Donald Trump’s Basket of Deplorable Loyalists verses the Never Trump Patriots

How do you define a true patriot?

First, standing for The Pledge of Allegiance and holding a hand over your heart does not make you a patriot. Did you know that it was written in 1892 by Francis Julius Bellamy (1855 – 1931), an American Christian socialist minister and author, and it was formally adopted by the U.S Congress in 1945. The words “under God” were added in 1954.

The “Always Trump” basket of deplorable loyalists will probably define a patriot as someone who is loyal to President Trump, because most if not all of them think “their” (false) god sent Trump to them to Make America Great Again, whatever that means because Trump has never been clear about that.  Since he’s making a profit off of each hat sold, I suspect he doesn’t want to come up with a definition. According to one estimate, Trump’s profit for the MAGA hat is about $16 million.

The Bible has a lot to say about greed, and here are the most helpful passages according to Open Bible.info.

Timothy 6:9 and 6:10: But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

Proverbs 28:25: A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched.

In Mark 7:21-22, Jesus Christ mentions a long list of sins, including “deeds of coveting,” which He says come from our hearts. Greed is not primarily concerned with amount, but rather with attitude and motives.

The Never Trump Patriots includes some Republicans. According to Gallup, 10 percent of registered Republicans such as George Conway probably define patriotism by the Oath of Office that doesn’t mention loyalty of any kind to any U.S. president.

What do you think Trump meant when “A week exactly after his inauguration, seated for dinner at a small, oval table in the Green Room of the White House, Donald Trump said to the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation what might end up being the six most consequential words of his presidency.”

“I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.”

You may also find this quote in Trump’s book, Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life. “I value loyalty above everything else—more than brains, more than drive and more than energy.”

How many Never Trump Patriots are there in the United States?

Well, according to the Center for Politics, 10-percent of Republicans (3.26 million), 67-percent of independents (21.1 million), and 91-percent of Democrats (40.3 million) belong to the Never Trump patriots.

The Center for Politics based its numbers on 108.35 million registered voters who are Democrats, Republicans, and Independent voters. As of May 12, 2019, the Never Trump Patriots are ahead of the Always Trump Loyalists by more than 21-million registered voters. That gap is way bigger than I thought it was. Up to now, my estimates have been running between 10 – 14 million.

The true measure of a U.S. patriot is anchored in The Oath of Office that was originally written by the Founding Fathers in the late 18th century as part of the U.S. Constitution. The Oath, as stated in Article II, Section I, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution, is as follows: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

The same oath is taken by every officer in the military and all other federal employees such as the FBI, the CIA, the Secret Service, Postal Inspectors, et al.  The only oath that is different is for military troops that are not officers. The oath non-officers take includes obeying the “president and their officers”.

What will happen if Trump orders the troops to do something but their officers disagree and countermand the order because they consider it to be unconstitutional?

The first president to take The Oath was George Washington. Donald Trump pretended to take the Oath and it is obvious he lied. The evidence he lied is overwhelming from his tweets and his hate-filled rants at his rallies attended by mostly his Basket of Deplorable Loyalists.

Donald Trump has clearly defined treason as anyone that is not one-hundred percent blindly loyal to him.

To Trump and his Basket of Deplorable Loyalists, the Oath of Office is also an example of treason since it does not support blind loyalty to President Donald Trump.

Defeating Trump, an alleged stable genius according to him, and taking power away from the ignorant, hate-filled, racist, Basket of Deplorable Loyalists means that all of the Never Trump Patriots must vote in 2020.

The only way Trump will “honestly” win is if too many of the Never Trump patriots do not vote, like they did in 2016 when they allowed themselves to be misled by Russia and/or how James Comey broke the FBI’s norms and reported on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mail issue before the investigation was concluded.

I think America’s 2nd Civil War will be between Constitutional Patriots and Trump Loyalists. Did you know that during the American Revolution against the British Empire, any colonist that supported King George was a loyalist? In fact, in 1968 historian Paul H. Smith estimated there were about 400,000 Loyalists or 16% of the white population of 2.25 million in 1780.

In 2020, your vote will be a choice between the U.S. Constitution or Donald Trump.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam combat veteran with a BA in journalism and an MFA in writing, who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

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Donald Trump is Defined by Joseph Goebbels Playbook

It is obvious to me why MAGA Man Donald Trump, Moscow’s Agent Governing America, and his pet minion AG Barr released the Muller report the way they did.  It was to give them the advantage in a dangerous game of manipulation and subversion.

