Reparation, for Degradation, or Annihilation

 

Slaves Statues showing chained slaves at National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Photo by Brynn Anderson/AP

“FOR THE HANGED AND BEATEN. FOR THE SHOT, DROWNED AND BURNED. FOR THE TORTURED, TORMENTED AND TERRORIZED. FOR THOSE ABANDONED BY THE RULE OF LAW. WE WILL REMEMBER. WITH HOPE BECAUSE HOPELESSNESS IS THE ENEMY OF JUSTICE. WITH COURAGE BECAUSE PEACE REQUIRES BRAVERY. WITH PERSISTENCE BECAUSE JUSTICE IS A STRUGGLE. WITH FAITH BECAUSE WE SHALL OVERCOME.” (Inscription at Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama/National Memorial for Peace and Justice)

With the hot button issues of reparations having officially entered the 2020 election cycle for President for the United States I located my June 2014 issue of The Atlantic Magazine to review Ta-Nehisi Coates’ story entitled, The Case For Reparations. In bold print, Coats’ sub-titles “250 years of  slavery. 90 years of Jim Crow. 60 years of separate but equal. 35 years of state-sanctioned redlining” were very captivating. I quickly did the math and added up the numbers. I missed the 250 years of actual slavery but my ancestor did not. I did not missed the latter years of Jim Crow nor the 35 years of separate but equal. And I did not miss the years of state-sanctioned redlining.

In the coming months you will hear presidential candidates give their official position on H.R.40 or its’ congressional title, “The Commision to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-American Act“. The resolution was introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) on 01/03/17. Conyers forced early retirement from Congress after allegations of sexual harassment  (#METOO Movement) left the resolution without a sponsor, hence the Honorable Shelia Lee Jackson (D-TX) was granted permission after her request to be listed as the first sponsor of H.R.40. Rep. Conyers had symbolically submitted a resolution to study the impact on slavery at the beginning of every session of congress for over the past 20 years, however the resolution never made it to the floor for a vote under democratic or republican control. Conyers was quick to state that we (congress) study everything else why can’t the issue of slavery and its’ impact be studied and proposals brought forth? But there is a reason why “reparation” is a hot button issue, politically, economically and morally. Who wants to talk about let alone study slavery? Why bring up the past? White America will quickly state how this was years ago and they were not involved. Black America will state how their ancestors were not slaves and they didn’t come from Africa. Yes, slavery is in the “past” but as the southern author, William Faulkner pinned, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

“Virginia is in fact a negro raising state. She (Virginia) produces enough for her own supply and six thousand for sale.” Author, Charles B. Dew, The Making of A Racist subtitle, A Southern Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade, quoted his Virginia relative, Thomas Roderick Dew’s statement of 1832. Dew makes it clear in his introduction how the above quote by his ancestor had an impact on every subsequent chapter of his book. We do not want to reflect of our family history (yes the good, but not the bad and the ugly), nor our history and definitely not on slavery. It has been well documented that at the time of the Civil War, slavery was a $4,000,000,000  business in America, that is 4 Billion Dollars with a “B”, more that the industrial revolution and transportation industry up North combined and more than the valued real-estate in the South. Dew documents that a slave sold for $800 in 1800 could be sold for $1800 in 1860. I contend that The Civil War is not dead, it is not even past, as Faulkner stated. Americans can still debated on calling it the Civil War or the “War Between The States”. We can debate whether it was a war to free the slaves or it was all about States Right. The debated has become more civil but still places parents against their children, brother against brother, blacks against whites and region against region. The Civil War has just become a little more” civil”, and we have changed the grey and blue military uniforms for the red and blue states. What is not debatable is that more lives were loss during the Civil War than all other American wars or conflicts “combined” including World War I, WWII, Vietnam, Desert Storm and yes our current war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

There has been a small and subtle change between the “two America” during the pass four hundred years. South Carolina Senior Senator, John C. Calhoun, the statesman and spokesman for slavery saw two America, one white and one black. “The two great divisions of society are not rich and poor, but white and black” stated Calhoun on the Senate floor in 1848. John C. Calhoun believed slavery was a “positive good”

