UNDER THE INFLUENCE

Is Impeachment Bad for Democracy?

There are many different opinions on what the founding fathers intended when they crafted the part of the Constitution that covers impeachment as a means to remove a president from office. The language is direct: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

It is not a surprise that those conducting the impeachment inquiry are finally using the word “bribery” when accusing the president. For readers of the blog, you might remember that I urged the use of this term in this article.

Like a drunk coming out of a bar, half the public is under the influence of a cult fueled drug known in simpler times as “nationalism.” Ever the victim, Trump seeks to cast his own terrible state as the terrible state of a nation in a terrible state. If that sounds like Trump-speak, point made. The Donald tends to paint the impeachment aspect of our Constitution as some illegal, illegitimate action. Really?

While Trump professes his innocence, he’s blocking every meaningful witness in his administration from testifying. Clearly, Trump is doing everything he can to be the least transparent president in history. It’s a sad time when the court must determine whether people must appear before Congress. Why is Trump disrespecting the Constitution and its sacred words? Another cliché being tossed about is that all presidents attempt to stall and block Congress when they feel there is an overreach. While that is true, an impeachment is a sanctioned action and the only means to remove a President. It’s not against the law, it is the law.

The House of Representatives has the sole power to impeach a president. That isn’t the final word on whether a president is removed. Think of the House as a grand jury that brings charges to higher body, the Senate does the rest of the work. The ground rules: The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two-thirds of the Members present.

The Senate is the only court that can remove a president, but then comes the decision to disqualify the person from holding an office in the future. And once a President is removed from office, he or she is then liable and subject to indictment, trial, judgment and punishment. With many of the open indictments on Trump, he could be subject to arrest the minute he is removed from office. This is a very serious time for Donald J. Trump.

The problem with impeachment is that it could be used by an over-zealous political party in power. Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton knew that this aspect of the Constitution could be abused, but in the more than 240 years of American history it has rarely been used. The idea that the president would be a bad actor was only a slight concern for the founders, but it was feared enough for them to provide a remedy in this new democracy. Parliamentary governments can call votes of confidence at any time, which eliminates the need for impeachment. Some of those countries have royalty, who at their command can remove a sitting prime minister or president. The United States is not a monarchy.

The answer to the question is simple. Impeachment isn’t bad for democracy; impeachment is part of it. If we had faith that the people would always elect a respectable and wholesome statesman or woman to the post, we could eliminate impeachment, by why would we ever take such a chance? This is not a Republican or Democrat principle; it’s an American point of law — a law the President and Vice President, under oath, promised to protect and defend.

All that Trump is experiencing is the result of his lack of experience, inability to manage the larger aspect of his campaign, and a horrid collection of people who speak for him. He creates a communication void by repetitive use of slogans, rather than delivering cohesive thoughts and plans. It’s like half the country believed the pitch man with the monkey at the circus and were convinced to give all their money to the monkey. Some people think Trump is just goofing around and telling jokes, while the clear minded citizens are repulsed by this monkey masturbating in public.

Trump is a bad guy with no moral grounding, no empathy for real people and no capacity to handle the complexities of the office. George W. Bush might not have been a Rhoades Scholar, like Bill Clinton, but he was wired into the bureaucratic reality of Washington and the government. He lined up mostly good people and without a bad VP, Dick Cheney, he could have been a very good President. Barack Obama’s intelligence was never in question and is the real source of Trump’s insecurities. Without a conviction in the Senate, Trump will have to be voted out in the fall of 2020. It might be better if it happens that way, but our elected representatives would be neglecting their duty if they didn’t formally question this faulty executive. Trump is abusing his power and is a danger to the democracy. To make matters worse, the whole world is laughing at this embarrassment of a president.

One good aspect of the impeachment inquiry is that many Americans will learn more about how our government works. The public are seeing truthful people who work hard to keep America safe. Trump can be an isolationist all he wants, but that doesn’t stop America’s need to have people in embassies around the world and to conduct diplomacy that advances our interests.

Trump’s shakedown of South Korea for money to keep our troops there to help protect them against North Korea begs the question, whose side is President Trump on? He believes dictators and rough guys like Putin, Kim and Erdoğan, more than our own State Department and CIA. Who is this guy, this thug president? The clock is ticking.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.


THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY

Malformed, Myopic & Malignant

If I were the president of a company and more than 49% of my employees wanted me gone from my job, I would leave a sonic boom as I blasted out the door after resigning. However, the public is a bit fickle when it comes to presidents, and sometimes they look better long after they left office. Jimmy Carter might have been a mediocre one-term president, but he’s an amazing human being.

Let’s consider this famous movie line, “If you build it, they will come.” In case you forgot, that was the tagline for Field of Dreams, a movie about a man’s desire to reconnect with his father and the past to somehow make it right. Yes, it’s a baseball movie, but it’s really a story about how the past generation should always give the next generation something good to take with them.

Forming a government is a parliamentary phrase. Presidents build administrations. We all know that Donald Trump, up to the time he became President, had only a donor’s viewpoint of politics. Judging by the recipients of Trump’s donations over the years, it’s clear that his contributions were more like bribes and less like gestures of loyalty to politicians’ dogmas. From state’s attorney generals to dogcatchers, he gave them money to get things done. That’s who he is and how he works.

