THE ARCANE TOOL OF IMPEACHMENT

Time to Wake up & Go Back to Sleep

I have found this impeachment process to be silly and unworkable. If the Founding Fathers ever thought they needed to get rid of a President, they would have just challenged the man to a duel and ended his problematic behavior. That is how Aaron Burr canceled Alexander Hamilton. Burr was a known traitor who was never convicted of either trying to steal land in Louisiana from our government or killing Hamilton. Death by dueling was not a crime in New Jersey at the time and no one could ever prove that Burr intended to hurt his country. Now we have the fate of Donald Trump laid upon the table. Sadly, it was predictable.

For all the nit picking done on both sides of Trump’s trial in Washington last week, the true goal, as stated by Mr. Trump’s wonky defense team, was preventing him from ever becoming President again. It’s a good goal, but perhaps a better one would be finding a way to prevent the return of his mob. It’s unreasonable to think that eliminating the Donald from political life will change the minds of his rabid fans. Trump may support their hate, hyper Nationalism, anti-Semitism, Neo-Nazi values, homophobia, xenophobia, misogynistic beliefs and white supremacist dogma, but their actions are all on them.

We can blame Trump for a lot of things, but they’ll all probably be wrapped up into a big, smelly bag of impeachment shit and ignored. He lied more than 30,000 times in five years, so what is the punishment for that? He stood by as his horrible immigration policies ripped families apart at the border, and he gets a pass for that? He gave rich people more money, ignored poor people and blocked growth for middle class Americans. Most importantly, he never took a stand against harmful domestic terrorists, and that led to the Capitol Hill riot. He’s guilty of inciting the insurrection, but that’s okay with Republicans because they would rather acquit the sinner than risk the loss of his base. Just like Trump wanted, they opened their states early and as the COVID killed people they chalked it up to the “cost of doing business.” Hey, the truth hurts.

So, what have we learned? Well, elections matter and saying that an election was fraudulent or rigged when it wasn’t is treasonous behavior. Trump said whatever he wanted, listened to no one else and cannot fall back on the Ronald Reagan excuse of not being aware of what others were doing around him. The Iran-Contra scandal taught us that a President can “forget” what he knows, lie about facts and insolate himself from any blame no matter how bad the crime. Trump can’t use that excuse, however, because we know the bad and harmful ideas were either his or had his strong endorsement. He’s proud of breaking the law, and to this day believes he’s smarter than everyone and untouchable — Teflon Don.

Donald’s niece, Mary L. Trump, said in her fantastic book that Trump will never run for office again. Let’s hope she’s right, because the man’s oversized prostate of an ego might lead him to take the risk. Think about what could happen if he lost another election. Why put our country through the potential of another uprising? Besides that, why would the Republican Party want a loser to lead their party? Trump’s former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley soundly threw her former boss under the bus, “I don’t think he’s going to be in the picture [2024 Election] I don’t think he can. He’s fallen so far.” She’s absolutely right, but how long will it take the Trump sycophants to figure it out? Are they so removed from reality that they can never progress to a common wisdom?

The impeachment article was focused on the insurrection itself and some say the President’s lack of response after the Capitol building was breached cannot be included as part of the charge. The incitement of the riot, however, is surely a crime and should be examined by a civil court at some time. And we must not focus on the riot only. Much else happened over the last four years. Trump executed many actions that slowly but surely tore holes in the fabric of our democracy. To disregard the sum of all the damage done would be a severe disservice to this country. If we all allow Trump’s trail of treason to be forgotten, then we are all to blame as well.

Should you feel depressed that Donald Trump wasn’t held accountable by the Senate, take heart in what the New York Times published on the final day of the trial, “If this was a conspiracy, Trump was the leader,” said Jonathan Zucker, the lawyer for Dominic Pezzola who is a member of the far-right Proud Boys group and charged with obstructing police officers guarding the Capitol. “He [Trump] was the one calling the shots.” If Mr. Trump was, in anyway, part of the conspiracy, he too may have to face federal charges in this matter. In other words, this isn’t done yet.

