THE COUP THAT COLLAPSED

Trump Stoked an Insurrection Based on Lies

Everything that Donald Trump has said and done shows he is one pure-ass fake. Some might call what I am about to state here treason, but I will speak my mind without fear of intimidation or party affiliation, unlike those spinless Republican Senators who will not convict the former President of crimes against America.

In a different time and age, Mr. Trump would have been brought into magistrate court, charged with treason and shot on the public green the next morning. I’m not saying we should do this today, but he should know that had he lived in France during the two decades after that country’s revolution, he would have been beheaded. Sedition, treason and insurrection were not crimes one could argue away in court.

Most of America has now seen the freshly released images of the Capitol Hill riot on January 6. If Donald Trump is not to blame, then who is responsible for those crazy people who stormed the Capitol? Is it Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, 4Chan, 8Chan or maybe Charlie Chan? Could it have started with Carlos Danger and Anthony Weiner’s dick pics, or has it simply “been brewing for some time now” as I hear endlessly from the puckered pieholes of pundits and prognosticators reading the grievance tea leaves in Russian restaurants? They are all full of shit, just like Trump and his ludicrous lawyers.

Attorney Castor

I say they are stupid. Why? Trump lawyer Bruce Castor actually offered these words in the halls of Congress during the impeachment trial, “We are so understanding of the concept that people’s minds can be overpowered with emotion, where logic does not immediately kick in, that we have recognized examples that otherwise would be hearsay and said that, no, when you’re driving down the street, and you look over at your wife, and you say, ‘Hey, you know what, that guy is about to drive through the red light and kill that person,’ your wife can testify to what you said, because, even though it’s technically hearsay, it’s an exception, because it’s the event living through the person.”

Okay, let me wipe some of this horse shit off my shoes before I launch into my own personal rant. What the fuck does any of that mean? I can only assume that he’s trying to plant a seed that the bad things you will hear about are being were told by people who don’t know what they are talking about, so just ignore them. YES, that must be it! Trump’s personal lawyers are saying that there is nothing to see here and we should ignore hearsay even when it comes out of the ex-president’s mouth.

If a person lies to their attorney, and their lawyer then presents that lie as a defense in a court of law, that doesn’t make it any less of a lie. His attorneys are going try to sell the Senators and the American public a premise that Trump was merely using his First Amendment rights while talking to a group of really good people and he bears no responsibility for what they later did on Capitol Hill. Okay, let’s examine that. There are only two conclusions one could draw from that scenario. One, Donald John Trump is such a bad communicator that no one understood what he was saying or, two, the group assembled that day was so stupid they misinterpreted him.

Trump’s more than 11,000-word speech, complete with audience reaction, is right here, Donald Trump JAN 6 2021 Speech should you wish to read it. Without a shadow of doubt, his words were an incitement to insurrection. His detailed, final pitch to sell the big lie about election fraud also featured a compendium of grievances of those who have so mistreated him. Poor baby. In his final act, the martyr stood before his adoring crowd saying it’s time to take back your country, be strong and fight like hell. And let’s not forget that there is nothing good about hell.

Trump used the words “fight” or “fighting” 27 times, but only used the word “peaceful” once. It came near the end of his 75-minute speech, “We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated. I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” So, there is the “out” that his lawyers will argue for 16 hours at trial. Really? That’s it? The other 11,000 words don’t matter?

To delegitimize the rightfully elected 46th President of the United States, Donald pulled this one out of his index box of hate and lies, “I just spoke to Mike [Pence]. I said, Mike, that doesn’t take courage. What takes courage is to do nothing. That takes courage, and then we’re stuck with a president who lost the election by a lot, and we have to live with that for four more years.” Yes, Mr. Trump, that is how elections work. You should remember; you won one.

Mike and Karen Pence Rushed Away from Danger

Trump’s berating of his Vice President and confrontation with his inability or desire to break the law could have cost Mike Pence his life, along with those of his daughter and wife. Not only did Trump stir up the mob’s viciousness, he also directed their ire to Mr. Pence. But it didn’t end with his spoken word, Trump made it worse by tweeting to the insurrectionists at 2:24 PM, “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution.” So, the Donald turned up the heat on Pence as the mob was in the Capitol building screaming, “Hang Mike Pence.” Loyalty?

What if the pack had captured and murdered Mike Pence? Would the Republican Senators then be more likely to convict this loser of a president and disqualify him from ever holding Federal office again? That’s a tough question, but it gives me no certainty they would convict. Their vote is always for sale and Donald Trump bought it with lies, fear and intimidation. No man or woman should have that much power.

Donald Trump’s attempted coup failed, just like most of what he tried to do as president. Hundreds of thousands of people died from COVID because of his lack of comprehension, terrible messaging and misguided policies. And five people died because of the insurrection. He should be tried in criminal court, with testimonies of those who were in the room with him as he watched the riot on TV. How did he act then? What did he say? Donald John Trump intended to upturn the results of a valid election, and we must do everything we can to make sure such a thing never happens again. Ten years in jail for the perpetrator just might be a good deterrent for future presidents.

