CORRUPTION DISRUPTION

GAO, Trump, Giuliani, Parnas, Prison

There is something extremely mercurial about the Trump era. The fire of dissent against this president burns 24/7, and I have a theory about why it keeps burning. The media lives to reveal and discover. It’s what makes the fourth estate valuable and it also is what leads to some over-zealous or slanted reporting. The fourth estate is the press in the United States because they observe and report on the political process. They play a crucial role in the outcome of political issues and candidates. They have a creed to source material and convey their findings with the maximum use of truth. They aren’t trying to convince you of their position, but rather deliver enough facts and information for you to decide for yourself. The more lies Trump tells, the more motivated the press and some television outlets become to find answers and truths.

As was pointed out to me recently by my lawyer daughter, there is a clear difference between opinions and facts. Once you start a sentence with the words, “I believe…,” you are not reporting the news, facts or truth; you are simply expressing an opinion. It slays me that judges express their “opinions” while citing previous decisions and the law itself, which makes it a legal opinion. That is why they call it an opinion. But in our system of law and order, once a decision is handed down, it’s no longer an opinion. It’s something you must now abide by.

Today (1-16-2020), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a decision concluding that the Trump administration violated the Impoundment Control Act (ICA), a law that regulates how the White House may distribute money appropriated by Congress. And with this announcement, they are saying that President Trump broke the law by withholding funds for Ukraine. By now, most people know the back story to how and why this happened. Donald Trump admitted he did it, and even released a transcript of a call with the President of Ukraine to prove he broke the law. So, what happens now?

It’s unlikely that the Department of Justice will open in investigation into this matter, because the Senate is about to begin an impeachment trial of the president. But in normal order, the GAO would have sent a notice to DOJ stating the case and asking for them to open an investigation into the person or persons who broke the law and why. This now brings us to Lev Parvas, Rudy Giuliani and William Barr, and what is appearing to be a conspiracy to hurt Joe Biden.

It’s clear from the interviews that Lev Parnas has been giving in the last 24 hours that he has some very incriminating evidence against Donald Trump. Who is Lev Parnas? Well, it’s complicated.

Lev Parnas is a Soviet-born, naturalized American citizen who lives in Florida and claims he is in the real estate business. He is also an associate of Rudy Giuliani and he allegedly aided Rudy with a search in Ukraine for detrimental information on US President Donald Trump’s political opponents. On October 9, 2019, Parnas was arrested at Dulles International Airport with a one-way ticket to Europe and was charged with planning to direct funds from a foreign government to US politicians while trying to influence relations between America and Ukraine. In short, he is a dirty trickster who was on Giuliani’s payroll.

By releasing a trove of information and evidence about his interactions with Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Parnas demonstrated that he was being directed not only by Giuliani but by the President himself. He also implicated Attorney General William Barr and US Representative Devin Nunes, who is the minority leader on the Intelligence Committee in charge of investigating the entire Ukraine matter. Can you say, “Conflict of Interest?” If what Parnas says is true, both Nunes and Barr were involved in the conspiracy and the ongoing coverup. This whole mess could explode, you know, like a hand-grenade.

If what the GAO claims was breaking the law, all those who aided and abetted that effort are guilty. This means that John Bolton should testify about this broken law, if not before the House or Senate then in a US Federal court. This brings us to the shining gem of this affair, Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States.

Was Mike Pence part of the plot to get Ukraine to announce an investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter? Was Pence used as a tool in the pressure campaign against the President of Ukraine? Pence served in Congress and knows the rules and laws. He certainly cannot say he didn’t know what he was doing was wrong. That would mean that he is totally stupid and unfit for office.

The White House, the Justice Department and Mike Pence’s office all renounced what Parnas said. Might we be facing a bigger Constitutional crisis than we at first thought? With this information on the table, one could say that Donald John Trump has corrupted Congress, Justice and the Presidency with his lies, deceptions and illegal actions. But then, you already knew that. Trump is a nefarious pathological liar who has no business being President. How can we end this farce quickly and peacefully?

