MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS

Trump Isn’t the Only Rich Person in America

When someone boasts about an outrageous thing, I always ask, “Are you willing to put your money where your mouth is?” This often challenges that person’s viewpoint. Some people actually do put their money behind causes and claims.

Enter billionaire and environmentalist Tom Steyer who, according to his PR blitz this weekend, is willing to spend $10 million of his own money to call for the impeachment of Donald J. Trump. His not-so-simple goal to oust Trump from office is based on Steyer’s view that the Donald has gotten us close to a nuclear war, obstructed justice and threatened the shutdown of news organizations. But he doesn’t stop there.

Steyer has a website where you can sign up, although, I’m not sure what I signed up for? If you want to take a look, it’s here, or https://www.needtoimpeach.com/ for those with your links turned off. Tom posted his letter of 10-18-2017, so his missive is fleshly minted.

In Tom Steyer’s official statement, he tells us that, “This is not a time for patience — Donald Trump is not fit for office.” He goes on to charge that Trump is exploiting the office of the Presidency for his personal gain, and that his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accords proves he will never be a good president. Tom goes so far to say that Donald Trump is a “clear and present danger to the United States of America.”

Steyer lists things like losing his own party’s faith, holding immigrant children hostage (his action on DACA) and sabotaging the ACA, as reasons for dumping the current President. He adds that the President’s poor response to natural disasters is more proof of his inadequacy in leadership.

He quotes the Constitutional expert Noah Feldman, who Mr. Steyer says has already laid out clear legal and historical foundation for impeachment. Quoting Alexander Hamilton’s argument that “high crimes and misdemeanors” could be defined as “abuse or violation of some public trust.” Good one, Tom.

I sent Tom Steyer a message this weekend suggesting that his organization buy a bunch of my DONALD TRUMP: Repeal, Replace, Impeach books and send one to each congressperson in Washington. After all, we tracked Trump in his first 200 days and, contained therein, are many points of why Trump should be removed from office.

The need to impeach Donald Trump is self-evident. He is a destructive, uncaring human being who doesn’t have the emotional maturity to deal with most of his responsibilities. We will eventually learn that Trump has major ties to Russia and is beholding to Russian bankers and the political power structure there.

We will also learn that Trump has lied about everything and speaks untruth any time he feels challenged by anyone. Trump is indeed afraid of what is in his income tax returns, thus his lack of transparency. If you could follow the money, you would see that Trump has too many ties to NOT be guilty of violating the Emolumants Clause of the constitution. If we let this great Orange Leader get away with milking money out of the Treasury, we are no better than Russia. That is exactly how Putin got so rich.

Trump is an immoral man who conned the church and evangelicals and used them. He convinced them that he can help save Christianity. I’m not sure why Christianity needs to be saved. I thought it was baked into the concept of a savior driven religion. Our President certainly does little for those of the Jewish faith. He seems to hate Muslims and doesn’t even address the atheists and agnostics. He is certainly not a president for all of America.

With his quest to de-Obama-ize America, Trump hurts people and he will, with the help of his buddy Bannon, eventually destroy the Republican party. This notion that the Trump-Republican tax plan is going to help the middle class is horseshit. The attitude from people like Paul Ryan is, “Let them eat cake” and cast out those who those to try to stop the top 1% from benefiting from no regulations, no taxes, no banking laws, no environmental restrictions and a political dogma that, in the end, will make America less great. We’ll get more poverty, more crime and more guns.

If the people in Congress don’t act now, more billionaires will come to the aid of Tom Steyer and start to water the seed of discontent among the rich and powerful. Without the stock market as a cushion, Trump has done nothing but vomit on the Constitution and piss on the Bill of Rights. I, for one, want to be counted as someone who warned you, America. The stock market is a Ponzi-scheme.

All the Democrats will vote for impeachment, and more and more Republicans would do the same.  The writing is on the wall. And it’s not Trump’s wall, it’s the wall standing between them and their future employment in Washington. Will they ever put their money where their common values are? We’ve had many parts of the Constitution tested in our 241 years as a nation, now it’s time to see if impeachment even works. I mean, let’s see if we can actually convict a sitting President and remove him from office. Hey, if you don’t use it, you could lose it.

It’s time to get rid of this mean, thoughtless old fool who is taking our great country down. If 62% of America can rise up and take their country back, we can all rest a little easier at night. And I would put my money where my mouth is. How much does it cost to impeach a president? Where can I make a donation?