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HOW DEEP IS THE THREAT?

Trump’s Inside Job Surfacing

How long will it take to heal the nation? Can we tamp the threats and fear that Donald Trump has brought to us? Many Trump loyalists in Congress, even after being attacked by insurrectionists, believe that nothing major happened and the President bears no responsibility for all of his lies and actions these past four years.

Are they trying to give Trump a pass for the damage he has done? Why are they resisting wearing masks in the Capital? Are they dashing around metal detectors to avoid being outed for caring firearms into Congress? Who are these people? We are no longer in the 18th century when disputes were decided by duels.

An Axios/IPSOS poll showed that among those Republicans who consider themselves “traditional,” 42% would like to see Donald Trump as their candidate in 2024. Trump has been impeached twice, and faces a chance of being convicted of insurrection by the Senate after Joe Biden’s inauguration. Wake up people! We must convict Donald Trump to ban him from our political blood stream forever.

Unsettling facts are emerging indicating that the attack on the Capitol Building may have been planned and organized, which is the true definition of conspiracy. The Washington Post has reported a very disturbing inference that the violence might have been an “inside job.” The Philadelphia Inquirer took it to the next level, “Weeks before a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, right-wing activist Ali Alexander told his followers that he was planning something big for Jan. 6, 2021. Alexander, who organized the “Stop the Steal” movement, said he hatched the plan — coinciding with Congress’s vote to certify the electoral college votes — alongside three GOP lawmakers: Reps. Andy Biggs, Ariz., Mo Brooks, Ala., and Paul Gosar, Ariz., all hard-line Trump supporters.”

According to the reporting, their stated goal was to “change the hearts and the minds of Republicans who were in that body, hearing our loud roar from outside.” Did their rally get out of control, or did someone give them permission to attack? I genuinely believe the protest would have been contained, had not President Trump told them to march to the Capitol and be strong, words that rabid minds translated into “Attack!”

This is not a unique idea. In May of 1604, a handful of Catholic dissidents in England — Guy Fawkes, Robert Catesby, Tom Wintour, Jack Wright and Thomas Percy — met at the Duck and Drake inn in London. Catesby proposed a plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament with gunpowder. Afterwards, all five men purportedly swore an oath of secrecy upon a prayer book. The men were part of a movement that wanted to kidnap the king, kill him and replace him with another king who would be more open to Catholics. How did that turn out?

By the time of the conspiracy, Fawkes was calling himself Guido rather than Guy. He also used the alias John Johnson while serving as caretaker of a cellar that was located just below the House of Lords. The group’s plan was detonating large barrels of gunpowder under the House to blow it up. An anonymous letter that warned a Catholic sympathizer not to go to the State Opening of Parliament was the beginning of the end of the conspiracy. The letter’s recipient requested the authorities to investigate, and this led to discovery of the plot. To this day no one knows who wrote that letter. Here in 2021, we have sophisticated means of investigation and evidence gathering. Might this uncover a scheme of three Congressmen to overthrow the US government?

Real Enemies of the People

New Jersey Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill posted a Facebook video saying she witnessed members of Congress leading what she called “reconnaissance tours” of the Capitol the day before the deadly attack. Who are these Congress people? Do we have traitors in our midst? Can the bodies of our government ever be safe with members bringing guns into the building and not wearing masks during a pandemic? Full disclosure is needed and, might I add, a special prosecutor.

Ms. Sherrill’s story has been corroborated. Here’s a quote from the Washington Post, “[Florida Representative] Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in an interview that I do know that, yes, there were members that gave tours to individuals who participated in the riot.” Did these Congress people know about the plan?

Guy Fawkes is portrayed as a revolutionary hero today, largely due to the influence of the graphic 1980s novel “V for Vendetta” and the 2005 movie of the same name. They depicted protagonist Fawkes wearing a white face mask. Here in the United States we don’t depict John Wilkes Booth as a hero because he was an insurrectionist and assassin.

Treason, sedition and insurrection are taken seriously in our country. When found guilty, we typically execute operatives of such acts, but we are getting ahead of ourselves. Any elected official who was involved in any way with the insurrection must be removed from Congress. Those people who encouraged and supported Donald Trump’s lies and fraud should at least be censured. All those who participated in the attempted coup should incur maximum penalties. We need to clean up this mess, then work on a national plan of intervention and prevention.

American law enforcement has been extraordinarily successful dealing with organized crime over the years. I’m not saying that they always got their man, but they weeded out the mob bosses and lunatics who thought it was okay to kill those they didn’t like. No matter how much money or power a person has, they are not above the law.

