EGO TRUMPS LOGIC

A Titanic Failure of Leadership

If Donald Trump’s goal is producing a large volume of talking points for cable news, well then, he’s quite successful. But that is not how he will be remembered.

Trump is like the guy who drives into a gas station, pulls up to the pump, leaves his engine running and lights up a cigarette before pumping fuel. The engine running is bad enough, but why must he always take an additional risk for absolutely no reason? There is no logical thought progression driving the actions, words and policies of the 45th President of the United States.

We can see that Iran doesn’t like America and especially Donald Trump. We cannot judge our presidents based on the propaganda that other countries send out to the rest of the world. We can parse the moments in real-time, but we should also analyze the effect of all this bravado and hyperbole. The happenings of trade and foreign policy unfold slowly, much like turning a giant battleship in the ocean. It takes a while to right the vessel. But what we see with Donald Trump is self-imposed challenges that he “fixes” and then claims victory after solving the very problems he created.

Within the last year, the Donald has been disengaging from dialog and diplomacy with Iran. The pull out from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was a campaign promise that the President can brag about, but clearly the man never took a longer view about how things work in the world and what America’s role should be. If somehow Trump believes that he and his “mistake” department have made the world a safer place, I’ve got some swamp water to sell him. And the water is right outside his Oval Office door.

Donald Trump took to the national airwaves to make his case about what is happening in the aftermath of an Iranian General’s assassination. More than two dozen ICBMs were launched into Iraq near two air force bases that house American military forces. By not killing US forces, Iran may have wanted to demonstrate the accuracy of their targeting systems. That’s a strange way to show advanced technology or maybe it was just a propaganda stunt.

The photo taken during Trump’s big speech, with lots of four-star generals standing behind him, seemed disconnected from what is happening in the world. Trump was more interested in justifying the killing of top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani than answering the many questions that were swirling around.

Of note, he’s calling for NATO to get involved, not the United Nations. He asked the other nations in the Iran nuke deal, to pull out, which would give Iran a total green light to build a nuclear bomb. WTF? The good news is Trump seems to be backing from the hawkish-Neo-Con attitude of regime change, but he talked to the Iranian people as if he thinks they will someday see him on TV. Fat chance. Surely John Bolton is losing it.

It appears that Trump wants to use the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to, once again, blame Obama. Why does he do that? He also repeated the lie that we paid Iran $150 billion dollars. TO BE ACCURATE: we gave them back their own money. How can anyone believe him when he continuously repeats the same lie?

Rather than focusing on how to solve his “brink of war” thing, Trump seems to be waffling back to a political harangue. His thinking is not shaped by knowledge of foreign affairs, Islamic customs and thinking or US political history. He acts without insightful thought, then retreats to his personal dogma. He started with the declaration that Iran will never have nuclear capabilities, demonstrating his lack of awareness of what is really happening. They will have the bomb. The same thing happened with Pakistan; Trump just never studied it.

There is nothing new with our country attempting to change regimes in other sovereign nations. We have more than one hundred years of CIA operations to overthrow Kings and Queens and some legally, democratically elected governments abroad. If you have an interest in learning more, you should read the books of Stephen Kinzer. He has documented many cases where we have either covertly or overtly executed the most outrageous actions to undermine and destroy leaders in countries that didn’t serve our economic or political interests.

In his book Overthrow, Kinzer outlines “the tumultuous century of American-sponsored coups, revolutions, and invasions” from Hawaii to Iraq. Trump’s actions and policies have pushed Iraq into a cycle of violence. With our troops remaining in that country, Iraq faces a potential war. Even if it becomes a lukewarm war, the Iraqi government is justified in asking us to leave.

Anyone with half a brain can agree that Donald Trump is the most inconsistent president we’ve ever had. One day, he wants to blow up cultural sites, then the next day he wants to negotiate a bi-lateral deal that will bring green pastures and flowing goodness to Iran.

Our killing of the top Iranian general has not made the world safer. If Trump was thinking that pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal would get them back to the table for renegotiating and keep them from further nuclear weapon development, he was blind. They will continue to become a more militaristically strong nation and a bigger risk on the world stage. You know, just like North Korea.

This titanic failure of leadership will not be ignored by world leaders. They see Trump for who he is, a fake president whose attitudes, actions and arguments make the world less safe, less economically stable and less connected. So much for this idea that Jared Kushner was going to bring peace to the Middle East. His father-in-law just ended any chances for that. It’s time for a new President of the United States.

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TWITTER IS THE PROBLEM

Trump Constantly Violates Twitter Policies

The Twitter Rules are clear. “Violence, harassment and other similar types of behavior discourage people from expressing themselves, and ultimately diminish the value of global public conversation. Our rules are to ensure all people can participate in the public conversation freely and safely.”

Those are nice marketing words, but let’s look more deeply inside the policies to get the specifics.

Violence: You may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people. We also prohibit the glorification of violence.

Terrorism/violent extremism: You may not threaten or promote terrorism or violent extremism.

Abuse/harassment: You may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone or incite other people to do so. This includes wishing or hoping that someone experiences physical harm.

Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.

I was once banned from Twitter for 12 hours because I called Lindsey Graham a “political whore.” I was saying that the Senator from South Carolina was politically motivated in his actions and is a person who is willing to do anything to achieve a particular goal (Trump’s attention.) I took my spanking like a man and jumped back on the twitter wagon after I served my 12-hour sentence, but what about Trump?

Let’s look at this tweet from the Commander in Chief of the United States of America, “Iran has been nothing but problems for many years. Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran &  the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!”

That is clearly a threat of violence against a group of people. It’s obviously a glorification of violence and a promise to hit specific targets within a country. Does Trump get a pass because he’s president? Yes, and it has been that way since the beginning.

Everyone in the world knows that the United States Department of Defense has weapons of mass destruction at its fingertips, and there is no doubt that Iran and their leaders know that they are under-matched by our destructive force. So, in a very definite way, Donald J. Trump through his Twitter account @realDonaldTrump is bullying a whole nation. What does Twitter say about that?

“People are allowed to post content, including potentially inflammatory content, as long as they’re not violating the Twitter Rules. It’s important to know that Twitter does not screen content or remove potentially offensive content.

As a policy, we do not mediate content or intervene in disputes between users. However, targeted abuse or harassment may constitute a violation of the Twitter Rules and Terms of Service. If you are a victim of targeted abuse or harassment, read more about online abuse.”

So, let’s see if I have this right. One may post inflammatory content if they are not in violation of the rules. Huh? Twitter admits they don’t screen content or remove offensive matter. Huh? If you violate the rules someone must turn you in, otherwise Twitter would never know. Gee, that means that someone who likes Lindsey Graham must have complained about my tweet.

Why don’t we all start complaining about Trump’s tweets? Could one person take down the President’s Twitter account? Unlikely, unless that person is Jack Dorsey, the head man at Twitter, who I believe is a total self-serving goofball. Can I call him that on Twitter?

Apparently, the president and his cohorts are afforded a special place at Twitter. They can threaten and bully companies, organizations, parties and individuals without any scrutiny, oversight or actions. The blood is now on Jack Dorsey’s hands and the hands of all the other rich kids who created social media. Sadly, there is no judgment day as the almighty dollar drives your ethics, morals and policies. If Twitter was to close Trump’s account, that would very likely end their business. How did they become so powerful? Surely, they are the problem, not the person issuing threats on their platform.

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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.


PRESIDENTIAL PRECEDENTS

Trump’s Ultimate Shame is Coming

We are hearing the word “precedent” quite frequently lately. A precedent is nothing more than an earlier event or action that is regarded as an example or guide to be considered in subsequent, similar circumstances. The thought that something should be considered, however, doesn’t mean it should be thought of as the absolute solution or outcome.

One of the aspects of law that makes it easier, and some might suggest fairer, is a judge considering how things were decided in an earlier case and study the previous judge’s logic when constructing their new decision. As we’re in the thick of presidential impeachment activity, we are hearing many examples from impeachments of the past. What is most stunning in all these pronouncements is that the number of previous impeachments is only three.

People can examine what happened to Richard Nixon, but he was never impeached. It was the threat of impeachment that drove him from office, not a conviction. His party leaders informed Nixon he had only 15 Republican votes against impeachment in the Senate. Certain to be removed from office, Nixon resigned in shame.

Then there are the impeachment proceedings of Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, but neither was removed from office. Johnson was acquitted by only one vote, while Bill Clinton got 45 guilty votes on one charge and 50 on the other. Two-thirds of the Senate must vote guilty before a president is removed from office. Clinton did have to pay penalties in state court cases and lost his license to practice law for life. He also served two-terms as President, but the shame of perjury hangs over him to this day.

In the latest Fox News polls of December 8-11, 2019, 50% of eligible voters said they favored Trump’s impeachment and removal. In those same polls, 53% claimed they thought Trump abused his power, while 48% said he obstructed Congress. I might remind our readers that this is a Fox News poll.

From the time the Donald officially declared he was running for President in June of 2015 through the first two-and-a-half years of his presidency, Trump has tweeted over 17,000 times. These are considered official statements by the President of the United States and they open him up to some harsh criticism from the press and the public. Trump’s tweets more than likely contributed to this impeachment mess in which he’s ensnared.

Historians are being called before the shiny microphones and HD cameras. They can fill us in on what has happened in the past but, let’s get real. Impeachment is not the normal process of our government. Donald John Trump is no more able to use the precedents of previous impeachments than certain people in Congress can ignore all the findings in the Mueller Report.

The two articles of impeachment that the House Judiciary Committee have drawn up, are extremely straightforward. They are ARTICLE I: ABUSE OF POWER and ARTICLE II: OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS.

For the first one, it’s clear that asking a foreign government to do anything that would distort or corrupt our process of electing officials is an abuse of power. One thing stands out to me. Trump spent two years telling us he didn’t collude with the Russians to disrupt our 2016 electoral process. He kept repeating that because he knew that his actions constituted a high crime and misdemeanor. He showed the world that he knew soliciting help from a foreign government was unlawful, and he denied wrongdoing over and over. In a rather amazing blog called Lawfare, you can read all of Trump’s statements and tweets on Russian, Putin, et. al. According to this site, the phrase of “no collusion” was transmitted more than 136 times.