 

The First 200 Days Of Trump

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CTRL-ALT-RIGHT-DELETE

Trump Dumps Bannon, Finally

The writing was on the wall and in this blog that Alt-Rightist Steve Bannon was a huge anchor around President Donald Trump’s leg. And as Trump was quickly sinking lower into highly negative seas this week, it was most likely John Kelly who cut that anchor from the great Orange Leader, hoping he would surface in calmer waters.

The number of dead bodies floating outside the Oval Office is astounding. The poorly vetted National Security advisor, Michael Flynn, lied to the VP and was out a little over twenty-days into the Trump administration. Anthony Scaramucci was brought in to shake things up and Sean Spicer immediately resigned on July 2, 2017. John Kelly was transferred from Homeland Security to Chief of Staff, and Reince Priebus was sacked on July 28, 2017. And now, Steve Bannon was fired by the president on August 18, 2017. No previous administration has had so much turnover in such a short time, and this speaks to the Donald’s abysmally poor judgement and a broken vetting system.

There are some who think that the departure of Stephen K. Bannon will change the direction of the White House and help Donald J. Trump pivot. Ha! After watching the cable news networks over the weekend, I have learned how much those talking heads don’t know:

CNN: Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, BREAKING NEWS, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah.

Fox News: Blah, Blah, OUR PRESIDENT, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah,

MSNBC:  Blah, Blah, Blah, IMPEACHMENT, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah,

As long as Donald Trump is the President of the United States nothing is going to change. Through his own words, Trump has clearly shown us that he is a not only a horrid communicator but also a racist. The goal of people who care about the real America hasn’t changed but, hopefully, Trump will do something which will bother Bannon. Then the right-wingers at Breitbart will start to nag him and create backlash in the Alt-Right faction of Trump’s base. This will help America. If anyone thinks that just because Steve Bannon has left the building Trump will magically become reasonable and focused on the people’s business, they are wrong.

The fact is that Bannon never left Breitbart and he was pulling the strings of that website just as deftly as he was pulling the strings of our puppet president. Now is the time for everyone to look up the addresses of their representatives in the House and the Senate (they’re listed on this website) and write your representative a strong letter of rebuke.

Congress doesn’t need to censure President Donald Trump, they must impeach him. Censure is nothing more than a formal, symbolic condemnation of an individual whose actions run counter to the group’s acceptable standards for individual behavior. We’ve already reached that point.  More action is needed!

It’s time for YOU to communicate your views and feelings to those who run our Congress. Removal from office is the singularly decisive protection from an extremely bad president. Never stop acting and never stop believing.

 


“…From many sides, from many sides.”

The Confusion from the Commander-in-Chief

During the campaign at one of Donald J. Trump strident rallies he said, “Anyone who cannot name our enemy, is not fit to lead this country.” All the things he has said have come back to bite him. And now we witness the President revealed once again. He has this problem when he talks. He can’t seem to say bad things about Putin or about Alt-right, Neo-Nazi and White Nationalists. Why? Whose team is this man on?

Indeed, Donald Trump is a President the likes of which no one has ever seen. And now we’ve had two major events that really bring a burning feeling to the surface of our citizens. Possible war with North Korea and a domestic threat from hate groups in our homeland streets. Commenting on both incidents, the President used the wrong words.

We always want to believe the President of the United States has some moral core that drives his speech and his actions. Honest, direct communication not only creates trust, but also gives Americans a sense of grounding. But what we have here is a man who obsesses on things about himself and how they make him look.

Trump surrounds himself with people like Stephen Miller, Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka and Michael Anton, who all carry heavy-dark-dogmas on their backs. How can Donald Trump be objective on race and equality, when he is being counter-programmed by people who see disruption as getting things done?

You can google the names above and read their backgrounds and the things they have said and become familiar with the riffraff the Donald decided to help him with this messaging. They are controlling this President 100 times more than Dick Cheney’s influence on George W. Bush. They are literally writing the words Teleprompter Trump reads.

General McMaster on Meet the Press (8-13-2017) said that the President doesn’t draw a red line. While the phrases “Fire and Fury, like the world has never seen” and announcing that we are “Locked and Loaded” were used to demonstrate the President’s possible retaliation on a country, Trump has yet to develop and disclose a plan. The only reason he doesn’t use the term “red line” is because Obama used that terminology. Whatever Obama did, Trump must do the opposite. Why?