Imagine an individual who ran into a packed theater and yells, “Fire!” when there was no fire. People panicked and were killed trying to get out of the building. The argument that there wasn’t a fire is irrelevant; the legal argument will be based on the intent of the person causing the panic. Did they understand that their words would lead to such a tragedy? Did they yell the warning because they had some deep-seated grievance with those in attendance? Was the scream meant to strike fear or just a stunt? Maybe the yeller wanted to demonstrate their power over others. All such possibilities must be considered as we judge whether words and actions of the 45th President of the United States caused death and destruction at the Capitol.

This may go beyond a federal insurrection. It could also be a deep state conspiracy inspired by President Trump, facilitated by some members of Congress and executed by a vicious mob of militant supporters who were brainwashed into action. Should a trial find that he was responsible, Donald John Trump must be held accountable with a conviction and punishment.

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THE PURGE IS COMING

The Rot Trump Has Wrought

Why are things so bad? Well, anyone with half a brain will tell you that Donald Trump is the reason. I watched with intense interest as various Republicans spoke at Trump’s second impeachment hearing. Each of them admitted that what happened at the Capitol was bad and shouldn’t have happened. Some maintained that Trump should be held accountable for his language, but impeaching him would divide the nation. Oh, really?

Let me see if I understand. Someone inciting a riot and causing insurrection against the Congress of the United States, which also caused death, is a minor crime? What is this accountability you speak of my fellow Americans? Did you take the time to read the Constitution? Impeachment is the only way to hold a president accountable for high crimes and misdemeanors. You represent your voters, not some party boss or a broke-dick president.

President 2017 – 2021

I once had an exceptionally good lawyer counsel me about language I placed in an employment agreement. It would have given me the power to extract a pound of flesh had my worker violated certain rules. He asked me, “Would you want that rule used against yourself in the future?” The light bulb above my head flickered to life, “Gee, I never thought about it that way.” If Congressional members made a law that every president and vice president must disclose their tax returns 90 days before an election, it could affect them one day. That’s why we don’t have it. The members often serve themselves more than their constituents.

If reasonable people, even those with deep conservative pedigrees like Wyoming’s Liz Cheney and Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell, believe that Trump betrayed the oath of his office by urging a mob to march to the Capitol and wreak havoc, then what is driving the other Republicans to stand with Trump?

The purge is coming, because when something bad happens in America we all get sober and react quickly. Look at what happened after 9-11. Laws were passed, rewritten or ignored to get the bad guys. While that was successful, what was the cost? According to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report published in October 2007, the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan cost taxpayers more than $2.4 trillion. Some experts believe that more than 507,000 people were killed in the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Let’s never forget that the umbrella name of that operation was Operation Enduring Freedom, and it was a total failure.

Operation Accountability isn’t going too well either. When discussion turns to the insurrection, Republicans quickly jump to the Black Lives Matter movement with its public protests and police brutality. Okay, the looters and shooters in those incidents are just as guilty as the marauders who invaded Washington, D.C. last week, but why compare two tragic events that are vastly different? False equivalencies are a preposterous way to debate any subject. Yeah, it’s terrible that the Romans killed Jesus Christ, but think about what his followers did to the rule of law. Donald Trump presents a “clear and present danger” to the Republic.

Had the January 6th attack been led by a foreign entity, Congress would have voted that very day to begin moving toward a solution. So, what resolution do we have for last week’s travesty? We’ve made a good start by finding and arresting the insurrectionists. Now, if only we knew where the leader of this STOP THE STEAL movement was hiding out we could prevent these radical, right-wing lunatics from doing more harm. There are those who say that impeaching, removing and arresting Donald Trump would make things worse. Great, let’s make it worse! Let’s flush the cockroaches and rats from the woodwork so we can see their faces.

Co-Conspirator U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik

Think of it this way. Remember back in school when a classmate acted out and the teacher asked who did it? All the other classmates became complicit by remaining silent. Then the teacher imposed a draconian punishment on the entire class, hoping the guilty kid would admit to being guilty. The purge is now underway in America, but too many self-serving assholes won’t stand up against Trump.

How might the purge unfold over time? First, more effective gun control laws will be enacted. Next, our own government will use the NSA to spy on all of us and use the Patriot Act to take away a little more of our freedom and due process. Every American should be mightily pissed off at these insurrectionists and work to cure the disease, not the symptom. Those Senators and Representatives who backed the ridiculous STOP THE STEAL campaign should be impeached. Now. They are modern day counterparts of Benedict Arnold and Aaron Burr and must be held accountable for their fraud and its result.

Ohio’s Representative Jim Jordan stood in the Capital and bragged about how great Donald Trump has been for America. He failed to mention the 382,000 people who died from COVID because of the failed policies and actions of the 45th President. He failed to mention the unrest in this country during the last eleven months that was mostly ignored by Trump. He is but one of the pitchmen for an immoral criminal who lied his way to the top of the Grand Old Party. A list of those elected officials who have been complicit apologists and deniers will be published.