When putting together his own team, he was led more by the way things looked rather than vetting people. In some cases, he didn’t even talk with the person he hired. What was that all about? The end results were disastrous.

People he hired solely because they were “generals,” even after the Donald said he knew more than all the generals, didn’t work out. Think about H.R. McMaster, John Kelly, James Mattis and Michael Flynn. They are all generals and they are all gone. I have said many times that Trump hired Mattis just because he liked saying the man’s nickname, “Mad Dog Mattis.”

Trump constantly told us that rich successful businesspeople would help him govern. He ended up with a bunch of self-serving people who saw Trump as a goofball or, as Rex Tillerson called him, “a fucking moron.” Whatever they thought they were bringing to the goal of making America great was neutered by Trump’s inability to absorb important details or learn proper procedures from them.

Trump’s frustration with how things worked lured him into recruiting people outside of the government like Michael Cohen, Corey Lewandowski and Rudy Giuliani. He wanted them to do his dirty deeds beyond the chain of command, rules of government and Congressional oversight.

From the beginning, Trump placed terrible people in his cabinet. Bringing in Rick Perry to run the Department of Energy, while he campaigned to eliminate it, was a stupid move. Perry didn’t even know his department controlled the nuclear arsenal. Then there’s Betsy de Vos, who knows nothing about public or private schools. A judge just fined her $100,000 personally because she was too dim to understand what she did wrong.

The lack of vision, planning and problem solving with this group of wannabe’s and family members is appalling. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are useless, vapid trophy posers. Jared didn’t fix the Middle East and Ivanka totally blasted that equal rights thing right past her father’s cock block of maternity pay and time off. Why are they still there?

Trump went through two press secretaries until he surrendered by elevating his wife’s press person, Stephanie Grisham. She ended press briefings so the press couldn’t challenge the administration or ask questions about its policies. This news blackout is contra to Trump’s need for camera time, so he holds impromptu and unprepared press briefings himself, screaming over the whine of a helicopter on the south lawn. Shoddy, at best.

Some people with serious credentials and experience have been pulled into Trump’s inner circle of harshness and lack of empathy. When you see the angry, defensive, anti-press actions of Peter Navarro, Kellyanne Conway, Mike Pompeo and Mick Mulvaney, understand that they are simply echoing their boss’s personality.

Cancers of deception, ignorance and stonewalling have infected all the troops that remain in the White House. Those who disagree with this president get sent packing or left to write books on their own accord. It has been reported that John Bolton received a $2 million advance on a book deal to tell all. This is the main reason he is not testifying; it would queer the book deal.

We are at the stage four level of this presidency. Yes, there is an election coming in less than a year, but what we have seen so far should teach America a great lesson. Maybe the major benefit of all this impeachment crap is a lesson about how NOT to be a president. In the end, it’s all Trump’s fault. He never graduated to governance and stayed too long in politician mode. His sick need to win at any cost has replaced the kind of sound judgement required for leadership.

The worst part of the Trump presidency will be a lingering anger and distrust of facts. When Trump goes, and he will one way or the other, there are those who will be frustrated and will continually claim how unfair Donald was treated. That cult will have to find another leader, but they will always be pissed off at something they cannot understand. That is what is most sad.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.

 

 


IS FACEBOOK PROMOTING FAKE NEWS?

Social Media is More Powerful Than Trump

Americans will believe anything presented in an official way. We are about to learn some lessons that cannot be unlearned no matter what anyone says or does. People are so fixed in their positions that they will often use one lie to discredit another lie. Allow me to paint the picture.

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has sat through a number of interviews lately trying to explain the policies of his social media giant. He says they were created to keep America safer and less duped by nefarious online characters. In my latest book, Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs, I dedicate a couple of chapters to the ways social media is ill-equipped for this task. With the possibility that many outrageous lies from Donald Trump and his reelection campaign will land on Facebook, what is the Zuck to do? He hasn’t a plan.

I like to use language correctly and accurately. A favorite phrase of my high school English teacher was, “be specific!” When you call something a “safe zone,” please be sure that no specific person will be blown up there. Let’s think about the term “social media.” It’s a vague phrase, but over time we have learned that its websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or participate in social networking. Do the owners of social networking websites or applications have the right to censor the content that is shared on their platforms? People and groups are now challenging Facebook to decide the veracity of the content posted by its members. The people at Facebook can’t monitor every post fast enough, and after hearing Zuckerberg on NBC, they won’t being doing much more than they do now.

When Hillary Clinton said that the Russians are looking to co-opt one of the Democratic candidates running for President, her claim was widely reposted and the comments flowed. How can Facebook cut that off? A sidebar comment will be appropriate here. Why is Hillary Clinton doing anything to affect the campaigns of those running for President? Oh, yeah, she still feels that social media hurt her in 2016. I get that, but why attack anyone without proof? Go be a grandmother, Hill.

Now we learn that Mitt Romney has a fake Twitter feed under the name “Pierre Delecto” who appeared to be an anti-Trump guy. The page has been taken down, but what is going on? When someone with that much credibility uses Twitter to stir up some dust behind Trump, I can’t help wondering if it was just an experiment or an effort to learn how to use Twitter politically.

