Judges, Juries and Shotguns

Trumpean Language and Attitudes

It doesn’t take long for the news cycle to bite its own ass. You see, we must quickly move on. We are driven to get that next story on the air or on the front page. Our country demands the speedy dissemination of information. The strong, wise people who started this enterprise known as the United States of America were driven to emulate what they left in England, where people find truth every day by reading newspapers.  We should be thankful that America was founded by a bunch of writers. Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and even George Washington loved to write and see their words printed on paper.

We have a headline writer in the White House. You may have heard his name, Donald Trump. He never bothers to illuminate his “fan base.” He wants them to see only the bullet points. He places policy or opinion, lie or fantasy, into 280-character blasts and blows them out to the world on the internet. He’s a fourteen-year-old boy sitting on his toilet believing he rules the world. He knows that words matter, but he cares not if they are true.

The cable news channels can talk endlessly about President Trump’s next pick for the Supreme Court, but that institution has already done their damage. Think Citizen’s United, cake maker, union busting and travel ban. Regardless of the imperfect concept of the Supreme Court, we must follow them. But the real test coming up is whether, when challenged by an aggressive “executive,” will they give him more power, or curb the blatant abuse?

No one ever claimed that our system of a President appointing justices for life was a good idea, but what is happening in America is clearly the opposite of what people say it is. Here’s what I mean. We claim to have no bias in our institutions, but they are all biased. I can say that on “moral convictions” I cannot support Donald J. Trump, but I can’t stop paying my taxes because of that “conviction.” They would come and arrest me.

Jarrod Ramos

Now we have another shooting in Annapolis, Maryland at the newsroom of a local daily newspaper. Five people died. We don’t know whether the ongoing legal battle and grievances the shooter had with the newspaper were the primary drama, but this writer wonders out loud if the ongoing language of the President didn’t add some fuel to the shooter’s desire to cause harm. After all, if the Free Press is “the enemy of the people,” as Trump shouts at his rallies, could that be justification for an attack? Has the Donald figured out a way to brainwash our most mentally vulnerable citizens? Hey, he did win the election.

When this killer is brought before a jury, will they see him as a willful actor in a passion play of revenge? Will the judge manage a fair trial? As many mass shooters await their day in trial, do we go back and tell their stories? Does the press give us a clear reason why someone would commit such a terrible crime, or do these shootings simply fade with time?

One of the issues that the Supreme Court might decide in their future sessions is the death penalty. We have heard Donald Trump call for the death penalty for drug dealers. He seems to think that executions are good. What a guy, huh?

In 1989, Trump took out a full-page ad in a newspaper in New York to urge the state to bring back the death penalty and execute the “Central Park Five.” It turned out that those falsely accused and incarnated men were innocent. They were set free after DNA evidence proved they didn’t commit the crime. This is an excellent reason why Donald Trump should be as far away as possible from deciding our laws. Our Great Orange Leader is no more qualified to pick judges than he is to be President.

The good news? Trump didn’t personally create the list of potential Justices. Some of the most conservative judicial review people have assembled a group of those judges who can clear an FBI investigation and please the far-right evangelicals. I am sure their decisions will be vetted and determined if they are of sound judicial mind, or not.

The reason those evangelical “holy” men give Trump a pass on pussy grabbing and lying is because they believe this is their chance to make abortions illegal again, to get the Lord’s prayer back in our schools and to eradicate all gay rights. The puritans are in charge and Trump is manipulating them for votes. In our dysfunctional society, the minorities are ruling the majority. The White House is a disgrace to the founding fathers.

With this latest shooting, we will once again go through the drill of finding out where and how the shooter got his weapon. We will mourn the five newspaper employees gunned down at work. We will talk about their wonderful lives, loves and families., We might implement better security at the nation’s newspapers and TV newsrooms, but we will do nothing about guns and mental health. Remember, even the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris had a security door.

We will probably learn that innocent people died because of what they wrote and published. Five innocent men spent more than a decade in prison because of the hate and rancor of people like Donald Trump. Five Supreme Court Justices will determine the laws of our land. Perhaps a lifelong court appointment should be decided by more than a president. If only Congress was up to the task of rejecting judges who carry with them political memberships that affect their decisions. They will not go against this President. He has bullied them into submission or resignation.

