IMPEACHMENT IS COMING

Trump’s Infallibility Flaw

Donald J. Trump’s attempts to block people from testifying in Congressional hearings is interesting and, up to a point, successful. But things changed when two of Rudy Giuliani’s clients were arrested at Dulles International Airport with one-way tickets to Frankfort, Germany. Now the clear minds and legal scholars are saying that anyone who gets a subpoena should proceed to tell the truth. Some of Trump’s people are starting to understand that taking a bullet for Trump could put them in jail. They saw what happened to Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort. No one can ever trust that Trump will have their back or offer a pardon if something goes bad. Trump will do anything to get his way and look good.

New President Pelosi

When I ask Trump supporters what they think about the call to the newly minted president of Ukraine and the quid pro quo that was in play, they simply say they don’t see anything wrong with that deal. WTF? When I pose the hypothetical of a President Biden calling Russia and asking for Putin to get dirt on Trump, they simply go into a hypnotic trance. The Mueller investigation provided a detailed description of things that happened before and right after the election, but it failed to present its findings in clear language. Mueller did not follow the money; he simply talked to people. The premise of the investigation was a fear of foreign influence in our elections, which the Intelligence Committee proved happened. Right after William Barr presented his “nothing to see here” defense of Donald Trump, the president picked up the phone and did exactly what the probe had been investigating. So, he cannot plead ignorance this time.

It’s ironic that Trump is going after Joe Biden’s son while most people ignore the treasures that Trump’s kids have collected by using presidential power to their advantage. Ivanka got patents and copyrights for her fashion line in China. Don Jr. and Eric, when not mouthing off on TV for their father, have increased their wealth through the profits of Trump properties. Some say they made as much as $80 billion since their father was elected. The wicked sardonicism that Rudy Giuliani and the two Soviet-born confidence men had lunch at the Trump Hotel in DC right before they were arrested is just another dollar in the kids’ pockets. Of course, the president will also reap a long term reward from those funds.

And there will be another victim in this Trump era of corruption. Not named, but it’s known that former Texas Representative Pete Sessions took money from these two Soviet-born businessmen and it appears Sessions may have played a role in their indictment. You see, the swamp continues to be where all the bad people live, and Trump has done nothing to get rid of those slimy political whores.

Pete Sessions (no relation to Jeff) came under scrutiny in the past for his personal ties to disgraced banker Allen Stanford, who in 2012 was convicted of orchestrating a $7 billion Ponzi scheme. Sessions received over $44,000 in political contributions from Stanford and took multiple trips to Fire Island and the Caribbean to attend Stanford-sponsored events. Those trips included private travel on Stanford’s fleet of jets and accommodations. Slimy Sessions was in Congress until January 2019. What took so long to bring this bastard down?

Part of what people get terribly wrong about our government is the fallacy that lifetime public servants are corrupt, lazy or taking advantage of taxpayers’ money. There is a Capitol Hill harangue that a person who is not elected by the people is flawed in some way. Why would someone spend years of their lives making a lower salary working for the government when they could be making big bucks in the private sector? These are demanding jobs. Many people in government work endless hours with no overtime. They often become whistleblowers, patriots who point out waste, corruption and lies.

In most agencies and institutions in Washington, there is a public distinction between a lifer and a politically appointed person. Some of our country’s lifetime servants do understand the temporary nature of political appointees. Others may look down their noses at people who were given a job without any experience or proper vetting. Not all political appointees are bad people, but they do seem to get away with things.

Giuliani has become a bottom-feeder. He, like William Barr, has exposed his ideological partisan side. By their comments and actions, Rudy and Bill have taken off their masks of credibility. Trump is not infallible and by pure definition he cannot ever have a “perfect phone call.” During his conversation with the new president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump proved that he is just another smarmy politician, shaking down a government for help with his reelection campaign. Trump has been poisoned by Giuliani, played like a fiddle by his has-been lawyer. Rudy says he doesn’t take payment from Trump, so I guess the Donald is getting what he’s paying for. NOTHING but trouble. Giuliani has led the president into breaking the law.

Impeachment is coming. Rudy cannot stop it. Trump cannot stop it. As more and more information flows, the big question is which Republicans will side with the devil? Which Republicans will be known for life as those who let down their country? Facts are facts and the judges will make their decisions. America must be brought back to our greatness without Trump.

 


TRAITOR TRUMP

Everything is Based on Lies

I never thought I would say this, but Donald Trump is a traitor. He’s working for himself and not for the benefit and security of this nation. He has betrayed his oath of office and, as I said in my book DONALD TRUMP: Repeal, Replace, Impeach (based on the first 200 days in office), everything he does is based on lies. If provable lies are not a violation of trust with the electorate, then what is?