There was a biblical quality in what our great Orange Leader said in his threats toward North Korea, but there are other good book references standing by if Trump runs out of rhetoric. There’s “death and destruction” and, even stronger, “Wrath, wailing, and woe,” or maybe Trump can use this one, “we will wreck and lay waste all your cities and poison the earth, the water, and the air.” But this assumes that the Donald has ever read the bible.

Of course, he hasn’t gone far enough yet. He still has “All the generations to come will be born crippled and twisted, and the living will envy the dead.” He should think about talking to the young North Korea dictator and come up with some Win-Win deal. Say, isn’t this President the guy who said he wrote The Art of the Deal?

Back at home, the deaths last weekend in Charlottesville, VA made the whole world watch and wait for the President to voice our position. What we got wasn’t our voice, but a rather strange grouping of words. He used his speech to distance himself from criticism of the hate groups. I yelled at the TV, “You son-of-a-bitch!” We were waiting for a President to step up and what we got was a fall guy for the white guys. Then he peppered his speech with the words “law and order” code for police brutality in the Black community. Next, not missing a beat, the Donald jumped to selling what a great job he is doing as President. Really?

Trump’s comments were designed to make sure the President didn’t anger the far Alt-Right, neo-Nazis and White Nationalists. However, the use of the words, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” angered many Democrats and some Republicans.

Being hyper-analytical here, when the President said, “strongest possible terms,” without using strong definitive terms he wasn’t being specific. If fact, the far-right neo-Nazis front took the President’s words as an endorsement of sorts.

That brings me to a question that I must ask, “If you are protesting hate, why are you awarded an equal amount of hate?” If I dislike someone’s views and I think my responsibility as the caretaker of common sense and American Democracy is to raise my voice against the hate, why do you label me a hater?

People who think Hitler was cool, are sick. People who believe that being white gives one an advantage to rule are bigoted small-minded terrorists. If you are someone who carries the myth of white supremacy to the point you join a group like the KKK, you are far out of the mainstream and endorsing the sins of others, you know, lynching, church burnings, murdering and, now, running your car into a crowd.

The visual of the torches in Charlottesville on Friday night was the final straw for many people. It was too close to the pain and hate of the past. The stars and bars, swastikas, weapons, military garb and weapons crossed a line, a deep red, white and blue line.

Trump is the wrong President for the United States. History will show how destructive he was for America. It’s time for us to fix the present situation. If I could condemn, in the strongest possible terms, what Trump is doing to my beloved country, I would simply say, “He’s the worst President, the likes of which no one has ever seen.” We need to hit the reset button.


VACATION, NOT A VACATION

Trump Thrown Out of White House

One of the things that every opposing party does is criticizes the president for taking too many days of vacation. This may come as a shock, but I feel sorry for Trump, although, his defensiveness is unbecoming on this issue.

According to the web site SBNATION, Donald Trump whined and tweeted 27 times about Barack Obama playing too much golf. And they actually list them all here. Mr. Trump’s beratements of Barack Obama are so ironic coming from someone who loves golf so much he builds golf courses all over the world. You would think he would promote the sport and encouraging anyone to take up the game.

Democrats used to put down George W. Bush for spending so much time on his Crawford, TX ranch. The Bush’s 1,583-acre Prairie Chapel Ranch was a place the 43rd President could get away from Washington and recharge his battery. There is nothing wrong with having a rested President in the White House. I don’t understand why we don’t follow Europe’s lead and close down everything for two weeks in August.

Our great Orange Leader tweeted today (8-7-2017), “Working hard from New Jersey while White House goes through long planned renovation. Going to New York next week for more meetings.” And we get it and understand your depression era guilt and desire to be viewed as the martyr here, but please. take some time to relax.

The Donald must keep everyone abreast on the details of working hard while banished to the Bedminster property. You are working to promote your brand and being President at the same time. Wow, Multi-Tasker-in-Chief.

This time you have an excuse, they are remodeling the White House and you had to leave that “dump” so they can fix the AC and Heat. While retooling the ducts, we only hope that they put in the microphones and cameras. Did you check if the workers have NSA backgrounds, Mr. President?

It would be good if Trump did actually take some time off and think about what he has wrought on our great nation. I would hope that someone would spend some time with him and figure out a way to better communicate.

It seems that everyone out of the White House is continually pushing back on one issue or the other. They are seen by the non-supporters as argumentative and constantly in a state of agitation. They get anxious and annoyed at the least judgmental question. As they say on TV, the speakers for Trump aren’t addressing the audience or the interviewer, they are simply performing for an audience of one: Trump.