I was banned by Twitter for 12 hours because I called Lindsey Graham a “political whore,” which seemed to be the best way to characterize his bouncing back and forth on matters concerning Trump. After all, the second meaning of the word “whore” conveys exactly my thought, “a person who is regarded as willing to do anything to get a particular thing.” I was eventually returned to active status, but I wonder who at Twitter decides what I can say? They let Trump post anything, even FAKE NEWS and purposeful lies that can damage a person and a country.

The reason why people like Joe Biden are so concerned about the policies at Facebook, Twitter and all the other social media sites is because they understand the power of those platforms. Our First Amendment protects the “press” from censorship. Social media, however, is NOT the press, even though they are used to spread the written word quite nicely. If I write something on Twitter or Facebook, wouldn’t I be the publisher, it is my account? I’m just using the social media servers to distribute my content. Why do they get to edit my words? Their “standards” are not a free pass to the final determination of what is true. What is about to change and maybe codified in law is that Facebook and Twitter could be classified as a publisher, therefore would actually have more First Amendment rights.

My conclusion on all this is much like what people think about video games. Many of them are ultra-violent expressions cloaked in a game. Some say that professional football is just war put into a game. But as more and more people are drawn into video games, players are now being organized into large tournaments where they can win millions of dollars. Does that make it right? Everyone knows that the use of violence in many games make them more exciting.

The geeks who own social media companies have found ways to mine data for monetary rewards. They created a marketing platform for companies, groups and political candidates who pay money for ads and placement on the site. They are not going to take every ad, they do have procedures, but they are not going to stop the money coming in from you, me or Russia. They take the money and run the ads while having no ability to monitor comments or reposts. They are lying about how it works.

Just like video game makers aren’t going to take the violence out of their products, social media is not going to protect your privacy any more than they must, and things that cost too much money will be delayed. Trump’s fake news is powerful, and his campaign has tons of money to spread his words further than Facebook or Twitter can manage. If Russia decides to push against Trump, he will not be helped by any social media site. They simply don’t know what to do.  It’s a beast out of control!

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.


SANCTIONS & CEASEFIRE

Trump’s Illogical Foreign Policy

There is something so disturbing about President Donald J. Trump that makes me wonder if he has the cognitive ability to think in linear form. We don’t know what was said and heard on the call with Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, but the two leaders’ comments and actions seem to be totally out of sync. If you want a leader to not invade a country, perhaps you should tell them BEFORE THEY ATTACK!

Donald Trump says he told Erdoğan that moving his troops and talking land in Northern Syria would be a bad idea. However, the text of the Turkish side of that call leads one to believe that Trump gave Turkey permission to land grab with the intent of resettling refugees avoiding the wrath of Bashar al-Assad, the evil president of Syria. In April of 2016, the United Nations and Arab League Envoy to Syria estimated that 400,000 people died in the war.

Speaking from the Oval Office on 10-16-2019, President Trump said that Turkey’s incursion into Syria is their problem. The exact quote was, “They have a problem at the border; it’s not our border,” and that “they’ve got a lot of sand over there. There’s a lot of sand they can play with.” What a dingbat remark. He has no idea how uncaring and distorted his comments are. Not only is it our problem, it’s a snag we created by our actions. We started a war by pulling fewer than 50 soldiers out of a place that had been experiencing relative calm. Trump refuses to admit he is wrong while being played by another ruthless world leader who has become nothing short of a sultan in Turkey.

While both Republicans and Democratic Congresspeople are highly critical of Trump’s bizarre plan, the President demanded a stop to the invasion and called for a ceasefire. Erdoğan has Russia and Putin on his side and he doesn’t give a whit about Trump’s babbling. The man is under impeachment investigation and he thinks that his opinions are the only things that matter about the law, a war, and the world. He’s a complete buffoon with no mental acumen and no talent for foreign policy and world events. The Donald is harming America, right in front of everyone’s eyes. Someone needs to step up and STOP HIM NOW.

VP Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveling to Turkey for an emergency ceasefire negotiation with Erdoğan is almost comical. Why didn’t Trump make his position clear on the phone call? Fox News reported that, “President Trump ‘went off script’ during his call on Sunday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, before he announced that the U.S. would withdraw all troops from northeast Syria ahead of a Turkish military operation in the region.”

Trump was supposed to say, “Tell Erdogan to stay north of the border,” but he ignored some of his own points. I swear, this man has a chip in his brain controlled by Putin controlling him to do dirty deeds which affect the very security of our nation.

Trump claims that the Kurds are “no angels,” but what exactly does that mean? He spouts about the cost of the transaction, ignoring the fact that the Kurds fought against ISIS for us and captured more than 10,000 terrorists. This idiot president fails to comprehend they lost more than 10,000 men and women in the fight against ISIS. He’s simply blocked it out to cover his lies and bad judgment.

Trump believes that some ISIS fighters were released from prison to lure America back into a war in the Middle East. Has he forgotten that ISIS, and Al-Qaeda before them, were trained in those areas and attacked the United States on 9-11? He doesn’t care if ISIS prisoners get released, claiming they will go to Europe. Why is that good for America and the world? How lame is it for the President to tell the American public that Syria is 7,000 miles from us and so what happens there is not that important to our country and people.

