Through The Mystery Fog, Danger Lurks

Every day around 5 p.m. a new development breaks in the so-called Trump-Russia investigation. Its has dominated the news cycle for about four months, upended the White House, and is the talk of America. It deserves to be reported the way it has – with candor and as much clarity as you can get without all the pieces falling into the puzzle. Those pieces will eventually come together, and we’ll find out if it is all real, or just the result of a coincidences of bad happenings in an administration that has communications problems, starting at the top.

In the meantime, the country as we know it, is being changed as the investigation covers it up with the dark foreboding possibility of scandal.

Some examples: The Secretary of Education is trying to soft pedal sexual assault on campuses. The Interior Secretary is waging a mini-war on beautiful national monuments. The head of the EPA doesn’t seem to care about protection against foul water. The HUD secretary decries the reality of poverty. The Attorney General seems to be disinterested  in civil rights. The First Daughter has a White House office as her fashion companies run with cheaply paid foreign workers. Her husband may be in legal trouble. But he gets the support of the President while the Commander-In-Chief waits three days to defend his son for meeting with possible agents to Russia.

About the only strong point is the national defense team which seems to be filled with real experts. The intelligence community also appears to be on target.

The Republicans are rarely outspoken. But their silence speaks volumes. The Democrats are hardly aggressive in fighting against the chaos and conflicts of interest.

Social style and embarrassing comments have reduced many people in the nation to a wave of anxiety and rage.

In the meantime, the scandal, or whatever it becomes, has devoured the news space, and all the while, the power of the people seems to be diminished.

The only hopeful news is that individuals, millions of them, on whatever side of the divide, will eventually let their votes do the talking.

Happy Fourth And It Is Real Fireworks For Governor Christie

First, hope you have a wonderful holiday, sharing with friends and family the greatness of our nation, and the story of how America was created.

Unfortunately, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, is having a bad week. But does he know it?That, my fellow Americans, is the big question. A deal was reached to solve the New Jersey government shutdown. So the state parks and some closed beaches will reopen. But in the meantime, the Governor made a mistake. Some people call it “Beach-gate.” I call it “The Sand Trap.”

First, I want to say I don’t know the Governor as well as most of the politicians I know. We have met, but that’s about it. The reason is simple. He has done very few interviews with Philadelphia-area journalists, preferring instead to go national. Some of his best local interviews have been on the radio with Angelo Cataldi, the King of Sports radio in Philadelphia. Let me tell you: if you can’t sound good with the spectacular Angelo, you won’t ever sound good!

do know much about the Governor, mostly from his staff, Republican sources, and the reporters who have covered him. He can be egotistical, power hungry, hates the press, plays hardball politics, and outside of his heroic battle for treatment of drug addicts, seems to care very little about the electorate. He has managed to irritate many of the people who put him in to power. Like some people I’ve met along the way, Chris Christie has a distorted view of his own worth. In the beginning. I loved his passion. But as he morphed from ambitious and creative to nasty and self-serving, many of us in the media realized that he was a paper tiger. No one in recent area political history has brought on so many self-inflicted wounds, except for some area politicos who went to prison for corruption. But those are stories of criminality, and Christie is not corrupt. In the area of decision-making though, he has been challenged.

His decision this week to go to the Governor’s summer retreat at the closed Island Beach State Park, after shutting down the government, and with it state parks and attractions during a holiday period, will cement his legacy.

I mean, what was he thinking? How selfish can you get to pull something like that off? it has turned into a worldwide story. After all, he and members of the family were the only people on the beach.

The Governor could have left office peacefully with some positive moves for the future. Instead he may be viewed as callous, uncaring, and having no clue of what the reaction would be. He doesn’t seem to care. And this trip to the shore had to be be an embarrassment for his family. And from what I hear, Governor Christie is a great family man.

His recent style has been disappointing. Bridge-Gate was a political disaster. Hiring a friendly law firm to clear him at taxpayer’s expense was questionable. His change of positions on social issues during last year’s campaign was stunning. Chris Christie had a lot of goodwill built up over the years, but in his second term, he seemed to check out early. The good news is that the current shutdown is over. The bad news is the big picture.

The appearance of arrogance. A raw appetite for power. Acting like a King instead of en elected official. All prerequisites for what will probably be his next job, after his term ends. You can bet the house that Governor Christie will join the administration of President Donald Trump.