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TODAY IS THE DAY

Donald Trump Faces Charges in Senate

Back in August of 2017, 200 days after our current president took office, I wrote my book, Donald Trump: Repeal, Replace, Impeach. I knew then what I know now — to remove a president from office the House of Representatives must first impeach him or her and the Senate must then hold a trial to determine if he or she is guilty. Removal from office then takes places only if the party is found guilty at the Senate trial. It’s a pretty simple process, but a president has never been removed. Why?

The first impeachment of a president was that of Andrew Johnson, who was in a no-win situation. He was on the ticket with Abraham Lincoln right after the Civil War and his main goal was bringing the country together. Johnson was a southern Democrat from Tennessee and Lincoln thought that having a southerner on the ticket in 1864 would be good for the healing that needed to take place after the war.

Republicans took control of Congress when the southern states came back and they were gunning for the Lincoln-Johnson administration. To make matters worse for Johnson, Lincoln was shot at Ford Theater on the night of April 14, 1865. Historians agree that Johnson wanted Lincoln to deal harsh penalties to the “traitors” in the south. That may have been somewhat tempered because Lincoln was killed by a southern radical sympathizer, John Wilkes Booth.

Tensions were high and the southern Republicans wanted to take “their” country back and thwart the freedom of African Americans. When Donald Trump says that what has happened to him is the worst thing that has ever happened to a president, he shows a dire ignorance of historical facts. The 16th President of the United States was murdered, and the guy who took over missed being thrown out of office by one vote.

Some say impeachment is a political process and not a legal process, but that is quite the understatement. Impeachment does take place in the House and is a political process, but once the articles of impeachment are given to the Senate a trial takes place and that is a legal process.

If you read the charges in the case of Bill Clinton and you examine the Ken Starr document detailing what Clinton did wrong, it’s totally amazing that he wasn’t removed from office. He lied under oath. His perjury stained the reputation of the presidency, yet he survived an impeachment and trial. How did he do it? This is what most experts point to when uttering the cliché that impeachment is political.

It’s too bad Richard Nixon had no trial to convict and remove him from office. That would have given solid ground on procedure and process so that we would have less grandstanding and political game playing by members of Congress.

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell belittled the serious nature of the event by saying stupid things before the articles of impeachment were sent over. Mitch might be trying to con the public and the president into believing he’s on the right side of this, but he’s just a smelly tread mark on the pavement of US history. McConnell simply wants to keep his job and do the bidding of his party, not his state or country. He’s diminished the Republican party and the Senate by declaring he’s not an impartial juror, a statement he can never take back. If Kentucky is smart, they will vote him out.

Now it’s official. The Senate will get the articles of impeachment and they will decide whether Donald Trump’s withholding of military aid to Ukraine and his shakedown of the leader of another country is legal. It’s a little like this question. Do you think it’s okay for the President to allow people and companies to increase pollution? If you answer yes, then you would also believe the President should have more power than Congress and you would probably vote to exonerate Donald Trump.

Today was an important day. Yes, the articles of impeachment were delivered to the Senate, but more evidence has been leaked from Guiliani’s clients. Is there more?

America’s strange electoral college system brought us Donald Trump. And while he basks in the glow of that win, the truth is that Hillary Clinton got three million more votes than Trump. We could change that procedure, but we won’t, and we shouldn’t. Maybe we just need someone to run for president who is honest and wins both the electoral college and the popular vote so we can have a clear mandate. Then we would have no doubt who the President is.

Do I want Donald Trump to leave office? Yes, please dear God, yes. And why do I think that? Well you could read my book but I’ll tell you why right here. Trump should be removed from office because he’s a liar. America deserves better. There are cheaters in baseball, swindlers in business and goofballs in government, but can’t we have someone at the top who really cares about the American people enough be straight and tell it like it is? Someone like John McCain, Abraham Lincoln or just about anyone with real guts and genuine smarts to rally all the people. Oh, shit, I am sounding like an optimist. Before we change the way we vote or our Constitution, let’s just change the guy at the top. He’s done nothing but embarrass our country. 


