By R. D. Flavin


“I solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."

We've got our eyes on you, Trump!


     Last weekend's comments during a visit to Mexico and standing near the border of Mexico and America, with thousands of Mexicans at his back, His Holiness Pope Francis felt the pangs of a suffering people, many of whom longed to flee Mexico's poor economy, the corruption of the government and the police, the brutality of the ruling drug-lords and their thugs and assassins, and cross into the United States of America, a nation of hope, dreams, and built by immigrants. Later, during a news-conference, His Holiness commented on “The Donald” and his promises about immigration by saying, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel." Trump, in his usual pseudo-braggadocio, attacked the Mexican government with accusations “(the Mexican government has) made many disparaging remarks about me to the Pope.” His remarkably disrespectful words directed toward Pope Francis were “No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man's religion or faith." he said in a much rehearsed statement. Trump added that the government in Mexico, where Pope Francis had spent the previous five days, had "made many disparaging remarks about me to the Pope." Still unsatisfied and not feeling his own sense of triumph, “The Donald” added, “If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS's ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president." Later, he hissed like a snake, “I don't like fighting with the Pope" and “I like his personality; I like what he represents." The Ugly American just got childish and mean.

     Even though I'm a lapsed Catholic and often consider myself a humanist and a supra and extraterrestrial skeptic, I'm disappointed at the Holy Father's singling out a Republican buffoon, with immigration problems in all European countries, parts of the Near East, Central Asia, and elsewhere, causing deaths, suffering heaped on more suffering, bigotry, hatred, and a great deal of unchristian behavior. Yes, I'm familiar with the infallibility of His Holiness Pope Francis, I admire his sincere humility, but criticizing or even mentioning Trump by the Pope is akin to discussing how Grandma just farted at the dinner-table. I believe it was BENEATH His Holiness to do and say anything other than offer a prayer to this embarrassment of America's Republican political descent into a fowl cockfight without a bird in sight.

     For years England has experienced a tremendous influx of Indians and Muslims who hail from different countries, yet has only recently began to discuss the issue of mass immigration. Yeah, there are still neo-Nazis in Germany and northern Kosovo is still controlled by racist Serbs. Macedonia has recently shut its borders to Afghans and allowing only limited numbers of Syrians and Iraqis in. It's believed more than 5,000 various peoples were between the Macedonian border and Athens, Greece. And, reportedly, another 4,000 just arrived. In 2015, refugees from Afghanistan were the second largest group seeking asylum in European countries, with only Syria having greater numbers. Our situation with illegal Mexicans crossing our southern borders in no way compares to the horrible events occurring right now in Europe. I shouldn't, out of respect, but I suggest the Holy Father concern himself with the indignity in His own backyard and leave Trump to self-destruct.

Map from Turkey to vacation spots in Germany.

     And, with the threat of a hanging chad, we return to American politics. Some may believe this column is premature, as Super Tuesday is next week. Sen. Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz (R-TX) is an arrogant chump who probably isn't legally eligible to run for president as he was born in Canada and the 'law', as currently written, specifies a father being an American citizen (women, at the time, could not vote, own property, and in certain legal cases were actually 'considered' the property of the husband). I don't understand why this approach was not brought up during the useless run for the presidency by Mitt's dad, Former Gov. George Romney (R-MI), when he ran for president against fellow Republican Tricky Dick (though Nixon appointed George as his Secretary of Housing and Urban Development), yet George Romney's birth in Mexico – his ancestors were polygamist Mormons who fled the U.S. to Mexico in 1885 – did not manifest itself during his run for the presidency. ...Remember, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) never considered a run for the presidency BECAUSE he was born abroad in Austria. I doubt Cruz will face a legal challenge as his chances of getting the Republican nomination is slim to none. Now, many senior Republicans and their rich-backers would like to see Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) suddenly grow a pair and act like he did when he was first appointed Senate Majority Leader instead of his current soft-spoken and milk-toast persona. It's just about too late for any 'perfect' conservative Republican to wink into existence and run against the moronic game-show supporters of “The Donald.” I'm most perplexed Republicans for Trump could be this stupid… Honey Boo-Boo and FOX NEWS, are bad enough, but Trump? For shame, red-necks and red states.

     Last night's Republican debate was another waste of bandwidth, though Sen. Rubio did share some spunk for a change. As a dedicated Hillary supporter I've no doubt she will guffaw at “The Donald” at his predictable defeat. Trump will not triumph in his bid for the Oval Office and will return to building over-priced hotels… Madam Clinton, you're hired!

I need to be working on my "Batman in Beantown" column and not this ...trite slop,

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