When the founding fathers defined our system up on paper, there were NO political parties or far left or right agendas. There existed only the American agenda. The sooner we get rid of Donald Trump, the faster we will get back to a real America being truly fair for all agendas.

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THAT HOLLOW FEELING, AGAIN

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If God is all powerful, then everything that happens is part of his plan. When something horrific happens, we ask why a madman did this to us. We never ask God why he permitted this act against humanity to occur. We grant another killer free will, while we pray to a force that, once again, couldn’t stop the carnage.

And this is what we got from Donald Trump on Twitter, his personal way to depersonalize the pain for those Americans most affected: “My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.”

It’s always amazing to me how most two-bit politician can say what we shouldn’t have, but rarely tells the truth about what we should do. In the old days, a President would go on TV immediately, face the nation and give us some hope in our darkest hour. This poor excuse of a president just doesn’t have it. Perhaps he’s not intelligent enough to handle this problem.

The headline on CNN today repeats what we have heard so often before: “Suspect’s digital profile was ‘very, very disturbing’” And the repetitious subhead regurgitates the script we have already memorized: “Suspect bought firearm and passed background check.”

Donald Trump, in his argument for overspending on the military and the need to build a big wall, demonstrated this arcane logic in his 2015 Tweet, “A nation WITHOUT BORDERS is not a nation at all. We must have a wall. The rule of law matters.” So, Mr. Big Shot Presidente, what have you done to stop these lawless infringements on the rights of US citizens to be safe? Are you doing your number one job of Keeping America Safe? Why aren’t we spending our money on prevention of this scourge?

To say that a wall and borders make a country better, safer or more productive is a false prophecy. The President constantly complains about our porous borders, where he envisions millions of people swarming in to kill us. It’s not immigrants causing this problem though. Most tragedies start with regular citizens and their right to legally buy semi-automatic weaponry.

We have too many guns and we have flimsy procedures in place to keep unstable people from buying them. Trump wants to keep those “bad hombres” from getting into the country, but has no insight about how to keep deranged citizens from getting weapons of mass destruction. And even if he had an idea to do something, the National Rifle Association would slap him upside the head so fast his copious hair follicles would fly out. Why is the AR-15 even sold in America?

For a man who wants so much power, the Donald is simply powerless to do anything about the school shootings. Congress is also complicit. It’s amazing how they clean the blood off their hands before the next shooting. America has been hypnotized by our collective inability to see this issue clearly. So, we’ll say it again, we have too many guns and we have flimsy procedures in place to keep unstable people from buying them.

As soon as we figure out what the Second Amendment really means, we will start to achieve a solution. A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. It starts with “well-regulated” and doesn’t say that an unorganized, non-militia, one-person coup is permitted to strike down our children in schools. The second amendment gives us the right to keep and bear arms and the use of those arms is clear: to secure a free state. Nothing is secured when we allow the killing of innocent people. Why do we ignore the words, well regulated?

Let it be noted that no President has ever been able to solve this problem. They may say they want to broker peace in the Middle East, or set a priority to create tons of jobs, or they might even talk about wiping out the opioid crisis by getting drugs off our streets, but none of them have been able to make America safer from gun violence. We have too many guns and we have flimsy procedures in place to keep unstable people from buying them.

The pain of the nation on the morning after this latest shooting will blur into the list of killing fields. So far there have been 18 school shootings this year, and we are on target to have our biggest year yet. The good people of South Florida will wash away the blood from the floors of the classrooms and, perhaps in an act of pure tribalism, tear down the building, but nothing will make it better. God will stand over us and, once again, hear our slogan of “thoughts and prayers.” We will be judged by our lack of action on this matter of grave importance.

And in the end, another politician will take a large contribution from the NRA and send the message that if you want to be safe in America, go buy a gun. They have gotten all politicians addicted to the money and, with each child buried, the President and Congress have more blood on their hands. Trump’s campaign promises to the NRA and the radio and TV spots that they ran for him were bought with the bodies of our kids. This is your Vietnam, Mr. Trump.

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These daily diatribes from a delusional blogger give you a day by day overview of the 45th President’s first two-hundred days in office. Follow Donald Trump through the tough times on his way to impeachment. Kindle Version HERE, or Get the printed book now, CLICK HERE.

 

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One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on his quest to find truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?

Now available on Amazon.