Which brings me to an observation about this administration and the President we currently have. Everything that is done or said, seems to be aimed at smaller and smaller segments of the population. The President seems to only focus on those who voted for him. The people who speak on behalf of the President seem to only address the Orange man in the White House.

The Congress cares about each one of the areas that they represent, but as we can see with their lack of bi-partisan effort, they only care about the people who will re-elect them.

We hope the Supreme Court cares about all of America, but we shall see if their individual dogmas determine the way they rule. Shame on them if they do.

But that begs the question, who’s speaking for me? I am a liberal, a Democrat, and I pay taxes just like anyone else. When I hear someone say that things ought to be a certain way, I ask, what gave you the right to tell me how to live? I certainly didn’t ask you to decide what I believe in, so, why would your far-right, religiously motivated thinking cast a net over all the electorate?

I would probably NOT have a lot in common with Mike Pence. He seems like a nice guy, but his homophobia seems to make him unfit for government work. I am being serious. Mike and his wife ought to take a vacation at a gay nudist colony. You know, just to balance out his feelings.

Mr. Pence, you are there to help govern in the spirit of separation of church and state, not attempt to convert the unworthy. Remember that when you are running for President in 2020.

My conservative friends, yes, I have some, are all pushing back on my dream of getting Trump out of office. They claim I am just jealous of Trump’s big victory and cannot understand that Trump is the best thing that ever happened to America. As anyone who has read this blog from the beginning, I do not to look backwards and only judge what this administration does, or doesn’t do.

If Trump is good for America, why do millions of people not like him? It’s not like the polarity of a “shock jock” on the radio where ratings come from those who hate the person and those who love him. This is our country. I really don’t care what the 70% of hard-core Republicans think. I worry about the 66% of all voters who think he’s doing a bad job. Isn’t a Democracy supposed to be where everyone votes and the majority rules?

Trump is anti­-Democracy. That would be a good message for Democrats. Why would we ever want someone to lead us who lies most of the time and is basically against Democracy? The guy really does need a vacation. I sure could use a three-year vacation from him.

 


IT’S MUELLER TIME!

Donald Feels the Footsteps

As the news broke that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was putting together a federal grand jury, Donald Trump was winging his way to West Virginia for another ego boost from his base.

Maybe Donald Trump believes that these gun-toting, God fearing, red-blooded Americans will come to his aid in his revolution to keep his position and power, but there is indeed a new sheriff in town who is focusing on law. And law alone.

Like the dog-catcher seeking re-election, the Donald keeps telling us about the dangers of rabies, when the real problem is the dog-catcher himself. He keeps biting the dogs hoping he can instill fear in them.

We have heard endless discussions on mainstream media about what a grand jury means and what its purpose is in the investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 election. The malfeasance that took place did have a motive, there was ample opportunity to commit the crime and there is a smoking gun. You can see the result of the interference on the WikiLeaks web site. I’d say there was a crime committed.

What does a grand jury do? In this case, it will give the Special Counsel the ability to call witnesses, deliver subpoenas to those who might have been involved and of course, the potential of bringing charges against someone or something.

A grand jury’s job is to accuse persons who may be guilty of an offense. They also function as a shield against unfounded and oppressive prosecution. It’s a means for regular citizens, who in a sense represent the community at large, to have a role in the administration of justice. The traditional number of the grand jury is 23 and one of the unique differences from a regular court proceeding, the jurors can ask questions during the proceedings.

I was a plaintiff in a case where a grand jury was asked to bring charges against a man who broke into my house. I was simply asked to tell the story of what happened and they decided that a crime had been committed. The defendant was charged with burglary, later plead guilty and had to pay restitution for the destruction of the front door of my house.

Those who serve on the grand jury will not be involved in the larger case, but they play an important role in our judicial system and can be empaneled for months at a time.

While Trump was in West Virginia, he held his rally and regurgitated his position on the matter of the Russian interference. From the stage surrounded by rabid fans, the dog catcher threw the horde some red meat and screamed, “The Russian story is a total fabrication, it is just an excuse for the greatest loss in the history of American politics. That’s all it is.” Well, then, why do we need a grand jury? The man has spoken and he always tells the truth. What?

But he wasn’t done, he had to have the last word on everything, so he continued, “They can’t beat us at the voting booths so they are trying to cheat you out of the … future that you want. They are trying to cheat you out of the leadership you want with a fake story that is demeaning to all of us and most importantly demeaning to our country and demeaning to our Constitution.”

