BLAMER & SHAMER

The Lunatic Must Go Away

It seems to me that we have a precise, exact understanding about the nature of a bully. It’s a person who habitually seeks to harm, intimidate or coerce those whom they perceive as vulnerable, and this brings us to one of oldest stories in the world. Throughout the years, the book The Tortoise and the Hare by Aesop has gathered conflicting interpretations. The book describes a race between a turtle and a rabbit.  It’s a variant of a common folktale theme in which ingenuity and trickery are employed to overcome a stronger, dogged opponent, but what should we take away from the old storyline?

Aesop’s short story attempts to convey a moral, but what is it? The lesson seems vague. In the classical interpretation, it was not the tortoise’s plucky persistence in taking on a bully that was emphasized, but rather the hare’s foolish overconfidence. When one is overconfident they tend to make mistakes, take risks and emotionalize their every move.

Donald John Trump has decided that because he has “conquered” the coronavirus the infection is no longer a risk to anyone. Some of those who attended his mask-less, crowded events will surely get sick. Those folks will either suffer the BIG BANG of COVID, or they will be ill for days with one of the worst flus they’ve ever had. What a price to pay for such zealous foolishness.

Donald Trump’s request that his right-wing domestic terrorists bring guns to our voting places is not only unamerican, it’s voter intimidation. The Donald doesn’t care about you or democracy. He’s a wannabe dictator attempting to hijack the Constitution. Who will stand by and let him do this? Who will be blamed for the cheating, voter intimidation and lack of respect for the law? Will they be charged?

According to the New York Times, “…more than 7,700 ballots have been challenged and face rejection in North Carolina. In Florida, that number is 11,900.” Most of those ballots have been tossed because the voter’s signature could not be verified. What an arcane way to determine the authenticity of a ballot. Years ago, when having to sign thousands of business letters, I developed a signature with two lower case “ds.” I later shortened that to one lower case “d” with a front launch, a twirl and then a long tail. My boss once admonished me to “use your real signature!” and my kids used this simplified form to forge an unknown number of permission slips. All that aside, why are we using signatures as verification? We’re no longer living in the fifties. There are better ways.

If he loses the election, Trump has prepared his sycophants to blame the dark, sinister forces of the “deep state.” Should you be tempted to believe his bark, don’t be fooled. It’s much bigger than his bite. He’s an immoral, unconscientious, spoiled brat-boy. He will eventually take his toys and go home, but not quietly.

Can you believe Trump is trying to shame his own experts on viruses because he doesn’t like the truth? Those who disagree with him are the enemy and they must suffer. According to Politico, in a conference call with campaign workers, Trump called the whole COVID Task Force “idiots” on Monday, and even mused about potentially firing the nation’s top infectious disease expert.

REALLY? Who is this good for? Nobody. Trump went on to say, “People are tired of Covid. People are saying, ‘Whatever, just leave us alone.’ People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots,” Trump knew the press was on the call, so he was using the forum to attack and lash out at Fauci. “He’s been here for, like, 500 years. Fauci, if we listened to him, we’d have 500,000 deaths.” This all makes Trump one glorious douchebag.

When right-wing domestic terrorists got caught planning to kidnap a US governor, Trump attempted to shame the female ruler and blame her for the problem. It’s like the small-town sheriff saying the woman who was raped was “asking for it.” I cannot believe that devout Christians can keep vouching for this guy.

Donald Trump does everything he can to merge Black Lives Matter protesters, civil rights protesters and Democrats into the unorganized followers of Antifa. The trumpers keep calling those on the left socialists, fascists and anti-fascists. Could they at least get their beliefs together? Are they anti-fascists or are they and Trump pro-fascists? If they love the 45th President, they must be pro-fascist.

The lunatic in the West Wing is not focused on being president. When he was a “builder” and marketer of his name for gain, he hardly worked on the real substance of his organization’s goals. He much preferred getting stroked by his people, reading about himself in the gossip columns and basking in the adoration of younger women. It’s his thing. He gets the most out of the least amount of work.

John Kelly

General John Kelly says Trump is the most flawed person he’s ever known, but did nothing to stop him. John Bolton believes Donald is unfit to be president, especially when it comes to foreign policy, but Bolton won’t vote for Joe Biden to dispose the asshole. We’ve heard from many who have served this president, but my favorite description comes from former Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. He said Donald Trump is a “fucking moron.” Sadly, no one has stepped up to stop him.