Trump abuses his power by waging economic war with sanctions. He threatens to raise tariffs on Turkish products, thinking President Erdoğan will bend to his will. Actually, he is forcing Turkey and other fringe countries into the arms of Russia and Putin. If Trump keeps going, we will lose face and the support of our international allies.

As the world gets worse, Trump continues to praise himself and gloat on the false premise that he knows what he is doing. The United States is being run by a lunatic who believes his unitary executive position cannot be challenged by equal branches of government. If we do not stop him now, we might have to fight for our democracy for decades to come.

The mistake in Syria proves Trump is unfit to be President of our country, or any country. He repeats himself endlessly while those who believe in him are guilty of a strange idol worship. They will be judged by a higher power. For now, however, we must get rid of this presidential idiot who is damaging America more and more every day. Donald Trump won’t learn any lesson, even when his two stooges, Pence and Pompeo come back from Turkey with their tails between their legs with nothing accomplished in Syria. This is a failure of epic proportions.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.

 


OWNER OF A LONELY HEART

Trump’s Enduring Legacy

The story of President Trump would be an interesting study in the public dissolution of sanity, but because it concerns the spirit and moral fiber of our nation it’s nothing short of sad and disturbing. The man sleeps alone, texts alone and conducts much of his presidential activities alone. This is not working for America. We are a giant melting pot, a family, a team. What our leader does becomes us and we cannot walk alone in the world.

I suspect that, in the end, Donald J. Trump will not go easily. He will not think about where he will land; he will just leap into the fire. He will hesitate only long enough to scorch the earth beneath him. He’s a destructive, fat, old laughingstock of a leader and sooner or later his loneliness and vile character will be etched into history. What will we remember?

The Donald would call me a hater, but that is not who I am. In most cases, I wouldn’t spend this much time with a person like Trump, but he has been forced upon us by a large number of disgruntled workers who rose up to replace the evil elitists they thought didn’t care about them. The system didn’t work for the common man, so they turned to a traveling medicine man huckster who sold them an elixir to cure their pain. He lied to them, took their money and will soon move on to rip off some other fools.

If my father were alive today, he would support Donald Trump. Many people in my family probably though Mr. Trump was just what we needed to bring America back to a better day, but in the end, nothing has changed except the news cycle. It’s all about TRUMP, 24-hours a day. More and more people are getting tired of his recklessness and deceitful practices. Why should his loneliness make us hate each other? Why should his fears and paranoia creep into our collective consciousness?

If we look only at the last 24 hours, we learned that Trump wanted to construct a moat at our southern border and stock the ditch with poisonous snakes and hungry alligators to stop the flow of “illegal aliens” from crossing the border. I imagine he will deny ever saying that because even Donald sees how idiotic his ideas are once committed to print or banner lines on TV. When his advisors told him a moat would be more expensive than a wall, he suggested our military shoot families coming across the border. When he was told lethal force would be wrong, he downgraded the plan to shooting them in the legs. Does this sound like a president, or some third-world dictator? I have two words for Trump, “Nuremberg trials.”

The lead story on CNN.com this morning said, “The Trump administration is frenetically throwing up roadblocks in a belated grasp for a strategy to slow a Democratic impeachment machine the President is now branding a ‘coup.’” Trump knows that a coup d’état, also known as a putsch or simply a coup, means the overthrowing of an existing government by a dictator, the military or some other political faction. Amazing, he doesn’t even speak French; hardly speaks English.

The President’s head has been manipulated into the belief of a nefarious “deep state,” which is sadly funny because the guy who runs the government believes someone else is running the government. He kept saying he alone can fix things, but he isn’t powerful enough to find a political faction in his own government. What a wimp!

Did the deep state suggest we use snakes and alligators to attack people seeking asylum at our borders? Did the deep state separate immigrant children from their parents? Did some dark figure from the deep state change the laws to allow more pollution in the air? Did the deep state create a tax cut to make the rich wealthier while increasing the tax burden of the poor and middle class? Did the deep state spooks attempt to intimidate a foreign country into providing dirt on an American citizen who happens to be a former Vice President? I, for one, would feel so much better knowing it was some deep state operative doing all these things rather than the President of the United States. Isn’t the Commander in Chief supposed to tell us the truth and be our moral example?

Have you no decency Mr. Trump? Don’t bother answering that; we all know you don’t. You’re just a lonely, old, blubber-assed fool with nothing left to win or lose. It’s not the deep state that is out to get you, little Donnie, it’s just a bunch of low-level public servants who decided that America was more important than your goddamn red ties and bold lies. The Inspector Generals are a formidable foe, Mr. Fear Monger. They are not going to look away. They are here to put out the dumpster fire. Stand back and let the real heroes douse the flames with pure truth. The jig is up.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.

 

 


FAILURE TO MATRICULATE

Trump Never Graduated to President

All the information we have received in the last week about the inner workings of the White House is astonishing. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know I have little respect for the character of the man who heads our country. There are some people who might defend his actions and administration, probably based on their party affiliation, but as a nation we are at a fork in the road.

