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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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.

 


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.


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.

 

 


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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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.


POLITICAL APPETITE

Two Words Say It All

I used to think people were superficial if they used short phrases and clichés to communicate. But then I observed that some people use common metaphors, analogies and word economy to share their thoughts. It’s not wrong, but in the spirit of words mattering we can detect true feelings and deeper attitudes by examining the words people use.

When Donald Trump was confronted by reporters before he left for Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, he was asked if he would support a ban on assault weapons. He quickly replied that he could see an appetite for “red flag” laws, but that there wasn’t a “political appetite” for banning assault weapons. And there, with those two words, President Trump revealed his true governing driver. He’s not making decisions or advancing legislation based on what is good for America, he’s concerned only with the appetites of those fat white men who support him in Congress. It’s all about guaranteeing adulation, rather than protecting the nation from the next mass shooting.

Trump has already heard from the National Rifle Association and they have “warned him” about going forward with any improvement to background checks. And as we have pointed out on these pages in the past, the NRA spent more than $30 million to help elect Trump; they control the President. The Donald is nothing more than a dancing puppet on the strings of a lobbying group. He’s totally in their pocket. How can this man ever promote reasonable gun control when he kowtows to every desire of the NRA? Just as the NRA is complicit in the deaths of citizens of the USA, Donald J. Trump has blood on his hands because of his inaction and inability to lead.

What Trump admitted on the White House lawn is that he doesn’t have the power, ability or desire to affect that political appetite. He struts about in his ill-fitting blue suits and unreasonably long red ties while doing nothing. He’s worse than a drunk uncle because he has the power to ruin the lives of 330 million people.

While Trump was going to Dayton and El Paso, ICE was rounding up 700 undocumented food processing plant workers in Mississippi. Many children weren’t picked up by their parents after the first day of school because mom, dad or both were in detention centers. No one needs to ask if Trump is a racist. It’s clear that he has a sick singular hatred of Hispanics. And why the disregard for children?

Who else would carry out such a destructive action, while claiming he was going to the sites of mass shootings to comfort the wounded and families of the dead? It was just another photo op, no different than shaking the hand of a known murderer and tyrant in North Korea. Donald Trump has no soul. He’s an immoral man with nothing but his money and fame.

This just in folks, from the Washington Post: “None of the eight victims of the El Paso mass shooting still being treated at University Medical Center agreed to meet with President Trump when he visited on Wednesday, the hospital’s spokesman said.” Clearly, the President was attempting to use these poor people as political pawns in a sick game of imaginary empathy. What piece of shit person would do this to anyone suffering so deeply? The hospital protected their patients, and that is how it should be.

Trump must truly believe that most people in the US are so stupid they won’t see through his lies and ruses. It’s not political anymore. It’s not a party thing. It’s human worth, spiritual unity and basic human values that are being attacked.

I know that presidential events must be crafted to make the leader of the free world look good. I get that. But when Trump claims that his rhetoric brings people together, and then blasts political rivals, maybe Representative Tim Ryan is right. Trump could be losing his grasp on reality and his mental acuity.

The shooting didn’t happen in Toledo; it was Dayton. The teleprompter showed Texas and Ohio. What else has Trump gotten wrong? Perhaps he has misread the America people. Not everyone treated the President like a “rock star” in Dayton and El Paso, despite the tweets of the White House communication people. These sycophants will have their day in court, or perhaps at the pearly gates, depending on what God they believe in.

If you kill my farm business with reckless tariffs, separate children from their parents and fire up an evil white supremist who then shoots people in this country, how can we possibly count on you to represent America on the world stage? I can truly say that Trump will never be able to heal the country, unite the people or ever be respected by this American. He’s just another puss filled blemish on the face of American politics.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

 

 

 


THE BURDEN OF POWER

Trump’s True Catch-22

The cost of change this time includes dead bodies in the streets of American cities. Donald Trump’s burden of power was something that he probably never imagined would be difficult, but then he just assumed running a country would be easy. Our President has an ongoing desire to entertain rather than embrace the empathy necessary in a great leader. He would call me a hater, but he would never take the time to read my thoughts. I feel sorry for him, but he should not be allowed to get in the way of our country’s safety, our prosperity and our morals.

Our younger readers might not understand the term “Catch-22.” This concept arises when trying to escape a dilemma or difficult circumstance with mutually conflicting or dependent conditions. President Trump finds himself now dealing with the mutually conflicting and dependent conditions he has created. But at the risk of blaming him for everything, we should look at the dilemmas and suggest solutions.

