THE OVAL OFFICE, A BULLY PULPIT

 

By Nicholas R. De Stefano

Dateline: Washington, DC

From his bully pulpit, President Donald J. Trump begins to live up to his campaign

Promises, by decrees!

Mr. Trump recently signs an Executive Order banning Muslims from entering the United

States of America, a country proud of its Immigrant Status, causing an uproar in the world.

The United States is a culmination of Immigrants from all over the world. How is it that

we pompously decree the denial of entry to Her Shores by what appears to be a BULLY in the

Oval Office?

It took the courage of a Federal Judge, the Honorable James Robart, to halt the

enforcement of this decree claiming the order violates the Constitution of the United States of

America.

Not only did the Order cause confusion and dismay within our governing agencies, it

caused the same from around the world including demonstrations against this decree. It appears

forethought had not a place in this decision.

Furthermore, it appears Mr. Trump may not have read the Constitution of the United

States. Regardless, he clearly intends not to follow the Constitution as evidenced by his behavior.

Moreover, aren’t the American People franchised with a president of all the people? It

would seem by Mr. Trumps’ behavior so far, that the American people have not.

Must we, the American people, stand by while our President insults our allies? Must we

accept our President to argue openly with an international friend for the world to hear, with one

of our strongest allies and supporters, and without prior confrontation as evidence?

Recently, we have heard allies of the United States begin to speak of the United States in

the Past Tense.  It sounds like our allies, if not openly distancing themselves from our Bully

President, see the United States as not being of such sound judgement today, as in the past.

Is it possible the United States, in just two short weeks, is beginning to unravel all

the good it has acquired from around the world, that has taken so many generations to build?

I hear uprising in motion, not only within our shores, but from around the world as well.

I sense others around the world are feeling less secure in their hamlets today because the

President of the United States is acting as a Bully, not of sound judgment as one would expect

from the President of all the people, the President of the Free World, the President of the United

States of America.

Where is the World Leader of the mightiest nation on earth?

Is it not reasonable to expect sound judgement with adequate research and forethought

from our President of the United States before implementing confrontational objectives?

As with all bullies, their intention is to demand from you what is best for them.

Bullies care not of your thoughts or rights, but for theirs only. It seems to me, no care or,

very little care has been given to the fallout from the citizens of these United States of America

or from the people around the world when a demand is pronounced from the Oval Office.

One may say they care about your welfare, but when one’s actions contradict one’s

statement, it is time for change! What shall we expect next to further erode our esteem?

What more shall we endure before there is a major uprising in our country?

What more shall we endure before our Constitution is trampled upon?

What more shall we endure before we lose respect in the world?

What more shall we endure before we act to remove this bully from office?

 

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FREEDOM, JUSTICE, AMERICAN WAY

Keep family close, keep your enemies closer!

I take these words literally to mean; to help protect my family, it is important for me to understand my enemies and their intentions, their values, and their motives.

Building walls between us will only serve to antagonize those
on the other side of the barricade!

I am an immigrant!

Well, second generation of immigrant grandparents on both parents’ side.

Around the turn of the twentieth century, my grandparents made their way from Italy to the shores of this wonderful land of ours, the United States of America.

They were treated poorly by some, welcomed by others. Maybe that too, is the American way.

Sure, as a child I felt some were against me because of my ancestry but, they never built a wall or destroyed any bridge between us! We are in the land of opportunity, not a war-torn culture.

We are a nation of immigrants—how poorly shall we treat others who are like us? We’re like family—how poorly shall we treat our family?

We live together under the best banner ever yet, at times we forget to keep our enemies a little closer in order to study them but, moreover, for them to see us as well.

Let them see who we are, we as a nation, what we stand for, see and hear our values! They and we, shall see that we are very much alike. We all bleed the same, smile the same, feel happy or sad the same. Our values are the same: we all want what is best for our children.

Building walls will keep those who want to know what it is like to live under this banner from ever knowing who we are.

Does our flag stand for Isolationism—no it doesn’t! It stands for freedom! Building blockades will only serve to build anger against us as the isolationism grows!

Are walls FREEDOM, JUSTICE or the AMERICAN WAY? You know in your heart, it is not!

Why barricade ourselves from our future?

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LIKE A BUTTERFLY

Nurture me, your gift from God

To become a powerful liberator of mankind

Guide me not by your desires or failures

Rather, look into me and see who I am

Look into me and hear my thoughts

 

Look into me and see my ideals

To be motivated by what you have created

An independent, intelligent, autonomous leader of mankind

Encourage me to reach the level of importance in life that I wish

And not be swayed by your passions or desires, but by mine

 

Guide me patiently

To become an affable adolescent

Where I may favor mankind

To grow and benefit others

 

Do not corrupt me by your wisdom

With your passions of despair

Do not interfere with my core principles, rather

Allow me to morph into the life I am destined to assume

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TESTIMONIAL

Nick De Stefano has been a friend and mentor to me for many years.