“I hold that in the present state of civilization, where two races of different origin, and distinguished by color, and other physical differences, as well as intellectual, are brought together, the relation now existing in the slaveholding States between the two is, instead of an evil, a good–a positive good….I hold then, that there never has yet existed a wealthy and civilized society in which one portion of the community did not, in point of fact, live on the labor of the other.”John C. Calhoun

Fast forward to 1968 and the Kerner Commission also saw two societies (America) “…our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white–separate and unequal.” President Lyndon B. Johnson, who appointed the Kerner Commission, readily acknowledged the different between black poverty and white poverty in his civil-rights speech of June 4, 1965, taking into account the impact of slavery. “Negro poverty is not white poverty. Many of its causes and many of its cures are the same. But there are differences–deep, corrosive, obstinate differences–radiating painful roots into the community and into the family, and the nature of the individual. These differences are not racial differences. They are solely and simply the consequence of ancient brutality, past injustice, and present prejudice.”.

H.R 40 does not call for the spending of one red cent. It calls for a study and proposals. I doubt if H.R.40 will ever be voted upon on the floor of the congress, not today, not tomorrow and not within the next “40 years”. To study or reflect on our family, history and the slavery forces us to review and remember the “ancient brutality, past injustice and present prejudice”. Like the lyrics to the Barbara Streisand’s song, “Things too painful to remember, we choose simply to forget”,– The Way We Were. Mayo Angelo words, also inscribed at the Montgomery Legacy Museum are befitting specifically for Afro-American and in general for all Americans, “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” But like our Jewish brothers and sister, Afro-Americans should never forget. We should talk about our past with our children, “…And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” Deuteronomy 6:7. 

New DCFS Director But Same Old Direction

The year, 1978 cartoon about DCFS.

The Chicago Tribune Headline (March 28,2019) read “Gov. J. B. Pritzker names new DCFS director, the troubled agency’s 15th leader in 16 years.” A retiree now for almost nine years, I can’t say I was surprise about reading about the most recent child deaths and the turnover with the directors and acting directors. I thought about the notice a fellow retiree and former DCFS supervisor, Tom Mosley, left in his office upon his retirement. The notice read “We keep changing directions” I did the math and the baseline used in the story dating back to the year, 2003, was when Director Jess McDonald, the colorful and sometime controversial leader of DCFS left the agency. It was during Director McDonald reign that I first became aware in the early 1990’s of the Honorable Senator Charles “Chuck” Grassley, (R-Iowa). If I am correct, Director Jess McDonald shared a copy of his “State of the Agency Address” at one of our Annual Administrative Case Reviewers Conference. A brief synopsis of the address revealed how Senator Grassley gave a preview of upcoming legislation that reduce federal reimbursement from one dollar for every dollar spent by  Illinois to later $0,75 per each dollar spent by  Illinois , down to $0.50 per state dollar spent and downward. DCFS had more than 51,000 children in care during the mid 1990’s and the director made it clear to all agency heads that Illinois had to trim down the high numbers to become more like other states that had an average of 20,000 children in care. DCFS employees should remember how the agency “contracted out”  case work to private agencies and how the annual reports of suspected child abuse and neglect continued to rise while the children in care numbers went down. For the sake of time read an earlier post by this writer, Punishing the Poor, dated April 19, 2014 https://beingbornblack.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/punishing-the-poor/ 

The death of children are always a source of agony for DCFS staff, private agency workers, the public at large and of paramount concerns the children that the State of Illinois must protect from all hurt and danger. Social workers are not omnipotent, omnipresent nor omniscient. I recall a cartoon that shows a social worker being executed for leaving the children in the home and the same cartoon showing the social worker being executed for taking the children out of the home. Child deaths are unfortunate, but providing child protective service and working with children and families who have specific social, emotional and economic problems is an art and not a science.  When I first started my employment ( tour of duty) at DCFS as a Social Service Career Trainee, DCFS was being grilled and rightly so by the public and the media for having placed children all over the country and not being aware of where these children were, Sounds like the  current Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy of separating children (and losing them) and their parents?  DCFS changed direction and brought the children back in-state, only later having to go back to out-of-state on some of he most difficult cases. DCFS changed directions more than a decade ago as the agency went from being a child welfare agency to a child welfare industry, and  the mantra of “in the best interest of the child” gradually gave way to “best practice” . Certification replaced dedication and as the notice said, “we keep changing direction.