The sickest fault of Trump is his inability to understand anything outside of his tiny world. He lacks empathy and cannot possibly do anything of meaning for anyone else. The cult activity of this deranged man will ultimately end in the total disgrace of most of his family and our country. If the picture that eventually is posted on Donald John Trump’s Wikipedia page shows him being led off the White House grounds by federal agents, he and his offspring will have deep regrets. Nixon’s final photograph leaving office on Marine One reflected the cliché of his entire presidency. He gave a double peace sign, yet he hated those who invented the gesture.

Trump will certainly give us another gesture when removed from office. It’s about time we end this whole notion that, as Nixon claimed, “If the president does it, it cannot be illegal.” We are all sick of the blame game and the never-ending shaming and bullying. I thought Nixon should have served time in jail. I now believe that if Donald Trump is found guilty of violating any US laws, he should be imprisoned. No President should be allowed to pardon him, but then, I’m just a law and order blogger. HA!

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VOTING IN AMERICA

Trump’s Greatest Challenge & Flaw

Statistics provide a clear picture of who we are as a people. Many Americans have taken the right of voting for granted. In 2016, 250,056,000 Americans voted, which was only 55.5% of eligible voters. That’s a strange statistic for a country where more than a million people have fought and died to protect the right to vote. Why do so many not take that privilege seriously?

President Johnson

In 1964, only six percent of African Americans voted, but after the Voting Rights Act of 1965 more Black people voted. By 1969, 59 percent of African Americans voted. According to the Pew Research Center, the Black voter turnout rate in the presidential election of 2016 declined for the first time in twenty years, falling to 59.6% after reaching a record-high of 66.6% in 2012. That seven percent decline from the previous election is the largest on record for Blacks. One could conclude that neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump were attractive to those voters, or perhaps African Americans felt they had a sure win with Obama in the race.

Another statistic that cracks right between the eyes is 38% of those in Congress are millionaires. Startlingly, that’s not much different from the first years of the American government. The flatly stated theory goes like this; let the rich, white, planter-plantation owner class protect their business interests, and everyone else will be fine. Sadly, there’s not much difference today.

While Trump stirs up dust about Twitter and Facebook taking down his lies and misinformation they feel will hurt their subscribers, more people are dying of COVID-19 infections. While Trump is passing along stupid QAnon conspiracy theories and lies, there are people in Georgia and other states waiting eight hours in sprawling, hot lines to vote. How can any of us believe we are a great country when one of our political parties works so hard at voter suppression? They openly state their belief that when fewer people vote they do better. What is the difference between Republican actions to suppress voting and ballot burning in a third-world country after all the citizens have voted? Any US citizen involved in vote suppression, regardless of their place in society, should at least be charged with voter intimidation.

Trump sees the electorate through the filter of his belief that the American public will believe whatever he tells them. Remember, he said he could shoot someone in the middle of New York’s Fifth Avenue and wouldn’t lose any supporters. Maybe Trump feels he must react to some of the “fake news” that has been published about him. But in reality, this guy has no credibility pushing back because he’s stuck in a ad hominem loop. He truly believes all negatives about him are untrue, therefore, even when the other guys tell almost truths about him, no one on the Democratic side believes him. He’s the boy who cried wolf so much, no one is really listening anymore.

Lunatic Leader

Probably emboldened by Trump’s successful fight with COVID, the West Wing is now pushing the B.S. that “everyone is going to get the virus.” It’s the same “herd immunity” idea Dr. Atlas dumped into Donald’s defective brain months ago. Our President now says, “See, it’s not that bad. Get back to work and reelect me.” What about losing the lives of two million people? “We are just going to have to live with it.” To a young person, the fact that they are still living is an invitation to party recklessly.

The flaw in Trump’s thinking is that people thoughtlessly do what he says. All his supporters shouting and screaming arm to arm at his rallies won’t get sick and die, but maybe some of them will come to their senses when they or a loved one starts to violently cough while gasping for air. Each false step, each tragic error, forces another crack in Trump’s armor.

The reality Trump must now confront is the wave of voters who are NOT going to stay at home. We already know that more than 15 million people have voted, and more than 60% of all mail in ballots were cast by Democrats. Trump made so many amateur mistakes as an incumbent. He could have embraced mask wearing from the beginning and air dropped millions of MAGA masks into swing states. It’s too late now. He politically over-positioned mask-wearing and the result could be many of his supporters too sick to vote.