We have a simple problem here. Donald Trump has admitted that he pressured the President of Ukraine to dig up dirt on his political opponent, Joe Biden. We learned this with the release of the general summary of a phone call that pushed a whistleblower over the top. In his words and action, Trump has confessed.

Now that we have the redacted complaint from the whistleblower, we can see that not only words of intimidation were used, but actions were taken to cover-up the matter by the President and his administration. What are the problems with this?

It is against the law for a foreign nation to do anything to disrupt or affect our elections; we learned that in the Mueller report. The President has decided that he needs help to defend himself against Joe Biden, who in latest polls looks very viable. So, Trump attempted to get Ukraine to investigation Biden and his son in their court system. He wanted a juicy story he could use to damage Biden. Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine in order to get the new Ukraine President’s attention.

In his testimony to the House Intelligence Committee (9-26-2019), Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire may have defended his handling of the explosive whistleblower complaint against the President, but he also shed some light on the process under which the intelligence committee handles complaints and why he went to the White House lawyers and the Justice Department before he went to Congress. These actions seemed a little less onerous before release of the whistleblower report, available below.

Here are some quick points: The President has the right to declassify any document or finding, but does he or she have the right to classify anything that happens in government as top secret? How do we preserve transparency in a democracy if this concept is allowed to stand? We should ask to see the verbatim record of the call with the Ukraine President; maybe there is more to learn. And who will investigate this matter from this point onward? Did the DOJ just opt out of its duty?

The President of the United States should never instruct the Department of Justice, the State Department or any other part of the Executive Branch of the government to help his private lawyer to do political work in another country. Even the Acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, says he doesn’t know if Rudy Giuliani has the necessary security clearance. Maguire can’t even articulate what Mr. Giuliani does for the administration or the President. If he’s the director of the US intelligence effort, why wouldn’t he know exactly what Giuliani is doing on foreign soil? Obviously the DNI is out of the loop with respect to Ukraine.

According to the whistleblower complaint, government workers in the White House were discussing the fact they had witnessed abuse by the president for personal gain. The complaint discloses that White House lawyers were so worried about what President Trump said on a phone call with a foreign leader, they changed the procedure related to how certain transcripts are archived and stored. This is dangerous. They have a secret server. Where have we heard this before?

We have learned that Donald Trump was not only trying to get the country of Ukraine to investigate his rival, but Trump was attempting to collude with another leader to affect the 2020 election. This is not some “collusion allusion” as the Donald likes to chant. This is corruption right out in the open. COLLUSION is back!

US Ambassador Yovanovitch, who was recalled from Ukraine and would know more than anyone else about Ukraine politics and what happened, should be called to testify before the Intelligence Committees of both the House and Senate. This complaint is a giant red flag screaming for more investigation. One could say it might be time for another Special Counsel, but it’s impeachment investigation time now. People want the Congress to get to the bottom of all the corruption.

The fatal flaw with Donald Trump is that he never graduated from politician to president. He simply doesn’t know what a president does, how a president should act, or the sacredness of the presidency. He has soiled the office.

The miserable part of all this is that Russia is involved, again. If we only knew what is in Donald Trump and his family’s tax returns, we might learn and understand why Putin is so important to him. For the severely impatient in the audience, this will take a long time. It’s much like trying to fell a redwood tree with a cardboard saw. You can do it, but the work involved is arduous.

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The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.


IRANIAN DRONES AND DINGBATS

Trump’s Challenge of Inexperience

Over the years, I have noticed that insecure people have a peculiar habit of attempting to rewrite history. When they make a mistake with a word or phrase and are corrected by someone, after acknowledging the blunder they tend to overuse the correct form of the term. This brings us to Donald Trump.

Last June, another Trump Twitter malaprop popped out. In response to Iran shooting down a US drone, Trump decided NOT to respond because it would have killed 150 people. In his tweet saying that bombing Iran would have been a disproportionate reaction Trump used the expression, “We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night…”  

It didn’t take the press and bloggers, this one included, to point out that the correct expression is “locked and loaded” and anyone with a modicum of military experience would have known the right form. I questioned how he could have possibly misused the term.  Didn’t the New York Military Academy teach him the right words? Trump told us he would always be using the “best words.”

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

It wasn’t surprising to see President Trump’s tweet about the US being “locked and loaded” in response to the drone strikes on Saudi Arabia oil facilities. He’s trying to eradicate his mistake more than transmitting a thoughtful message to his nation and the world. In fact, minions from Mike Pence’s office tried to explain away his aggressive remark before we had proof that Iran was behind the strike. They took the lock and the load out of his meaning and just confused the whole affair.

Trump should have waited before issuing a warning, but nothing seems to stop him from wading into a lake before he tests the water for quicksand. A few days later he made it seem like it wasn’t our problem, throwing the burden over to the Saudis. Doesn’t this schmuck of a president understand that oil prices, and thus gas prices, are set to soar here?