First, Trump married himself to the NRA and they spent more than $30 million to help him get elected. They give a lot of money to many other candidates and they are more like a political action committee than a non-profit organization. What they do is legal but causes a conflict of interest with those who have received their contributions. Trump sees their endorsement as important. He has never stood up to them. This needs to end.

Trump rose to political power by attacking immigrants. He berates them much like past tyrants who focused on minorities and ethnic groups to create dangerous conditions and harmful attitudes against them. Trump’s rhetoric has also stoked the hatred and fear of immigrants, aliens and asylum seekers. When reading the manifestos of mass shooters, we see the same phraseologies and viewpoints toward those ethnic groups and the people they’ve attacked.

In his speech to the nation and world (8-5-2019), President Trump said that he’s ready for discussion on gun laws and he touted his small legal moves such as banning the “Bump-Stock.” His words fell short, however, because they came from “Teleprompter Trump” not Candidate Trump. Can these tragedies guarantee that at his next rally he won’t double-down on previous incitements? Probably not.

Trump wants the Justice Department to make sure “domestic terrorists” receive a swift death penalty, but that’s not likely to deter most of these crazy murderers who expect to die during the carnage they reap. Killing the mass shooters will make them the kind of martyrs that ISIS fighters are to their followers. The hate websites will continue to breed this dogma of death and destruction, but what will the leadership of this country do to stop them? Can they protect our First and Second Amendment rights while making this problem go away? This is the true burden of power.

Here’s the Catch-22 in all of this. The TV talking heads express sorrow about the sweet little kids who were gunned down in El Paso, while a few miles from the attack site children of Mexico and Central America are living in chain-link detention centers lacking basic human comforts like hygiene, warmth and love. You cannot be on moral ground protecting one class of human being while dehumanizing another. Trump has already showed his true colors by doing everything he can to eliminate or bypass America’s asylum laws. In 1940, he would have turned away ships bringing Jews and other Europeans to America attempting to seek asylum from Hitler.

And now, Trump tries to apologize to the President of Mexico for those citizens who lost their lives in El Paso. His feeble attempt is most likely intended to placate their leader who said that Mexico would be seeking legal action for the deaths of their citizens on our soil.  Perhaps one of Trump’s advisors warned him of a law that could be used against him.

Article 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights prohibits any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence. With Trump inciting violence toward immigrants, be they legal or illegal, he is clearly in violation of Article 20. He could be brought before the World Court.

Remember the Trump rally in Florida when someone answered his question of what to do with all these people coming across the border by yelling, “Shoot them?” The President of the United States didn’t explain that would be against the law. No, he offered a joke, “That’s only in the Panhandle you can get away with this stuff.” Referring to that area of Florida that borders Alabama, Trump seemed to endorse violence against people coming into America.

The Republicans playbook tells us that mass shootings are executed by mentally ill people, not the guns themselves. Video games and the internet are promoting violence, not the words of leaders who seemingly give permission to perpetrate political retribution against the “others” as defined by the President himself.

When the words are printed, you see it clearly. In his tweets, Trump used the term “invasion” more than a half of dozen times. And the manifesto of the shooter in El Paso stated, “This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.” That was not Trump, those were the words of a person who killed twenty-two people in Texas.

If we are in a Catch-22 situation that is difficult to escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions, then we need smarter leaders to help us resolve them. This time, it’s not the economy stupid or the bully’s need for some payback against so-called bad deals. There are human lives at stake. I have no faith in Donald Trump, the man who took an oath to protect America and the Constitution. Neither he nor Mike Pence are equipped to disentangle this Catch-22.

Maybe we should start doing little things and see what works. Begin by banning and buying back all auto and semi-automatic weapons. Get rid of high capacity clips that give shooters advantages over the police. If someone could kill nine people in a minute in Ohio, how many others would have been murdered if the killer had just a little more time? We can’t take away every gun, but we should try to keep weapons out of the hands of unstable people. The paralysis of those in power is repulsive. Trump is only part of the problem but getting rid of him would be a great start.

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.


WE HAVE THE WRONG PRESIDENT

America Must Act, Trump Must Go

America, we have a problem. For all the rhetoric and endless number of tweets, the current government in our country is not equipped to deal with the violence of mass shootings. Regrettably, there is no preventative effort on the part of the President and his minions of “yes” men and women around him.

There have been too many events of “active shooters” and “mass shootings” for us to bury our heads in the sand. As of this writing, 2019 has seen more than 250 mass shootings, with a death toll of 281 human beings. If you want to keep track of these horrible events there’s a website. It changes weekly and sometimes daily. Here’s where one can use the word “sad” and feel the true meaning.

Some experts boil it down to our higher accessibility and ownership of guns. We have 120.5 firearms per one hundred people, and the USA ranks number one in gun ownership around the world. Most believe that mass shooters suffer from some form of mental illness. Certainly, premeditated murder is the result of a sickness.