Another junior achievement Trump ploy was getting his donor-lover-boy Louis DeJoy to disrupt the United States Postal Service in an attempt to sabotage mail in voting efforts. The overweight, orange pumpkin did this while fomenting distrust by saying the process of mail in ballots is ripe with fraud. If true, why did he make no effort to fix the problem? He is the most impotent president of all time if he can’t stop a pervasive fraud.

It’s impossible to apply logic to the actions of Trump and his grifter-enablers in Congress. They are all broke-dick cult followers and failures as patriots and people. It takes a whole nation to be a whole nation, and despite Trump’s position of needing walls to have a nation, what we truly need are voters to save our democracy. As many as legally possible. Maybe I am naïve or over-optimistic, but I believe the 2020 election turnout will be larger than ever. After the election, I want to start a campaign against the hypocrites who have too much power over us. I will be writing letters to suppress not only their voices but their Congressional votes.

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ORIGINALISM VS INTERPRETIVISM

Shoveling Old Words with Cloudy Meaning

We are seeing thousands of people wait in long lines at polling locations in early voting states. Their wait times are as long as eight hours. Terrible. I’m not sure why the Senate Judiciary Committee would decide to have a hearing to consider seating a Supreme Court nominee in the middle of a pandemic surrounded by all the election campaign noise, but let me guess.  Could it be political power?

Amy Coney Barrett, the nominee, has declared she is an “originalist” as it applies to Constitutional law. Okay, what exactly is that? According to many websites describing such things, originalism is a collection of theories calling for adherence to the “original intent” of the creators of the Constitution. Types of originalism include strict interpretation and strict constructionism. I CALL B.S.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Anyone, including Judge Barrett, who has the audacity to claim knowledge about the “original intent” of our founders like John Adams, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson is full of shit. One cannot speak with them to ascertain their thoughts and intents about anything they once wrote, so it’s all about personal interpretation.

Those good United States of America justices who over the years did their best to understand how our founders would have ruled on a challenge given contemporary circumstances, and then wrote opinions about how their decision should be applied to a changed society, were NOT ORIGINALISTS! Thanks to them, voting, serving on juries and being seated in Congress are no longer limited to white, landowning males. Despite the ORIGINAL words of our Constitution, women can vote, and African Americans are no longer counted as three-fifths of a person and subject to slavery.

I liked Antonin Scalia’s use of our language, although some of his “originalist” thinking was absurd. When dissenting passage of the Affordable Care Act, he offered this famous quote, “The Court’s next bit of interpretive jiggery-pokery involves other parts of the Act that purportedly presuppose the availability of tax credits on both federal and state Exchanges.” Okay, we get it. Justice Scalia didn’t like Obamacare and he offered the shiny object of “jiggery-pokery” to distract us. Saying that the Act’s intention to help people with healthcare insurance was somehow “deceitful or dishonest behavior” is totally interpretive. He was not reading the original language in the Act. He was forcing his meaning onto the law and onto us, the people.

The Late Antonin Scalia

The idea of any Supreme Court justice reading 233-year-old decisions and understanding how their authors would apply them today is like reading the old Testament and deciding that any woman who was raped would be sent away into the desert. It’s like originalist doctors draining our blood with leeches when we had a cold. We can read what those in the past wrote, but we will never know what they were thinking or exactly what their words meant to them.

There are incredibly talented people in this world who can shovel words to convince you of just about anything. That’s how we got Trump. The fact that professional and learned constitutional law experts can achieve a lifelong position on the Supreme Court doesn’t mean they will be the best arbiters of conflict. Congress has the power to undo what they’ve done at the court, but those actions can then be challenged as unconstitutional. If Congress said the President of the United States was not permitted to wear makeup, that would be struck down. However, our current President has stolen budget money to build a wall on the border with Mexico. What gives him that right? Congress is supposed to decide where and how money is allocated. Where is the Court on this matter?