The use of the word “demeaning” is interesting. Is he really saying that investigating whether a foreign power attempted to affect the Presidential election is demeaning? Demeaning is causing someone to lose their dignity and the respect of others. If we don’t investigate the meddling, we would be demeaning our country and our Constitution. This is pure Orwellian Newspeak. Trump insists on the opposite to state his case. And is anyone in his crowds really thinking?

His lawyers, especially Ty Cobb, have a proper viewpoint of this investigation, “The White House has every interest in bringing this to a prompt and fair conclusion. As we’ve said in the past, we’re committed to cooperating fully with Mr. Mueller.” The fact that Trump travels in an alternative universe shows that he has no respect for the law or even his legal team. Most good attorneys tell their clients to shut up and I’m sure that’s happening here, but Trump isn’t heeding that good advice.

Donald Trump should read the Maranda statement that police read to people as they are arresting them. It might not be too long before Trump hears these words: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.” I am sure our great Orange Leader will be able to afford his own attorney.

 

 

 


AN OPEN LETTER TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

Now What Are You Going to Do?

One should be proud to be a member of the party that freed the slaves. The President who Donald Trump most admires, Andrew Jackson, was a Democrat. No one seems to mention that. Grant and Lincoln were Republicans, and Teddy Roosevelt was a Republican, but his cousin FDR was a Democrat. JFK was a Democrat, while the disgraced Richard Nixon was a Republican. As times change, parties change, but people need to feel the party they support has a core set of values that they can believe in.

The party’s platform says that the RNC believes in American exceptionalism. Okay, USA, USA, USA, but then they say: “This platform is optimistic because the American people are optimistic. This platform lays out — in clear language — the path to making America great and united again. For the past 8 years America has been led in the wrong direction.” So much for the optimism. I wonder how many people in any party read their political party’s platform.

Research shows that there are many factors that make up the decision on affiliation to one party or another. Your family or where you grew up have a great influence over whether you follow the elephant or the donkey. Not sure why those images are used for the parties, but we also have to remember we have many other independent parties. Make no doubt about it, our government, from the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and the rules and traditions of the Legislative branch, works best with two parties. But it should be pointed out here that the first President, George Washington had no political affiliation.

Donald J. Trump changed from liberal New York Democrat to National Republican. The reason for this move, he claims, is because he changed his viewpoints on so many issues that he just morphed into a Republican. Huh? Most political experts know that Trump’s move to another party was purely a political move with an eye on being elected.

Trump’s public comments demonstrated his obvious hate of Barack Obama. The Donald was also critical of George W. Bush’s governance, which didn’t disqualify him as a Republican, but created a wall between Trump and the Bush family. He even called George W. a liar during the debates. Nice guy, team player.

Donald Trump should have started his own party, but it was so much easier to hijack the Republican party and remodel it around his base of right-winged maniacs. There is some wisdom in putting down Washington and people of both parties, people already dislike our government in a generic way.

Here is my question to the Republicans who jumped on the band wagon, either early on or after nomination, what happened to your so-called moral bedrock? When Donald Trump came down that escalator and claimed that “Mexicans are rapists” you had your chance to pick up the phone and tell him that is not our message and we cannot have that in our party. But you were too busy trying to figure out how to win, rather than standing by your code of ethics.

You even let Donald’s people — read: Paul Manafort — change a plank in the platform to give Russia a stronger hand in the Ukraine. Why did you let that happen? Because you just wanted to win. And now, what do you have, a President without roots in your party and with no respect for the history of this country.

The fact that Trump conned the evangelical into backing him from the pulpits of their mega-churches and televangelist platforms is so unseemly that I would ask them, “What does your Jesus think?” Basically, people like Jerry Falwell, Jr. have sided with the money changers outside of the temple. They will be judged by a higher power, but you shouldn’t be fooled by these few money-hungry fools with lots of money.

The Republican Party is now in deep conflict. You still have deep-seated radical Tea Party people who will block most issues based on far-right initiatives (a minority in America) rather than what their constituents really want. You have half-baked neo-conservatives who pray to their Ronald Reagan photo every night but have little understanding of how Ron was able to get things done. Reagan was able to govern, even with tax increases, with professional acting prowess and statesmanship. He was previously the president of a labor union. He understood both sides.