Clearly, we have evidence that Trump believed that “colluding with a foreign state” was wrong because he kept telling us he was not guilty of that charge. So, what happens next? He does it again. That is exactly what he was attempting with Ukraine’s new president. He was colluding with a foreign government to help himself in the 2020 election. He even admitted to it on the south lawn of the White House. His partial transcript demonstrates that he asked for something in return for something. He was using the military aid as the bribe to get something, “a favor,” he wanted. Used in the context of that conversation, a “favor” means giving someone something that they wanted.

As for the second article of impeachment, Trump has done everything he possibly could to block witness testimony, conceal documents and not testify himself. Even Bill Clinton testified during his own trial, but the lawyers always cherry-pick those precedents that benefit their case.

All those who want to make this more complicated that what it actually is are mistaken. All those who see it only as a “political act” are wrong. There is nothing more definitive and legally determinative than removing a president from office. Will it hurt the country? Sure, but then what kind of country do we want to have? What kind of lawless executive office do we want to construct for the future? If we overvalue precedents, those mistakes could be codified into law. Trump is guilty of obstruction of Congress and should be removed from office.

In the end, if we think a president’s income taxes should always be in the public domain then we must pass a law that demands it. We should not sit back and complain about people not testifying before Congress after they ignore a subpoena. They should be arrested and imprisoned until they comply. Some reporters are jailed when they don’t reveal their sources. Why are our political appointees insulated by some executive branch cloak of protection? If our country is based on law and order, then let the laws protect the people from a president and all his men who are lying to us. They must come forward and testify or be taken out of their positions. Impeachment is not based on precedents, it’s part of the Constitution and was put there for this very necessary reason.


REAL ENEMIES IN THE WORLD

Trump’s Troubling Achilles Heel

Donald Trump didn’t fight in the Vietnam war because he claimed to have bone spurs in his feet. Today, as we witness the decay of democracy before our very eyes, we discover Trump’s true weakness, a troubling Achilles Heel. He doesn’t know the difference between an ally and an enemy. This could possibly hurt American interests in many ways, and something must be done.

It has been discussed ad nauseam that there may be an unusual and disturbing relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has said, “All roads lead to Putin” with our President.

The Moscow Project, an initiative of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, issued an update on June 3, 2019 that documented 272 contacts, including at least 38 meetings, between Trump’s team and Russia-linked operatives. None of these contacts were ever reported to the proper authorities. When the Inspector General’s report comes out on Monday, December 9th, 2019, we will learn more about the start of the “Russian thing,” as Trump calls it. Still, many of Trump’s comments and moves indicate a lack of transparency in his dealings with Putin. Why?

Trump’s failure to admit that Russia interfered with the 2016 election fuels the idea that Russia must have something on him. Trump’s repetition of Putin talking points on many foreign policy issues ignites negative emotions in members of the US intelligence community. Their jaws drop and evoke the rhetorical question, “Who’s side is he on?”

Trump looked the other way when the CIA told him that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman (MBS) ordered the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi and that it was the Saudi government who killed him. This callous president admitted he looked the other way because there was a large order for military equipment pending. What will he say when he learns that the active shooter event at a Navy Air Station in Pensacola, Florida was the deed of a Saudi national? So, we sell them jets, they come here to train and then one of them decides to kill our citizens. Who is the enemy here, Mr. Trump?

Trump read the response to the Navy base deaths from King Salman, who said that the attack was “barbaric.” Mohammed Saeed Alshamrami, a Saudi National, allegedly killed our people with a handgun. Whether death by use of a handgun or a bone saw, the Saudi’s moral viewpoint of death has no credibility. Trump did the awkward sword dance, sold a bunch of planes to the Saudis, then looked the other way after multiple murders. Not to mention that it was Saudi pilots trained in Florida who flew planes into New York and Washington, D.C. buildings in 2001. According to the Washington Post, “As of Friday, (12-6-2019) there were 852 Saudis in the United States for Pentagon-sponsored training related to security cooperation.” And this just in, the handgun was purchased legally here in the US by using a loophole in our gun laws.

Let me say this in the most explicit way I can. Trump is trusting the wrong people in the world and it’s getting people killed. Now, Kim Jong-Un, another of Trump’s pals, is threatening to give the United States a “Christmas present.” Why doesn’t someone tell Trump to stop believing his own bullshit! What does it take to convince everyone that Donald Trump is BAD FOR AMERICA!

Trump has decided that anyone who didn’t vote for him, or any person or institution that challenges him, are the “enemy.” He declares that the press is the enemy of the people, a quote from such great “leaders” as the Soviet Union’s Joseph Stalin, who used it to describe anyone critical of himself. The phrase has been routinely used by authoritarian rulers as well as Donald Trump. Who would ever want to be associated with Stalin?