I cannot imagine Thomas Jefferson’s response should anyone have approached him with a plan to build a wall on the Mexican border. He might have said, “Why build a wall? We might be able to acquire that land for America.” Modern presidents believe everything is set in sand and old laws must be interpreted according to the current culture in which we live. Should originalists outlaw same sex marriage? Wouldn’t they be deciding the bigotry and small mindedness of our founding fathers was actually high moral ground? Remember, our founders laughed and looked away from gay people. The also looked away from Black people, but that didn’t stop them from buying them into slavery. How can these original transgressions possibly be worthy of continuing?

Amy Coney Barrett is just the latest pawn in the sick game of a set of elite humans determining the rights of lessor citizens. Don’t get me wrong. I buy into the system, but the process of analyzing words, phrases and meanings is serious business. People are funny. Most of yesterday’s social media complaints about nominee Barrett concerned her terrible speaking voice. That’s not to say the notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a theatrical tone, but her views were 180 degrees away from Amy Coney Barrett. My thinking is Justice Ginsberg, if alive, might suggest to Judge Amy, “You seem to think you know the answers, but are refusing to give straight answers. Good luck!”

Judge Barrett’s writings indicate she opposes any controls or rules on gun ownership and thinks Roe V. Wade was wrongly decided. Barrett signed a full page ad that said Roe V. Wade was wrong. That was a commitment. She will force her viewpoints on the Court. That is what originalists do. They hide behind dusty word while they put their thumb on the scale moving us toward a more conservative, backward and locked viewpoint. When they use flowery words, we must question their bias.

The Late Great RBG

I find it outrageous to think that any social program passed by Congress with the aim of helping the disadvantaged and maligned minorities is unconstitutional. If you read the Constitution, you will find no mention of taxation being against the law. There is nothing in that document that stipulates the kind of healthcare a citizen must buy. It’s insane that a judge in any court would strike down a mandate by a governor to protect his or her state’s citizens. The attitude of those judges who believe one politician’s goals or rules for safety are different than those of a more conservative bent is ridiculous. They believed an unhinged President about some bizarre invasion coming from Mexico, yet then looked the other way when hundreds of thousands of people were dying. Who are these originalists? Until the aged justices retire or die, get ready for decades of anal retentive, religiously corrupt and politically motivated decisions from the Supreme Court. Once we’re rid of them, we’ll have a rebirth of intelligent interpretation and forward movement. As we have painfully learned, you never now when the next one will pass away or pass out.

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THE LINCOLN PROJECT

Real Political Radicals Against Trump

As a kid, I loved to play pranks on people. The best part, of course, was watching the reaction of my target. I felt great seeing that look of surprise or dismay. Why have only April Fool’s Day when there are 364 other days to have fun?

Some immature and silly people don’t take things seriously and are more interested in the effect rather than the damage. I used to work with some disgusting people in business and I developed a theory. When a kid is bullied at a young age, maybe teased about his or her weight or some other type of profiling, they hold that germ in their soul. When they grow up and get into a position of power or authority over other people, the virus of revenge appears, and they let others have it. I used to sarcastically, and perhaps unsensitively, call it “fat boy syndrome.”

Perhaps Donald Trump was bullied by his father, who was bullied by his father. The putdowns and abuse through generations becomes a never-ending cycle of family members trying to get back at those who hurt them. I’m not saying all Trumps are afflicted in this way, but it certainly appears that Daddy had his way with Donnie.

You may have heard of the Lincoln Project or seen some of its hard-hitting TV ads against Trump. So , what is this group? It’s a political action committee formed in late 2019 by several current and former Republicans, with a goal of preventing the reelection of Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. If you wonder if this is legal maneuvering, you might want check out this decision. The Citizen’s United case was about the free speech clause of the First Amendment. The Supreme Court ruled that it prohibits the government from restricting independent expenditures for political communications by corporations, including nonprofits, labor unions and other associations. So, if you have money you have a voice.

The people behind the Lincoln Project are George Conway, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver, Rick Wilson, Jennifer Horn, Ron Steslow, Reed Galen and Mike Madrid. These people are truly “never Trumpers;” they HATE DONALD TRUMP. How do I know this? Well, they say they hate him! What more do we need to know?

One of my dear friends, who follows politics like I do, said, “You know, after Trump is gone, they will all go back to being Republicans.” I have no problem with that because a two-party system works only when both parties are honest, fair and promote their authentic platforms. It’s sad, but Donald Trump has destroyed the Republican party. I can’t imagine they will ever win Blacks, Hispanics and educated white suburban people back to the party. So, why are the Lincoln Project people so down on Trump?