The Republican party has some great members. Lindsey Graham, the Senator from South Carolina, has always told it like it is. John McCain, the Senator from Arizona who’s a bit old-fashioned, understands how it all works and what government is supposed to do. Sure, he sides with his party, but he’s not siding with the nonsense and the sabotage created by political whores like Newt Gingrich.

Winning is great, but you have a poor manager of government in the White House and a godforsaken lousy President. How did you let that happen? You have a president who doesn’t care about law. Where were you during this process of nomination? You have a charismatic show man with his long red ties and his fake hair and makeup trying to be the leader of free world but doing a horrendous job. You slap his back and smile for the cameras, because he was the winner and you didn’t want to lose. You have no balls.

The President and his new consigliere, Slick Anthony, use Twitter to shame and bully employees of the government.  This, is not only uncouth but may be against the law. They are employees of the Federal government. Is not harassment against the labor law?

You Republicans have damaged your own party, but I guess you can sleep at night, because you know how dysfunctional the other party is. But in the end, you are going to have to make the biggest decision in 2020. Do you back the incumbent, or do you find someone else to proudly represent your party? You know, it would be a lot easier just to impeach him.


DONALD J AND JARED

Trump’s Circle of Trust

There is something not quite right about the relationship that President Donald Trump has with his family and his work. He cannot seem to separate the two. While the mingling of business and family might be common in some royal families, in America it’s viewed with some skepticism.

There are those who didn’t like John Kennedy appointing his brother Robert to Attorney General. And no one talks about Harry Truman giving his wife Bess a job in the White House. She rose to Chairman of the Senate Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program, a position that garnered a paycheck, but according to biographers, not a position in which she actively participated.

Now, we have the President’s son-in-law positioned in a role of intense involvement and power: Senior Advisory to the President. There was stretch where Donald Trump was assigning young Jared a new job every other day, from bringing peace in the middle east to reorganizing the government to fixing the judicial system. Really?

We should remember Jared’s blast into business started with this headline: Kushner took over the family business when his father went to jail. And the person who helped put Charles Kushner behind bars was Chris Christie. You know the one who got passed over by the Donald. Jared was forced into running the family business at the age of 26 while his father was in federal prison convicted of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering.

I have just read the full six-pages of Jared Kushner’s statement to the Congressional Committee. This well-written document seems rather honest and direct. He’s 36 years old, but he seems to be traveling in a space way over his head. He forgets people, he doesn’t recall meetings, but worst of all, he didn’t even read the whole email that Don Jr. sent him. Jared, you have to read from the bottom up. This is the problem with top-down rich kids. And come on, how could you forget the name of the Russian Ambassador to the US?

He doesn’t remember meetings, but clearly remembers getting an email from Guccifer400, huh? Then he admits asking if there was an “existing communications channel at his (Russian) embassy” and mere sentences later, says, “I did not suggest a ‘secret back channel.’” He needs to get his story straight.

His last paragraph raised some eyebrows, “I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector.” This is one of those sentences written by a skilled attorney. “I have not relied…” doesn’t mean, I have no Russian investors in my properties. It could simply mean “I had no financial help while building or buying a property.” In fact, many Russian investors have bought or rented space in Trump and Kushner properties. They are customers.

Mr. Kushner needs to be placed under oath and questioned about the meeting with the banker on December 13, 2016. The bank is a state-owned property and the banker, Sergey Gorkov, gave Jared presents from his grandparents’ home in Belarus. Wait, the Kushners are from Belarus?  Is that the same Belarus once part of Russia which became a founding member of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in 1922. Oh boy, the story couldn’t get any richer.

So, Jared’s grand parents came from a Soviet bloc country and Donald Trump’s grand parents came from Germany. They are both second-generation immigrants. Of course, sons of different mothers, but this certainly makes the Trump anti-immigrant stance paradoxical.

Back to the President’s son-in-law, why does Trump need his daughter and Jared in the White House? What amount of insecurity do we, the American public, have to endure with Trump? We need him to make clear, objective decisions. The advice of family members can be tainted if they are more eager to please rather than providing truthful feedback. Ivanka could go on every Climate Change march and wear a skin-tight-fitting T-shirt that screamed Save the Planet and her father would ignore any action to help accomplish a better environment.

Jared, with his liberal views and democratic ways, is just a “yes man” and the “doer” while the Donald can jet around and scream to crazy-cult crowds of supporters. We know that Jared has contributed zero to the healthcare bill. As he said in his statement to the Congressional Committee, he’s so busy with thousands of emails, he doesn’t have time to read them all. He’s so busy, he doesn’t have time to do his job.