Let’s review the oath all presidents take: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” The phrase “faithfully execute” denotes loyalty to the country and the citizens who elected him. “Faithfully” is acting in a manner that is consistent with facts. So, when the President tells a lie to the country’s citizens he has committed a form of perjury. The offense of willfully telling an untruth in a court after having taken an oath or affirmation, is indeed perjury. In a sense, a president is under oath with every action on every day of their term.

Telling lies in the court of public opinion has never mattered to Trump, but what he’s doing now as president is an even larger crime, an action or omission that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law. He put his hand on a Bible and said that he would protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. How is colluding with other nations to sway voters in this country protecting and defending? What are we waiting on? Does he have to burn the original Constitution on TV for Americas to come together and rid ourselves of this malevolent person?

Surely, we should never have to put a US President in front of a firing squad, but we certainly must use the provisions of law that give Congress the power to remove a bad President. I hate it when the typical Republican talking point is presented.. “You cannot impeach a president just because you don’t like him.” I want to look the speaker directly into their eyes and ask, “Can you tell me it’s okay for a president to lie to the American people about his desires to hurt other Americans?” Isn’t that a treacherous activity?

This morning (10-4-2019), former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci declared on CNN that the president is “a traitor to the United States and the most unamerican President we’ve had since Andrew Johnson.” For those who enjoy history repeating itself, Andrew Johnson was impeached by the House and narrowly won acquittal in the Senate trial. He was a terrible president that no one liked.

We now have text messages between Kurt Volker, Special Envoy to Ukraine, and officials there that confirm a quid pro quo between the White House and the new President in that country. To get a call, to get a visit invite and to receive military aid, Volodymyr Zelensky, schoolteacher-turned-actor and new President of Ukraine, was being PRESSURED to comply with the wishes of Donald Trump. And we now know, the president of our country was asking for Ukraine to release a statement that they were opening an investigation into Hunter and Joe Biden. The Ukrainian release was written, but didn’t see the light of day until now.

We can thank a loyal American whistleblower for bringing all this to light. And we need to have a united Congress to put this train-wreck-presidency behind us. It’s not erasing an election; it’s combating corruption in our own house. This president is a liar and traitor and he must be removed from office.

It’s time for the President and his family to release their tax returns. They must disclose if they have benefited from this presidency and whether they are beholden to another nation. Congress must pass a law that makes releasing tax returns a prerequisite for running for federal office. We must fortify our country from this ever happening again.

Republicans, this is no longer a joke to be waved away. Trump is a traitor and must be IMPEACHED! If nothing happens now, our democracy is at serious peril!

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.


I’VE GIVEN YOU A LONG ANSWER

Trump’s Quality Determination

If you didn’t experience the meltdown of a president yesterday, you missed one of the most compelling examples of why Donald J. Trump is unfit to be president. But the best part of this unhinged lunatic’s rage-show was the interaction with Reuters’ reporter Jeff Mason. Thanks to Axios.com for this transcript:

The exchange:

MASON: “The question, sir, was what did you want President Zelensky to do about Vice President Biden and his son Hunter?”

TRUMP: “Are you talking to me?”

MASON: “Yes. It’s just a follow-up of what I just asked you, sir.”

TRUMP: “Listen, are you ready? We have the president of Finland. Ask him a question.”

MASON: “I have one for him. I wanted to follow up on the one that I asked you.”

TRUMP: “Did you hear me? Did you hear me? Ask him a question. I’ve given you a long answer, ask this gentleman a question. Don’t be rude. I’ve answered everything. It’s a whole hoax. And you know who’s playing into this hoax? People like you and the fake news media that we have in this country. And I say in many cases, the corrupt media.”

The President of the United States brought intense tension to the room. After an overextended press spray that took place with the President of Finland in the Oval Office earlier, Trump went forward with the more official press conference in the East Room of the White House.

The quality of journalist Jeff Mason’s questions was remarkable. He was laser-direct with the most important aspect of the Ukraine-pressure-gate, “What did you want President Zelensky to do about Vice President Biden and his son Hunter?” And Donald Trump, standing before the world, refused to answer the question.

I couldn’t help but laugh at Trump’s question, “Are you talking to me?” It harkened back to the scene from Taxi Driver where Robert De Niro’s character, Travis Bickle, kept asking, “Are you talking to me?” Think of the irony surrounding Donald Trump, a New Yorker, using a line from a De Niro movie. Robert De Niro is one of the most vocal Trump critics and he plays Robert Mueller on Saturday Night Live. Twisted!