Trump demonizes people with his snarky and libelous tweets. Does he feel above reproach because of his position? Does he not understand that after leaving the office of the presidency he could face courts for defamation, slander and corrupt intent? He is not immune.

Russia doesn’t want our way of life to shine. Putin detests the spread of democracy fearing that one day he could be rejected and thrown out of office. MBS and his King father will kiss Donald Trump’s fat ass to get what they want, knowing the Orange One will never hold their feet to the fire. It’s sad to say that our president is a coward when it comes to Russia, North Korea, China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and, yes, the NRA.

Trump has done nothing to make America safer from mass shooters, neo-Nazis, radical white supremist groups and homegrown terrorists. He freezes during the most tragic times. He works harder at placing blame and fabricating scapegoats than analyzing problems through solution-based logic. He speaks then retreats, listening to the sycophants. He has a perverted concept of friends and enemies, and his actions are based solely on whether he thinks someone likes him. What a fucking asinine fool.

The President of the United States must keep America safe. He or she must bring certain clarity to the job and make sure trusted advisors are heard. Without such vision and trust we have an obese old guy talking dirty shit-lies. Donald Trump is so stupid that he doesn’t understand how bad people are manipulating him. Rudy Giuliani is a bad person. Vladimir Putin is a bad person. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a bad person. Making matters worse, most of the people left in Dickhead Donald’s administration are spineless yes men with no moral grounding or intelligence. You know it’s bad when a liberal like me is saying I wish John Bolton was still around the White House. It’s a dim time in America. Impeachment is fine, but a landslide election defeating Donald Trump would be the best outcome for our republic.

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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.

 


LET’S BE SERIOUS HERE!

Macron’s Statesmanship vs. Trump’s Incoherence

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, is the son of a physician and a professor of neurology. Macron was an assistant to a famous philosopher in his early years and he was an editor for a literary magazine. One of Macron master’s theses was on Machiavelli and Hegel, and he has a master’s degree in “Public Guidance and Economy.” But what propelled Macron to the top job in France was his expertise as an investment banker. While working his way through the banking system he amassed power and influence. To be succinct, he’s an extremely intelligent man of letters and degrees. Imagine what is going through his mind when he sits down with imbecile Trump.

During the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit being held in the UK this week, Trump decided to attack President Macron. When asked about Macron’s comment last month that American indifference to the alliance is leading to the “brain death of NATO,” the Donald barked that those comments were “very insulting” and “nasty.” Trump took the bait hook, line and sinker and was forced to defend NATO, something that is totally out of character for him.

Emmanuel Macron won this battle. He was saying that Trump is brain dead and our great white leader totally missed the point, the joke. When Trump asked Macron if he would like to take some ISIS fighters, Macron rebuked the 45th President with the retort, “Let’s be serious, here!” Trump believes that he is funny, but it’s dangerous to attempt comedy when trying to achieve diplomatic goals. Aside from the language barrier, there are times when you must not attempt to joke a problem away.

If the leader of America is to fulfil the desires of those who elected him to office, you would think he would be aware of how most people in the country think about issues like climate change. According to the Washington Post, “8 in 10 — say that human activity is fueling climate change, and roughly half believe action is urgently needed within the next decade if humanity is to avert its worst effects. Nearly 4 in 10 now say climate change is a ‘crisis,’ up from less than a quarter five years ago.” Why would the United States be the only major country in the world to officially ignore this research?

Macron doesn’t blur his disdain for Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Accord which created substantial goals to reduce emissions and pollution in the world. The reason Trump continually gives for pulling out of the deal makes no sense. The agreement wasn’t as binding as any trade agreement we have signed, so what is the real reason?

Something Trump said on the campaign trail plainly displays his idiocy and lack of knowledge. It was a climate change joke about China creating a hoax to gain economic advantage over America. His base responded with cheers and applause and later Trump baked his ignorance into US policy. People must wear masks just to go outside in Beijing. China is moving ahead of us by producing more solar panels and they have more people working on climate change initiatives there than the number of folks in this administration saying climate change doesn’t exist. Trump doesn’t take climate issues seriously. He never talks about them.

This is not merely a story about France and Trump. It’s a sad portrayal about how we have lost our position in global affairs. Trump has given Russia, North Korea and even China, a free hand to take power and exploit influence to higher levels. Don’t focus on Trump walking in front of the cameras at NATO; listen to the other guys. In them you witness well-crafted answers, statesmanship and intelligence, while Trump comes off as a total bullshit artist.

It’s refreshing hearing other leaders using the words “we” and “us,” rather than “me” and “I,” which dominate Trump’s speech. He cares not what his country is doing, it’s only about what he wants, does, thinks and decides. And when his clown car crashes into a wall, he never blames himself or apologizes for the mistakes he’s made. Therein exists his greatest lie. He sees himself as a perfect man with a “perfect call” and he truly believes he’s infallible. In reality, he embarrasses our country while on the international stage.

New Book About 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.

