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.

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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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NO SUCH THING AS DUE PROCESS

Trump’s Viewpoint on the Judicial Process

Before Richard Nixon nominated Elliot Richardson to be Attorney General, he tested his loyalty and basically told the nominee that he, Nixon, was innocent and Richardson should protect the presidency. He encouraged Richardson to appoint a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of what Nixon called a “Witch Hunt” or, as it eventually became known, Watergate.

At a later meeting Richardson felt like Nixon was attempting to stonewall by asking the Justice Department to help him thwart the investigation. According to Washington Post journalists Woodward and Bernstein, Richardson wrote on a legal pad during the meeting, “If the monster is me, save the country.”

There is a parallel world between the accusations of sexual misconduct with Trump and the possible collusion or, at best, ignorance of Russian involvement in our election. If Trump denies a charge, no matter how credible the accuser, he claims innocence and believes there is no need for deeper examination.

In this “wife beater White House,” it’s clear that customary laws of decency and decorum are out the window. It’s okay to ignore the victims of any crimes or misdeeds done by Trump’s merry men.

This tweet really sums up Trump’s campaign against women: “Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?” Aside from the bad grammar and spelling errors, Trump is building a case not for the Rob Porters of the world, but for himself.

His attempt at martyr status for the men who have cast their wrath on women is shallow and tone-deaf, sounding like Archie Bunker. Even with the talking heads defending or deflecting for him on the Sunday talk shows, Trump has, once again, hurt himself. He is the turd in the punch bowl at his own party.

What I don’t get here is his mention of “due process.” One has the right to confront our accusers. Check. One has the right to prove one’s innocence, and even though one can declare one’s innocence, it’s not the end in court but merely the beginning. Check. One has a right to be judged by an impartial jury of one’s peers but, just like in business, government doesn’t have to wait for a trial.

If someone is considered dangerous to the people they live with or work with, we tend to act long before the due process of justice. Why would we wait to act while someone else gets smacked? What are the damages a court might award? Surely much greater than losing a job at the White House. Trump is attempting to defend anyone on his team who is accused of a crime or sexual misconduct.

According to our Great Orange Leader, lives are shattered and destroyed by mere allegations. Oh, like the young men in the Central Park jogger murder case. In 1989, after five teenagers were arrested for the rape of a woman in Central Park, Donald Trump bought an ad in The New York Times calling for the death penalty. The men were convicted, but later exonerated. Their lives were shattered and destroyed by the mindset that they were guilty. Donald Trump promoted that concept with his own money and he never apologized for how he treated those citizens.

The little things, like turning away from any prosecution of EquiFax for their lack of security and mishandling of 140 million America identities, make Donald Trump dangerous to the Republic. He and his cronies won’t even investigate.

Trump is doing nothing about cybersecurity for the 2018 election. People like Rex Tillerson have waved the white flag and given up on fighting the threat. As long as Trump believes, “The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign,” nothing is going to change. Without the FBI and CIA, America could be taken.

Perhaps we will see how the Donald deals with due process in the case of the United States Government vs. Donald J. Trump. He is the monster and we must save the country. With his lies and deceit, his lack of focus on protecting our nation and the possible high crimes and misdemeanors to be revealed shortly, we will learn the importance of due process in obtaining a clean prosecution, and then impeachment.

Donald Trump will learn that no man in above the law and that women are to be respected.

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