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Observations about Donald Trump (Pt.1)




This journal was started on May 26th, 2017 at the suggestion of Joseph Aronesty who was a former classmate of Donald Trump at Wharton College. I will write more about Joseph Aronesty in due course.

At the outset, I need to clarify that I am not a politician nor do I have a degree in political science. I am not a psychologist or a psychiatrist. I am not a millionaire. What I am is a citizen of the United States of America, a tax-payer and a voter, holding views concerning the Constitution.  Some of the views I hold are simply that or, for want of a better word they are opinions and in some cases surmisal and or deductions.

As of today, 205 days have passed since Donald J. Trump was declared the winner of the 2016 presidential election and 126 days since his inauguration as the 45th president of the United States of America.

This journal is about observations. It is not intended to reach any conclusions about subsequent events either during or after the election with regard to validity or legitimacy of his appointment but rather to query the bizarre manner in which Donald Trump conducted his campaign and his conduct since the election.

Donald Trump presents himself as a very strange person. His personality has no appeal to me and therefore I will say that from the very outset I did and still do not like him.

I think that what I found to be unappealing were his facial expressions when speaking, his hand gestures and simply the sound and tone of his voice. His manner of speaking usually with terms of hyperbole were weird. Who for example would describe the results of his plan to reform taxes as being beautiful and something that everyone would love.

The most difficult parts of his self-presentation for me however were simply some of the ideas he had and his rationale for promoting them. One quickly got the impression that he does not know what he does not know. In other words, he floated ideas without really knowing much about the subject at hand. A good example is the Affordable Care Act; referred to by the derogatory term Obamacare. When it failed to get support in Congress he asked – Healthcare is complicated, who knew? We’ll come back to this in due course. His constant use of hyperbole in his speech, referring to someone he had just met as a good man with whom I have a good relationship to beautiful health plans and horrible events all display a remarkable air of insincerity.

I will try to write more daily about my observations.



Author: Cethru Cellophane

I have reached the regrettable realization that I may have squandered my life. I did a quick count recently and figured that I have visited about 66 countries, and lived for more than 3 years in 3 of them. During this time I completed 14 corporate moves (relocations) and have changed my address more than 23 times. I should have settled on a profession that would have kept me in one place with no packing and unpacking. When I think of the time I have spent bundling my life into and out of boxes. Ah well, it's all water under the bridge. But I am grateful for the experience. At the end of the day I will be able to say with a certain authority, "been there, done that". A note about this site’s Header Image The Header image for this site is of the Smith Avenue High Bridge. The bridge was built in 1889 and carries Minnesota State Highway 149 across its span of 2770 feet, 160 feet above the mighty Mississippi River. The picture was taken from the river looking to the north-east and downtown Saint Paul. The bridge is about 1040 miles from New Orleans. One of the reasons I like this view is that I come from a city which has a spectacular bridge. It’s the Clifton Suspension Bridge http://www.ikbrunel.org.uk/clifton-suspension-bridge which spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon in Bristol, U.K. It’s about 1350 feet long and stands 245 feet above the river below. Sadly it has claimed the lives of more than 400 people who have committed suicide by jumping from the bridge. As a side note, not all attempts were successful. two small girls thrown off the bridge by their deranged father survived the fall when they were fished from the river by the crew of a passing pilot boat. The bridge was opened in 1864 and was designed by the 24 year old architect, Isambard Kingdom brunel. It took 35 years to complete.

4 thoughts on “Observations about Donald Trump (Pt.1)

  1. Very interesting looking forward reading more observations!


  2. thanks elaine. I wrote some more today but will post it tomorrow after i have checked it thoroughly for any undue bias.


  3. I look forward to your posts on Trump. For me the mystery is how is it that so many people in the USA can’t see through his shallow and deeply unpleasant character?


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