 

 

 

 


LAYERS OF LIES

Trump’s Eroding Credibility

Donald Trump is on his way to the UK for a NATO Summit, but he will not be able to get away from what is happening back home: Impeachment. Trump suggested that the impeachment hearings starting this week in the House Judiciary Committee were purposely planned to disrupt his trip. His complaints about his delusional ideas fail to make sense because his lies get in the way. He simply cannot get a fact or figure right. Even when a real statistic could help him, he fails to quote the right number. It’s mystifying why he’s running the United States when he obviously couldn’t run a Chick-fil-A a franchise.

Trump’s layers of lies are now becoming talking points for the sycophants in Congress who think that going against the Donald will result in the loss of their jobs. They are being manipulated by polls and political research that just may put them in danger in the long run. The displays of ignorance by Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman John Kennedy demonstrate that they will lie in public just to save their asses. Both are up for reelection in 2020.

The fact is that Trump will never admit that Russia interfered with our elections for two important reasons. One, saying that Russian operatives were successful at creating negative attitudes about Hillary Clinton and lowering the Democratic turnout in 2016 would make him an illegitimate president. This inferiority shines through in just about everything he says and does. And the second reason Trump ignores the Russian “hoax” but promotes the Ukraine “hoax” is because he wants to please President Putin. But wait, wouldn’t that claim also undermine Trump’s credibility?

From now on when people ask me why I don’t like Donald Trump, I’m going to say, “Because he’s a liar.” That simply isn’t a debatable issue with any reasonably aware person, but the Trumpettes and cult members don’t believe Trump lies. They parrot all his lies without blinking. I don’t need to get all crazy and high verbal with those who can’t connect the dots, but I wonder why they haven’t been bilked out of all their money. Gullible people are usually targets of criminals.

Trump has lied about so many things. When Kurds (our allies) were slaughtered by Turkey because Trump pulled out of Syria, our President retransmitted Turkish talking points to the world. He was played by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and helped Russia with his actions. Turkey will be buying all their armaments from Russia, not the US, and they are a member of NATO. What? The reason Erdoğan wanted the US out of northern Syria was to facilitate a land grab. Trump never saw it coming and his art of the deal failed to help US armament manufacturing companies.

Trump has been played by Putin, several times. Trump believes that Ukraine was the villain in the 2016 election, not Russia. Putin wants Trump to stay in office for another four years so he can lead him into actions that help Russia. Putin loves Donald Trump’s big, fat ass. What happened to America First?

Trump lives in false narratives that are reinforced by Fox News and the constant mind control of people around him. Outside forces can change normal US policy in both domestic and foreign affairs. Fox News was the court of opinion that overturned a Navy Seal’s war crime conviction. The worst part of this is Donald J. Trump has no idea he is being manipulated by people who flatter him with praise. They are the evil doers and, in a way, the “deep state” of Donald’s world.

Look at what happened with Kim Jung-Un. All the dictator had to do was write “nice letters” to our President to get the US to lay back and let North Korea develop weapons of mass destruction. If the result of the Trump Doctrine is only the catch phrase, “As you know, I have a really good relationship with [insert ruthless dictator’s name here],” then what success can Trump claim? Trump is in total denial about how he is viewed by world leaders. Kim wants the sanctions taken away before he will lie to Trump again in another sham negotiation. That is what happens when two liars make a deal.

While our President is representing America at the NATO Summit, we are still without a true statesman in the White House. Trump has never attempted to understand the American people and his approval rating is the same month after month. Less than half of the country thinks he is doing a good job as President. His credibility is on life-support because he has burned so many bridges with his lies and deceit. According to a new CNN poll, 50% of the country would like to pull the plug on the Trump presidency. To be exact, between March and November 2019, the number of those who favor impeachment has moved from 36% to 50%. The claims that the impeachment process is only a bipartisan hoax holds no water. In fact, it’s just another lie.

Trump needs a trade deal with China soon, but President Xi knows he is dealing with a liar. China understands that tariffs are just another cost of business that will cause higher prices for Americans but won’t affect the way they progress in the world. Remember, China sells to the world, not just the US.

China’s manufacturer numbers are up while the US numbers are down. Trump promised that manufacturing would increase and give us 5% increase in the GDP. In fact, we are locked at 2% and will stay there until Trump does something globally positive. His biggest and most destructive viewpoint is that somehow the world’s markets didn’t merge into a large productive monster that helps America rather than hurting us. He has nursed false suppositions on economics into fact, when he’s dead wrong.

In the end, Trump’s layers of lies will be forgotten, but the holy mess left behind after he leaves office will require a lot of repair work. We will spend years fixing our trade relationships and our global political standing. If your whole basis for communication is constructing lies that help only your ego, you’ll never be taken seriously. Trump is a clown, a TV clown with no soul, no mental agility and no real mandate,  and that is horrible for America.

New Book About 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.


BRIBERY…

With a Steamy Side of Corrupt Intent

Donald Trump either doesn’t understand law or he simply chooses to ignore what is on the books. I’m fairly sure he can be diagnosed as a pathological liar with narcissistic personality disorder. Perhaps in his quiet, alone time he knows that he’s a fraud on many levels, but then he would have to admit that on top of all his other flaws he has a dual personality. But let’s not get too far into the world of science; it’s a world that Trump never visits.