This rotten fat man must be removed from office. Those who decide to “let it be” in a futile attempt to “heal the nation” will not please moderate Republicans and will certainly push the other side further away. Justice isn’t served by promoting a lie, seating a commission, or saying it’s too late to do something about what happened. Americans need action to see resolution, understand the facts and feel safe. Our immediate needs are total transparency and a purge of those who have pushed frauds, forgeries and fabrications. If our government is to move forward with a respect of freedom, we must hold this President accountable for his actions. Failing that, what will happen next time?

My heart is true. Donald John Trump should be charged, arrested, tried and convicted, earning the punishment the letter of the law stipulates: “Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office.” Trump has been impeached for a second time. Hold the trial… now!

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The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conversation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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REMEMBER THE ALAMO

Trump’s Final Road Trip

I couldn’t help noticing Donald John Trump’s schedule. After 1,141 days in office, with a grand total of 321 days playing golf, he’s headed to the southern border to brag about his 400 miles of almost finished wall. Mexico paid zero pesos for this unnecessary project and has zero interest in what will be the subject of this pathetic, broken man’s last speech. Trump doesn’t want to talk about the hundreds of thousands of American lives lost to COVID, the insurrection he caused at Capitol Hill on January 6th or the stark reality that in just a few days he will no longer be president.

The Real Alamo

Trump defended himself with his speech in Alamo, Texas yesterday. He won’t be at the actual historical structure, and that’s great news, but the irony of this location cannot be ignored. My father’s family came to America in the late 1600s. They landed at the James River settlement and then traveled through Dover, Delaware before settling in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where they became farmers.

Some of my lineage ended up in Tennessee and there is amazing family research that reveals that we are related to Davy Crockett. He died at age 49 during the Texas revolution at the Alamo in 1836. It’s ironic that our President will be in Texas bragging about his wall and its central aim of curtailing immigration or, as Trump puts it, keeping the “Bad hombres” from coming here to rape, murder and exploit us. Perhaps his stupid rhetoric and policies lowered the numbers of people who migrated north, but who really wants to enter the United States in the midst of a raging pandemic? Our southern neighbors are neither stupid nor killers; they are just immigrants looking for a better life.

Internet chatter has led the FBI to issue a warning about armed protests in all 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C. during Joe Biden’s inauguration. Coupling that with the bloodshed at last week’s deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol convinces me I have been correct. The blog writings here haven’t been springing from a left-wing lunatic spreading fear about an unhinged president. I’m just a patriot who has been trying to warn you that Donald Trump is an evil, destructive, anti-democracy power-hungry demagogue.

Sometimes there’s a need to share the backstory of honorable people who fight for noble causes and creeds. Davy Crocket and the freedom fighters from Tennessee weren’t on a mission to free people in the “country” of Texas, they were involved in a deeply flawed and politically motivated land grab. Most of the people who moved to the Texas territory were colonizers eager to snatch up the land Mexico was handing out by the acre. To get the land, they were required to convert to Catholicism and sign up for Mexican citizenship. Few did what they agreed to, and instead hatched a plan to get rich growing cotton in the excellent Texas climate. Mexico had banned slavery, so the settlers turned to the US government to help them acquire slaves whose free labor would pave the way to their dreams of wealth.

The Mexicans fought bravely to save the land they felt was theirs, and Davy Crockett was killed in battle. The war cry “Remember the Alamo” was born and used to raise money for troops. The United States government annexed Texas in 1845 and the skirmish for slaves led to the Mexican American War, which lasted from 1846 to 1848.

Back then the newspapers of countries around the world destroyed the credibility of the United States because of its promotion of colonization and cheap land. With the insurrection at the Capital last week, we are once again losing the high-moral ground of democracy for the people, by the people. The citizens of the world plainly see our modern day version of Napoleon, but he’s taller, fatter, slimier and stupider. His name is Donald Trump.

This self-destructive man was told by his White House lawyer and the former Attorney General that he cannot and should not pardon himself. Sources say he replied, “If I can’t pardon myself, then no one will get pardoned.” At that, he picked his ball, went home and locked himself in his room.

The Walls of America

Trump’s obsession with walls provides a revealing, remarkable insight about the man. He doesn’t allow just anyone into his walled reality. Only those who come groveling and shoveling praise get past his locked door. Some have suggested to Trump that he doesn’t need expensive, ugly walls at the border, that fences would suffice. Ironically, we now have walls and fences around the White House, the Capital and the Supreme Court. Donald Trump has brought us an unwelcomed lockdown, and we will have more than 15,000 troops guarding the presidential transition next week.

The good news is that military presence will be a force ready to evict the son-of-a-bitch if he refuses to leave the White House. Today may be Donald Trump’s last official road trip, but no later than January 20th he will take his last trip on our dime to Mar-A-Lago, where he can melt back into the realm of “private citizen.” But please make no mistake, his dream of becoming today’s equivalent of Robert E. Lee is dashed. The National Guard knows what they are doing and will not allow any domestic terrorists into the halls of freedom.