HYSTERICAL & HISTORICAL

Donald Trump’s Confession Letter

In times like these I would rather be on vacation, with a good book and a strong alcoholic drink in my hand. Perhaps laying on a smooth, pure, white sandy beach in the middle of the world, far away from the enraging crowd. Sadly, vacationing is not the business at hand. Today we must impeach a President.

In his missive, which could better be called a missile, launched toward Nancy Pelosi, our asshole president attempted to codify his feelings and rationalize his criminal deeds. Trump has always been a walking cliché, and his words, obviously augmented by the hands of legal counsel, do not clear the air but display his own insecurities and anger. He’s a guilty man, pointing fingers and blaming everyone else for his challenges and problems. Let’s not get sucked into his game. Take it for what it’s worth, for what it is, a confession letter.

There are potentially two broad reactions to this diatribe of defensive writing. If you support this jerk-off president, Trump’s words most likely made you angry at Pelosi and the Democrats. If you don’t like or have never liked the Donald, his letter probably inspired more dislike of the man. So, why did he write the damn thing? Oh, he said he wants to document the situation for readers a hundred years from now, which is funny. Most people won’t read it now and it’s unlikely any will read it in the future. So, what is this letter really all about?

Here’s my take. I suspect that the lawyers explained to Trump that he will not be called to testify in the Senate trial. He will be denied his Colonel Nathan R. Jessep moment, as seen in the movie A Few Good Men, where he gets to scream at everyone. “You can’t handle the truth!” Our imbecile president wanted to get everything off his chest before the vote was cast, before the verdict was in, before people forget he was the 45th President of the United States. What all of us and those to come will remember is that Donald Trump was the third president to be impeached. Bad things are remembered much longer than good things.

Donald Trump doesn’t understand that he is not the judiciary and not the legislative branch. He’s the President. He thinks simply writing the words “your invalid impeachment” are legally binding. He is wrong. A good number of the 135 executive orders he has signed have been challenged in courts of law. It’s not unreasonable to believe he has a severe insecurity disorder which forces him to amplify his own validity at every turn.

In his disillusionment of what it means to be the President of the USA, Donald Trump has failed to understand that respecting and working with all the people of the country is a prerequisite to achieving respect. His letter to Nancy Pelosi is a last-ditch effort to impede impeachment. More importantly, it will become a historical record that dramatically displays this president’s inability to make peace and bring parties together. Whatever happened to the Art of the Deal? Trump confesses that he has no ability, desire or will to work within the system or with anyone who disagrees with him.

In his letter, Trump once again described his call with the President of Ukraine and admitted it was a proposition, thinking it’s okay to solicit help from a foreign government in his next campaign. He says he did nothing wrong, and should he squeal one more time that it was a “perfect call,” half the country will throw up and demand he be removed from office.

Trump is confused by his role. He truly believes that something that’s good for him is equally good for the country. Trump has equated Ukrainian investigation into Joe Biden as a crime fighting badge. His hysterical letter to Pelosi stands as one of the most defensive and humiliating efforts by any elected president. And with that in mind, let me make a few confessions here.

First, I started writing a book the day Donald Trump was sworn in as president and completed it after his first 200 days in office. Maybe my calling for the impeachment of Donald Trump was presumptuous but let me get this off my chest. It’s okay to dislike the president. As a matter of fact, it’s more than my First Amendment right, it’s great sport in our land of liberty. There were people who hated FDR, Truman, Ike, JFK, and some lunatics out there believe that George W. Bush created 9-11, so my dislike of Donald Trump first as a person and now as president is no big deal. Where does Trump get the misconception that we have to respect him? Oh, I guess that is just another of his character flaws.

Next, Trump’s line “You are making a mockery of impeachment,” almost caused me to fall off my chair. Impeachment is bad for a president, and Donald Trump needs to get over it! Does this man even know the meaning of mockery? The clear truth is you can replace every instance of the words “Democrat” and “Pelosi” in his letter with Trump’s name and BINGO, you have solved the riddle! History will eventually show that Donald Trump made a mockery of the presidency.