Some of them are brilliant tacticians and political operatives who will never be hired by the Democratic National Committee and Trump has forced them out of Republican circles. They are the fat kids getting revenge on the cool kids who put them down in high school, but their deep-seated disdain is more than jealousy. The truly hate our President.

Check out the pitch on their web site. They are raising lots of money because there are millions of people who feel the same way about Donald John Trump. Imagine if there had been a Lincoln Project in Nazi Germany. What would Hitler have done? That was rhetorical; we know what he would have done. If you want to share Lincoln Project ads, you can find them here.

For a lot of reasons, I didn’t think the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court has made America better. In fact, allowing millions of unmarked bills into our political process can be as damaging as Russia manipulating our social media, but it’s too late. The top court in the land has already decided that corporations are people and that money is more important than propaganda. They aren’t wrong, but if they were truly protecting my First Amendment rights how was Twitter able to ban me for life?

Wilson, Schmidt, Conway

I saw a TV interview with key members of the Lincoln Project saying they will continue to bully Trump and work for his removal. They are a force, and even if they don’t raise enough money to dominate the airwaves, they will continue to spread their rebuke of Trump all over the Internet, which is still free.

This is what Lincoln Project founding member Steve Schmidt said of Trump, “When you listen to the President, these are the musings of an imbecile. An idiot. And I don’t use those words to name call. I use them because they are the precise words of the English language to describe his behavior. His comportment. His actions. We’ve never seen a level of incompetence, a level of ineptitude so staggering on a daily basis by anybody in the history of the country whose ever been charged with substantial responsibilities. It’s just astonishing that this man is president of the United States.”   

The list of those against Donald Trump seems to be growing every day, and this is good. It’s not an effort for the fools without masks who drive 800 miles to cheer on Donald Trump; it’s for the moderates, the old-line Republicans who are finally realizing that the Donald screwed them. They voted for him last time because the mob moved in his direction and they believed that mob was a pure revolt against Obama and Democrats. Now they have figured out they got suckered by a con man, and on November 3rd they can take a parting puff of the addiction and blow out the anger.

I laugh when I hear the President going on and on about radical groups of Democrats ready to burn down the suburbs. The real radicals are former Republicans ready to burn Trump’s house down. Take the opportunity to hear an interview with any of these guys and you will understand. They sound like 1960s radicals against NIXON. Let’s love them! If the Lincoln Project can bring 3% of the moderates over to Biden, Trump will be a one-term president and then we’ll have to get to work to fix all he has broken.

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JUDGES, JERKS & JURISPRUDENCE

The Manipulation of Donald Trump

There are times when I laugh at our President. He lies, yes, but he also has a repulsive arrogance about his “power.” It’s another myth held by this imbecilic fat man. He isn’t picking the judges; they are being picked for him. I doubt that Donald John Trump has taken the time to read the writings and decisions of his nominees. They appear on a list put together by hard-core conservatives and people who run the Heritage Foundation, and Trump blindly follows.

The Heritage Foundation is a think tank based in Washington, D.C. which claims their primarily function is influencing public policy. The foundation was behind much of what spewed from the mouth of Ronald Reagan because, as a former Democrat and union leader, he was “taught how to be a conservative.” For all his conservative badges, Regan was a tax raising lunatic. The Economic Recovery Act of 1981, known politically as the “Reagan tax cuts,” was indeed the largest reduction since the previous 70 years. But, as the man said, “The large print giveth; the small print taketh away.” It’s a fact that those “cuts” produced tax increases. Some say the increases were bigger than the cuts. Thanks, Ronnie.

Most presidents feel a need to kowtow to those who give them money. Some candidates attempt to put together a fan base by combining smaller groups with specific goals that can be easily massaged or gratified. Trump used a simple ploy by bonding with the evangelicals and claiming he is pro-life, even though he’s never held that belief. He claims his loyalty to the Second Amendment, and the NRA buys ads for him. He ignores some fundamental words of that amendment “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

First, what does “well regulated” mean? I’m not sure why that term was not hyphenated, but that doesn’t change its meaning. A judge, especially a Supreme Court justice, should not pump meaning into a set of words. Instead, they must pass judgement on a wide range of challenges to our laws. Jurisprudence, an interesting term, deals with the theory or philosophy of law and, digging deeper, we see that philosophy is the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline. If you think any of the Supreme Court justices can throw off all their biases and viewpoints based on their own personal reality, then you are a fool. However, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t try to be impartial.