After learning that several of the Capital Police are being investigated for aiding and abetting the terrorists, the thin blue line has faded a bit. What country is this? It’s time we sanitize all three branches of government. A great start will be expelling all the Senators and Representatives who tried to steal the election from the people.

Donald Trump is not an Aaron Burr, the man who killed Thomas Jefferson. He’s just an old, orange pumpkin who has TOTALLY FAILED as a president, a father and a person. At a bare minimum, he owes a deep apology to all of us. Short of that, LOCK HIM UP.

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FIRST AMENDMENT TRASH TALKING

Trump Propaganda Machine Diversion

Today we see all the hypocritical politicians complaining about how Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon and Apple have slammed the door on those who flame insurrection, post false claims and threaten violence. Their true fear is that the tech CEOs and presidents of social media have more power than they do. Previously, Congress complained that the social media platforms allowed Russians to corrupt our elections with propaganda. Now they are whining about these same platforms taking steps to protect America from domestic terrorist flamers, including soon-to-be-ex-President and certified loser Donald John Trump.

When Twitter threw me off their platform for life, I signed up on Parler, and can now confirm that it’s GONE. Their founder says the shuttering of the service will put them out of business. It’s not hard to get an ISP to serve a website or service. All you must do is pay them. The truth is these billionaire public bulletin board runners are worried about one major thing, liability. If someone were to sue them as a victim of violence or harassment, it could open the whole can of worms surrounding their current protections embodied in what’s known as Section 230.  Let’s take a look.

United States Code Section 230 states that providers or users of “interactive computer services,” which include internet service providers as well as platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Craigslist, cannot be treated as publishers of — and thus held liable for — content produced by others.” It’s like your inability to sue a phone company for something said about you over their phone lines.

The end user license agreements of the social media platforms state they can prevent anyone who violates their policies from using their services. I was banned for life from Twitter for violating two policies, using multiple accounts to promote this very blog site and “interrupting conversations.” Some of my posts to top administration officials were not at all polite, but Twitter has no due process for appeal and they never respond to my letters to delve further into the matter. It’s just how they are.

The executives of these firms testified at public hearings on Capitol Hill, but the main result of those one-sided media circuses was a rise in their stock values. Many of the stodgy members of Congress have no clue how the basic internet works, let alone the operation of the complex and manipulative social media sites.

Section 230 has absolutely nothing to do with the First Amendment, and anyone going down that alley will soon hit a dead end. Section 230 exists to prevent frivolous lawsuits from gumming up the works of the courts. Without Section 230, there would be little incentive for social platforms to even exist. I am sure the CEO of Parler, John Matze, Jr., will be laying off his thirty employees today, but what about the other companies? Google has 100,000 employees, Facebook provides work for more than 45,000 people and Twitter has about 5,000 workers, so which service has the greatest impact on our economy?

Let me take a diversion here. One of the Parler investors is Rebekah Mercer, heiress, foundation director and major Republican political donor. She is the daughter of Robert Mercer, a hedge fund manager billionaire and oversees the day-to-day operations of philanthropic and political projects for the Mercer family. Rebekah has a master’s degree from Stanford and an internet cookie company named Ruby et Violette. Just placing the words “internet” and “cookie” in the same sentence is funny to me.

Mercer and Bannon

Mercer, along with her father, contributed $25 million to the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump, and they have pumped millions into conservative campaigns through their many Political Action Committees. Mercer and her father were key financial benefactors for Breitbart News, and for a long while they thought Steve Bannon walked on water.

Parler was created to create chaos. Without critical review and management of posted material, a social media website can become a venue for insurrectionists and conspiracy theorists from ANYWHERE! This isn’t funny. My entries on this blog are reviewed before they are posted, not by the government but by a journalist and editor. We all need an angel on one shoulder to counteract that devil on the other. It’s too easy to type dangerous sentiments so a watchdog is needed.

I don’t like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Jack Dorsey of Twitter because they don’t know what they are doing. Their platforms have become so big and vast with squillions of members, that no algorithm or mass of humans can adequately stop the spread of hate and misinformation. On the other hand, those platforms also transmit important safety information, disclose scams, assist with Amber Alerts, help fight crime and enable all of us to reconnect with people we’ve misplaced. There’s a huge upside along with the downside.

Zuckerberg and Dorsey certainly know how to make tons of money. I will leave out Google because they are less a social media platform and more a software development company. Sure, their search results can be manipulated, but spend a week on another search engine and you be will less than satisfied with the results. Has Google also caused harm? Sure, but we’re way too far up the river and without the time to head back to the mouth of the stream to fix things.

I am sure Parler will find some internet provider in Costa Rica or Isle of Man to help them return to the internet, perhaps then the matter of government intervention will become tricky. The US does not block any internet sites, but Trump was close to shutting down his dissenters on social media. Meanwhile, the platforms are just biding time until Joe Biden becomes president, holding onto the naïve belief that all their problems will then go away. They won’t.