Clear minds state that a failure of government background checks due to incomplete databases and staff shortages puts guns in the wrong hands. Organizations like the NRA can say the Second Amendment is more important that protecting the lives of America citizens, but the gun problem in this country has been promoted by their actions and policies.

Certain experts point to the gap between people’s expectations for themselves and their actual achievements in life. This is where we get to the hate crimes and the driving force of getting back at OTHERS who they perceive have gained more at their expense. It’s another kind of sickness, this driving force of revenge as motive.

Some of these perpetrators have a desire for fame and notoriety, they seek their fifteen minutes of fame. The mass media coverage of the shooters and the social media sites that glorify them often downplay the victims, handing a prize to the person of hate.

Then we have an evil “copycat phenomenon,” where the acts of one person are taken by another human as a green light for further deeds of hatred. The notion of “suggesting” may be happening with Donald Trump’s rallies and his fear mongering toward people of color, immigrants and those who disagree with him. Trump’s harangues become a trigger for sick minds, but he will never admit it because he doesn’t believe there is anything wrong with using a tactic of hatred to get reelected. He would rather win than solve problems.

When Donald John Trump was sworn in as President, he said, “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” But the “carnage” is not ending, it’s getting worse. Some defend Trump’s political lack of action, but most will agree his messaging to motivate the nation away from hate and violence is scarce and weak. When he said that “there were fine people on both sides” right after a white nationalist plowed a car into peaceful counter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, injuring many and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, our 45th President gave a license for violence and killing to the KKK, white nationalists, white supremacists and Neo-Nazis. For them, “Might is right.” After the chants of “Jews will not replace us” die down, the country still has no moral leader. Mr. President, they’ve killed Muslims, Jews, children and immigrants while you sit back, neglecting your obligation to protect our country.

Trump can repetitively chant about MS-13 and ISIS, but hundreds of people are dead on our soil from domestic terrorism. These shooters didn’t come from Syria or Mexico, they came from the white suburbs of America. They are being poisoned by Nazi, KKK and white nationalists online and the manifestos of these hateful shooters spell out their dogma in clear language. They believe that Trump supports them.

It’s too late for the Donald to undo the damage that he has rendered. He has no creditability to speak to the nation and give us fatherly advice on guns. His sons own lots of guns and he doesn’t even care about the number of weapons out there, unless they were to be used against him. Should that ever happen, we would have gun restrictions within hours. That happened in the streets of San Francisco when the Black Panthers decided to poke a hole in the Second Amendment by carrying loaded rifles in the streets. Gun laws changed dramatically then.

There are some who will claim that blaming Trump for mass shootings is unfair. Okay, that might make you happy for a few minutes but what are we going to do about the problem? Congress waited until hundreds of thousands of citizens were murdered by opioids to act against the pharmaceutical industry and their middlemen who were getting rich by death. People who write the laws of the land have never taken up arms against arms.

What if a strong denouncement of hate and threat of reckoning with these hate groups by the President happened NOW? If it stopped just one person from loading a gun and killing our people, that would be something good. Trump has the power, but he doesn’t have a strong enough command of the English language to pull it off. His lame tweet after the Saturday shooting in El Paso says it all, “God be with you all!” On Sunday morning, after another shooting in Dayton, Ohio, Trump tweeted “God bless the people of El Paso Texas. God bless the people of Dayton, Ohio.” This is what we get from Trump. It’s obvious that he doesn’t know what to do or even what to say. He’s not the Pope, he’s the fucking President of the United States and if he doesn’t do something about the hate and violence in America, he is clearly not worthy of the presidency. He must go.

Impact of Trump on America

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


MUELLER, MUELLER, MUELLER

The Origin of the Presidential Probe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Impact of Trump on America

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


EPSTEIN, ACOSTA & TRUMP

The Corruptibility of the Rich & Famous

The Southern District of New York is always front and center on the stage of justice and investigations of corruption. Because of the magnet of power and money, many happenings in the United States have tentacles that reach into the Empire State.

Let’s look at the case of Jeffrey Epstein, an American financier and philanthropist. In 2008, Epstein was convicted of soliciting an underage girl for prostitution and served 13 months in “custody with work release,” which meant he could spend more than half each day outside of prison. Some said the billionaire bought his way out of an appropriate jail sentence, and there’s convincing evidence that Epstein’s illicit activities involved far more than one teenage girl.