Finally, (as if this could ever be the final word from your unpleasant, miserable and cruel old writer) there will not be a fair trial in the Senate for Donald Trump. The harsh reality is that unless Congress passes a “veto proof” law saying that no candidate or president can solicit help in an election from a foreign power, this matter will be thrown out of the Republican controlled Senate. They will vote to acquit him. He will live to scream at us another day and the final blow will come only when he is defeated in the 2020 election. That margin of defeat will have to be substantial, or he will never leave office. He truly believes what is good for him is good for the country. He thinks he’s a demigod.

We cannot leave it here. Let’s tie up the bow on our Christmas impeach present with some extra thoughts and prayers. First, it has been said by Trump and others that the Salem witches had more due process. Well if that’s the case, let’s throw Donald Trump in the Potomac River and see if he floats like the turd he is. One Congressman said that terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan had more due process than what Trump got in the House. Perhaps we should waterboard a confession out of 45 and move this trial along faster.

Trump accuses Ms. Pelosi of “scarcely concealing her hatred” and he challenges her assertion that she prays for him. Really? How would Trump know this unless he has a direct line to God? That aside, I have been wondering why Ms. Nancy would waste her prayers on Trump.

In conclusion, Trump writes about the “damage and hurt you have inflicted upon wonderful and loving members of my family.” I cannot talk to my family about America and our political system because of you Donald Trump. The horseshit you have been heaping on this country for the last three years will be remembered for much longer than your immature, temper tantrum letter. Your millionaire offspring will be fine, you self-serving glob of fat cells. See, you have done this to me. You make me angry every day and I do nothing to conceal it. You have altered my frame of mind and after writing one million words about the infection you have shot into the bloodstreams of America, I can only say that millions of my fellow citizens cannot wait until you are gone from office.

And now, let’s impeach this motherfucker. Hey, Stormy Daniels is a mother. Don’t shoot the messenger.

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PRESIDENTIAL PRECEDENTS

Trump’s Ultimate Shame is Coming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


CONTAMINATION OF JUSTICE

Trump’s Stacking the Deck for Himself

There is something right before the very eyes of Donald Trump’s sycophants and political partisans that they cannot see. Their allegiance to the incompetent man in our White House is more important to them than whether Trump is qualified and effective at his job or loyal to our flag and Constitution. The only way a person can achieve and keep a position in the Trump administration requires unqualified support of Trump and his ego power grab. There have always been people who bend to the will of their benefactor, but what we have now are out and out lies for this man. Why?

We are seeing many people in the administration and in Congress openly lying or failing to answer important questions because they do not want to anger the pumpkin in the White House. What do they fear? They dread being fired with the tactics of intimidation and fear Trump used in the production of his inane TV show, The Apprentice. This is a country, our country, and America and must be treated with much more care than an insipid reality TV show.

One of the characters in Trump’s dysfunctional shameful body of enablers is William Barr. For months and months, we have been assaulted with the harangues and tweets from our President about how bad former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was. Trump did all things possible to shame Mr. Sessions resignation, when he could have simply fired him. Maybe the Donald was stalling for time to find the right guy for the job, a political operative rather than a real Attorney General. From his first day in office, Barr has been doing Trump’s dirty deeds. Perhaps his most devious moment was the discoloration of the Mueller Report before it was released.

This week, Barr graced us with his version of the Inspector General’s report on the investigation into the origins of the Mueller Report. Now, after being pressured by Trump, A.G. Barr has once again discounted the findings of the report before it was made public. His goal of amplifying the mistakes of the FBI may have been warranted, but he ignored the over-arching conclusion that the investigation was warranted. He simply stated that it wasn’t, and he ordered his new handpicked investigator, Mr. John Durham, to release a similar statement. Durham’s pronouncement referencing his ongoing investigation, echoed former FBI leader James Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton server investigation. Shame on both for repeating the mistake of talking about an ongoing investigation.