Most if not all professional K-12 teachers will tell us that it is important for the teacher to be the first contact with parents/guardians after their child gets in trouble at school.  If the child reaches them first with his/her version of what happened, then the odds tend to favor the parent/guardian will believe the child or at least lean their support toward the child instead of the teacher no matter what the facts were.

This is what AG Barr did when he alleged (and deliberately misled): “After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the Special Counsel confirmed that the Russian government-sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes.”

The Trump administration wanted to get the message out first and have time to repeat it as often as possible up to the actual release of the report with the goal to mislead and/or program as many people as possible with deliberate lies and misinformation instead of the facts of the 400+ page report that most Americans will never read.

From the publication of this post, we the people now have about 567-days to reach as many American citizens as possible with the facts; our message must be simple and easy to understand. We the people are fighting a war of words and if we lose, that war will soon turn those words to ashes with bullets and bombs.

Trump has been and is still following Joseph Goebbels playbook. “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.”  According to Donald Trump’s first wife, MAGA Man “kept a book of Hitler’s speeches near his bed.” Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed … “Hitler’s speeches, from his earliest days up through the Phony War of 1939, reveal his extraordinary ability as a master propagandist,” Marie Brenner wrote.

Considering how many lies Donald Trump has said and repeated starting with The Oath of Office, it is obvious he learned that “if you tell a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.” This quote from Joseph Goebbels defines who Donald Trump really is.

To prevail, we the people must overcome Trump’s momentum and smother his subversion with the facts that reveal the truth.

Repeat, repeat, repeat … and keep the message simple.  It is clear that Donald Trump is already guilty of violating the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment, Section 3 by giving aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States when he rejected the advice of all of America’s intelligence agencies.

For an accurate summary of the Mueller Report, read this at LawFareBlog.com.

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How popular is MAGA Man

MAGA Man means “Moscow’s Agent Governing America”. If Donald Trump was playing himself in a superhero film, MAGA Man would not be the hero, because he is a supervillain.

When I’m curious and want to find out what the polls are saying about MAGA Man, I turn to two sites. Both sites use most if not all of the reputable polls to come up with an average. To understand what this means, I suggest you read FiveThiryEight’s, “How We’re Tracking Donald Trump’s Approval Ratings”.

Five Thirty Eight’s How Popular is Donald Trump:

On April 12, the day I published this blog post, MAGA Man’s approval rating was 41.9 percent with 52.8 percent disapproving.  That means 5.3-percent did not have an opinion.

The other site is Real Clear Politics (RCP):

RCP average for President Trump Job Approval on 4-11 was 43.2 percent vs 52.8 percent that disapproves of him, and 4-percent did not have an opinion. This average came from too many polls to count (click the link for Real Clear Politics and scroll down to discover what I mean).

Only a supervillain called MAGA Man would be capable of lying and claiming his approval rating is 55-percent when there is no way even if he added the people who didn’t have an opinion for MAGA Man to come up 55-percent unless he’s really bad at math. If that was true, that might explain all of MAGA Man’s bankruptcies and failed businesses.

On April 11, 2019, Trump Touts 55 Percent Approval From Poll that Found 43 percent Approval.

How would this translate if the 2020 election were held today?

In 2016, 138-million Americans voted.

In 2018, Midterm Voter Turnout Hit 50-Year High. NPR reported, “Voter turnout on Tuesday was massive: More than 47 percent of the voting-eligible population cast a ballot in the midterm elections on Tuesday, according to early estimates from the United States Election Project.

“Almost half of possible voters actually voted” might not sound impressive. But for a U.S. midterm election, it’s a whopping figure. Compare that with just 36.7 percent in 2014, and 41 percent in 2010.

That’s the highest turnout for a midterm since 1966, when 49 percent of the population turned up to vote.”

How many Americans will vote in 2020?  The Pew Research Center gives us a hint.

“The 2020 U.S. presidential election is rapidly coming into view – and so is the electorate that will determine its outcome.