A bad decision or poorly worded dissent from the Supreme Court lasts forever. People will read those rulings for decades, even centuries. Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s nominee to the Court, is morally opposed to abortion or the right of a woman to choose, but that is why she was picked. It’s quite a strange reason. Why are we packing the court with people philosophically against previously decided law? Well, it’s because our system is deficient and our highly imperfect President is messing things up even more. Justice Barrett won’t be a bad judge, but she will be an intolerant judge because she is an intolerant person. Read what she has written and said about Roe Vs. Wade. Check out her thoughts about why a convicted felon, no matter what the charge, should be able to own a gun. She’s prejudiced regarding some established laws and traditions and unable to see the better good by keeping existing laws intact.

Angry Single Senator from S.C.

The circus that Senator Lindsey Graham will chair in the Judiciary Committee is not necessary. The Republicans will get their woman and, if the Democrats take over, they will add justices to the court. Then, as the more conservative, older judges retire or die, the Court will go back to nine justices. It’s the way politics work.

Possibly the first case Judge Barrett will encounter will be deciding whether the Affordable Care Act should be stuck down. Even though this Act has already cleared other Supreme Court decisions, it could be ended in a Supreme Court ruling which would eliminate the healthcare insurance of 20 million people. Wouldn’t that automatically send 20 million voters to the other guy running for President? We’ll see.

Donald Trump hugs the flag and constantly lies about his beliefs. He evaluates all situations based on whether or not they are good for him. Our Adolescent in Chief doesn’t have the intellectual depth to comprehend the impact of his words. I think he genuinely wants to tear everything down before he leaves. By the way, he will leave, if not in January 2021 then four years later.

The Great Divider

My feelings are simple. I would like our nine Supreme Court justices to NOT be forces of religious belief. They should be unbiased to a fault and non-political. Sure, you can get in there and overturn Roe Vs. Wade but will Congress then increase healthcare services for women and funding to help unwanted, possibly unloved, babies achieve a “Christian” upbringing. These “highly religious” types are hypocrites who want to control a woman’s choice but will look the other way when single moms need help. They will talk about pulling oneself up by their bootstraps. What a shitty thing to say.

Fox News once used the inappropriate tag line “Fair & Balanced.” It was a total lie, but people believed it. If the Supreme Court can rule that your doctor is not allowed to provide the care you want, then maybe the government should have told Donald Trump that he couldn’t have that experimental COVID treatment. He could have pulled himself by the bootstraps and toughed it out. Of course, he’s more important than that girl who was raped on campus and needs to abort that damage, that unwanted memory of the pain and crime. Does Ms. Barrett understand the issue of rape and how she should protect women from the state’s overreach? We don’t have a militia to protect those women, but maybe that will become their plan should their rights be taken away.

SMART TOUGH GIRLS are coming to America. Get ready.

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SUPPRESSION BY GOVERNMENT FIAT

Trump, Republicans and Racists

It didn’t start with Donald Trump, but I must ask the question. Can you name one Republican effort to expand the vote to more Americans? No, you cannot, because Republicans have never done anything to expand the ability of those who have a right to exercise their democratic responsibility to vote. If that doesn’t make you angry, then you must be one of them.

Seriously, why the suppression? The answer may be found in an event that took place on January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Abraham Lincoln, not only freed the slaves but paved the way for Black men to vote. After Lincoln was assassinated, Vice President Andrew Johnson proceeded to undermine all the goals of reconstruction in the south. Simply put, state’s rights became a way to appease the wounded Southern states and they took back the power to regulate one important aspect of democratic life, voting.

Get out of slavery card

After taking land away from African Americans, southern state legislatures passed draconian laws to push the Black man away from the ballot box. Tactics like poll taxes, phony IQ tests and harsh gerrymandering raised significant fear. The KKK and other white supremacist gangs captured, tortured and lynched Black men to “send a message.”

A November 2015 report by the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative found that between the years 1877 and 1950 nearly 4,000 Black people were lynched in a dozen Southern states — a higher number than previous estimates. The practice of extrajudicial executions was advanced by white people, who claimed they were God-fearing Christians protecting their women from the Black man. If you find this excuse repulsive, then you are normal.