Donald Trump has no place in the ongoing American story. Any thinking person should realize that he knows more than he and his attorneys admit and he had been planning not to leave office no matter the results of the election. He’s the spoiled kid who screams and rants until his parent’s cave in just to shut the little monster up. Did the Republicans refusal to convict Trump enable future bad behavior from him and his gang? I hope that isn’t true; we’ll have to wait and see.

Is Donald John Trump the victim he likes to portray himself or is he an exploitation trickster? His martyr syndrome seems out of synch with a guy who was gifted a multi-million-dollar fortune when he was ten years old. He’s never had to work a day in his life and, according to Tony Schwartz, his ghost writer on the Art of the Deal, Trump never worked much at all. He just sat at his desk, made phone calls, lunched, played golf and toured projects, but it was all his minions that did the dirty work. That’s pretty much what he did during his time in the White House too.

Ready To Testify

He hired lawyers like Michael Cohen to pressure people so he would never have to get close to the dirt. He used another large team of lawyers to pound his enemies with litigations. Trump and his organization have been involved in 3,500 lawsuits, being the plaintiffs in 1,900 and the defendants in 1,450 legal actions. They were also on the losing end of 150 bankruptcy cases. On top of all that, Trump was personally named in at least 169 suits in federal court. The Donald is one vindictive son-of-a-bitch and obviously a lawsuit magnet.

We now sit and wait to see what happens next. Will Trump announce his campaign for President for the 2024 Election? Will he buy full page newspaper ads to celebrate his victory and denounce the “deep state” that was always out to get him? Will he continue to claim he won the 2020 Election by a landslide and that it was stolen from him? Will Susan Collins come out and say that Donald Trump has learned his lesson? Sheesh, I hope not.

According to CNBC, “Minutes after voting ‘not guilty’ in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the former president is clearly to blame for the deadly Capitol riot. There’s no question that Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.”  McConnell endorsed the view that “President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office.” And the minority leader added, “He didn’t get away with anything, yet. We have a criminal justice system in this country. We have civil litigation. And former presidents are not immune from being [held] accountable by either one.”

New charges are probably on the way. The end of the impeachment trial is the beginning of deep investigations that uncover more and greater evidence of this man’s deceit and depravity. I’m almost certain he will be charged, but let’s not be certain that he will go to jail. It’s a sad reality that there are different laws for rich people.

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LOONY LIES & CANCER

Mitch McConnell’s Last Term

American politics and governance provide only a few examples of true leadership. The process is based more on gamesmanship and less on leadership. Our former president was far from a leader; he was a psycho complainer.

Today the new Trump lawyers threw their first pitch and revealed what they hope to pull off during the former president’s second impeachment trial. They will claim that Donald John Trump never urged his followers into insurrection and has always promoted peaceful assembly and protest. They will assert that Trump bears no responsibility for the Capitol Hill riot and, above all else, they will argue that an impeachment trial for a president who has left office is unconstitutional. Isn’t that like saying the man who embezzled money from the company the day before he was fired has neither guilt nor a legal obligation to pay back the money? What country is this?

If Trump did not commit the crime of inciting an insurrection, why do those who carried out the treasonous and seditious acts say they were following his orders? I’m sure the trial will cover the content of Mr. Trump’s speech right before the mob marched to the Capitol and killed people, but Trump’s hired hands will say his words couldn’t possibly incite a normal person. What a convoluted court drama! The accused blame the leader while the leader faults the accused. Who can we believe, or should we simply let all of them go Scott-free? But let me move on to today’s main story.

The Lady in Black

Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made a dramatic and surprising statement yesterday about some of the lunatics in the House of Representatives. Although he didn’t speak her name, McConnell denounced newly elected Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Monday, calling the far-right Georgia Republican’s embrace of conspiracy theories and “loony lies” a “cancer for the Republican Party.” According to the Associated Press he further said, “Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.’s airplane is not living in reality. This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party.”

The former Senate leader’s pronouncement drew a line in the sand and boxed in his House of Representatives counterpart Kevin McCarthy, who should now act. Perhaps he will condemn those Republicans who endorse such bullshit and strip them of leadership roles, or maybe not. We have to wait and see.