Even though Epstein pleaded guilty to a single state charge of soliciting prostitution from girls as young as 14, he was sentenced to only 18 months in prison. Instead of being sent to state prison like most sex offenders convicted in Florida, Epstein was housed in a private wing of the Palm Beach County stockade. He served 13 months before being released for a year of probation. While on probation, he was allowed numerous trips on his corporate jet to his homes in Manhattan and the U.S. Virgin Islands. At release, he was registered in New York State as a level three sex offender, a lifelong classification for an individual having a high risk of re-offense.

Now here’s where it gets political and suspicious. Epstein, allegedly a good friend of Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, was a big contributor to political campaigns, and some see a pattern of judicial abuse in this matter. A California woman filed a federal lawsuit against Epstein and Trump in April 2016, alleging the men sexually assaulted her at a series of parties at Epstein’s Manhattan home in 1994 when she was 13 years of age. The suit was dismissed by a federal judge in May 2016 because it didn’t raise valid claims under federal law.

The same woman filed a federal suit in New York in June 2016, but it was withdrawn three months later, apparently without being served on the defendants. A third federal suit was filed in New York in September 2016 and the plaintiff, who filed anonymously as Jane Doe, was scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles press conference six days before the 2016 election. That event was abruptly canceled with Doe’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, asserting the woman had received threats and the suit was dropped on November 4, 2016. Trump attorney, Alan Garten, flatly denied the allegations while Epstein declined to comment. What exactly was Donald Trump’s role in this mess? Could this be the case that Michael Cohen alluded to when he warned that the Southern District will be a major risk for Trump?

Epstein was physically arrested again Saturday night (July 6, 2019) as he disembarked his private jet after flying back into the US from Europe. The charge he faces is sex trafficking of minors in Florida and New York. This has serious implications for the President of the United States, since the case involves a Federal crime and Trump would have to testify in person. Should it be found that Donald Trump knew about the crimes leading to these charges and did nothing, he would, in sense, be an accomplice. Trump could be listed as an unindicted co-conspirator.

Also, of note here, according to the Miami Herald, “Miami’s top federal prosecutor, Alexander Acosta, had a breakfast appointment with a former colleague, Washington, D.C., attorney Jay Lefkowitz. It was an unusual meeting for the then-38-year-old prosecutor, a rising Republican star who had served in several White House posts before being named U.S. attorney in Miami by President George W. Bush. Instead of meeting at the prosecutor’s Miami headquarters, the two men — both with professional roots in the prestigious Washington law firm of Kirkland & Ellis — convened at the Marriott in West Palm Beach, about 70 miles away. For Lefkowitz, 44, a U.S. special envoy to North Korea and corporate lawyer, the meeting was critical.” Most experts believe this was the meeting where Lefkowitz and Acosta “colluded” to give Epstein what could only be called a pass on his criminal atrocities.

Then there’s this. Alexander Acosta was appointed by President Trump as the United States Secretary of Labor. Could this be a case of Trump buying Acosta’s silence and loyalty by giving him such an important political appointment? In February 2019, the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility notified Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse that it had opened an investigation into Epstein’s prosecution. Congress may have confirmed Acosta, but they are now having buyers’ remorse. Even Republicans.

The speculation today is that prosecutors of the Southern District of New York may have new evidence of conspiracy of sex trafficking and Mann Act malfeasance. This is the federal law that makes it a felony to engage in interstate or foreign commerce transport of “any woman or girl for the purpose of prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose. If underage girls were transported over state lines, Mr. Epstein could get ten years for each count. If the prosecutors pile on kidnapping charges, he will sit in jail for the rest of his life.

If the case moves forward, it could pull in other high-profile people. During the divorce of the UK’s Prince Andrew from Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Epstein paid off some of the Duchess’ debts. There is speculation that there may be considerably more to the prince’s involvement with Epstein. Another Epstein friend, former President Bill Clinton, who lied about his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinski and has a reputation of sexual indiscretions, might know something more about Epstein’s girls and the activities of his buddy.

This brings us to Trump. According to USA Today, the President and Epstein socialized before the 2016 election at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. In a New York Magazine profile, Tim O’Brien quoted the Donald, “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.” Now Trump uses the word “terrific” a lot, even referencing people like Putin and Kim Jong-Un, so you must take that with a grain of salt. Regardless, it sure sounds creepy knowing what we know now.

The Jeffrey Epstein case may disclose a colossal coverup by the Justice Department, which could prove to be a giant test for the current AG, William Barr, to stay out of the way of the SDNY. It’s also likely this case will have a major effect on Alexander Acosta’s life in the administration.

But what it might expose on the national stage, is the lack of moral fiber in Donald Trump’s body. If the evangelicals don’t see the real Trump after this case is laid out, then they will never be able to see the difference between God and the Devil. The Devil seems to be winning, and he just might be a player in the Trump Administration.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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.