.” [on ABC’s This Week show]
And, in an opinion column nearly a year ago in Newsweek, Dominick Reuter wrote:
“This is how strongmen take over countries. They say some true things, boldly, and conjure up visions of national greatness under their leadership. They’ve got the flags, the music, the hype, the hysteria, the resources, and they work to extract that thing in many people that seeks heroes and momentous struggles in which they can prove their greatness.
Is Donald Trump a fascist? I don’t think so. I don’t think he’s bright enough to understand what the term means and what it would be as a political or social system. BUT, he is, nevertheless, a very, very dangerous man!

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Facebook is so Frustrating!


I go to Facebook because it keeps me connected with a number of people I really care about and I want to know what’s going on in their lives. There are also some old acquaintances with whom I’m able to renew connections. It’s fun when I can hear about their trip to Cuba or about a new recipe they tried out last night. When it gets into facts, politics, history and general opinions, I get pretty shaky about staying connected. Facebook is not the place to try to learn anything factual. Keep it light and keep it friendly; and as my old-lady used to say: “Don’t talk about politics or religion.” So here’s a few things that I didn't say on Facebook that I really need to get out.”
by Charlie Leck

Facebook is a lot like the guys who sat around in my old man’s luncheonette when I was a kid. We lived in a small, rural community and our place was a gathering spot for a lot of guys who didn’t really know what to do with their days. These guys would piss and moan about this and that. Some of them thought that old Harry Truman was a damned straight guy and some others thought he was one of the biggest losers and crooks ever to reside in the White House. Either way, these old fellows could say anything they wanted and they weren’t going to be hung by their scrotums if they were wrong.

I heard some of the most fantastic things from those old geezers as they sat around the big coal stove in the middle of the store on a chilly Saturday morning. A fellow could say almost anything he wanted and nobody would call him on it even if it was a little bit whacky. I guess it was part of their friendly code of politeness and acceptance.

That’s what happens on Facebook, too! It’s why I’ve tried to escape it a couple of times. I’ll get so incredibly upset at some utterly stupid remark that I about want to blow my top off. But there seems to be a Facebook code of politeness and acceptance. I’d almost go along with it if some of these whacko things weren’t said as if they Holy Scripture

Just the other day some gal named Emmie said this on the page of one of my dear Facebook friends:
“Obama is a Disgrace [sic] to our American country… we should not be apologizing to this country for anything, especially for their dead people, we have plenty of our own people that died because of them… Obama makes me so sick… vomiting…”
Naturally I had to fire back in anger in order to tell Emmie that the President did not apologize for anything to the Japanese and he had made it clear before he went that he was not going to do any apologizing. I doubt that Emmie ever picks up a copy of the NY Times even though it’s readily available in her town.

In the same column of replies was another by a fellow named Edward…
“I consider Barack Hussein Obama the worst president ever, a traitor, created a huge racial division among Americans. Obama’s policies and his administration sunk the U.S. under an unpayable debt, goes around the world apologizing against America.”
I didn’t fire back in response to this comment because Edward seems a bit shaky and uninformed and I didn’t believe if would do any good. If I did reply I’d tell Edward what I told Emmie. The President did no apologizing. None. Not one little drop of it! And, I’d remind Edward that our nation was on the brink of financial collapse when Obama took over from George W. Bush. The bank and housing crisis was very dangerous. Obama pulled us out of it and over the next 6 years strengthened our economy to a degree that it has not seen in a long, long time. And, our national debt is at a lower rate than it has been since the presidency of William Clinton (another Democrat who had a financial mess to clean up). Obama also inherited a crazy war in Iraq (a war that most rational people now admit should never have been fought – a war that cost our nation over three trillion dollars).

Then I would have told them both to at least try to know – a little bit – some of the facts so they can speak a bit more intelligently.