The outrageous claims of Trump wannabe Marge from Georgia are the direct result of Republicans ignoring all the daft lies of the past four years. Maybe they’re all crazy, and I mean that in the mental illness kind of way. Greene garnered only 229,827 votes in a district with slightly under one million people, but she was elected and that gives her a megaphone. I believe she’s not highly intelligent. I know saying that is politically incorrect, but if she were the least bit aware, she would know all that QAnon stuff is fantasy. What any of that made-up shit has to do with America being great is lost on everyone except the other dumb people. Maybe her boredom with older anti-Semitic tropes is what led her to say that the California wildfires were ignited by Jewish controlled laser beams coming from secret space satellites.

Mitch is attacking Marjorie because he thinks her lunacy will cost Republicans future elections, including her own election in in Georgia two years from now. The Democrats can easily find someone with more creditability than Miss Georgia Greene. By the way, have you ever noticed that when a Senator or Representative announces they are retiring from Congress they begin to say what they should always have said? It’s ironic that they become truthful when no longer seeking reelection.

Old Man McConnell

McConnell is 78 years of age and he was just reelected to a six-year term. He will be 84 when his term is up and it’s unlikely he will run again. So, this is probably the end for Mr. McConnell and all of a sudden, he’s telling us what he honestly believes and thinks. Using his great political skill, McConnell was able to manipulate Trump to cause himself the least amount of pain, but he surely doesn’t like what has happened to his party.

Mitch will forever be labeled a failure because he couldn’t stop the election fraud scam within his caucus and an insurrection occurred under his watch. For the next two years McConnell will have to work at cleaning up his party while the Dems trample over him. He’s now much less relevant, but at least, he’s finally speaking out.

The loony lies McConnell has called out could very well destroy the Republican Party and, if given enough oxygen, might ruin the House and the Senate as well. If we were to line up Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marjorie Taylor Greene to ask why they are being so stupid, they would endlessly tell you why they are right, and we are wrong. Their lies, conspiracies and misinformation make America look bad. Consider Rand Paul saying that masks do not protect against COVID-19. Yeah, he really said that. Think about Ted Cruz’ belief that a president cannot commit a crime. What about murder, Teddy? As for Josh Hawley, he just wants to be president one day. God help us all!

We need to keep our eyes on Mitch McConnell to see if stands his ground. If he recapitulates and walks it all back, we’ll know, he’s just another dirty, grifter politician. We have accepted mediocrity for so long it will be hard to know a real leader when one comes along. It’s as if we are as brain dead as Q himself. I assume he’s a man, but I know he’s a dick.

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STRANGE BREW OF POLITICS

Trump’s Impotent Defense and Broken Oath

Why do we stretch things out? Perhaps another question with equal validity is why are we so impatient? Americans want answers to questions on the double. We marched to the other side of our country, and once we got there, we found other countries to control or take over. We have not been a fair actor in world history. Oh, sure, we hold up our great victories, but there have been many “Iran-Contras” along the way.

As we debate the absurdity of whether there should be witnesses in the Impeachment Trial of Donald John Trump, we cannot see the forest for the trees. We are fed a constant string of overanalyzed misconceptions, and most people would simply like to turn off the TV and get back to a normal life. You want that? Well then, elect a boring hard-working serious person to run the country. That wouldn’t end the petty in-fighting and political sport, but it would at least give us a chance of being neighbors again.

The tiresome, fallacious account of what happened between Trump and the new Ukrainian President presented by the Donald Defenders in the Senate isn’t worth examining. With no evidence or witnesses, the trial is a farcical façade. If you look behind the elaborate front wall, you see it’s merely a painting with only two slanted posts holding it up. Trump admitted to the deed. Why are we even doing this?

Witnesses provide evidence in a trial. Through witnesses, lawyers attempt to establish the facts that make up the elements of a case. A witness may testify on virtually any matter if the matter is relevant to the issues in the trial and the witness observed or has knowledge of the events to which he is testifying. Calling the Bidens to testify would establish a reason why Trump did what he did, but doesn’t change the fact that it was ALL wrong. He would still be guilty of breaking the American trust. By calling Joe or Hunter Biden to the Senate, candidate Trump would get what he was asking Ukraine to do, stain the Vice President.