I remember when the dollars were plentiful and staff development training was at its zenith. I remember Craig Missile, staff development trainer at Central Office and how he  would frequently tell us “You must do your job in spite of them.” The public reads about each child death and sometime the death of a DCFS or private agency social worker who loss their life in their effort to protect and serve children on their caseload. I could have been one of those fatal statistic many times over during my employment with DCFS. “Somebody is going to die today!” one mother would call in for three consecutive days threatening my life. I had to contact the mayor and police chief to address her threats. I remember taking a screw driver from one angry client after she had stab a co-worker in the cheek during an office visit. The police had taken her child and told her to come to the office and ask for a particular worker. But the highlight of “close encounters” was when I accompanied two of my white high school friends who were seasoned law enforcement detectives on a child abuse neglect case. It was a poorly conducted DCFS abuse investigation which I had to help clean up. My detective friends were providing us with assistance and protection.The father, a Vietnam Veteran, drove a camouflage van and bragged about being able to shoot the” bull’s-eye” at 500 yard. I knew  once he had arrived at his residence “before us” (he agreed to move out of the home to keep his daughters from coming into protective service) the first person to be killed would be that black supervisor, me. He later went to prison and I was blessed to live another day. See previous post, When I Was Seventeen, dated 02/14/2015. .https://beingbornblack.wordpress.com2015/02/14when-i-was-seventeen/

The State Legislature is calling for changes to DCFS to be made as a proposed $75 million increase to the agency’s budget is being proposed. The increase in funding would allow for additional investigators and social workers to be hired. There is a good chance that the demanding and difficult caseload responsibilities will once again shift from private agency workers back to DCFS workers. Some legislators calling for change cites DCFS “has been handed too many responsibilities to handle any of them properly,” which may or may not be true. Maybe the politicians and the public should review a recent definition of “social worker” that is beginning to permeate social media—Social worker...noun____”An individual who does precise guess-work based on unreliable data provided by those of questionable knowledge’. See also wizard, miracle worker. 

The Making of President Trump

It was a cold winter morning, January 21, 2021 at 12:01 pm, the fifth anniversary of the swearing in ceremony of our 45th president, President Donald J. Trump. Our nation’s capitol is covered with more than three feet of snow and it is a blistering 45 degrees below freezing in Washington D. C. The crowd estimated to be numbering in the millions, have braved this blistering cold afternoon to purchase the First Edition of President Trump’s  just released “new and improved version” of The Art of The Deal, Part Two. President Trump is in his warm cozy suite at the Trump International Hotel with his black super-size Sharpie in his hand, standing at the ready, awaiting the first 1000 individuals who have survived the long cold morning and have the $20,000 entry fee to have their personal copy of their book signed by him. A movie deal has just been completed and the movie, The Making of President Trump, has been produced and directed personally by President Donald J. Trump. The movie will not be released until the book sells reach 60 million copies sold.

Trump recently gave his upcoming book and movie a thumb’s up in his press conference last week from the Oval Office. ” It’s the best book, the best book ever written,” Trump informed the waiting press. “It is better than Gone With The Wind and the movie will be better, much much better than Birth of A Nation. Trump has pledge to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth on how he planned to ascend to the presidency back in 1985 and reveal his sources and methods in his successful effort to become the “greatest, greatest president of all time. “Greater than President Abraham Lincoln, greater than President George Washington.” as he gestures with his fingers. Shortly after Trump’s statements one of the reporters from CNN asked why he did not included President Barack Obama in his comparison. “Obama was born in Kenya.” Trump blurted out as his face became as white as snow. “In my book and the movie, I explain how I used the birther thing and rode this lie all the way to the White House. Trump refers to Obama as the “Manchurian President and sated he should have never been in the White House in the beginning. “What about the Mueller investigation?” shouted out MSNBC reporter, Katy Tur. “The investigation that lasted twenty two months and indicted over 30 individuals.” Trump face turns apple red when he responded to the question. “No collusion, no collusion!” I explained this all in the book and the movie. Buy the book and the movie will be out after we reach our goal of 60 million copies sold.” said Trump. “This Rush-cher Thing was all a part of fake news and everybody knows the press is the enemy of the people.