Trump’s Possible Ending

Donald Trump doesn’t care about the First Amendment; he just wants an outlet for his pungent propaganda, baseless beliefs and crazy conspiracies. Trump is a drug addict, and he misses his fix of Twitter. He liked slinging his shit and watching the numbers tick up right in front of his eyeballs. Then, he switched on the TV to bask in the glory of everyone talking about him and what he just wrote. That is his high.

We need to have a debate about stabilizing the government and solidifying our security. We must refine the pardon process and power of the executive. It’s time to examine our laws and traditions to see how they stand up in our modern world. Most importantly, we need more accountability and background disclosures of our elected officials. Money is a primary driver, and we have a right to understand how it motivates each of those who serve us. Think about this. We know more about the finances of Rebekah Mercer than we do about those of Donald Trump. Transparency is the only way we can remain free. Hey, that’s good, I should post that on Twitter. Oh, sorry, I can’t.

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TRUMP’S LEGACY OF LIES

Cancel Culture or Patriotic Cleansing?

There is a cancer on our nation wrought by a man who wears an orange makeup mask. He’s not a leader. He’s a Kabuki actor playing a dangerous role on the world stage in which only he gets to define truth. The camouflage is on fire, and as the makeup steadily melts from his wrinkled, puffy face more and more people are seeing the man behind the mask. He’s a vindictive, hateful, insecure, bratty boychild who insists people must pay for not liking him. It’s high school fat-boy revenge.

The Invitation

Even after his social media platform has been ripped away from him, Donald Trump continues to wreak havoc on the body of our democracy. How do we stop him? How can we meet the challenge? Should it be censoring before censuring? Can we evict him from the White House while also draining the poison out of the veins of his wretched cult followers and mislead militia?

I’m thinking about writing a book to be called THE GREAT AMERICAN INTERVENTION. Its purpose will be helping those suffering from cult addiction and here’s my opening line: “If he was so goddamn good, how come everything is so fucked up?” Then I will lay out a 45-step program to deprogram. Hey, how hard could that be?

A patriot is not someone who betrays their country with lies, perpetuates misinformation and recruits other sick minds to attack the seat of government to support their delirious dogma! No, that’s not patriotism. It’s just mimicking Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, and Patricia Krenwinkel who were just following orders — you know, the commands of Charles Manson. Read about it.

The crazies on the careening Trump Train think their cause is just, and they will do anything to keep King Donald in power. They don’t believe in America, they are simply following a false, fat prophet with a narcissistic curse they cannot even recognize. These miscreants were living vicariously through Trump’s rhetoric until January 6, 2021, when they diverted into action many of them will regret for the rest of their lives.

Charlie and Donnie

Our country is far more important than their insanity. There is still time for them to recover and lead a productive life. STEP ONE: Learn what a lie is.

Here’s something I saw in, of all places, the TheSportsRush.com website. “Linda McMahon led PAC donated money to group behind Capitol Building Riots. The insurgency bid was made to prevent Trump from vacating office. Donald Trump is in the news for all the wrong reasons once again. The outgoing United States President sparked a coup attempt by asking his supporters to go rally outside the Capitol Building; a last bid/attempt to protest the results of the Electoral College vote certifying Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election.” I cite this site to show how Trump has desecrated everything, even SPORTS.

Let’s step back for a moment and examine the relationship between Donald Trump and Linda McMahon. Her husband is Vince McMahon, who bought his father’s wrestling business known as the WWF, which later became the WWE due to a lawsuit brought by the Worldwide Wildlife Federation. Linda McMahon became the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. and she also ran against Richard Blumenthal for one of the Senate seats in Connecticut. She lost.

Both McMahons have been involved in politics for many years. After Donald Trump appeared at WrestleMania 23 in 2007, the McMahons donated $5 million to the Donald J. Trump Foundation in addition to paying him for the appearance. In 2016, Linda McMahon funded the Super PAC Rebuilding America Now with $6 million. Its stated purpose was electing Donald Trump in 2016. The couple also poured more than $1.2 million into Future 45, a Super PAC that ran ads against Bernie Sanders.

As payback for all this money, the Trump White House appointed Linda McMahon to Administrator of the Small Business Administration. She ran that agency for two years, pushing Trump to cut taxes for small businesses, but she eventually left that administration to raise money for Trump reelection TV ads. Donald always called her “his favorite.”

The metaphor here is too rich for me to disregard. We all know that professional wrestling is an act, right? In a sense, wrestling is not a contest but rather a Kabuki dance performed by large men and women. It’s fake sports. Although a good number of these “actors” have gotten hurt over the years, it’s usually because the other guy forgot his moves. Trump likes the enterprise because it has all of the elements he so dearly loves, heroes and villains, winners and losers, loud crowds, screaming and yelling, verbal abuse, chairs bashed over heads, throwing challengers out of the ring and, oh yeah, making MILLIONS by exploiting people seeking fame and notoriety. The business also features one-sided contracts and shitty healthcare insurance.