I almost laughed at the explanation about why the SF-86 had to be amended so many times. Jared Kushner’s excuse sounds like one of those ‘the dog ate my homework’ stories that so many parents and teachers have heard. Okay, you messed up kid, your assistant submitted a rough draft to the FBI. Wow, sure glad it wasn’t some important document.

All of this vividly reveals that Donald J. Trump and his associates are unaware of the laws of governance and uninterested in proper documentation. They are flying by the seat of their pants, and those pants aren’t even made in America.

In the movie Meet the Parents, Robert De Niro’s character, Jack Byrnes, introduces Ben Stiller’s persona, Greg Focker, to what Jack calls the “Byrnes Circle of Trust.” There’s this dialog: “See if I can’t trust you Greg, then I have no choice but to put you outside the circle. Once you’re out, you’re out. There’s no coming back.”

The difference between Trump and Jack Byrnes is when Trump sends someone away that he has endorsed in the past, he doesn’t send them out of the circle. He cannot admit he was wrong. He still speaks well of Michael Flynn, a person who could bring the Donald’s presidency to its knees. He says nice things about Sean Spicer. And maybe that is why he uses his family members as tools. Poor Don Jr. is a “good kid.”

It’s easier to be loyal to your family members than to those outside the circle of trust. Everyone will give Trump a pass on sticking up for his kids, but it’s getting harder to believe that Trump can shovel the same hackneyed phrases and conspiracy theories to all of the country without someone asking this question. Why do we want to be friends with Russia? Why is being friends with them so important to Trump and Jared? Are we worried more about protecting Belarus than the Ukrainian people from Russia?  Hey, just asking.

 


RATS LEAVING SHIP

Trump’s Creeping Corruption

When Donald Trump ran for President he promised us he would “drain the swamp,” which was a terrific marketing slogan. Part of the 10-square miles that make up Washington, DC was built on swampland so the language worked. What Donald didn’t comprehend was that once the water was gone he would have lots of angry alligators ready to take him down.

Surveying how Washington works, you find out that one cannot just come in and push all the institutions, customs and traditions aside. I’ve never thought of Donald Trump as anybody but a third-rate entertainer who is addicted to the roar of the crowd, the smell of the grease paint (or orange makeup). He doesn’t take anything seriously until he doesn’t get what he wants. Then he uses the claws of lawyers and influencers and pouts like a little spoiled brat.

As the clock ticks, we learn more and more about Donald Trump and his associates. Today (7-21-2017) it was disclosed that Exxon Mobil violated sanctions by doing business with Russia. The company, which at the time had Rex Tillerson as its CEO, was fined $2 million for this infraction. Immediately, Exxon Mobil announced that they would sue Steven Mnuchin and the Treasury Department, which Mnuchin heads. How can this be happening? During Tillerson’s confirmation hearing he was asked about this. So much for extreme vetting. Under any other administration, the now Secretary of State would be asked to step down during this lawsuit. How can he testify against the very government that employs him?

Ties with Russia seem to be woven into Trump’s words, actions and deeds. We have stopped sending arms to the rebels in Syria, which is what Putin wants us to do.

If the United States returns those two seize properties that were allegedly used for Russian intelligence, we will see that Trump truly is Putin’s puppet.  We were warned this would happen.

If Trump deletes the Magnitsky Act, which puts sanctions on Russia for Human Rights violations, that is just one more give-away to Putin by Trump.

The lack of transparency about Russia seems more like creeping corruption than good diplomacy. The first thing I would ask Trump is this.  What are we getting out of it, Mr. Big-Shot-Dealmaker?

When Trump rambled on in his New York Times interview (7-20-2017), he seemed to threaten the Special Counsel that his companies, his family’s and his own private finances were off-limits. The accused doesn’t get to the block the investigator’s vision while seeking the truth.

Now we learn that Robert Mueller has sent a letter to the White House saying they must preserve all the documents, text messages, voice mails and correspondence pertaining to the 2016 meeting with Don, Jr., et. al. and Russians. The plot thickens.

And if Friday wasn’t hot enough outside, inside the administration just got hotter. Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned. He told President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of New York financier Anthony Scaramucci to the position of Communications Director. Will we see more rats leaving the ship?

Whether true or not, it has been leaked, probably by Trump himself, that his team of lawyers are discussing how Presidential pardons work. Aren’t they getting the cart in front of the horse here? You don’t talk about how to get out of jail before you are caught doing the crime.