In recent moves to make voting more difficult, Republicans are openly attempting to cut people off from the voting process. It’s a shameful act of greed and gamesmanship that will lead to more distrust of the American voting process. It’s mostly a show, but these tactics hurt people and our country. Actions like removing mailboxes or ballot drop boxes and curtailing mail-in, absentee and other early voting methods are unamerican actions by people who are trying to limit Black voters and thwart the possible “Blue Wave” many predict in America.

The United States is becoming more ethnic every day. The activities of Southern bigots have spread to states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. They are trying to reduce the voting of ethnic minorities. Republicans fear a loss of power, and their agenda is filled with moral and legislative abuses. In short, they want to control how the rest of us live, dictating who you may love and women’s power over their bodies. Who gave them this power? Why are they afraid of Black people? Well, politicians like Donald John Trump constantly say things that empower bigoted white folk in their beliefs of being “chosen people.”

When Trump bragged about his administration’s rescinding an Obama-era fair housing rule that was meant to combat housing discrimination, he characterized low-income housing as a detriment to the suburbs. He claimed, “There will be no more low-income housing forced into the suburbs. … It’s been going on for years. I’ve seen conflict for years. It’s been hell for suburbia.” He might as well have said, “I signed something that’s going to keep Black people and poor people from getting ahead.” The racists got his message.

The Governor of Texas

When Governor Greg Abbott of Texas declared there should be fewer voter drop boxes, no one could explain why that was a good idea during a pandemic. Neither did US District Judge Robert Pitman, who ruled against the Republican governor on Friday in a 46-page decision that included an injunction barring the state from restricting each county in the state to a single drop-off location for ballots before Election Day. Judge Pitman said the governor’s decree was “perplexing,” but what gets my goat is an appellate court granted that the original order to remove the boxes can move forward. Why did they do that? Corrupt judge?

Should it be upheld, the elderly and the ill or those in wheel chairs will be particularly affected by the governor’s rule because they are probably more fearful than most to go to a polling place with long lines and more potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. So, why did Governor Abbott do this? What possible reason could he have, other than a massive trick to make it harder to vote? Why have Republicans historically done this? Because they want fewer African and Hispanic Americans voting in the election. It’s out-in-the-open voter suppression and, without intervention of the courts, will be a continuation of racism in US politics. Dreadful.

Please don’t think that the color of a man’s skin determines their willingness to go along with what “the man” tells him to do. I have the strongest feeling that Daniel Jay Cameron, the Attorney General of the State of Kentucky and a Black man, did not present all the evidence in the Brianna Taylor case to the grand jury. I believe Mr. Cameron is working more for the Republican party and less for the people of Kentucky. Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader in the US Senate, referred to Cameron as his “protege.” So, is Mitch his master?

Cameron took over the case saying it had to be handled correctly. Well, was it? Really? An innocent public servant was murdered by police in her own apartment and no one was charged with home invasion? Yes, mistakes were made with the worst possible outcome, and that is why a Special Prosecutor must be appointed to undo the suppression of evidence by Mr. Cameron. It’s a Republican thing. They suppress the facts, suppress the vote and suppress democracy. Who are these people?

Hopefully, we will blast Donald Trump out of office, but then the work will really begin. We need to pass some laws, change some rules and start to make our democracy and government work better. People should NOT be able to skip out of congressional hearings, ignore subpoenas and disrespect the American justice system. Attorneys General must be reviewed with vigorous oversight. Most importantly, we need to appoint judges who are free of deeply held political or religious bias. I’m getting tired of asking people to read the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Oh, I have grievances, I have a ton of them.

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ADAM FOX & FRIENDS

Sad Truth About Domestic Terrorism

I love my family and my country. Some people have a strange viewpoint on what constitutes “freedom,” along with a desire to enforce their position. I prefer to use the ballot box to make my desires known, while others plot to loot, burn and tear down the establishment. There is no difference between far-left radicals who see violence as the bargaining chip and the far-right who gain power from automatic weapons and secret militias. Well, they just got a little less secret.

Yesterday, the US Justice Department brought charges against a group of radical militias who were intending to kidnap and/or murder the Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, and take over that state’s government by force. I have included the 15-page arrest warrant if you are into reading official documents: gov.uscourts.miwd.99213.1.1_1 The highly vocal leader of what could have been an army of 200 men attacking Michigan’s state government was a guy named Adam Fox. If convicted, Mr. Fox could spend the rest of his life behind bars, probably not the freedom he was allegedly fighting for.