Federal laws define bribery as the practice of offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting something of value for the purpose of influencing the action of an official in discharge of his or her public or legal duties. To put this another way, bribery is used to gain an illicit advantage.

According to USLegal.com, “The General Federal Bribery Statute says that whoever directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official with intent to influence that person’s official act will be fined for the offence of bribery by an amount not more than three times the monetary equivalent of the thing of value, or imprisonment for not more than fifteen years, or both.  And if convicted, that person would be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the U.S government.”

It doesn’t say that the person being bribed must be a US official and it also plainly states that a promise of anything of value can be an ingredient in a bribery case. Clearly, almost $400 million in aid is something of value. After reading all the available testimony and transcripts and digesting the diatribes of the President himself, I believe Donald J. Trump is guilty of bribery. It’s time to stop using the phrase “Quid Pro Quo,” just as we no longer talk about “collusion,” a word Trump thought would shield him from the truth in the last investigation.

There is no doubt that Trump had a corrupt intent, and his defense in the form of a denial is pointless. Trump typically denies everything when he’s accused of wrongdoing. In more than 11,000 tweets, President Trump has lied more than 13,000 times. After many initial claims of non-involvement, evidence has proven that he not only had direct knowledge but participated in the corruption.

The laughable plea that he was trying to root out corruption in Ukraine is astonishing. Trump’s trick of trying to destroy Joe Biden as a political rival could possibly work, which would then become more proof that he is a chronically immoral being. Trump himself has corruptly used the Justice Department to carry his water and attempt to discredit the very people in Justice who are charged with defending our country against crime. Those who are complicit will be remembered.

Going after the whistleblower is a gross injustice being perpetrated and encouraged by the President of the United States. This is against the law and surely will be added to the impeachment charges.

The whistleblower protection act states that anyone who comes forward to point out corruption is afforded protections from retaliation such as reduction in pay or hours, denial of overtime or benefits, a suspension that lasts 14 days or more, termination from serving as federal civil employee, demotion to a lower paying position in federal employment or reducing one’s responsibilities. The death threats that the whistleblowers lawyers have been receiving are important to people like Donald Trump and the Napoleonic Senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul. Shame on all who break the law!

Bribery is a thug crime and degrading act. Using it in a scheme to keep aid from a country that could affect the security of this country borders on treason is perilous. It’s time we start using proper terms so that the American public can understand exactly what this president did.

People understood the Black Sox scandal of 1919, when baseball players took bribes to throw a World Series. People understand a late breaking case of bribery, in which three Twitter employees allegedly took bribes to help Saudi Arabia spy on dissidents. People understand the stain on politics when some local politician takes a bribe to help his brother-in-law get a big government contract. BRIBERY is the correct word with respect to Trump. Use it!

A person offering a bribe is guilty of an infraction, as is the person who takes the bribe. The President of Ukraine didn’t take the bribe, but the bribe was discovered. It’s time that we use the law, 18 USCS prec § 201(b) against Donald Trump and his corrupt administration. It’s time that this “law and order President” gets a personal dose of that law and order he swore to defend.

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.

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WHO’S YOUR DADDY, BAGHDADI?

The Reason Intelligence Matters

In 2011, businessman Donald Trump felt the need to comment about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, “Any president sitting there when the generals come in and say we have him, who’s going to say, oh, let’s leave him alone?” Trump was attempting to lessen any credit President Obama might receive for the raid and killing. Trump also complained about it taking so long, an early slap at military intelligence.

President Trump doesn’t understand that the type of decisions all modern presidents had to make, are now his to make. He gets credit for his good moves and, as he knows, he will get harshly slayed by the press, Congress and his critics when things go wrong. Donald Trump has made no friends with his critical personality.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a main character in my book If God Could Cry, and I was delighted by his killing. My historical novel portraited the so-called leader of the Caliphate based on the many books and articles I read about him. His location in my book was in northern Syria, quite near where he was finally found. This seemed logical to me when I was writing.

The boogie man Trump attempted to create during his “mission accomplished” Sunday morning presentation to the nation probably made some people feel good, but this line about Baghdadi, “Died like a dog, died like a coward,” might be better for someone doing a movie pitch. It was so un-statesman-like. How can there be joy in the murder of an enemy when the “achievement” included the killing of three innocent children? This gloating is a giant turn-off and it’s just more of the “all about me” attitude that constantly seeps out of Trump like puss.

I have always been skeptical about generalizations because they are often used to put down an entire race, religion or culture. Trump uses a bit of undocumented hearsay or obvious racial tropes to make people doubt groups of people. For example, he said that the Kurds “are no angels,” meaning what? The facts suggest that the Kurds provided the information that helped find Baghdadi. Why are we pushing them away?