When John Kelly left the White House, Trump pushed his responsibilities onto the plate of Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. This added to Mulvaney’s role as manager of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which handles and releases funds, including foreign aid. And there you have it. The person who said, “Get over it,” attempted to justify political considerations in US interaction with another country. So, the sycophant running the White House and OMB, was maneuvering to avoid any proper scrutiny or review. The good news is that Trump and Mulvaney got caught.

As Trump continues to stack the seats of the judiciary with men and women who think like the great Donald, he is weakening our system of checks and balances. This is not by accident but rather a bragging point that candidate Trump used at his mob rallies. There are those in evangelical movements who say one of the reasons they look the other way with respect to Trump’s language and bad personal conduct is his selection of judges who will expediate the removal of the Roe vs. Wade ruling by the Supreme Court.

Whether in the majority or minority, all of us Americans have rights. We have heard the voices of those debating impeachment saying that Democrats are taking away the vote of the people. Those against impeachment speak about the process denying the vote of 62,984,828 voters. None of them mention that Hillary Clinton, the other person running for president, received 65,853,514 votes. If most of the people within the popular vote are not being served by this president, then the argument of Trump’s vast mandate is not correct.

Look at the most recent polls and you will see the clear facts. On September 16–17, 2019, Ipsos/Reuters surveyed voters in America  and found that Donald J. Trump has only 40% approval. According to the latest numbers from FiveThirtyEight.com, 47.5% of the American public support impeachment. Almost half the voters favor throwing Trump out of office, while 60% of the public disapprove of his performance. If he was the CEO of a major public company, he would have been fired years ago.

The poison that Trump has pissed into the punch bowl of American unity is appalling to this American. The Congress, with a Gallup 24% approval rating,  only worsens its reputation with their outlandish TV antics. The arguments and apparent love of Donald Trump is repugnant. And as we all know, love is blind. Most of the Republicans are blinded by the light of lies spewing from Trump’s misshaped little mouth. It’s time for change America!

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VINDICTIVE VAMPIRES & VULTURES

What Saint Trump Has Wrought

This is the time of the year when we are supposed to be thankful and feel inner peace on earth and goodwill toward men (and women). Sadly, this is not what is happening in the United States of America. We are not united, and we seem to be in a state of utter disagreement. There are some who will confront me for putting too much blame on Trump for where we find ourselves, but may I say that, like most viruses, hate has a dormant state and can be released and brought to the surface by the agitation and enabling of just one person.

Trump and his associates are vindictive vampires, sucking common sense out of half of the country, and something or someone must stop them from ruining the fabric of our nation. The vultures are circling democracy, not quite sure if it’s dead, but ready to pounce on the carcass for their self-dealing and personal gain. This is what you get when people are stimulated into selfish gains and myopic political views by the dangerous demigod in the White House. Donald Trump is an evil man with selfish intents and purposes. He cares less about the America people and more about his ego. This motor inside his mind has stolen any empathy he might have once had. He lets others do the vampire work and watches as the vultures take what they want from the roadside.

What I find supremely disheartening is that most thinking people predicted that we, as a country, would be deeply divided by the election of Donald Trump, but they were rebuked by the early sycophants and cult-like followers of this loudmouth lunatic. Shouting down, shaming and shunning is a cancer on the populace that makes blood pressures soar and tempers peak. Why should we have to live with this kind of insanity?

If I point out what is wrong with Donald Trump, I am harshly labeled a trader or “never-Trumper.” I guess that’s an accurate description of me. I have never been a Republican and have always viewed Trump as a TV clown, mediocre businessman and half-baked P.T. Barnum wannabe. I blame the press, NBC TV and cable news for making Trump seem more legit than need be. What were they thinking when they covered every one of his campaign appearances on live on TV? They gave Trump more than a billion dollars of on-air coverage. For what?