“While demographic changes unfold slowly, it’s already clear that the 2020 electorate will be unique in several ways. Nonwhites will account for a third of eligible voters – their largest share ever – driven by long-term increases among certain groups, especially Hispanics. At the same time, one-in-ten eligible voters will be members of Generation Z, the Americans who will be between the ages of 18 and 23 next year. That will occur as Millennials and all other older generations account for a smaller share of eligible voters than they did in 2016.”

MAGA Man is unpopular with nonwhites and younger voters.  His support base is made up of mostly older white men and that group will account for “a smaller share of elegies voters than they did in 2016”.

My prediction, MAGA Man, aka Donald Trump, will lose the popular vote in 2020 with a gap of at least 14-million votes for a total of about 62- million (for MAGA Man) to 77-million for whoever runs against him.

The 2016 presidential polls were correct when they predicted Hillary Clinton would win the election, but they did not factor in Russia’s meddling. Trump lost the popular vote by almost three-million votes but won the Electoral College with less than 80k votes in three battleground states where Russia focused most of its meddling.


Would an honest man lie more than 8,000 times during his first two years as President of the United States?

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam combat veteran with a BA in journalism and an MFA in writing, who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

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The Greatest Generation

My parents were teenagers during Greed’s Great Depression

They were 14

Forced to drop out of high school to find jobs with unemployment at twenty-five percent

Working long days for pennies

There was never enough
food
safe water
clothing
shelter

Malnutrition was a widespread problem

Then Japan bombed Pearl Harbor killing 2,403 Americans and wounding 1,143

It was murder, and the gods of greed rejoiced

And for America’s young adults, it was an opportunity not to be ignored

The Greatest Generation left unemployment, homelessness, and hunger behind to join the chaos of war

When the war ended, 416,800 U.S. troops had been killed and another 671,801 were wounded

To mold the survivors of the Great Depression and World War II into America’s Greatest Generation only cost the world the lives of 70-to-85 million civilians and military

Is Making America Great Again worth that price?

© 2019 Lloyd Lofthouse

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Hunting the thin-skinned Orange-tinted Witch

A Washington Post Op-Ed headline said, “Trump is right. This is a witch hunt!”

Dana Milbank wrote the Op-Ed for The Washington Post and said Trump is right about the witch hunt, but what the Op-Ed says is not what Trump’s deplorable supporters want to think.

Professor Thomas J. Rushford, a leading authority on the history of witchcraft is quoted in the Op-Ed.

In an anthropological sense, Trump “is really quintessentially a witch figure,” the professor tells me (Milbank), and if what is happening to Trump is a witch hunt, “it is only in a good sense, that is, this is society policing the boundaries that they believe to be ethically and morally right.”

Milbank writes, “The treatment of Trump by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and other investigators does have characteristics of a witch hunt. This is because Trump has characteristics of a witch.”

“Therefore,” Milbank says, “to dismiss what is happening to Trump as groundless by calling it a witch hunt is unfair — to witch hunts.

Now that we know the Orange-tinted witch is being hunted, does that make his deplorable followers, devil worshipers?

What the Bible says about witches describes Donald Trump. Revelation 21:8 – But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

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Funding AOC’s Green New Deal

If AOC (Alexandria Ocasio Cortez) stays true to herself and avoids being corrupted by the terminal cancer that corporate Democrats and most if not every Republican represent (and I’m talking about “EVERY” registered Republican, not just the elected ones. I mean every brain dead, biased, racist GOP voter), then here is my suggestion for paying for AOC’s Green New Deal.

The United States must pass legislation that limits defense spending to twice what the European Union’s member nations spend on their defense. When Illegitimate Fake President Donald Trump blames NATO nations for not spending enough on defense, it is safe to say that he doesn’t know what he is talking about.

“In 2016, the EU’s 28 Member States earmarked €200 billion of public expenditure for ‘defense’ (That is $226.738-Billion U.S. Dollars).” Most if not all of the EU also belongs to NATO.

That means the U.S. would only be allowed to spend $453.4 billion annually on defense and military spending instead of the $716 billion Donald Trump wants to spend on defense for 2019 while drastically cutting all domestic spending including Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

My suggested restrictions on military spending would free up $263 billion annually to pay for AOC’s Green New Deal.  That is my answer to all the conservatives that keep asking how AOC plans to pay for the New Green Deal.

Why does the United States have to continue spending so much money on defense?

According to Defense News, “Worldwide military spending is estimated to have reached $1.7 trillion in 2017 … This is the highest level of military expenditure since the end of the Cold War.”