Nick is passionate about his desire to share his knowledge and experience about business that he has amassed over a lifetime of the practical application of the principles.

He is dogged in his efforts to teach good business principles so that others might avoid the pitfalls that await anyone who sets out to start a business without the knowledge that they need to succeed.

His written word and videos are stepping stones designed to make it easier to get where you are going and keep your feet dry on the journey.

I wish him well in his noble mission to help others!

Jim Webb

Tampa, Florida

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GROWING ARROGANCE and SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS in USA

With the astounding victorious achievement of President elect Donald Trump, in the US National Election this past November, 2016, comes a growing concern for the people in our country who feel less-than in their daily lives!

Some may feel cheated, disenfranchised or simply forgotten by the government of the United States. Some farmers who feel the weight of toil for so little fear, the government has let them down. Factory workers who have lost their jobs feel angry because they feel their jobs were taken from them by a foreign worker in another country such as China.

These people all feel our government has let them down and, along comes mister Trump fueling their angst and promising them what they imagine will satisfy their hunger and desires for a better life. The government of the United States, up till now, hasn’t provided for them they feel but, mister Trump will he said and, they believed him. But, do they have trust in him this morning?

Mr. Trump already appears to be noncommittal in many of his campaign promises reversing on things such as, building a partial fence instead of that huge wall he promised everyone with the assurance Mexico would pay for it.

And, his promise to deport all illegal immigrants? Well, he has changed his mind on that too. Now he claims to deport only criminal immigrants.

Oh, what about Crooked Hillary? Well, she now seems less than a criminal and he will not pursue any legal action against her?

If you voted for Mr. Trump, are you feeling let down? His he a man of his word in your mind right now?

Mr. Trump is a person, regardless of his business acumen, who, in my opinion cannot be trusted to keep his word. He uses words to get what he wants, he doesn’t mean to keep them.

How can we trust him in the Oval Office?
Will our Allies, who already have their doubts about his trustworthiness, be confident in negotiations in matters of Global importance with this man?

At this point, and it’s only been less than one week since voting day, can we believe anything he says? About the rhetoric during the campaign? Well, if it hasn’t occurred to you yet, he was telling the large list of voters exactly what he knew they wanted to here.

Now that he’s been elected? Well, all of that rhetoric goes out the window; he didn’t mean one word of it. He fished us in and hooked us all.

His campaigning was all a well-choreographed act and well-orchestrated to get your vote. He’s a terrific salesman and we bought it all!

If we stop looking for others to solve our problems, if we take charge of ourselves and be more responsible for our actions, we will rid ourselves of self-righteousness and, with a growing confidence in ourselves, we will rid ourselves of the arrogance we display while relying on others to do for us what we can do for ourselves.

If we continue, as a populous with our arrogance and self-righteousness, we will lead ourselves into the hands of some despot or an autocrat who will destroy us and our country.

We must maintain our democracy by strengthening and reinforcing our convictions in ourselves and be more responsible for ourselves and our actions. We ought to be more autonomous and self-assured in our dealings with ourselves and show the world we are a self-actualized society, strong and independent as our forefathers were and who envisioned the same for us and our future society.

I believe in being responsible with our autonomy and confident in ourselves to thwart the attempt by a despot or autocrat to take us over.

Strength in ourselves is what they fear the most because, if we have fear in ourselves they have the fuel to make us burn!

Self-confidence, pride in ourselves, the willingness to stand up for ourselves and, strength from within is what we need for continued growth in ourselves and our democracy! Let’s rid ourselves of our self-destructive arrogance and self-righteousness so the world will see us as before, a strong friend they can count on.

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Survival

It was a dark and stormy night, of course
Heavy rain, strong winds
Threatening destruction
A storm I could not have imagined
Threatening my existence

I search for something to combat the danger
I am alone with nothing but tangible matter,
A stranger to me
How do I fight such an impending force?
Such an intruding peril

Quickly searching
No solution apparent
My mind quickly engages the present
What choices for survival, this peril?

Without tangible evidence
I thrust myself into Super Mode
To defend my treasures to the death
Of no thought that death will occur

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AN ENCOUNTER

A strange experience is about to happen

A never before encounter

Eighteen minds confused but, bright

Sitting still as they may in fright

Waiting for the next chapter to fall into their hands

 

Chapter after chapter

They listen with intent

As the creator of those prose sounds out in fright

Trying to convey in an intelligent tone

An audible sound offering the prose

 

Listening with the difficulty I have

Trying to make sense of the sounds

Ditch is spoken but I,

I hear bitch in the air

 

Chapter after chapter I listen intently

Not a word that matters to me

Not a sound coming for me to hear

I must admit, I hear no one has spoken

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