Maybe I can be rightly critical of my journalism brothers and sisters for making a mountain out of a mole’s asshole, but there is no turning back now. There must be thoughtful and public analysis of what this kind of aggressive and argumentative activity will do to the country in the long-term. Are we that lame and recalcitrant that we cannot even hear the other side of an issue?

I used to travel the world in my business and I was always ashamed at people I labeled, “ugly Americans.” They believed that the louder they talked the more someone who didn’t speak their language would understand. When they didn’t get the result they wanted, they would pitch a “hissy fit” for all to see. I always tried to intervene, but some of those vacationers were beyond help. Their pushy, bossy and unnecessary reputation makes people from other countries dislike us and distrust our motives. It comes off as brash, self-centered and unkind to many.

Trump is the embodiment of such a person. He is discourteous, discomforting and disorderly at every turn. When three American Navy seamen were gunned down at a Navy Air Station in Pensacola last week, he focused on what the Saudi King had to say about the tragedy rather than comforting those Americans who lost loved ones. He led with the phone call from the tyrant king, rather than reaching out to the parents of our fallen heroes.

Every time Trump speaks, his words divide more than help. At a speech last Saturday at the Israeli American Council National Summit in Florida, he referred to Jewish voters in the real estate business as “brutal killers” who will vote for him to dodge a wealth tax. He went on to claim, some Jews “don’t love Israel enough,” and while the crowd may have chanted “four more years,” his comments were met with much disdain. J Street, a Jewish advocacy group tweeted, “The President of the United States is incapable of addressing Jewish audiences without dipping into the deep well of anti-Semitic tropes that shape his worldview.”

While Trump was personally hurt by the report that world leaders were making fun of him for talking too much, he still suffers from the illusion that he must talk a lot to be an effective communicator. Real killers, like Dirty Harry, are usually brief, low verbal guys who get things done. It’s tortuous dictators who give long-winded speeches, continually repeating themselves, thinking that maybe if they say a lie over and over even God will buy it.

We know that Donald Trump’s actions or inactions have caused death. Ask the Kurds. Ask the airmen in Pensacola. Ask the Ukraine mothers who lost sons and daughters while they waited for US Aid. These situations are Trump’s fault and I blame him for all the hate and attacks against religions and minorities in this country. We should remove him from office and see if the crime reseeds. What do we have to lose? Just a pompous, lard ass bully!

The vindictive nature of this administration is shameful. I truly hope that after we are rid of Trump, those in his White House will never have another government job. They are part of the cancer of division. Trump may be the godfather, but the whole mafia must go as well. And here’s one more thing. His kids also should NEVER BE IN GOVERNMENT. I guess I am just being vindictive. Where did I get that?

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

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

 


REAL ENEMIES IN THE WORLD

Trump’s Troubling Achilles Heel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Book About America

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

 


TURLEY BIRD A WHIRLING

Trump is just another brick in the wall

If we could hear every conversation of every president, we would probably gasp at some of the stupid mistakes they make. Perhaps we would impeach the lot of them. In my lifetime, there have been several that I would have voted for impeachment if I sat in the Senate.

History has a way of making everything somewhat less dramatic, even though it’s the basis for much of our theater. Shakespeare retold stories from history in such an elevated manner that they lasted for centuries. With the extremely real plague that conquered much of Great Britain at the time, Shakespeare escaped to Italy which influenced All’s Well that Ends Well, Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew and others. Some would argue he didn’t need to live in Italy to produce those plays, but his experiences influenced his writing and the flavor of Italian culture is now part of history.

Back to today’s Washington; I suppose the four Constitutional scholars who were summoned to Congress were there to explain the Constitution to a bunch of politically charged and highly biased men and women of the House Judiciary Committee. Wouldn’t they already know what the Constitution and the Bill of Rights says? After all, the swore an oath to protect them or was this latest hearing just more drama and theater?