A female reporter from the New York Times asked how he managed to survive the Hollywood Access Tapes and the #MeToo Movement. “Will that be revealed in your book and the movie? Trump faced turned blue with as he was angered by the question but responded. “Bill Cosby went to the Big House. I went to the White House.” Trump reminded the press reporters that he has a “large brain” and how he graduated at the top of his class. Without any warnings, the lights in the Oval Office went totally dark and when the lights finally came back on, Trump was gone. I immediately woke up when the alarm went off at 5am. It was a dream, only a dream, however sometimes dreams come true.

“And Away We Go”

Mr. Jack Poole

I was the co-pilot. It was always an average typical day. Blues skies and sunny days as we would prepare for take-off. Traffic control had given me the all clear sign as I would start up the engines, release the breaks and prepare for take off. Only one passenger, Mr. Jack Poole, and I would make sure that the “fasten your seat belt” sign was on and the flight rules were in compliance with. All systems checked out and I would say, “wheels up!” Mr. Poole would respond and sometime he would pretend to be the Great One, Jackie Gleason and would say “and away we go.” Every once and awhile we would experience some turbulence or heavy traffic and I would have to change our direction of flight. We always had a successful flight as I transported Mr.Poole to his destination without incidence. I first met Mr. Poole when my mother and him shared a table in the “activity room” where they had breakfast, lunch and dinner together at the skilled nursing facility better known as Caseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Mom and I had become very fond of Mr. Poole, which was not hard to do and he responded back in similar fashion. Mr. Poole loved breakfast (two pieces of bacon), tolerated lunch and absolutely hated dinner. It didn’t take long for staff at Caseyville to accept the fact that I had been hired by Mr. Poole to be his “official transporter” getting him from the dining area back to his room. He would always say “thank you” after every encounter after his request to turn up the heat in his room. I complied with his request during the winter months and avoided his request during the summer months.

Mr. Poole shared how he retired from McDonald Douglas. He seldom talked about himself but one could clearly see the “Jesus in Jack” and the “Jack in Jesus”. I met his pastor one day when he came to visit Mr. Poole. Really don’t remember his pastor’s name, nor how he looked, but I do remember what he said. As young teenagers, the pastor and his later to be wife spent many days at Mr. Poole’s home. He went on to stated that Mr. Poole’s son was his youth minister at the church. Then there was this season black lady I met one day in the halls. She appeared loss and I asked if I could help her. She had return back to Illinois and was there to see “Jack Poole.” Again, I don’t remember her name or how she looked but I do remember what she said. She spoke how she and her three children would frequently dine at the home of Mr. Poole and how he required them to take a bag of groceries home after they broke bread together. With her children now adults, she was back in the area and had learned of Mr. Poole’s whereabouts. That day Mr. Poole was out of his room, maybe for physical therapy, as the woman left without seeing him but promise to return. Later I informed him of the lady’s visit and he acknowledged knowing her and affirmed her story.

Erma Jenkins (Mom)

Elvera Valdez

The epitome of being a gentleman, humble, but firm, a sense of humor and always one to have the last word, were only some of the attributes of Jack Poole. He never complained about anything and was very thankful for everything and there in lies why the staff at Caseyville loved them some Jack Poole. He would frequently tell me to thank mom for loaning me to him. “I am finished.” he would say, letting me know he was ready to go. I would respond “in a minute” as mom ate much slower than Mr. Poole at breakfast. In between a bite here and a bite there, I would return Mr. Poole to his room and quickly return back to the dining area to assist mom with breakfast. Mom, Mr. Poole, my very special girl friend, Elvera Valdez, Mrs. Ruth Davis and Mr. Arrone Bradshaw all ate at Table #6. To be honest we grew to look out for one another and yes like mom and Mr. Poole to grow fond of each other. I learned years ago from a traveling evangelist about the ‘Uncertainties of Life, the Complexities of Life and the Brevities of Life. In less seven months, my love one and my above name friends have received their wings and transition from Life to Eternity. They all lived full lives in their late eighties and early nineties. As my family and theirs prepare to celebrate our first Christmas without the warmth of their presence, we must be thankful for their un-dying love that continue to live on in our hearts and souls. The grass does withers and the flowers fades, BUT the WORD of God stands forever. When we think about them it should cause us to Thank God for them. Truly Christmas is about the gift of life eternal given to us as Isaiah the prophet said almost seven hundreds years before Jesus was born. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” Isaiah 9:6. 

