Fake Bipartisanship or Real Possibilities?

Politics has always been a game within a game. Congresspeople constantly lie with no consequences other than being censured, thrown off committees, or shunned, all about equal to being sent to the timeout chair. Regardless of whatever turmoil and havoc they may reap, they cannot be sued. They may attempt to hide their lies by saying they are only “asking questions” or that their comments are protected by the First Amendment. Okay.

Then there’s real life with potential consequences for lying. When a person publicly lies about a company or a person and the accused is then harmed by the false information, especially if it affects their livelihood, they can seek damages in court. It was not surprising we learned of another lawsuit being filed against people who for weeks stated that the 2020 election was rigged and that two companies conspired to cause the election loss of Donald John Trump. Those lies hurt both of the businesses and they are not about to take the damaging lies lying down.

According to CNBC, Legal experts say that Dominion’s and Smartmatic’s defamation cases against Trump backers are credible. While the voting system makers have asked for billions of dollars in damages, those figures could change dramatically as the cases unfold. Both companies’ cases against Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell may prove more straightforward than Smartmatic’s suit against Fox News, which has claimed that it was just “covering the news,” but this morning another lawsuit was delivered to Fox News. See the Sydney Powell lawsuit here: gov.uscourts.dcd.225699.22.2-3

Dominion Voting Systems has filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, arguing that, in an effort to boost faltering ratings, the cable news giant falsely claimed that the voting company had rigged the 2020 election. This was reported in a USA Today story.

The News Corporation is the company that owns Fox News, and I assume they will defend against the lawsuit by saying that Trump and his minions made a public claim that they were merely “covering the news” related to that. Sure, they may have reported on the more than fifty lawsuits that Trump and his campaign had lost challenging the results of the election, but the greater number of stories they ran on the voter fraud claim certainly exceeded the boundaries of fair and balanced coverage.

I suppose Fox could argue in court the difference between the “news” part of their channel and the “entertainment” or “opinion” hosts who anchor at night, but their overarching purpose is right there in their name, Fox News. They promote themselves as a news source and that implies professional journalistic traditions, reasonable sourcing and comprehensive investigating before airing allegations of fraud. I’m sure the Fox News lawyers had a bad day when they heard this next item reported by NBC News.

Ex-Trump attorney Sidney Powell’s weekslong campaign to invalidate the results of the 2020 election was not based in fact, her lawyers said, “No reasonable person would conclude that the statements were truly statements of fact.” Here’s where I must make the obligatory statement that I am not an attorney, but I have played one on YouTube videos, and this sounds like total bullshit.

Should Ms. Powell echo this defense under oath, she is either saying that she was lying all along and knew she was lying, therefore, her words pulled a major news network into the fraud of saying there was a fraud, or she’s saying that the people owning, managing and running Fox News are so stupid they were easily manipulated into believing the lies. If Fox owned a licensed, over-the-air TV or radio station in the US, they could easily be challenged and made to relinquish their license to a more responsible broadcaster. Cable channels are not licensed so they face no such jeopardy.

It’s juries, judges and legal scholars, not politicians, who are piloting the rebirth of truth in America. We are watchful when a case goes to court, especially the highest court, but once the Supremes speak there is no further recourse. If all their lawsuits are won in court, the combined payout to Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic could amount to more than $5 billion. Fox News will surely settle out of court, but for Ms. Powell and Rudy Giuliani, judgements against them could mean bankruptcy and disbarment. Sydney Powell’s admission of continuously repeating a false claim means certain disbarment.

Some people see defending the Constitution and protecting the integrity of the election process in this country as a bipartisan cause, but that is not at all correct. By their actions of introducing and passing measures in state legislatures that can best be called voter suppression, it’s clear that Republicans are running scared. Because they lost so many contests, like the House, the Senate and the White House, they are trying to “fix” their election problems by making it harder for Democrats and older Black Americans to vote. In clear daylight, they are trying to turn off the lights by disenfranchising voters right and left.

Maybe Sydney and Rudy can just say they were hired guns and they believed what their client, Donald Trump, was telling them and we’ve covered that matter on these pages in the past. An attorney cannot knowingly lie in court, even if their client assures them it’s the truth. Whenever a lawyer admits to knowing they were lying, they’re in trouble. After the fiasco news conference when Ms. Powell lied about fraud within the voting machine companies without offering evidence of her claims, the Trump people put out a statement saying she was no longer “officially” on the Trump legal team but would be working independently. Okay, I’m not sure what that status means, but she never stopped with the lies.

Sydney Powel is finished as a lawyer. Exercising my First Amendment rights, I’ll add that she’s a damn shitty attorney and anti-American zealot with no moral grounding. Rudy Giuliani is a washed-up, blathering old fool with a misguided view of justice, the law and truth. The legal profession should expel them both and clean up the craft.

American Protest

Some people in this country believe that everything is rigged, but such misinformation can be slowly dissolved with sharp reporting presented with clarity and facts. Things change quickly, Andrew Cuomo was a kind of hero at the beginning of the pandemic, now he has been brought down to size by the truth. I don’t care what party he represents, he’s a pig and a liar, “Out, damn spot.”