Trump’s aggressive demand that the reporter do what he wanted was despicable. Mason was just doing his job when Trump squawked “Don’t be rude.” The president of Finland was laughing, not the reporter.

Trump was downright rude with, “Did you hear me? Did you hear me? Ask him a question. I’ve given you a long answer, ask this gentleman a question.” Isn’t it bizarre that a long answer was somehow better than an honest one? And the biggest fucking lie was, “I’ve answered everything.” Hey, don’t kill the messenger. Trump lied here as he always does.

Killing the messenger is exactly want Trump suggested as a solution for whistleblowers, congressional investigators and those who comply with subpoenas and official requests. He implied that they are guilty of treason, morphing into the “Mob boss” that James Comey described in his book. The impeachment inquiry is hurtling forward with speed unlike we have seen in this Congress. They surely believe that Trump is a danger to democracy.

What is most frustrating about our President Trump is that he lives in a lonely land of lies and slogans. His catchphrases power every answer to serious questions. It’s painfully obvious that this man has no intellectual ability. He continually promotes himself as “a very stable genius,” losing all credibility on the world stage. Albert Einstein never felt a need to continually remind his peers of his excellent brain. He just did the work.

Our president is just a marketing guy full of hyperbole and BULLSHIT (as he tweeted), who doesn’t have the skill to handle his job. After attempting to surround himself with “all the best people,” he ate them up and spit them out. The less moral souls in the White House gave up protecting the Constitution, while other aids and advisors were marched out the door when they disagreed with King Ding Don. Trump will focus on the war with Democrats while continuing to fail at the job he was hired to do. No one could possibly tweet this much while managing the business of a nation. He didn’t get the popular vote in the 2016 election and as President is doing all he can to become even less popular.

America will survive Donald J. Trump, but we shouldn’t waste any more time with this monster. We don’t want to get even; we just want to rescue our nation. We must move toward a new leader for all the people, not just hardcore idol worshippers.  The money changers are not outside the temple, they are inside the temple. The evil doers are inside the administration and they will do whatever this president tells them to do. That includes breaking the law. Please save us from this insanity.

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.

 

 


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.

 

 


LAWYERS, GUNS & MONEY 2

Trump’s Inability to Lead

Back in May of 2017, I used this same title on a blog post (See Here). And like a lightning bolt hitting the exact same spot, we find ourselves back at the beginning of this horrendous administration. During that 2017 event, administration lawyers attempted to cover-up the news that former General Michael Flynn could be compromised by his lies and activities.

In Warren Zevon’s classic song, Lawyers, Guns and Money, one line sticks out, “Send lawyers, guns, and money, the shit has hit the fan!” And for Trump, “it” seems to keep hitting the twirling reality of Washington. In many cases, the President picks the stuff up and throws it upon himself, like an orange orangutan.

Lawyers are important people. We have one in our family and they defend and work within the system to make sure injustices don’t fall on any human standing on our soil or acting on behalf of this country. What we see in this latest Trump fiasco is a failure to follow the principles of the legal profession. Rudy Giuliani is a lawyer who used guns and money to shake down the Ukrainian government.

Follow this logic. Giuliani is a lawyer. We assume, because he was a prosecutor in New York, that he is a member of the New York bar. His license to practice law will remain intact as long as he follows the rules and policies of that body. We do not know if Donald Trump has a contract with Rudy or if he’s paid him a retainer. Let’s assume Rudy is at least a little smart and not working for free. He has declared himself the President’s personal lawyer. By law, that means he may work on Trump’s personal business and affairs. As has been stated by the State Department, Mr. Giuliani does not speak for the US Government, meaning that he is not an agent of the United States and probably does not have security clearance. Giuliani is acting on behalf of Donald Trump, personally.

This brings us to other kinds of attorneys. There are counsellors to the White House who are part of the government. They decided to move politically damaging meeting notes from one server to another one. They acted on the justification that they were protecting the President. They broke a law while working for Trump and, without a whistleblower complaint, they might have gotten away with it. Trump is the boss of the White House and he has admitted that lawyers attempted to hide the text of that call from others. It was not a top-secret document and was eventually released by the Donald, himself. This is much like the bygone Watergate era, when White House insiders admitted that the president recorded all of his Oval Office calls.

Lawyers sometime get rendered speechless by a client’s unknowing confession to a crime. By talking so much on TV, I suggest that Rudy Giuliani has caused more harm to Donald J. Trump than to Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Giuliani’s lack of discipline has overturned more breadcrumbs than a drunken deli worker. The actions Rudy took for Trump on the Ukraine affair were done as a personal lawyer; thus, those actions are designed to help his client personally. The request for the Ukraine president to open an investigation was made to help Trump’s reelection campaign.