As our great Orange Leader disparages his Attorney General in the interview with the Times and seems to fail to understand the old yarn about not hanging out your dirty laundry.  He is circling his wagons with more loyalists. Trump being loyal to the people around him is one royal LIE.

The theme has been heard before from the Donald. If a legal mind or someone in the judiciary makes a decision against our 14-year-old leader, he wars against judges with his words. He is not fit to be President and something must be done.

The creeping corruption is slowing working its way to the very man who could end it all, just by telling the truth. Those who stay by his side will be dragged into this mess. Time to be a patriot and get away from this madman. Absolute corruption, corrupts absolutely.

 


HEROES & VILLIANS

The Undisclosed Trump

Robert Mueller has a lot of work to do. The press is drilling to find their “deep throat” and the drip, drip, drip of facts surrounding the presidency only lead to more questions. We know that there is, indeed, a connection between the campaign and Russia, but we still don’t have the complete story.

What Congress must do is pass a law that says anyone running for President and every President in office, must disclose all their financial entanglements. We have never had a leader with this much money and as high an international business profile as Donald Trump. One could ask, can anyone with that many on-going enterprises be outside of the window of conflict of interest? We might be able to know if the tradition of releasing tax returns should become codified by a law.

Lawyers can argue that the President is above the normal conflicts rules and laws because we wouldn’t want his every judgement to end up in the court. That would be extremely distracting, but we have to hold the man in the White House to ethical standards. If not, then we need to rewrite the laws to make him or her more transparent than private companies or sole proprietors. The president’s position is not a limited liability corporation, he’s the leader of the country and the people deserve to his debtors and cash flow.

Donald Trump has pulled another con by saying that his sons will run his businesses, without a firm trust or sell off. He brought his daughter, who still has her own company, into the White House along with his son-in-law.  Why? Was it so he could control them or protect them? Under this unique arrangement both Ivanka and Jared should release their complete income tax returns and financial entanglements as well.

If I really trusted Trump I wouldn’t be asking for this kind of information to be made public. The President of the United States has said some things on twitter, in public and in his proclamations and executive orders that beg the question, why did he say that? Why can’t our great Orange Leader simply release of all the material and prove that he was born in America, ah, I mean, that he has no connection to Russia.

Mr. President says that the “Russia thing with Trump is a hoax” and “This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history.” Really? Why would this be “FAKE NEWS” when his own son put it on the front page by releasing his emails? We have no idea how many emails Don Jr. and the Trump campaign have deleted, but I am sure someone has them.

The Donald cannot get out front of this story because he keeps throwing more wood on the fire. If he wants a story to go away he should stop talking about it. Maybe Trump has a blood clot in his brain.  That could explain his misuse of the bully pulpit. The simple truth is he’s not getting anything done

We should be able to see the President’s medical records for the safety of this country. For someone so important, we have a right to know if he is hiding any deep and dark medical secrets that could affect the way he governs. It’s only fair that the American understand as much as they can about the person holding their trust. And of course, if he has some creeping disorder or disease, like Ronald Reagan endured, then we the people should have a legal path to replace him. We know the amazing military record of a real American hero, John McCain; let this President release his medical records so we can see what kept him out of military service.

Donald Trump never talks about his mother. This bothers me greatly. I have never respected a person who seems to have no connection to the lady that brought him to the dance. I wonder what that means? He needs to disclose the things that gave him this distorted view of his wealth, fame and ego. He likes to keep too many things secret, which makes him “unpredictable.” Do we really want a fickle leader? If he made a capricious move with some of the bad guys in the world, he could get us into a war.

Donald Trump worships money. He has proven he will lie, cheat and steal to get more of it. He will sue his way out of any situation that damages his weak self-esteem. He will attack people, even if they are innocent, with all the fury of a madman. He is just what many say he is, unhinged. But most people agree on one point, he is not forthcoming.  He thinks that secrets have value, and maybe so, but there is a cost to pay for keeping them.

TRUTH; the American people deserve honesty, openness and truth from its President. The art of the lie might be making some people laugh, but for most citizens in the country his lack of candor is slowing eroding trust, even in his base. People are starting to admit that this President lies. Perhaps they feel okay with their guns and Bibles right now, but in the end, they will be screwed just like the sub-contractors of a Trump building. Those who voted for Trump will have to come to the realization soon, that Donald J. Trump is not Making America Great.