But, on Facebook we do not hold people accountable for what they say; nor do we demand that they supply facts to back up what they’re saying – just like they were sitting around the coal stove in my old man’s luncheonette.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

What Trump Really Offers


I am taken by remarks made by Robert Kagan in his May 18 column in the Washington Post; and, frighteningly, I think Kagan is correct! I urge you to read the entire column and not just this snippet!
by Charlie Leck
“We’re supposed to believe that Trump’s support stems from economic stagnation or dislocation. Maybe some of it does. But what Trump offers his followers are not economic remedies — his proposals change daily. What he offers is an attitude, an aura of crude strength and machismo, a boasting disrespect for the niceties of the democratic culture that he claims, and his followers believe, has produced national weakness and incompetence. His incoherent and contradictory utterances have one thing in common: They provoke and play on feelings of resentment and disdain, intermingled with bits of fear, hatred and anger. His public discourse consists of attacking or ridiculing a wide range of “others” — Muslims, Hispanics, women, Chinese, Mexicans, Europeans, Arabs, immigrants, refugees — whom he depicts either as threats or as objects of derision. His program, such as it is, consists chiefly of promises to get tough with foreigners and people of nonwhite complexion. He will deport them, bar them, get them to knuckle under, make them pay up or make them shut up.”
Please, I urge you to read the entire column.

We cannot allow Donald Trump to become President of the United States. This is a bad joke gone strangely popular – disgustingly popular!


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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Trump’s Business Nonsense


There can be no denial that Donald Trump is running on his business record! Right? You’ve heard him boasting of everything from steaks to wine and a university named after him.
by Charlie Leck

If Donald trump really runs on his business record and business acumen, we are pretty safe --- he’ll never get elected…

You can list a host of Trump biz endeavors that went bust! Trump is a jokester when it comes to biz! He ain’t got it! If he does to the nation what he did to all these biz ventures then the country is on its way to being a bust! Here’s a partial list of his failures (thanks to gawker.com)….

Trump Steaks didn’t go over very big at all. They were sold through Sharper Image
and that company’s CEO said they sold barely any steaks at all – maybe $50,000 worth.
A bust!
Go Trump was an on-line travel search engine – highlighting “Trump Picks.”  The site
shut down after a year of trying but failing.
Trump Airlines was a gigantic bust. In 1988 Trump paid $365 million for 17 Boeing
727s and added real maple trim and gold bathroom fixtures. In 1992 Trump defaulted
on the loans he took out to buy the planes.
Trump Vodka was launched in 2006 and managed to stay in business for 5 years. The
vodka went out of production in 2011.
Trump Mortgage was also launched in 2006 (a terrible time to get in the mortgage
business) and the home loan industry crash in 2007 and 2008 proved it. The company
went out of business after 19 months.
Trump the Game came out in 1989 as a joint venture with Milton Bradleyand hung
around for only a year. Gawker tells us “you can still buy a lightly used version of the
game for… $69 on Amazon.
Trump Magazine began publishing in 2007. You remember, don’t you, that this was a
very bad business year. The magazine was aimed at high end readers and consumers. Advertisers weren’t very interested in the Trump opportunity.
Trump University is one of the Donald’s more famous failures. It was started to teach
real estate business strategies to people who paid huge sums and got very little for what
they paid. Many of them are still suing the Donald on this one. It lasted for 5 years.
Trump Ice was a bottle water venture started in 2004. It lasted for less than a year.
The New Jersey Generals lasted for two football seasons (1984-1985) in the United
States Football League. The new league was supposed to compete with the NFL. It
didn’t.
Tour de Trump launched in 1989 attempted to establish bike races similar to the Tour
de France.  After two years of bike races from Albany to Atlantic City, Trump sold out
the organization to DuPont (which promptly took Trump’s name off it).
Trump of the Ocean was a restaurant and catering business that opened in 2012. It
was located in Jones Beach (Long Island) and it was taken out by Hurricane Sandy in
that same year.
Trump Network launched in 2009 to sell vitamins produced by Ideal Health, a
company Trump bought the same year. The ads for the vitamins were grossly
exaggerated and the company went out of business within two years.
Trumped was a radio show launched in 2004. Office Depot sponsored the two
minute long show that featured Donald Trump talking about whatever came into his
head (and we know where that leads). One segment was titled “No More Viagra for
Rapists!”  It hung around for four years. Why, oh why did it ever fail? I don’t
understand!
Trump New Media was to be launched in 1998 but it never got off the ground. It
planned to provide high speed internet connections. The competition proved too stiff.

This is only a short list of his failures. One could go on and on with even more, but you get the idea. Just imagine what Donald Trump could do to the country.

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