What we got was four hand-picked professors pontificating on what it all means and whether Donald J. Trump should be impeached. Was it educational? Yes. Was it helpful? In some ways, yes, but mostly it was more chest pounding and finger-pointing by the same big mouth know-it-alls in Congress. What would sweet William Shakespeare write about this calamity of the staining of the presidency? Would he spare us sharp barbs bound for this ill-fitted blue suit wearing fool named Donald of Queens? This golden boy Trump doth lie at every turn and cares not for his subjects as much as the fawning flattery that shines down on his golden hair from fools and dictators. But let’s get real. He’s just a damn president.

I watched the proceeding with an attempt at objective analysis, but once again found myself realizing that neither Republicans nor Democrats are capable of un-biased reason. They don’t deserve to decide who should be president or, for that matter, what the laws of the land should be. As I said in my book, Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs, they are all corrupted fools… or, as I call them, Goofballs.

Three of the professors were totally convinced that Donald J. Trump committed either treason, bribery, or high crimes and misdemeanors. The fourth person, Jonathan Turley, a lawyer, legal scholar, writer, commentator, and legal analyst in broadcast and print journalism from George Washington University Law School, is not convinced that Trump’s malfeasance is thick enough to deport the Donald back to New York, or Florida. The other three believe his guilt is thick as a brick and, as the song goes, ”Your wise men don’t know how it feels, to be thick as a brick.” Was Turley’s thin-as-a-wafer attempt a religious reference? I think not.

Pink Floyd sang, “We don’t need no education,” but that didn’t stop Professor Turley from mounting a flimsy defense of Trump, saying that the process should be slowed down and more evidence established. A rush to judgement is never a good thing in court cases and executions, but Turley failed to point out the two biggest problems with Donald Trump, his lies and secrecy.

The 45th President is in contempt of Congress. Blocking documents and testimony is the most obvious form of obstruction. Just as the pro-Democratic professors are emphatic about Trump’s unfitness for office, Turley allows himself to ignore certain realities. We will not get more evidence unless Trump releases the grip on his aides and documents. Turley argues Congress should go to court to seek that additional information. Okay, but isn’t an impeachment in the House its own court? That is how it’s presented in the Constitution. Why does the Judiciary have to decide what the “Judiciary” committee can see? They should just order it. If he doesn’t provide evidence, impeach the son of a bitch.

Trump likes walls and he has constructed a huge barricade between himself, Congress and the Courts. Yes, Donald Trump is executing a good old power grab by the Executive Branch in broad daylight. And when the dust clears, Presidents in the future can simply say, “Well, you let Trump get away with it, and he wasn’t even a good president.” 

As evidenced in my book that urges Congress to impeach the bum, as well as a million words about Trump misgivings on this blog, I have been very clear from day one that I will be extremely happy the day Trump packs his bags and walks out the door. My disdain, however, didn’t start with his presidency. I lived in New York and was able to see his buffoonery almost every day. I hated the concept of the Apprentice TV show and never watched it. My deep-seated dislike for this man is simply personal. I just don’t think he’s a good person.

Politically, Trump’s coalition was put together with negativity toward the system, conspiracy theories and the division of people into US and THEM. What Trump is slowly finding out is that one must work within the system to get things done. When what you do is not legal, you will be stopped. The retweet of conspiracy theories is beneath the dignity of the presidency and chips away at Trump’s credibility with world leaders. They mock him when they are not on camera, or when they think they aren’t on camera. When does Donald Trump plan to unite the nation? NEVER. It’s just not important to him. What kind of president is that?

Impeachment is not an “insurance policy” that we cash in when we don’t like a president, it’s a remedy to remove a bad person from office. The farmers in the Midwest know that things were better when they could freely trade with China. The people on food stamps, who will now be motivated to not only get a job, but vote, will show their disdain for this president. And finally, there is a greater good in most Americans who want someone better. They want a real leader who is focused more on keeping our country great, than tweeting arguments, lies and put downs. Trump’s just an old brick in his own wall who doesn’t mesh with the fabric of America. We don’t need a king, we need a statesman.

 


LAYERS OF LIES

Trump’s Eroding Credibility

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Book About America

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


BRIBERY…

With a Steamy Side of Corrupt Intent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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