A witness must testify truthfully. Before giving testimony in a trial, a witness takes an oath or affirmation to tell the truth and a witness who refuses the oath or affirmation will not be permitted to testify. A typical oath states, “I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God.” Donald Trump has not done this, so everything he says about what happened has zero credibility. Just to remind you, Trump is being charged with Obstruction of Congress, and there is no doubt he has obstructed this case.

Donald Trump took this oath at his inauguration, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Only time will tell if the President has truly done his best to “preserve, protect and defend” our Constitution. From my vantage point, he’s done a pretty shitty job at it.

When the President of the United States lies to the citizenry, I am deeply offended. I cannot trust a person who always lies. Most of the world knows they cannot trust the Donald. Even if Trump was at trial under oath, he would brazenly lie to the jurors. That is called perjury, and it’s a felony.

The caldron of lies that Trump and his Republican loyalists have been stirring for the last three years is more than despicable. It’s downright un-American. Those who say they must protect “their” president (or party) over the Constitution and truth itself are nothing more than witches. Of course, Donald Trump has said from the beginning this whole thing is a “witch hunt.”

The tide is slightly turning toward witnesses being called to the Senate trial, you know, like a real trial. Still, that will not change the harangue of the sycophants who, even when caught still on their knees and wiping their lips, deny they are giving pleasure to Trump to avoid pain. Those running for office in 2020 are clearly afraid of Donald Trump.

Who elected these people? One is the guy in the bright red golf pants wearing a MAGA visor at Stein Mart and another is his pushy, obnoxious wife equally decked out. They don’t even realize how silly they look. They don’t comprehend how close they are to violating this oath, “You shall not make idols,” or, “…thou shalt not have any strange gods before Me.” In the end, they will follow their purses and cast curses against those who question the legitimacy of a liar. They are blinded by the light, or is their lack of vision due to darkness?

This dogma is going to destroy democracy. This “Strange brew, will kill what’s inside of you.” If only what was inside of you was a genuine desire for the truth. If you don’t care about truth, then you don’t care about America. There, I said it. Politics are not truth and never have been, but we should be able to depend on the truth in a courtroom. If not, then what are we doing? A fair trial is justice.

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FALSE TRANSPARENCY

Trump’s Limited Vocabulary & Honesty

There are times when our children ask us a question we cannot, or don’t want, to answer. I remember a time when a teacher of one of my kid’s explained to the class that there wasn’t a Santa Claus. I know, I know, why would she do that? But the fact of the matter is what she said was true; there is no Santa Claus, but I was less than that direct when trying to comfort my kids. I assured them they would still get presents. And so, it goes. There are times in life when we find ourselves face to face with false transparency.

As youngsters, we are introduced to the notion of “little white lies.” You know, untruths which get us out of uncomfortable situations. There is never a penalty for a white lie, with the exception of someone figuring out that we lied to their face and we then lose that friendship. On the grand scale, however, everyone tells white lies. I just have never understood why we attach a color to them.

Our culture involves a reasonable amount of mythology and religious faith to support our believe in self-worth. I grew up in Pittsburgh where we learned about Joe Magarac, a bigger-than-life steel worker. It was folklore, but that didn’t stop parents, teachers, uncles and friends from spreading the story of Magarac. We all need heroes.

We also had Paul Bunyan, who was not real, but perhaps a combination of different historical characters from Canada or France. Johnny Appleseed was a real person, but his story was stretched to fit the amazing feat of him planting millions of apple trees in the Midwest, as if Mother Nature needed help. By the way, she’s not real either.

Donald Trump, unfortunately, is a real person who, for some unknown reason, tells tons of lies. It would be easy to say that he’s suffering from brain damage, but after deep research I cannot find anything that would have caused such an impairment.

Trump is not an attractive mythological character because he frightens children and can never convince more than 45% of the people that his story makes any sense. His birth story has been a lie, his growth through adulthood is filled with failures and false claims and the elderly man now claims to be the smartest of them all, but he delivers no facts to back up the claim and much evidence to prove it’s a lie.