The use of the term “drone strike” connotatively makes it seem like a toy brought down the Saudi Arabia oil supply. The act was carried out by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and they didn’t need to carry bombs; they just had to fly into the right areas of the oil refinery. But here’s a bigger question. If the Saudi Crown Prince – MBS – is such a smart and rich leader, why wouldn’t those facilities have airspace security? And Trump should now be asking if the US refineries are just as vulnerable to an airstrike.

When we have a president who claims he knows everything and is smarter than all the generals; we have a problem. No one person can know everything. Sadly, the operation of the Trump administration is all about people coming in AFTER SOMETHING BAD HAPPENS to explain how it works to our thick-headed chief executive. He doesn’t plan, so he’s always trying to fix or correct the mistakes he’s made in the past. He’s a fool!

There are a lot of people who will agree that Iran was behind the launch of UAVs that hit the Saudi Arabian oil plants. While the Saudis are laying out the claim against Iran and trying to gain support from other nations, Trump seems to be unsure of what to do. What is the right answer? Does he start another war, when he claimed that his campaign opponents would surely get us into a war? Wouldn’t it be ironic that after walking out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that was signed by the US and six other nations plus the EU he was the sole person left to decide what to do about Iran? The body of nations isn’t happy with Trump and they will be very cautious about getting anywhere near him on this issue.

Trump’s memory of what he promised on the campaign trail supersedes all current information and logic. He simply wants to trample on Obama’s achievements and attack those who disagree with him. He truly believes that when he says something is the worst deal ever everyone will see things his way. I wonder whether Trump even read the JCPA or comprehended its effect on the world. It’s funny how something that China and Russia thought was a good idea, isn’t a good idea for Donald Trump. He tore up the deal and now he alone might have to handle an emerging, nuclear Iran. Did Trump not understand that the agreement was deterring Iraq from their goal? Our Idiot-in-Chief’s lack of experience in diplomatic solutions is appalling. Really smart, successful people in the diplomatic world will never work for him, and that is the small problem. He is the true problem.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.

 

 


THE BOTCHED BOLTON BOOT

Just Another Neo-Con Job

Donald Trump doesn’t know how to hire the right people and he certainly doesn’t know how to fire them. But there is something much deeper here that escapes Trump’s ability to comprehend.

Trump is like P.T. Barnum, the circus man who truly believed one can hype their way into the hearts of the American public and fool them with illusions while taking their money. The world is more complicated than selling a ticket to the big top. In the end, most of the circus enterprises in America went broke because their owners couldn’t balance the cost of doing business with the activities of their competitors. Many circus companies have multiple names because eating each other up was the only way to survive. They ran up debt, exactly like Trump is doing with America.

John Bolton is just another Neo-Con with a convincing talent of combative rhetoric. In my book Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs, you will find a chapter titled The Three Legged Stool. It highlights the three forces that attempt to control our government — the Evangelicals, the rich owner class and the Neo-Cons. Some people fit into all three categories, but John Bolton is only a Neo-Con.

Dick Cheney and other Neo-Cons see nation building and regime changes as necessary methods of keeping the world safe and helping the US grow strong. Their mistakes have cost incredible amounts of blood in the streets and loss of treasures, but they are easily dismissed as a “greater good” the Neo-Cons believe they bring to world order.

It is no mystery that John Bolton deeply disagreed with Trump’s PR move to bring the Taliban to Camp David. It was also no surprise that one of the only Republicans to loudly voice disdain for this Trump folly was Liz Cheney, the daughter of Dick Cheney. You see, if anything, the Neo-Cons stick together.

Another Neo-Con is Lindsey Graham. On his web site he declared, “I have known John Bolton for many years and very much appreciate his service to our country in a variety of positions. John understands the world for what it is and the dangers that threaten America’s national security interests.” (I added the bolding.)

Deep down inside, Lindsey Graham knows that Donald Trump does not correctly see or understand the world. Graham, being a card-carrying member of the Neo-Con Club, was not about to put Bolton down because the Senator from South Carolina thinks and talks like Bolton.

The Donald doesn’t understand that right-winged white supremacists are not as powerful as the Neo-Cons in America. The Neo-Con, or New Conservative, movement was started by Jewish intellectuals in New York who believed the United States should do whatever it could to protect Israel. Trump gets that right, but what he fails to see is that Neo-Cons have no time for Nazis, the KKK or white supremacists. They feel only a need to protect the world from “evil doers.”

Not only did Trump dislike John Bolton’s outspokenness on many issues, he also figured out that Bolton was attempting to move into the “more important” position of Secretary of State. Trump hates people who are too aggressive. Bolton believed that Mike Pompeo, Trump’s boy, was looking for the exit ramp to run for Senator in his home state of Kansas.  Perhaps a miscalculation on his part, but in the end Trump needed someone he could spank for his stupid idea of doing a Taliban smores party at Camp David. Anyone other than Trump must always be blamed for something the press points out as asinine. I guess that is why we have a free press.

Bolton didn’t go quietly into the night. He quickly rebuked Trump, claiming he resigned and wasn’t fired. I’m not sure why that matters, but I do know that Trump never wants to be perceived as someone who has trouble working with people, even though the guy can’t work with anyone.

Over a hundred top people in Trump’s administration have been dismissed or resigned. As one of my favorite Trump loyalists said, “Well, at least he gets rid of the bad people.” WHAT? Those are all his people and he’s the reason they got into the White House. Once again, Trump claims he solved a problem that he created. What a douchebag.