Trump is also desperately trying to justify his embrace of Putin and Russia as it pertains to Syria, Turkey, the Kurds and what is happening in that part of the world. He paints his personal relationships with non-democratic demigods as something that will help America. I hate to say it, but Donald J. Trump has now drawn a giant target on himself because he personalized the kill. His overt taking of credit for the operation while shaming the terrorist with his graphic description will cause other terrorists to see Trump as the true “infidel.” I am sure the Donald loves his characterization of the whole thing being like a movie, but movies have endings.

Terrorist movements are not motion pictures. They tend to reconstitute, and the next version is always much more heinous. It’s clear that Donald Trump doesn’t have any idea about how people in that part of the world think. He has no training in or knowledge of foreign policy, and probably couldn’t explain how a parliamentary system works. If only he had followed the advice of those in the government who know that area, he might have stayed in the game to gain long-term stability.

Trump would rather have a friendship with Kim Jong-Un, even if pushes aside the grief and sorrow of a family from Cincinnati who lost their son at the hands of that monster. Otto Warmbier is person who didn’t have to die. Trump doesn’t care about him, though. He got his mileage and has accepted Kim’s denials.

Because of a U.N. investigation and report, we know how Saudi agents plotted to kill and dismember Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi., Trump, however, is more interested in selling weapons to Saudi Arabia. Killing people is okay for Trump if it involves a transaction favorable to him. Trump has accepted the Crown Prince’s denial.

The suggestion that our military will remain in Northern Syria to protect the oil refineries does not mean that Trump will use such military intervention to get the oil of a sovereign nation. The U.N. clearly states, “…in conflict and post-conflict situations, the importance of cooperation in shared responsibility, among source, transit and destination countries in preventing and combating trafficking, illicit trade and illegal exploitation of natural resources.” It would be against international law for us to exploit the resources of any nation. Plus, we really don’t need the oil, according to Trump we have tons of it.

Trump may say he doesn’t respect the United Nations, but he falls all over himself to address that body. He needs to follow the rules in war and conflicts, unless he wants to spend his later years sitting in front of a war tribunal. That’s on him.

The intelligence community and the lifetime experts who work for the federal government are NOT petty people like Trump. They are mission-oriented folks who are totally loyal to the Constitution and the Commander-in-Chief. When difficult times come, Trump needs to turn to those same intelligence people for information that will keep our country safe. When he maligns them on Twitter for political purposes, he not only disrespects those hard-working Americans he stains the presidency. He comes off as trite and burdened by information.

Trump will take the credit for the death of an enemy, but that doesn’t mean he alone can determine who the real enemies are. He needs to stop being so judgmental without facts and evidence. The saddest point concerning the take down of ISIS’ number one man is the glorification of his death could incite “true believers” to do more harm to people who look like us. But then, Trump has all the answers and we hope his guesses work because failure could be terrible for our country. When he’s wrong, we always lose big time.

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.


IMMINENT IMPEACHMENT

Trump’s Unitary Executive Fallacy

If you wonder why Attorney General William Barr acts the way he does, you should understand his viewpoint: The unitary executive theory is a US constitutional law holding that the US president possesses the power to control the entire executive branch. The doctrine is rooted in Article Two of the United States Constitution, which vests “the executive power” of the United States in the President. Barr, like Richard Nixon, truly believes that anything the president does cannot be against the law. Well, that isn’t what Article Two says. A.G. Barr is simply taking the liberty to act on his dogma.

Article Two of the United States Constitution establishes the executive branch of the federal government which enforces federal laws, however the person carrying out those laws is not outside of them. We have police, but police do not decide what happens to those they arrest. That would prevent the right of being innocent until proven guilty under due process of law. In many ways, the President is just a citizen. This brings us to Donald J. Trump.

Because of our 45th President, more of us are learning about the workings of our government. Every TV news network is now explaining how impeachment works, what the percentages are and what will happen after Trump is impeached. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. In their attempt to impeach Trump, the Democrats are deliberately pushing our three branches of government back to the checks and balances that are fundamental to our Constitution. Even if Trump is not impeached, the rejiggering of our government is very powerful and important.

This might not be a popular opinion, but the information from the whistleblower complaint makes me feel that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General William Barr should resign immediately, Rudy Giuliani should be charged as an unregistered foreign agent and, yes, Donald J. Trump should be impeached, tried in the Senate and removed from office.

Now, why after all this time does Donald Trump find himself in this predicament? He obviously knows he is in peril. He has tweeted more than 87 times over last weekend about the impeachment investigation that was started with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement of the House’s commitment to evaluate whether Trump’s actions rise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors. This is real, people!

Even with the Justice Department opinion memo saying that a president cannot be indicted, arrested or charged in any crime while in office, it doesn’t say that a president can openly commit a crime. It doesn’t say that the “Unitary Executive” is somehow above the law. The opinion includes this footnote, “…far from being above the laws, he [the President] is amenable to them in his private character as a citizen, and in his public character by impeachment.” This footnote infers that a sitting president is still amenable (open to) the laws in private character as a citizen. A person who becomes President doesn’t erase or pause his or her private character, therefore they can be charged for crimes while they hold the office. Obviously, this is my opinion.