He has a limited vocabulary and repeats trite phrases over and over. He says he loves things, but his actions show he loves nothing other than himself. Now he’s stupidly saying, “I would love to have this guy testify,” when it’s abundantly clear that is not what he wants at all.

If a woman disagrees with him, she’s “nasty” and anything that overwhelms him is “sad.” If only we knew he suffered from some neurological ailment that continually triggers his venom and sadness, we could get him some free help at Walter Reed Hospital. Now let’s address the elephant in the room, transparency.

You see, transparency is a good thing in government. Voters want to know as much as possible about the candidates, the elected officials and how the government actually works. We don’t need to review the Federal budget line-by-line, but we would like the guy who decides where the money is spent to tell us where he thinks the money should be spent.

For example, when the orange baboon on TV keeps saying, “I want clear air and crystal-clear water,” we expect that he is going to make policies and spend monies to facilitate that desire. On the contrary, this president has cut funding to the EPA and relaxed laws so companies can legally make the air worse and the water undrinkable. Once again, false transparency, or as we used to say on the streets of Pittsburgh, “He’s a fucking liar.”

There is a great quote running around the internet from former White House Director of Communications Anthony Scaramucci. According to the Mooch, Trump once admitted that his entire political aura is an act and he cannot believe that people stupidly fall for it. Does that sound like the man who claims he’s the most transparent president for all times? Of course, it does.

America can be a great place and our achievements, quality of life and freedoms are, for most part, amazing. For those following along, “amazing” is better than “great.” Donald Trump is a false prophet brought to our country by the less than great part of America that says greed rules and a person’s ego is all that matters. So, as you watch the 53 soulless senators vote for Donald Trump and make him feel more powerful, know that they are NOT America. When the time comes, let’s vote all of them out of office.

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THE BIG TRUMP TRIAL

John, Mike, Mick & Bill Must Testify

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know a big trial will be starting tomorrow in Washington. This is the trial portion of Donald John Trump’s impeachment. It’s always revealing to use all three names a person has. You know, like John Wayne Gacy and other infamous villains. We need to know their exact identity for some reason.

I have been told that the addition of Trump’s middle name in the impeachment documents was necessary because he was sworn in under that name during his inauguration. We know exactly who the defendant is and there can be no mistake that the Senate is trying Donald Trump, Jr, so we are using our president’s middle name. Silly, really.

The process of drawing up the articles of impeachment in the House of Representatives has been criticized by Republicans, White House aids and Constitutional experts, but surely these controversies will be put to the test during the trial. Hopefully. The facts are there, but few will agree to agree on these points. The House could have called more witnesses and procured more documentation, if the President didn’t stonewall Congress. And here’s another solid fact. Had the House Democrats gone the route of subpoenaing all the witnesses they wanted, the matter would have dragged on in the courts. Probably until the end of summer, when someone would have suggested, Mitch McConnell most likely, that the court should not rule on these witnesses because it would affect the 2020 presidential election. We’ve been here before.

There are some people on the public payroll who took an oath to the United States and the Constitution and who haven’t come forward to testify about these important matters. These issues are so crucial to our foreign policy and corruption in the administration that these public servants have an obligation to tell the American people what they know.

Let’s walk through these voices that have been muzzled by Donald Trump. In a previous post, we pointed out the flaw in having the person who runs the OMB (Office of Management and Budget) also be the Chief of Staff to the President. However, conflict of interest is something the present occupant of the White House doesn’t care about. He’s the actual swamp.

Mick Mulvaney is officially the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and in this quirky Trump administration, he’s also “acting” Chief of Staff. He doesn’t get two paychecks, but he does control the release of funds, such as military aid to Ukraine, and must be questioned under oath about what happened in the Ukraine-gate conspiracy. He’s already admitted on live National TV that there was a quid pro quo with the President of Ukraine, and he urged us to get over it. Okay, what would he say under oath in a Senate impeachment trial?