Stuck on Stupid

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. As I looked at the image on social media showing how the separation of children from their parents is deeply rooted in America’s dark past, the caption and image served as a vivid reminder of the past wounds and suffering of African Americans “before” we were Blacks, Negroes, Colored or any other descriptive adjectives placed upon us by the ruling class. The caption above the image, “Forcibly separating parents from children has a history, it is our history” certainly rings true as “Zero Tolerance” is being pursed by our current president and his administration. The sign posted on the auction block reads “Negroes For Sale At Auction This Day At 1 o’clock.” But I didn’t stop there as I thought about how America separated and tried to annihilate  the indigenous inhabitants of this land before “Columbus” discovered America. I thought about the “Trail of Tears” and how the native inhabitants suffered back then and even now. But I didn’t stop there, as I recalled how America treated our Japanese Americans brothers and sisters and their children and forced them into concentration camps. But there exist no need to chronicle America’s past sins as the aftermath is constantly before us even today. Its has been said that those who do not learn from the errors of their past are doomed to repeat it.

God has a special place in his heart for “widows, orphans and strangers.” Israel was reminded to “never forget” how they were delivered with a Mighty Hand out of Egypt and how to treat the “widows, orphans and the strangers.” And whenever Israel forgot this lesson God was quick to take them to the wood shed for a little corrective chastisement. The Oracle of God’s WORD were first given and shared to His chosen people so they knew what was required by God–“…and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8 KJV. As our president talks about “Two Corinthians” and our Attorney General mis-quotes the Bible we all should remember what is required of us from God’s WORD as we head toward the wood shed. We should also remember that ” …God is Not mocked: whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7.

MLK’S DREAM or AMERICA’S NIGHTMARE

“Segregation today, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever”. It has been more than four decades since Alabama Governor George Wallace shouted out the above infamous words in 1963 as he stood behind the backdrop of Alabama University, denying access for two black student to the segregated university. Some eight months later, also in 1963,  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., using the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. as a backdrop gave his I Have A Dream Speech. Governor Wallace, fanning the fire of racism, wanted America to stay the course and resist effort to usher in a new day of racial equality, fighting the Brown vs. Board of Education decision and the federal government.. King wanted to drown out racism and demanded that” judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.” Amos 5:24. As America and the world commemorated the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s death, one can’t help but wonder has King’s dream become America’s nightmare?

A little more than four weeks before King’s death, The Kerner Report, also known as the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorder, issued it report. which highlighted without corrective measures, the nation would continue on its path toward becoming “two societies–one black, one white–separate and unequal.” The report, commission by President Lyndon Johnson in 1967 after four consecutive years of “long hot summers” stated that white American institutions basically “created” and “maintained” the ghetto. King dedicated his life in challenging three evils, the evil of racism, militarism and poverty. President Johnson, also knew something about poverty, hence his “Great Society” and his war on poverty. But it was the Vietnam War which changed his focus from bread and butter issues to the prevailing issues of bombs and bullets. Regarding racism, then Senator Lyndon Johnson once said during his 1960 campaign in Tennessee,” If you can convince the lowest white man that he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll even empty his pockets for you.” A Time for Choosing , February 29, 2016 Post). Our current president is well aware of the politics of division.

The last decade, from 2008 to 2018 has been and continues to been exciting ,exemplary, and an enlighten experience. You might be black or white, Democrat or Republican, rich or poor, it has been and continues to be one roller coaster ride of highs and lows, mountain top experiences followed by valley views. From #Black Lives Matter,  #MeToo, and #Never Again, America appears to be at a fork in the road, one directions marked, Martin Luther King’s Dream and the other road marked An American Nightmare. In the words of Dr. King, “we have some difficult days up ahead,”but an ever loud chorus has begun to sing… black, brown, red, yellow and white , all who are precious in God’s sight. May the voices of Emma Gonzales, Jaclyn Corin, Yolanda Renee, the granddaughter of Martin Luther King, Jr and countless others continue to warn America that #Enough is Enough.”  