Impeachment and conviction erase the veil of a sitting president and returns him to a status of justice for all. Once a president is out of office, he is no longer immune to charges for any crimes or misdemeanors he committed before, during or after his presidency. But there is a loophole here, and we all know what it is.

Trump could bargain with his Republican brethren where, in exchange for resignation, President Pence would agree to pardon Trump. Now, that puts us into an interestingly gray area. Would Congress proceed to impeaching President Pence for such an action? Many state charges could be brought against Trump outside the purview of a federal presidential pardon. Either way, Trump’s life after being president will be difficult and revealing. We will finally learn the true worth of this man’s money and stature.

Trump is a dreadfully, deceitfully disruptive human being, but there is something more aggravating about him. He can see his success only in terms of someone else’s defeat or demise. It’s not just good enough to win, it must be at another’s expensive. He describes the value of tariffs, while in the same sentence talks about the hurt taking place in China. He talks about wanting peace talks with Iran, while bragging about how his sanctions are bringing the people of Iran to their knees. This is not the pride of America speaking; it’s the callousness of one man. I find myself thinking at least once a day, “What a terrible human being.”

One thing about this adherence to the “unitary executive fallacy” is that when things go south there is only one person to blame, Donald J. Trump. And those who are supporting this unitary viewpoint, will be cast by their shame as political operatives and removed from office. And then, America grows stronger.

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.

 

 


POP GOES THE POPULISM

Is the World Waking Up?

What is populism? It’s formally defined as a political approach that strives to appeal to ordinary people who feel their concerns are disregarded by established elite groups. We get that, and the pundits will never let us forget it’s why they think Donald Trump was elected president.

There are many “experts” who predict that populism will spread through the democratic nations of the world, but have they missed the most important aspect of every sovereign nation, the people themselves? There is a big debate in America about the classification of those “ordinary” citizens and what they really want. There is a sense that research is ineffective in predicting voter blocks. How many polls have been wrong and why are the pollsters so inaccurate?

Computer science has popularized the acronym GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) to explain outcomes that don’t match known results. Some blame dirty data for inaccurate results. In most cases, however, research fails to consider that people change their minds. Numbers don’t lie under pure math, but when trying to gauge the attitudes and judgements of the masses research can only look backwards.

One of the miscalculations of the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, was that the populism in the United States with Donald Trump could be borrowed for his own election. The pollsters tell us how popular Trump is in Israel, but that could simply be a regurgitation of the propaganda from Netanyahu’s camp. The two recent elections in Israel demonstrated how many of its people want change. There is a timestamp on populism, and you can’t just pitch propositions, you need to deliver the goods.

In the UK, Boris Johnson has used a populism message of Brexit, even with lots of lies sprinkled throughout his propaganda, to gain power and force Prime Minister Theresa May out of the way. But now that the Brits have had time to take a sober look at what Brexit could mean, there is less of a populace mandate to leave the EU. At least, the prospect of a departure without a firm agreement and plan in place will cause economic damage and stir up emotional wounds in Ireland.

The UK Supreme Court has said that Mr. Johnson’s suspension of Parliament for five weeks is against the law. Supreme Court President Lady Hale said, “The effect on the fundamentals of democracy was extreme.” Of course, Johnson disagrees with the decision but he will obey. And that is what happens when the muscle of the mob of populism meets the well-thought-out rules, procedures and traditions of a country.

We shouldn’t get too excited about the rejiggering of policymaking; the sport is rather mercurial.  Having watched politics for more than sixty years, I know that changes come slowly, but there can be a whip back to a conservative viewpoint to offset a wild swing to more liberal legislation. Most people will say they want something done by the government, and they might be solidly behind it, until they get the bill. Conservatives tend to warn us about too much spending and control by the feds, while liberals like the safety net, even if it means more taxes. But those definitions don’t always hold. A fake conservative in the White House has driven this country into deeper debt without any regard for a balanced budget.

Donald Trump doesn’t care about the science of politics or the battle tested policies and procedures that have kept America strong for more than 240 years. He’s a loud talking fathead who yearns only for love while not taking the time to comprehend what any of this really means. His narrative is his own composition without any proof that it will work. It’s not good when the concerns of the middle class are disregarded by an established political system, but what happens when one man takes on the world and decides that it’s his way or the highway? This imbecile of a president has forced our country into a trade war with China and many people have suffered. Trump’s tax cut did very little for the middleclass, but really helped the corporate power structure buy back stock and gave the owner class a way to own more.

One of the results of missteps by populists is that people get frustrated and walk away from politics. It’s not a Republican or Democratic thing, but rather a calculation of knowing what people truly want and delivering the goods. The waves of populism change quickly, and those who believe their result lasts forever are fools. Donald Trump is slowly losing the power of populism and many now see that he is just another corrupt politician. Hopefully, those who have been hurt by his policies will wake up and realize that it’s not just the stock market, it’s a way of life. Are we better off with Trump? Some think so, while those who look forward will see that tomorrow can be far better for more people with a better way to distribute the wealth of our great nation. Populism is not a government; it’s a fad.

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.