Fox and friends were profoundly serious about their desires and plans. The arrest warrant contains the transcript of a recording made during the surveillance operation in which Fox says “We ain’t gonna let ‘em burn our fuckin’ state down. I don’t give a fuck if there’s only 20 or 30 of us, dude, we’ll go out there and use deadly force.” This brings to us a huge and direct question for Donald John Trump, WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO DENOUNCE THESE GUYS?

Trump prefers that his soldiers and heroes never be captured, and he loves radicals who wave his flag, not the flag of the United States. For several years, I lived in a small, upstate New York town. One of my neighbors had a giant “Don’t Tread on Me” flag next to the Confederate flag hanging over his garage. He was a young man in his twenties who grew up in that area, and I always wanted to ask him why he displayed those flags rather than the flag of the United States of America. He moved before I had an opportunity to confront him. Maybe this anti-government attitude could be understood by examining the personal grievances of its proponents.

Many years ago, I marched against a president who I believed was corrupt, and my position was eventually proven correct. Richard Nixon didn’t care about America; he cared about himself. I believe in the deepest part of my soul that Donald Trump is an evil, crooked and uncaring human being, but I am not going to load up a gun and shoot out the capitol and officials in my state. I want a new president because Trump and his boys have screwed it all up. I have three American flags in my front yard. You won’t find a “Tread on me” banner nor any other flag representing misguided, confederate, treasonous slave owners. You know, if we cannot fix democracy without violence then we don’t deserve it.

Instead of Donald Trump and his lapdog Mike Pence bragging about their support of the police and touting the “Blue Lives Matter” defense of systemic racism, they should be condemning those assholes who wield violence to achieve their radical, racist beliefs. Think about this. There is evidence that seven of those arrested men were affiliated with an extremist group known as the Wolverine Watchmen, and the Michigan attorney general accused them of collecting home addresses of police officers “in order to target them.” They were about to go after the police! That’s like late 1960s Black Panther shit. How can the Trump administration not take legal action by arresting these people while convincing the hundreds of other like-minded men across the nation to put down their guns? It’s just another of the many things Trump and Pence have fucked up.

Reports say the Watchmen were threatening to start a civil war, which they believed would lead to societal collapse. Really? These are the kind of people who support Donald Trump and his agenda of hate, racism, xenophobia and, wait for it, anti-Semitic dogma. I almost choked during the Vice Presidential debate when Mike Pence claimed this president could not possibly hold those forms of extreme hatred because he has Jewish grandkids, Sure, it’s like the old trope, “Some of my best friends are Black.” His statement smelled so disingenuous that it attracted a fly.

Recently, an extremely drunken, shirtless man tried to enter a tavern near the Nokomis, Florida beach. The waiters surrounded him and asked him to leave the reception area, refusing to seat the man. Children were in the restaurant and several witnesses said the drunk man laid down on the ground and exposed himself. There is a video of the drama in which the man screams about white supremacy. 36-year-old Nicholas A. Schock shouted, “The Aryan Nation will rule the world,” followed by, “I don’t give a fuck! Call Donald Trump!”  Right after that, Mr. Schock walked up to a bartender and smacked her in the face, knocking her out.

Nicholas A. Schock

I watched this video full of extreme anger and stress. I said to my neighbor, “That is why we need a new president.” His reaction? “No we don’t. That man is just a demented drug addict.” Okay, but what about the Trump stuff? What about the plot to kill the governor of a state? What about the weapons and threats? What about the tolerance for violent, far-right racialization, the constant rebuke of Black Lives Matter and the actions against peaceful protest by citizens saying they DON’T LIKE TRUMP?

Americans have a right to protest and a duty to speak up when they think things are going too far, right or left. When the President of the United States aids and abets enemies of Democracy, he is either a tyrant or complicit and should be charged for his misdeeds and indictments. I would love to sit on that jury, a great duty for us good, democratic souls.

I will never forget or forgive the failures of President Donald Trump. He ignored domestic terrorism, he froze on the COVID-19 crisis and he discounted Russian interference in our elections. He’s a bankrupt human being and a treasonous, old fool who has done nothing to make America great. He’s a liar, and in another place in time, a pike would be involved in his life story. But for now, we VOTE!

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