President Trump, “A Useful Idiot”

Somewhere I remember a sermon that spoke of “Adam’s Rib, Satan’s Fib and Women’s Lib”. The sermon focus on the very first lie every recorded in, Genesis 3:4-5 as Satan lies to Eve while Adam, is privy to the conversation but refuses to challenge the lie. Later I recall a statement saying how a “Lie can go half way around the world before the truth gets to the front door”, hence these few words regarding our Liar in Chief, the real “Apprentice” who now occupies the White House, President Donald J. Trump.

Author, Jeffrey Toobin’s article in The New Yorker Magazine’s February 26, 2018 issue entitled, The Miss Universe Connection, documents Trump’s Miss Universe Pageant held in Moscow in November 2013. As “Trumpmania” continues to grow and enters our psyche 24 hours a day seven days per week, there appears to be a resounding truth that Donald J. Trump was identified as “A Useful Idiot” by Russia’s President Putin years before his decent down the escalators at Trump Tower and his ascent to the White House. Reportedly Trump tweeted on June 18, 2013 “Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow–if so, will he become my new best friend?’ The tweet allegedly was made after Trump announced that Moscow was the chosen site for his Pageant in 2013. Toobin’s article cites names and places that frequently arise when one has been diagnosis with having Trumpmania, but here I will focuse on several letter “A” names, like Aras Agalarov, a Russian real-estate developer and his son, Emin Agalarov, a Russian rapper, whose publicist was Rob Goldstone from Great Britian. Goldstone reportedly was one of the architects who help set up the Trump Tower Meeting in June 2016,to deliver the oppositional “bad stuff” on Hillary Clinton. Then there connections to “Azerbaijan.” I have been fascinated about this country located in the South Caucasus Region of Eurasia at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia.The capital is Baku and the current president is  Ilham Aliyev who recently appointed his “wife” as vice-president. Any one with Trumpmania will recognize this as the place where a Trump Tower was being built in the middle of “nowhere.” The political players appeared deeply enmeshed with money laundering as one player received a “duffle bag” of cash. Candidate Donald Trump terminated his involvement in this project late in December 2016 but it is doubtful that the great “deal maker” loss money on this endeavor, an endeavor that his daughter, Ivanka Trump, once spearheaded.

And then there the “other” Adams family, one Cindy Adams and her husband, Joey Adams. Toobin document Cindy Adams’ influence with the Miss Universe Oganization back in the late nineteen-sixties. He explains how ownership of the Miss Universe Organization had passed to a lingerie company called Kayser-Roth where Cindy Adams was an assistant in the company. Her husband, Joey was a comedian and the Adams apparently struck up a friendship with Roy Cohn, a New York Lawyer who was a friend to then Senator Joseph McCarthy. Back then Cohn inform the Adams that “one day” Trump would own New York and reportedly Cindy Adams dismissed the comment at a dinner attended by Trump. Later in 1971. Toobin cites how Cindy Adams arranged for Miss Universe contestants to walk down Seventh Avenue as a publicity stunt and the soon to become “The Donald” accompanied one of the beauty contestant from a “Who-Knows-Where Country?” Trump later purchase the Miss Universe Pageant in 1996.

“The Teflon Don” ran the Miss Universe Pageant like he is currently running the country as president. He decided the winners and losers of the contestant, basically the winner being from the country where he was attempting to makes “some deals” like Venezuela. There appears to be a level of truth to him going back stage and “inspecting” the contestant because he was the wizard behind the curtain. The judges were just another prop and Donald Trump made all the final decision. In the words of Mitt Romney, it was a “con” job to the max. There exist little doubt that Donald Trump love “beautiful women” until there beauty begins to fade and like everything else when you are no longer useful to him or for him, he discards you like trash. Can you see him attending a meeting about a potential Trump Tower in Moscow with “two beautiful Russian women” locked in step on each arm?. And it is not a stretch of the imagination that Putin just may have photos and probable videos of the Trump dating back before Trump became a presidential candidate in a “un-compromising position”. Putin reportedly did not attend the Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow. Toobin writes how it was reported that Putin sent a “note” and a little decorative box to Trump. As one who have a severe case of narcissism and “Obamanitis” (everything and anything wrong is Obama’s fault) I can’t wait to learn what the “note” said or what was inside of the little box. The answers should be coming to a theater near you soon as the saga of the man who became President of the United States with less than 100,000 votes from three States continues.