I have never understood why civilian government appointees would be more militant and more eager to march into war than well-trained pentagon leaders. Who are these people who seek to use the military might of America as a political tool? Donald Trump would start a war if he thought it would guarantee his reelection.

This presidency will ultimately be seen as Trump declaring that EVERY DECISION he made was his decision. Those in position to give advice were only as valuable as the level of adulation they presented to his thin-skinned, narcissistic veneer. When an insecure person declares that they “took their own advice” on an important decision, we are in trouble. Who says that? The third person must hold more power than the person who is speaking. Now I am worried.

Trump is not the president for America today and he shouldn’t be the president tomorrow. As the world changes, it’s extremely clear that Trump will not change. He will never understand the world for what it is. He has damaged our standing and effectiveness on the planet. He is the biggest loser. Maybe his next reality TV show can be named Fat President Shrivels into Dust.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.

 

 


MUELLER, MUELLER, MUELLER

The Origin of the Presidential Probe

In the end, we often want to know about the beginning. In the beginning, it was apparent that lies and misdirects caused more suspicion than confidence. Donald J. Trump will survive the seven hours of Robert S. Mueller’s testimony, after all the S stands for Swan.

The most important point yesterday (7-24-19) in the two Mueller hearings was the sobering reality of Russian interference in our electoral process. Maybe it began when our Supreme Court decided the Citizen’s United case. It was brought by a political non-profit group, Citizens United against the Federal Election Commission, which claimed that the law preventing corporations and unions from using their general treasury funds for independent political advertising violated the First Amendment’s guarantee of Freedom of Speech. The disposition of the case was narrowly decided. It eliminated the law and paved the way for massive amounts of corporate money to flow into the political election process. As we know, money corrupts and lots of money corrupts absolutely.

Without the Citizen’s United case, would the money paid to a porn star and Playboy bunny be less of a distraction and more of a campaign violation for Trump? His co-conspirator in this secretive payment is in jail. Why was Trump not charged? And on the question of Russian interference, if the case went to the Supreme Court, would they declare that Russians were just another “corporation” with a right to freedom of speech?

There is a need for checks and balances in our democracy, and the questioning of Special Counsel Robert Mueller was an example of how we do things out in the open. But what’s next? Did the Mueller hearings make a difference or change any minds?

The first thing Congress should do is pass a resolution that a candidate for any office in America should not be allowed to get information, help or money from a foreign government to aid their campaigns.

Of course, Trump would probably veto such an act, and without a majority in Congress, this President holds that power. If we have a representative government, why is one person able to determine the fate of a proposed law? It’s a system flaw that we normally live with, but under Trump it’s a burden.

Donald Trump seems to find conspiracy swirling around his life. He believes he knows the origin of everything, but some of his theories are senseless. To believe that the clean air movement was started by China to give them an advantage in business is thoughtless dribble. If that is true, why would China be the number one manufacturer of solar panels? More importantly, why wouldn’t the leader of the free world be pressing the USA to become the leader in solar panels? America First? Well not when it comes to the environment or sustainable energy. Trump is a loser.

Our President thinks that the “Russia thing” began as a personally driven conspiracy against him. He believes that anyone not in tune with his thoughts and ideas is un-American. He visualizes all those Russian contacts as fictions of the Democrats to hurt him. Robert Mueller said that his work was not a “witch hunt” and that Russian interference was not a hoax, but that won’t stop Trump. We can all stand by and watch Trump give aid and comfort to Kim Jong-Un (murderer), Mohammad bin Salman  (murderer), and Vladimir Putin (murderer), or we can take a page from the book now being written by young, progressive Puerto Ricans. If you want someone to leave, surround the castle and loudly tell them so.

It seems that now the only prospect of removing Trump from office is a great candidate running against him. It would be best to beat Trump in an election so that Mike Pence will never have an opportunity to pardon the son of a bitch. You heard what Robert Mueller said, “Trump can be charged for the obstruction of justice once he is out of office.” And yes, Congress, it’s time to change the statue of limitations on obstruction to ten years, otherwise Trump will use his money, power and bullshit to escape justice.

Do I think Donald Trump conspired with the Russians? No, not because he wouldn’t do it, but just because the foolish assholes surrounding him are incapable of pulling off such an intricate plot. I do think Brad Pascale and Steve Bannon knew what was going on with the Russians buying tons of Facebook ads, but they just smiled and kept it to themselves. Allowing this all to unfold the way it did was horrible and un-American. Mueller’s team didn’t go far enough into the “who knew what and when did they know it,” but it’s over now.

And on the biggest question, Mueller was totally ineffective. The best mantra of any conspiracy investigation is, “Follow the money.” It carried us through Watergate, so why didn’t the Special Counsel’s office follow the money? What was really going on between the Trump Organization and the Russian building project? Has Donald Trump been in debt to the Russians for years? Could that be the origin of his attitudes and policies toward Putin and Russia? Why don’t we have the answers to these questions? Congress must pass a law that says ANYONE running for Federal office in this country must disclose their tax returns for the past five years.