It’s official business when lawyers in certified roles, with security clearances and titles within the government, do the business of the administration. The government and the bar associations can discipline attorneys who break the law, disregard policies or run afoul of ethics departments and their inspectors. Rudy may not have broken any laws with his badgering of the new President of Ukraine, but he certainly exposed Donald Trump as a ruthless, lawless piece of shit. Bring on the fan!

So far, we have seen two kinds of lawyers in this story but we cannot end this report without mentioning a third kind of lawyer, one who should have known better. He’s Attorney General of the United States of America William Barr. The Justice Department knew of these memos and was aware that a national security lawyer urged the White House to move the readout of the call with Ukraine to a super-secret computer. What did William Barr know and when did he know it? Did William Barr have anything to do with the “nothing to see here” ruling on the whistleblower matter with Ukraine? Was Barr involved with the White House to help cover up the coverup? And, more importantly, do we, the taxpayers, get a discount on a double impeachment?

One of the other lines from the Zevon classic is, “An innocent bystander, somehow I got stuck between a rock and a hard place…” And yes, the “innocent bystander” in this narrative is the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. He’s just trying to fortify his country against the angry Russia bear breathing in his eastern border face. This ally is indeed caught between a rock and a hard place. What Mr. Zelensky really needs are lawyers, guns and money. And Donald Trump needs to shut up and start to help people who are strategically important to our security. You know, America First!

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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RECUSE OR RESCUE?

Trumped Up Calls for Investigation

We are living with a liar in the White House. Hardly anyone disputes that Donald Trump will say anything to win an argument, but what is really going on? It’s just another day in the ever-growing money-oriented political game that has hijacked our government. Why does this have to be the norm in the “greatest country in the world?” Let’s look at the broken promises and harmful premises of the 45th President of the United States.

Donald Trump wants to own the judge. It’s an old trick in local city politics and this far-reaching corruption must be stopped if we want a stronger democracy. In the good old days of small-town corruption, you could simply throw a bribe to an official to get whatever you wanted. Trump sees his presidential position as all powerful. He doesn’t think through what he’s about to do, say or release. The summary of the phone call with the President of Ukraine shows clearly who Trump really is; you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. He imposes quid pro quo in everything he does. How can he possibly say there isn’t a transaction in just about every action he takes? Why did he release the transcript? Why?

When the whistleblower complaint was given to the Justice Department, they decided that there was nothing criminal about what took place with the Ukrainian President, but Trump felt a need for them to investigate this matter. Trump has Attorney General William Barr to protect him, but in this case Barr’s name was brought up on the call as the Donald asked a favor from the new President of Ukraine. Trump urged Ukraine to work with Rudy Giuliani and William Barr. So, why wouldn’t William Barr rescue himself from the decision to release the whistleblower complaint to Congress or determining whether criminal activity was done by the White House? Well, it’s because Trump paid the judge; he owns him. If William Barr doesn’t recuse himself, he should be impeached as well.

Trump has asked the DOJ to rescue the newest Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. I’m not sure why Brett would need to be rescued from the authors of a book about him, but Trump seems to think the government has a right to ignore the First Amendment. If Trump fought as hard for the First Amendment as he does for the Second Amendment, he would be a much better president.

You can read the transcript (PDF below). It’s easy to see the consistent manner of Donald Trump and his continual asking for the order. Trump says, “I would like to ask you for a favor.” And there you have it. This is who our President is, and his Attorney General stopped any probe into this matter after receiving a complaint from a whistleblower. Our nation needs to be rescued from this trash dumpster fire.

Let’s focus on some important matters. Some of this should be dealt with by lawmakers. The personal lawyer of the president should never be acting as an agent for the administration. The State Department is complicit in Trump’s use of a personal attorney to do his bidding in a foreign country. That should be against the law.

As for the whistleblower law, it needs to be strengthened so that the executive branch shouldn’t be able to block a complaint that is supposed to go to the proper congressional committees. We need a penalty for any action that deters communication of whistleblower reports.

Donald Trump attempted to use the judicial system of another country to get dirt about his political opponent. Trump stopped the military aid that was going to the country in normal order before he made the call to the President of Ukraine. His attention on the call appears to be more about an investigation into Joe Biden and his son rather than helping an ally. And when the president was challenged by Congressional leaders about that aid, he released the transcript of the call. So, Trump is at least guilty of game playing or at most committing treason by interfering with our next election.