Slowly but surely people are starting to realize that Donald Trump lied all the time and was instrumental in the loss of lives during the Capitol Hill insurrection. Today, Trump went on TV and said the people from his rally were met with open arms by the Capital Police force. No one pushed back to challenge him about the loss of life caused by the riots. If Fox News, One America News Network and Newsmax fail to provide truthful journalism, they must pay a price.

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In My Humble Opinion

No Matter What Trump Says

The first time I saw the characters IMHO in a text, I wondered what it meant. I was a little embarrassed that I didn’t get it immediately. Of course, I had to be told the meaning of LMAO as well. I wonder if President Donald J. Trump would ever use IMHO, not because he doesn’t have an opinion, but because he is the least humble person we have ever elected president.

After watching Michelle Wolf at the White House Correspondence Dinner (4-28-2018), I feel compelled to answer a few questions some people might be asking. HEY, all you people who think Michelle Wolf went too far, ask yourself this question. Does Donald Trump go too far? When someone is NOT politically correct, why are they so wrong? The Leader of the FREE world says that P.C. is bad for America. Did anyone hear that?

Michelle Wolf is a FREAKING COMEDIAN. She is supposed to piss us off and point out how silly and self-important we all are. It’s a little like Trump lambasting Jon Tester for disclosing Dr. Ronny’s nickname of “Candy Man.” Trump was angry and said how low it was to call someone names. Really, Donald? What about Rocketman, Lyin Ted, Crooked Hillary, Little Marco, Low Energy Jeb, Al Frankenstein, Mr. Magoo and on and on. It’s time someone demonstrated the pain that personal attacks create. Wolf is from Hershey, and you expected SWEET? Ha! I say, “You go Girl!”

The discussion about the First Amendment on the cable TV news channels is hilarious. The White House talking heads seem to be agreeing with the news heads that an apology is in order. Give me a freakin’ break! This ongoing misdirect that somehow the press is “unfair” to the President is funnier than some of the jokes that came out of Wolf’s mouth. Yes, she crossed a language barrier with several of her terms and subjects, but this will roll off the backs of hardworking citizens as just another demonstration of “those Trump haters.” Why would those from the 4th and 5th Estate be asking for a mea culpa from a comedian?

The other day Donald Trump made a statement with the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, sitting at his side. It was so alarmingly stupid and so unconnected to logic that my mouth fell open. Our president said that the reason people don’t like him is because he is doing a good job for America. He was trying to say that no one in another country will like him because he must get what America wants first. Unreal!

I wonder if any objective person can see their way to asking this simple question, “Why do people hate our country’s leader?” If I learned that a large percentage of my readers hated me, I would probably say, “Well, F.U.,” and urge them not to read what I write. One cannot worry about what people think when trying to present their thoughts, words or craft. That is why comedians and comedy writers will tell you that any filter on their brains will stop their funniest stuff from getting out. But that is not good advice for the President of the United States. He is not doing a show. He’s supposed to be leading our country.

Some loyal “basers” will not walk away from Donald Trump because they truly believe that he is the best thing that ever happened to America. Some people worship him. There, I said it. And, in my humble opinion, with the evangelicals giving this blasphemer cover they are much like tyrannical communists believing the “end justifies the means.” Hey, it’s their words. They will look away at his sins if they get another chance at making abortions illegal and having judges who pray before a vote. If you had any thought that the big, rich mega churches will protect democracy, keep praying. They only care about the turnstile at their door and raking in donations. They are the money-changers.

The fact that a comedian can get on national TV and say the things that Michelle Wolf did, is not only a great example of freedom of speech but shows that if you give someone a platform and they use it you have no right to whine and do that Monday morning quarterbacking thing with your not-so-humble opinions.

America’s public discourse is at its lowest level because of people like Donald Trump lying and using the First Amendment as a protection against sanity. As I have written, repeatedly, Trump’s biggest fault, and the Achilles heel that will eventually do him in, is his LYING. We cannot have a President who lies and disregards facts. It disrupts the daily duties of government. We waste too much time seeking a higher truth and debating the facts. Trump is disliked because he is a liar. Face it, we have a president who lies, constantly.

According to Politico Magazine, “Trump seems to lie for the pure joy of it. A whopping 70 percent of Trump’s statements that PolitiFact checked during the campaign were false, while only 4 percent were completely true, and 11 percent mostly true.” We know these percentages haven’t gotten better since he became President.

A Quinnipiac University poll from last November showed, “Thirty-seven percent of voters thought Trump was honest, compared with 58 percent who thought he was not.”

Figures from the Morning Consult’s survey said that, “Only 37 percent think Trump is ‘stable’ while, 51 percent don’t. Thirty-six percent think Trump is ‘compassionate.’ Fifty-three percent don’t. Sixty percent think Trump is ‘reckless.’ Only 29 percent don’t.”

So, when a 32-year-old female comedian gets up and blasts away at what she dutiful notes is a corrupt system of liars and lifers in the bureaucratic system of government, she is saying the same thing that got Trump elected. She slapped the media and their coverage, while also being rude to those people we are supposed to respect just for what they do. The irony and hypocrisy here is pulpable.

Why did we have to respect Sean Spicer when he was behind a podium, but we can totally disrespect him once he lost everything after lying his way to the top? Why can’t we disrespect people for who they really are?

Spicer was the MC at a wax figure reveal of Melania Trump at a museum last week. Trump ruins people which is a major disgrace to this great country. No compassion, no truth, no leadership, just a fat orange ego.

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