Donald Trump’s actions and conspiracy of lies will increase the national debt by $1 trillion for each year he remains in office. He lied about the budget. He lied about the debt. He lied about the tax cut. He lied about his tax returns being under audit. He lied about his interactions with other countries. He’s a liar and will always be a liar. So, here we are America. We have a pathological liar as president, and there seems to be nothing we can do about it. Of course, we could just vote him out.

Impact of Trump on America

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.


LIARS, LOSERS & RACISTS

Trump’s Challenges in Washington

When I first visited the attraction Stone Mountain Park in Georgia, I was not only amazed at the massive carving of three Confederate heroes in the face of the largest exposed piece of granite in the world, but what I found at the visitor center disturbed me greatly. There were four restrooms on the right side of the building, two for men and two for women. A local explained that once two of the bathrooms were for WHITES ONLY and two for COLORED. In 1979, the restrooms were still there but the signs were gone. I learned there remained a deep-seated racism embedded in many people of the south.

It wasn’t unusual for some drunken fool at a party in Atlanta to tell a tasteless, degrading and racist joke right in front of African Americans serving the food. I was appalled, but had I objected in any way I would have been chided by a local saying I was just a northern Yankee who didn’t know better. I even had friends who claimed the south won the civil war, but to repair the nation their ancestors had worked with northerners to resolve the situation. I found their narrative of sacrifice most disturbing. They were rewriting history right in front of me.

I truly believe Donald Trump is now and always has been a racist. He likes to live in a rat pack world, where the only African Americans who fit in are those of fame or wealth. He has his “Sammy Davis, Jr. friends,” but deep down inside he carries the feelings of his father echoing that the only reason black Americans don’t do better is because they don’t work hard enough. Our president also holds a dark resentment for Hispanics with a special kind of hate for Mexicans, even though the Trump Organization hires undocumented Mexicans at their businesses.

The Trump administration will end food stamp benefits for three million people with regulations curtailing each state’s authority to enroll residents who receive welfare benefits. When Ronald Reagan did the same thing, it led to crack cocaine being sold on the corners of many metropolitan cities and deepened the divide between black and white in this country. Trump cares only about those people above a certain stratum. More painkillers? Sure, as long as it’s good for business.  

Considering Trump’s horrible policies, his quest to look important and his constant lying, one must ask how this man become President. I never have and never will vote for him.

While sitting with the prime minister of Pakistan in the Oval Office on 7-22-2019, Donald Trump told reporters that he was personally asked by India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, to mediate the Kashmir conflict with Pakistan. Modi’s Foreign Office quickly issued a statement that “no such request has been made.” Trump obviously doesn’t understand the implication of saying something that makes India look weak while sitting with Imran Khan of Pakistan. Trump is diplomatically dense and unaware that this border conflict has been going on since 1947 and it’s extremely sensitive to the Indian people. Well, cross India off the list of reliable allies. Trump just dumped on a friend.

It is clear by now that Trump has surrounded himself with real losers. In the beginning, reasonably intelligent people were assembled to fill the cabinet and advisory positions, however more than a hundred people have left the White House because of a perceived lack of their loyalty or direct confrontation on his policies,. Trump has slowly worked his way down to the bottom of the barrel, and those who remain would rather kiss his big fat ass rather than keep America safe. These scums don’t serve at the pleasure of the president, they serve at the insanity of this fake president.

There are some in Congress who silently harbor Trump’s racist viewpoints. These are not conservative viewpoints; they are hard-held beliefs that white males should rule. There is a baked-in fear of different cultures and colors, and those elected officials who carry this flag of bigoted cause and action are shameful. Charlottesville was only the beginning of what we now clearly see is white nationalism. This group is willing to bend or ignore the very meaning of racism to hold power. Imagine, Congressmen who publicly deny that saying “go back to where you came from” is not racist or xenophobic on the highest order. Did they really win the Civil War?

Trump seems to be vocally administering a loyal test. If you disagree with him or are critical of his policies, you are somehow less American. He’s even gone so far to question others’ love of this country. Who died and made him God? How can he determine what another man or woman has in their heart? Trump is part of an era when the large boot of discrimination was just business as usual. There no space between the terror that Joseph McCarthy employed in the 1950s hearings on un-American activities and what Trump is attempting to do today. If you use fear as a power to rule, then you are not a leader. You are a tyrant.

What finally stopped McCarthy was the realization that fear didn’t put bread on the table. Fear doesn’t make America great; it stymies our development as a free democracy. If Trump is so worried about how minorities will vote, why doesn’t he do something good for all the people? If he really cares about Christians, why doesn’t he stop lying? Why do I have to remind those of faith that “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor” is exactly what Trump is doing to the Congresswomen of color? Why does he divide us? He is following the Hitler playbook and the Congress is failing to call him out. Issuing a demand that people leave the country is what Hitler did before he ordered the trains.

We can only hope that the history books of the future show that President Donald Trump attempted to bring back the past and became a total failure of a president. We hope future generations will read that he was a liar and a loser. It will be good for them to learn how his racist policies and rhetoric became his downfall. If this doesn’t happen, then America will have lost the war.

Impact of Trump on America

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.