Saturday, September 30, 2017

What Leadership Does, And Does Not, Look Like

This is what leadership looks like:

Last Sunday Hillary Clinton tweeted:

President Trump, Sec. Mattis, and DOD should send the Navy, including the USNS Comfort, to Puerto Rico now. These are American citizens

The Trump Administration finally announced two days later that they were sending the hospital ship Comfort.

“It takes a Leader”.

The Spanish-speaking people of Puerto Rico who bear the horrible devastation by Hurricane Maria don't seem to rate up there with hurricane stricken Texas and Florida... I wonder why?

Turns out our Mis-leader had priorities. Since Maria made landfall Sept. 20 and up until Tuesday, Trump tweeted some two dozen times about the NFL — and twice about Maria.

This is what really mattered:

"The booing at the NFL football game last night, when the entire Dallas team dropped to its knees, was loudest I have ever heard. Great anger"

“I have plenty of time on my hands,” Trump said. “All I do is work. And to be honest, that’s an important function of working. It’s called respect for our country.”

Our Mis-leader was not content to just blame those uppity Black men protesting against bad cops getting away with killing Blacks. Trump always has room to blame the journalists of our free press.

“FEMA & First Responders are doing a GREAT job in Puerto Rico,” Military is now on site and I will be there Tuesday. Wish press would treat fairly!”

There it is. It's all about him. Everything would be just great if not for the damn press ruining... everything.

Blame. Attack. Accuse. Complain. Whine. Repeat.

Fake News CNN and NBC are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to “get Trump.” Not fair to FR or effort!...The Fake News Networks are working overtime in Puerto Rico doing their best to take the spirit away from our soldiers and first R’s. Shame!...Despite the Fake News Media in conjunction with the Dems, an amazing job is being done in Puerto Rico. Great people!

The vile man pitted the press against the military. There is no such thing as too low for that slimy vermin of humanity. 

And of course he couldn't miss the chance to stroke his own ego.

"Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello just stated: 'The Administration and the President, every time we've spoken, they've delivered....... 

He then tweeted:...The fact is that Puerto Rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes. Big decisions will have to be made as to the cost of its rebuilding!

Yes, the cost is the first big consideration for Trump. It’s not easy deciding how much to punish those brown people for their debt to Wall Street, you now. Trump the Enforcer is here. He’ll make it all right.  It’s high time to force those folks with destroyed homes to pay Trump’s cronies first.

Making them ask for help online, with no functioning electrical grid, is a good start.

Before we forget this is still all about Dear Mis-Leader:

"The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump," "Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job,"

But they should take comfort.

Elaine Duke, acting secretary of Homeland Security said, “I know it’s a hard storm to recover from. But I know it is really a good news story in terms of our ability to reach people and the limited number of deaths that have taken place in such a devastating hurricane.” “The relief effort is under control. It is proceeding very well considering the devastation that took place.”

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz responded.

“Maybe from where she’s standing it’s a good news story,” Cruz said on CNN’s “New Day” Friday. “When you are drinking from a creek, it’s not a good news story.”
“I’m sorry, but that really upsets me and frustrates me,” she continued, holding back tears. “Frankly, it’s an irresponsible statement. ... Damn it, this is not a good news story. This is a people are dying story. This is a life or death story. ... This is a story of a devastation that continues to worsen because people are not getting food and water.”
“If I could scream it a lot more louder ― it’s not a good news story when people are dying when they don’t have dialysis, and when the generators aren’t working and the oxygen is not providing for them.
Where is there good news here?”
Unlike the cruel heart and empty soul of Trump, most Americans' hearts ache for the Puerto Ricans when they see the news coverage.

Meanwhile Hillary and Ms. Yulin Cruz are doing the leading.
These women are demonstrating leadership is about responding to the needs of the people.
Trump is too busy patting himself on the back and attacking the real leaders, whether the are Black athletes leading protests against injustice, or women raising their voices on behalf of human beings in need. 
Let's remind the Republicans that many thousands of Puerto Ricans will be moving to Florida. They will tell tales of destruction, hard times, illness, hunger, thirst and death.
And they will remember how our great Mis-leader worried more about the cost than getting them vital aid. 
And they will remember how he insulted their leaders, and ignored their plight. 
And they are American citizens. 
And they will vote. 


Most people don’t have water or power. There’s no cell service. Roads have been totally washed away or blocked by debris. This is life right now in Puerto Rico, where 3.5 million Americans are struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

Something we can do...

Caribbean Hurricane Maria & Irma Relief Fund

Hurricane Maria caused devastating destruction in Dominica and massive floods and destruction in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands just two weeks after Hurricane Irma. This fund will provide relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild. All donations to this fund will exclusively support any necessary hurricane relief and recovery efforts in the Caribbean.

All donations to this fund will support hurricane recovery and relief efforts in the Caribbean. Initially, the fund will help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted organizations responding to this disaster.

1 comment:

Jefferson's Guardian said...

"MSNBC host Joe Scarborough lashed out at President Trump on Saturday, saying the president was wrong to attack the mayor of San Juan for 'poor leadership' amid hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

'Poor leadership would be hiding at a country club golfing while fellow Americans are suffering and dying,' Scarborough said. 'She's not doing that. You are.'

This narcissist president is the likeness of another person in history also thought to be consumed by sexual perversion and deviancy. The often quoted, "Let them eat cake", commonly attributed to Marie Antoinette, reminds me of this president's latest accusatory attack toward the frustrated Carmen Yulín Cruz as she attempts to comfort and assist the victims of San Juan while he dawdles on the golf course.

If there truly were a god, justice would assure he found the same fate.