Before the Trump Army marched to the Capital, the president encouraged them by saying, “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them.” This took place right before the insurrection began.

According to CNBC, “The rally, officially known as the ‘March to Save America,’ was largely organized by a 501(c)(4) group known as Women for America First. The organization was certified by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit allowed to engage in limited political activities. These groups are known as dark money organizations because they do not publicly disclose their donors.” Women for America First was funded largely by Linda McMahon.

Dark Money Madame

So, here’s a woman with ties to far-right political groups and who benefited personally from her financial contributions to Donald Trump. She must carry some blame for the horrendous event in our nation’s capital. CNBC also pointed out, “The permit for the event says that the anticipated number of attendees was 5,000 people. Yet, in Women for Trump’s denunciation of the violence that took place on Capitol Hill, they say that ‘hundreds of thousands of Americans came to Washington to attend their rally.’” It’s always fun watching someone trying to distance themselves at the same time they are giving themselves a hearty pat on the back.

We all believe in the First Amendment, but it’s important to know that amendment doesn’t say a company cannot censor. It says only that the US Government (or state) cannot censor. Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Google, Amazon and all the rest are taking a stand for their businesses. They may be stepping on free speech, but they aren’t breaking Constitutional law. Before his death, Justice Antonin Scalia said flag burning is a legal aspect of free speech. If someone were to buy up all the TRUMP flags and heap them onto a huge bonfire, that would not be a violation of the First Amendment. It could actually be legal and helpful patriotic cleansing; a political funeral pyre of purification.

Donald John Trump’s legacy of lies might be with us for a generation but stomping on them is now our civic duty. The abhorrent acts of Trump’s white men and women at the Capital was wrong and should never be forgotten as we take on the task of killing the bacterial growth that caused the vile uprising. You can take a stand for America, or take a knee for injustice, but please do try a diet of truth now. We need to lose 248 pounds of unsightly, unhealthy fat.

THIS JUST IN FROM CNN: Amazon said it would remove Parler from its cloud hosting service, Amazon Web Services, Sunday evening (1-10-2021), effectively kicking it off of the public internet after mounting pressure from the public and Amazon employees.

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DUMPSTER FIRE IN AMERICA

Trump Must Go, But Who Can Make Him?

Social media is abuzz with harsh viewpoints and condemnation of Donald John Trump’s words and actions before, during and after the attack on the Capital Building. I found myself defending my damning social media rhetoric on this issue, but I will endure. After learning that one of the Capital Police guards has died from injuries he sustained during the melee, I am even more saddened at the carnage this failed presidency has brought to America. Over these pages during the last four years, I have shared my views about the abundance of fundamental flaws that Donald Trump brought to his presidency and why it was all going to end so tragically in this way.

The remedies available to immediately remove Trump from the White House are limited. Congress could go through a lengthy and painful impeachment trial, conviction and removal process, but it’s unclear if there is enough time for that. Vice President Mike Pence could invoke the 25th Amendment, but it’s not certain he could get a majority of the cabinet to go along with him. Besides, most insiders say that Pence would never do the right thing because he’s far more concerned about his political career than the good of the country.

There’s a possibility that a powerful Senator like Lindsey Graham could be the “Barry Goldwater” in this story. Remember that it was Goldwater who talked Richard Nixon into resigning in the aftermath of Watergate controversy. Should Graham march to the White House with an intent to talk Trump into resigning, I am quite sure the Donald would not listen. His mantra is loud and clear, “I am right and anyone who disagrees with me is the enemy.”

If we should learn that Trump kept security from going to the Capital while the riots were happening, he should stand trial for sedition. If convicted, the full force of the law should come down on him. He bears responsibility for the deaths that took place on January 6, 2021 and I can see the possibility of a murder rap being added to the case against him.

As of this writing, it appears that the House of Representatives is going to impeach Trump, again. It would be far better for America, however, if he just resigned and strolled toward Marine One so he could fly away. We can sort out his voluminous legal problems later, but for right now the madness of this hideous human being should end.

There is nothing more urgent right now than getting rid of Donald Trump so we can begin the healing. Yes, he has only two weeks to go, but look at the damage the man did on a single day. I’ll keep it short today and conclude with a few Trump punishments I would like to see:

  1. Trump should be charged for inciting a riot and being an accessory to murder. He procured space to address the protestors, counselled them, encouraged them and urged them to insurrection. He’s as guilty as they are.
  2. The lease for the old Washington D.C. Post Office building, which is now the Trump Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, should be terminated and the government should auction off the rights to a reputable hotelier.
  3. Trump should be banned from any public office for life. We’ll deal with his kids later.
  4. Trump needs to release his tax returns to the public and the incoming Attorney General should open a federal investigation into his business activities while the states proceed with their investigations.
  5. Trump should be made to personally pay the cost of repairing and fortifying the Capital.
The War is Over

America, it’s time for you to decide. Are you with this man or against him? Ask yourself this simple question, is America more important than Donald Trump? If yes, burn those Trump flags that hang in your garage. Pull up those Trump signs from your lawn and toss them in the dumpster. Donald Trump lost the election and ruined America. Face it, you must either stand with our great country in its time of need or be part of the problem. If you supported him, admit you were wrong. It’s time for all of us to move on.