Next, we have Mike Pompeo, who used to run the CIA and now runs the State Department. As amazing as it might seem, it took him more than six months to be brought into the loop regarding the US Ambassador to Ukraine being intimidated by Rudy Giuliani, There was even possible spying by Rudy’s boys and a campaign to discredit her by nefarious actors. Really? He was the head of the CIA and he didn’t maintain contacts with his team there to find out what was happening in Ukraine? What a poor administrator and Secretary of State. He must be questioned under oath and show the American public if he is protecting our diplomats and ambassadors.

Then there’s William Barr, the attorney general of the United States. Now there are those people who think he the best man for the job. What’s funny about that last line is most of those folks are Republicans, but remember, the Senate confirmed William Barr to be attorney general with a 54-45 vote. 45 Democratic senators saw Barr’s previous writings about the power of the President and the “flaws” he saw in the Mueller investigations and took them as an early indication that Barr’s ideological philosophy would be used to protect Trump rather than being an objective top cop in America. New evidence has come to the forefront that may implicate Barr in the Ukraine conspiracy and coverup. Lev Parnas believes that Trump commanded William Barr, on the advice of Rudy Giuliani, to arrest Parnas and his partner, Igor Fruman, to shut them up. Giuliani and Trump may have worried that once Parnas was out of the country, he would launch a campaign of truthful disclosure that would hurt both Trump and his personal attorney.

William Barr must testify because, without the oversight of the Department of Justice, there is no justice. Barr has already refused to testify and has been found to be in contempt of Congress. Why is he still the Attorney General? He must testify.

And last, but not least, Former National Security Advisor John Bolton must come forward, be sworn and tell his story. We know that Bolton either was fired or quit during heated discussions about Syria, Turkey, Afghanistan and Ukraine. Bolton has said he will testify if subpoenaed by the Senate. Mitch McConnell, leader of the Senate, doesn’t want witnesses, but it may be too late for him to block relevant witnesses. Trump said he would claim executive privilege to keep Bolton from testifying, which any logical person would take as proof that he is obstructing Congress, one of his impeachment charges. It’s not a Catch 22 — a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions — it’s only a trick to keep the public from hearing more damaging facts that would likely come out during testimony.

No matter what happens during this historical week, Donald John Trump will have the stain of impeachment on his permanent record. When you read about him in history books, Wikipedia and the Congressional Record, it will be very clear that Trump was accused of high crimes or misdemeanors and tried in the Senate. In the past two impeachment trials, Senators concentrated on the number of votes and the articles, with little concern for the cult of personality. Clinton beat the rap, while Andrew Johnson was not victorious after winning the trial. His party took him off the ticket in 1868. So, while Trump and his talking heads keep pointing to the fact that Clinton went on to get reelected, they fail to remember how damaging an impeachment trial can be. Look at what happened to Nixon. He resigned before his trial. Will Trump be smart enough to get out before the election, or will he suffer a terrible loss because of the drip, drip, drip of more corruptive revelations?

Trump is dangerous and damaging to our republic. Let’s quote our “great southern statesman,” Lindsey Graham, “I want to put a vigorous case on that he’s guilty for the sake of the rule of law, for the sake of the truth, if nothing else,” Graham continued, “What I’m saying about witnesses is that if you take them off the table in the Senate, the next Judiciary Committee, the next independent counsel ought to do everything, because they may lose the chance to present their case and that would be bad for impeachment law. That would be against precedent, and I hope that doesn’t happen here.”

Of course, he was talking about the Clinton impeachment trial, not Trump’s, Graham is willing to do something bad for America and law. He’s putting party before his duty to protect the Constitution and will go down as one large-ass, feckless hypocrite of all time!

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A REPUBLICAN PLAYBOOK

A Grand Old Trumpean Possibility

These are times which try our souls. As we enter the impeachment zone, some Senators will take it seriously and others will wallow in partisan swamp water and deny, distract and deteriorate the process the best they can. None see a way out of this mess.

With all due respect, many people in Congress would be unsuccessful in the real world. The old expression, “the gift of gab” is at play here. You don’t have to be intelligent or logical while using your talents of persuasion and speech making. People have put their faith in many a slick talker who took their money and gave nothing in return. Many have been elected by their poison, dogma and ideological frothing at the mouth, but that doesn’t make them smart.