When the US Senate voted 100 to 0 and to pass a non-binding resolution that urged the White House to release the full Inspector General’s whistleblower complaint document, there is a consensus that something is rotten in Washington, D.C. And as the day ended on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, the whistleblower complaint was delivered to Congress, and was rumored to be declassified and released the next day. Will this time reasonable minds learn the truth?

Donald Trump is in the autumn of his presidency. As the colder winter winds start to blow through the streets of our nation’s capital, those who attempt to keep the leader warm in his lies and misrepresentations just might be damaged by association. And we will get through this crisis, even if Trump’s game ends. The more aware voters will see through the trumped-up charges that our president is attempting to foist on America, while those in the rapture of Trumpism become even more hypnotized into submission. Those who believe every lie and every excuse are the ones who need to be rescued from their ignorance.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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LIKEABILITY AND TRUST

The Gold that Eludes Trump

A great salesperson will always make sure their customer is comfortable before asking them for the order. If a person likes you, they will be more inclined to buy from you.

Sometimes I like to discuss the similarities of the Greek terms ethos, pathos and logos, and how these concepts can help you to accomplish things with other people. Ethos is the spirit or culture of an individual or organization. The first thing another person should understand is where you stand. Can they trust that your goals will align with their desires? Why would you want to spend time with someone on whom you can’t truly depend?

Now pathos is less obvious, but equally important. Pathos is pity, sadness or a general empathy for another, the old “walk a mile in my shoes.” To gain a higher level of engagement with another person or nation, you must communicate a feeling for their position. You want to present to them a solution that you believe will solve their problem or meet their needs.

It’s only after establishing that you are standing on a firm position with your own culture and that you truly understand and care that you are ready to present a logical argument for your proposition or request. Trump fails miserably on all aspects of this ancient progression.

He opens every encounter with his despicable, transaction-oriented, me first attitude which lets the other person immediately know that they don’t matter. Trump has no empathy and openly asks the other person to focus on him. His viewpoints and the way he is perceived are more important to him than any agenda items that might be achieved. Many of the things Donald Trump says lack a logical explanation. He can’t look past himself to find a firm reason why what he wants is good for the other person. Even worse, many of his proposals are not good for our country. What happened to America First?

The latest controversary of a “whistleblower” filing a complaint about the President’s interactions with a foreign leader will not go away. And consider Trump’s odd behavior relative to his income tax returns. He guards them like secret documents that risk contempt of congress and court to keep us from seeing them. We cannot trust his word that they are under audit any more than we can believe what he now says about his conversation with the leader of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, the recently elected president who is the Jon Stewart of that country. This is not funny anymore.

Trump attempted to use the court system of Ukraine to go after his political rival Joe Biden, and his son Hunter, in order to have a talking point for the 2020 election. This is just weeks after Trump believed that he was acquitted by the Mueller Report. Perhaps this emboldened the Donald and made him think that seeking personal help in a US election from a foreign entity is proper. Leaders of our major ally countries know that Trump’s word means nothing and that they don’t trust him. They know that when they meet as a group (G7, UN) he fails to show at discussions about climate change, meaning he has no interest in this threat to the world. He has no understanding or empathy about the issue.

Maybe deep down inside this man knows the danger of pollution and climate change and is so embarrassed to have other people look at him in disbelief, especially his daughter Ivanka. Or could it be that Trump really doesn’t think polluting the planet and warming the atmosphere are causing extreme weather events? Clearly, he doesn’t see these as important issues. His “logos” or logic on matters of science hold them to be irrelevant. Trump’s preposterous position is this; things he cannot understand are not important. It would be great if we could tie his hands and sew his mouth shut, but it would be much more productive and fulfilling if he simply went away.

According to the latest stats from Real Clear Politics, Trump’s favorability stands at 41.8% with likely voters, while 53.4% give the President an unfavorable rating. In a recent NBC – Wall Street Journal poll, 69% of registered voters say they don’t like Trump personally, regardless of their feelings about his policy agenda. 50% say they dislike him personally and dislike his policies, while another 19% say that they dislike him but approve of his policies.

Most people cannot trust a person they do not like. In all aspects of his presidency, Trump continually acts on his emotions. He’s not a trustworthy person in word or action. As more and more comes out about Donald Trump, the godfather, attempting to bully the leader of a very important country like Ukraine, we will see his sole intent is protecting himself. His self-image is far more important than defending American interests and values. His priorities are wrong, and the culture of his administration is based on lies and disinformation campaigns. He has no empathy for people who aren’t rich, and his judgement is marred by not listening and lack of intellectual grounding. He’s a big fat clown in his red, white and blue circus suit. We must move on, tear down the tent, soon.

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.