The U.S. spends 35-percent of the worldwide total and China is #2 with 13-percent. If my funding suggestion for AOC’s Green New Deal was implemented, the US would still be spending twice what China does and 9x what Russia spends.

Then there is this. Trump lies and brags that he has the support of the military. No, he doesn’t. He has the support of some of the military but not all of the military, not even the majority of the troops support DT.

Support for Trump is fading among active-duty troops, new poll shows. Trump’s support in the military dropped from 46.1% in 2016 to 43.8% in 2018. At no point has Trump had a majority (more than 50 percent) of the active duty military supporting him.

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Toxic Elections

The reason that voting has become a time-eating challenge is because of the tsunami of lies and half-truths that are designed to mislead voters. I have learned that none of the candidates can be trusted.

For that reason, I started each day by deleting all the campaign ads that arrived in my e-mail box without opening them.

I didn’t keep count of the hours spent reading and researching every candidate and all the Measures Submitted to Voters, but I do know that I spent more time making my decisions on this election than I have ever done before.

The first thing I did that probably cut the number of hours in half was to go through the “Contra Costa County Voter Information Guide with Sample Ballot” and cross out every Republican candidate before I started to do research. In previous elections, I gave every candidate a fair chance to gain my trust.

No more, because I think the GOP has become the Deplorable Party of Trump and cannot to be trusted.

The Trump’s GOP has become the FUD Party: spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt through conspiracy theories, lies, and misinformation. I have this theory that the Political Party that lies the most is the one with the most to hide.

For sure, candidates from both parties lie, half-lie, and mislead, but the Republican Party does more of it than most Democrats and many of the FUD candidates are so outrageous in their lies, it boggles the mind.

The second thing I did was to make sure I didn’t read any of the host of paper flyers landing in my regular mailbox because the time it takes to find out if there is anything honest in those flyers is not worth it. Republican flyers outnumbered Democratic flyers by a huge margin and most of those were for Marshall Tuck who is a known fake Democratic endorsed by the Republican Party.

That’s why I used Vote Smart, The League of Women Voters, Voters Edge, Open Secrets, and a few other sites, but only when I couldn’t find the info I wanted from the ones listed as links in this sentence.

Eventually I found enough information to make an educated guess — except for the four candidates running for the Los Medanos Community Healthcare District where you were supposed to vote for three of the four listed. I didn’t find anything about who those four candidates were and I wasn’t willing to keep hunting so I wrote in: God, Jesus Christ, and St. Patrick. I do not care if many think God and Jesus are the same. I just wanted three different names and there are billions of people on this planet that do not think Jesus is God. They think Jesus was a very important and influential teacher.

The Judicial page was a challenge because every name came with a YES or NO vote. There was no competition. All of these judges were appointed to their positions and it was up to us voters to decide if they should keep the job or the governor of California would have to appoint someone else to fill those positions.

It was frustrating to search for the judicial history of the ten appointed judges listed and I almost gave up and voted NO for all ten. But then I found enough information to make a decision and voted NO for 4 and YES for 6.

Marshall Tuck is a FAKE Democrat

Republicans are now running fake Democrats in California because in many counties it is almost impossible for a Republican to get elected.  The easiest fake Democrat to NOT vote for was Marshall Tuck who is running for State Superintendent of Public Instruction (his second attempt to fool voters. He failed in 2014. This time his major supporters, all known conservative billionaires, are donating tons of money to his campaign to outspend the real Democrat).

It’s easy to identify the Fake Democrat when the Republican Party endorses him and all of his major contributors are Alt-Right billionaires that donate large sums of money to conservative causes and candidates.

The other candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction is Tony K. Thurmond and the Democratic Party endorsed him along with the teachers unions.

The Fake Democrat Marshall Tuck was and still is supported by the publicly funded, corporate charter school industry.  I was a public school teacher in California for thirty years and I voted for Thurmond. I want all of the corporate charter schools closed. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction should represent the best interests of the public schools where almost 90-percent of the 6.5 million K-12 students attend — not the publicly funded, private sector, corporate charter school industry. These charter schools are not public schools because they do not answer to a publicly elected school board. Charter schools answer to a highly paid CEO and charter schools are not transparent in how they spend their money and operate like real public schools are.

It was a relief to walk into the post office and slip my mail-in-ballot through the slot.

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