If the Senate Republicans were smart, they would see a clear way out of this impeachment insanity by convicting Trump and removing him from office. You might think I’m crazy, but let’s weigh the pros and cons of this matter. Remember, the President is not a pro at being President and he is certain a con. Let’s look at my plan.

Donald Trump has introduced an instability in politics unlike any seen before. Any sleight penetrates his thin veneer and triggers a thunderstorm of tweets. Who wants to live in this world? One of things that helps people gain and hold power is consistency. Imagine Trump being gone. The air would be cleared and the old liners could take their party back.

Listen up Republicans! If you think you got what you wanted in Trump, perhaps you should ask yourselves what was your goal in the first place. The short-term wins of stock market highs and tax cuts make the long-term health of America uncertain. Debt is soaring out of control, and with banks taking billions to the bottom-line will you ever be able to reinstate a reasonable corporate tax code that keeps America solvent? Trump likes debt and he will certainly taint the conservative fiscal responsibility you’ve fed the nation for years. You will be losing ground if you fall in behind Trump.

After Barack Obama won two elections, you performed an autopsy. It showed that losing suburban women, African Americans and Hispanics would lead to your long-term detriment. But you ignored the report and created Trump. You could have stopped Trump early on, but you refused to take another loss. You dirtied your brand just to win. You may have even cheated or let the Russians help Trump. None of you seem to care.

Some of your hard-core sycophants think that kissing the Donald’s big, fat ass will reap earthly rewards. People like Lindsey Graham, Kevin McCarthy, Doug Collins, Jim Jordan believe that a President Trump is better than anyone from the Democratic side of the aisle, but deep down inside they must realize that they are acting and reacting more out of fear than reasonable thought. Jim Johnson, who is currently ensnared in the wrestling sexual harassment controversy at Ohio University, is mostly worried about Trump picking someone from his Republican loyalty list to run against him. That could spell the end of his Congressional career. This is like the person who denies they are racist, yet all of their actions indicate otherwise. Jordan, McCarthy, Collins and Graham need to realize that Trump is their Frankenstein and they now have an opportunity to rid the country and their party of this problem.

Here is a greater cynical vision. Trump is setting up his kids to inherit the job of President, as if the United States of America is a company he bought. We don’t have kings, queens, princes and princesses in America. If the Republicans are wise, they will send the Donald away now while they have a chance.

Here is another thing we must consider. If the Senate was to convict Trump and remove him from office, they also must ban him from holding any other public office. Here’s what the Constitution says:

“The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two-thirds of the Members present.

Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States; but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.” I’ve added bolding to point out a few things.

Senate members have taken an oath to be impartial and consider all the evidence, facts and reason behind the impeachment. Two-thirds of the Senate must convict in order to remove a president. One would think that the disqualification of holding an office, trust or to profit under the United States would be automatic, but some scholars believe a president can be removed from office, yet not be disqualified from future running. If the Senate convicts, they must disqualify. Trump could pull a Teddy Roosevelt. He started his own party to run against President Taft, which is how we got Woodrow Wilson; not a good president.

In an ironic twist here, it would be so Trumpean for Congress to throw out Trump and fulfill his ongoing paranoia that he would be removed by a trumped-up conspiracy and impeachment. He could run around the world claiming that he knew it all the time. His faltering old voice box could scream about how the American system is rigged and everyone was out to get him. Truth is, most people who truly care about America are out to get him. We may wish him no harm, but we must never give him power again. He’s a fucking liar and loser.

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IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS

How to Watch the Show

In olden days, kingdoms and countries held public executions to show the citizenry who was in charge. Today in the United States, we hold public hearings. The first suggestion I have is for all of us is to focus on the word HEARING when watching the testimony this week.

My first impeachment hearing was Watergate, which took place in early in 1973. Richard Nixon had just been reelected and only 19% of America thought the man should have been impeached. If you are old enough to remember, you’ll recall that the hearing made household names of Sam Ervin, Howard Baker, Fred Thompson and John Dean. To be clear, this was a Senate Committee hearing into Watergate, the scandal that involved a break-in of the Democratic Headquarters in the Watergate apartment and business complex in Washington, DC. The House never brought charges of impeachment, but there was a partisan uprising that forced Nixon to resign. I’m fairly sure that will not happen this time.