God Bless America, and when you hear me say that please understand it certainly must be a bad time.

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WE WARNED YOU, AGAIN AND AGAIN

Trump Was and Is Bad for America

Yesterday brought an incredible moment in American history. The process and strength of our democracy was challenged, and we survived. Well, most of us did. Unfortunately, four people died during the insurrection and attack on our Capitol. This reminds me of what happened at Kent State University when the same number of people were shot down by the Ohio National Guard, motivating the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song, Ohio.

It was the public calls to action by the Commander in Chief of the United States that led to these deplorable demonstrations yesterday. Numerous tweets from the account @RealDonaldTrump urged his “followers” to come to Washington and demonstrate against the Electoral College vote certification by Congress. It was a truly desperate attempt to subvert the will of the American people.

Then, with tens of thousands of rabid supporters on the green for their permitted protest, Donald Trump urged his sycophants to march to the Capital and stop the count of the electoral votes. And they did. Trump knew what he was doing, but failed to comprehend the disaster that would soon unfold. Fool.

Now we face a constitutional crisis beyond anything we could have ever imagined. Several months ago, when people were peacefully demonstrating in support of civil rights and Black Lives Matter, Donald Trump ordered the Attorney General to get involved. A group of unmarked government agents armed with tear gas swooped in and forcefully removed the law-abiding citizens so Trump could walk to a church and hold his Bible photo opportunity. Why was there no such effective force working to save the Capital yesterday?

There will be hearings and investigations, but the immediate focus should fall on invoking the 25th Amendment. If you are unaware or hazy, here’s what it’s all about.

Trump must be removed from office because he clearly demonstrated his lack of respect for our government and its laws, and he engaged in seditious behavior. What exactly is sedition? It occurs when someone’s conduct or speech incites people to rebel against the authority of a state. What is the punishment? Sedition is a serious felony punishable by fines and up to twenty years in prison for inciting revolt or violence against a lawful authority with the goal of destroying or overthrowing it.

So, the 25th Amendment is not nearly as bad as other punishment Donald John Trump could face. Most of us believe it would be great for America if he was stripped of power and escorted from the White House. He could then go stay at one of his garish hotels on his own dime to wait for his trial.

It’s time for a moment of silence and then a real loud scream. We have faced the reality of who we are as a people. We have many diverse views, but those make us better. US citizens may freely use the power of the First Amendment by raising their differing opinions and voices, but they must never abuse that privilege.

I was a late 1960s protester, totally against the war in Vietnam, when I was threatened with a large wooden baton wielded by an even larger Pittsburgh Police officer. He raised the club above my head and said, “If you step off that curb, I’m going to smash your f%!#ing skull!” Probably an anatomy major, but I obeyed. Our protests created change; they ended a corrupt and unjust war. Yesterday, the protesters became rioters then looters, but they got the exact opposite of what they wanted. The final analysis will show millions of people turned against an impaired leader to create temporary bipartisan sanity. But at what cost?

Those who serve in Congress and supported and distorted the facts for Trump should be censured and shunned. They should NOT be allowed to sit on ANY committee. They have made America weaker.

More than anything, yesterday’s events proved to me that these are important times for our country, and not all that happened was bad. Yes, four people died, and that will be investigated, but what we saw is the ultimate manifestation of the abuse of power. It’s the same thing my father fought against in Europe during World War II. Had he been there yesterday I am sure he would have been shouting at the TV, “JUST SHOOT THEM!” It’s similar to what he said to me right after the Kent State killings, “They deserved it!” Demonstration is one thing, but any person attacking the government becomes a traitor in many people’s eyes.

I have been banned from Twitter for life for complaining about TRUMP and directly confronting those who lied for him, I humbly and politely ask that you send a direct message to @jack, Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey, and demand he remove @RealDonaldTrump from the platform and ban him for life. REALLY, I got banned for saying his press secretary was a bimbo, but Donald Trump urged people to engage in insurrection which caused violence and death! BAN TRUMP FOR LIFE!  Do it for America!

The Trump Mob

After yesterday’s tragic events, the Dow Jones rose above 31,000 today. This could be an indicator that removing a bad president from our government will be good for everyone. Donald Trump is an unstable loser lacking the moral fiber to properly lead this country. I can imagine him flying away to some country without extradition to escape prosecution. Will retribution for what he has done follow him there, or will he once again dig into his manipulative bag of tricks to con others?

Wake up America! it’s time to rebuild, reform and remodel. Joe and Kamala have their work cut out for them, but I know they have the support and skill to stitch the diverse pieces of America into one solid, unified country. Our four-year national nightmare is finally over.

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