I also watched the Clinton Impeachment hearings, which lead to impeachment charges. Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives on December 19, 1998 on grounds of perjury to a grand jury (by a 228–206 vote) and obstruction of justice (by a 221–212 vote). Bill Clinton was acquitted in the Senate trial by the slightest of margins. On the perjury charge, 10 Republicans voted against, while in the obstruction charge, it was 50-50. Arlen Spector of Pennsylvania voted “not proven,” which Chief Justice Rehnquist decided was a vote against. So, you see, these things can get complicated.

The hearings we will see this week are the first steps in a long process, which the Democrats in the House are trying to speed up to keep the nation’s attention on the alleged misdeeds of Donald J. Trump. They also don’t want this to interfere with campaigning for the next election.

You will hear Republican members of the committee attempt to discredit the witnesses and possibly intimidate them on live TV. That is my opinion, but the central focus in this case is simple. Did President Trump use his office and power to extort a foreign country to discredit his political rival?

Under federal law, the offense of extortion typically requires the use of interstate communications to make a threat (using a phone or mail across state lines). Threats to federal or foreign representatives in order to obtain an official benefit may also be prosecuted as extortion under federal law. The law is very clear and what President Trump did is a prosecutable offense, but his supporters will say that this happens all the time and that Trump should be held to the same standard we used to determine the intent of past administrations. Okay, so two wrongs make a right?

Here’s a puzzling question. Why did Trump release the transcript? Why did he self-incriminate? Some people say that the Donald truly believes he did nothing wrong and that he released the partial transcript to show everyone the innocence of his conversation.

Trump keeps saying it was a “perfect call.” A good drinking game for those watching the hearings tomorrow might be taking a swig each time a Republican uses the word “perfect.” If that call was so damn “perfect” then why was it so ineffective? Trump did not get the public announcement of a Ukrainian probe and the extortion of not releasing the foreign aid was foiled by the press. You know, the “enemy of the people.” When word got out that our president was shaking down Ukraine, he released the funds on, of all dates, 9-11. If that’s perfect, I have some swamp land here in Florida to sell you.

So, the Republican party line is this. Nothing bad happened, therefore this is a non-event and not an impeachable offense. Even those who will openly admit that the call was questionable and inappropriate, will swear on a stack of Holy Bibles that nothing was wrong with Trump asking but not getting.

This impeachment rile reminds me of Albert Camus’ book The Stranger, in which the main character, Meursault, is on trial for killing an Arab. His trial quickly shifts away from the murder itself to Meursault’s attitudes and beliefs. The fact that he’s an atheist and didn’t cry at his own mother’s funeral play a greater role in his conviction than the murder. Within his life and presidency, Donald Trump has done many things that are more than offensive and detrimental to our country. Even seasoned politicians secretly admit that Trump is not a very good president, but in impeachment you must stick to the charges and attempt to prove them.

When watching the hearings, keep in mind that each side has a game plan and they will attempt to discredit and defend. Here’s my key question. Why are elected officials in the minority defending this president? Why won’t they cross examine the witnesses and attempt to find a deeper truth? I guess they feel a greater loyalty to their party and the man in the White House than the good of the country. But we already knew that. The major effort of each side will be making sure these hearings do not hurt their political brand. We will not see a kangaroo court, a “witch hunt” or even a camouflaged “hoax.” No, we will witness a GOOFBALL COURT, where in the end no opinions will change but the news networks will have plenty to talk about for a week.

Despite my suppositions and musings, you should watch the hearings because you never know what might happen. On Friday, July 13, 1973 (yes, Friday the 13th) Alexander Butterfield was asked whether there was a taping system in the Oval Office. Things quickly got interesting. Butterfield revealed to the public on TV that all Oval Office conversations were recorded. Once the committee knew that tapes existed, Nixon’s defenses and defenders dissolved in the bright lights. You never know what might happen and what people could say under the pressure of testimony. This could be fun to watch!

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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.