Fake Bipartisanship or Real Possibilities?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Let me be clear. I know the meaning of this word is specific — treason: intentionally betraying one’s allegiance by levying war against the government or giving aid or comfort to its enemies. What’s alarming is the more I hear about what Donald John Trump has been up to, the more I believe he’s guilty of treason.

In his 1964 book titled None Dare Call It Treason, John Stormer wrote that America was losing the cold war with Russia because of betrayal by pro-communist elites. The book was published during Barry Goldwater’s run for President, and beyond the one million copies the book sold, more than six million of them were widely distributed during the Goldwater campaign to push his far-right agenda. In the 1968 sequel The Death of a Nation, Stormer linked collectivism to the work of the Antichrist and discussed signs of the end times. So, there’s another who missed that date.

I remember hearing about the book when I was in college, and it was cited often by people on the left to show how crazy the conservatives were. In fact, Goldwater lost to Lyndon Johnson, who attained 61% of the popular vote. Because of people like Stormer and a TV spot showing the mushroom cloud of a nuclear bomb, people were afraid of Goldwater and the end of times rhetoric. I am sure if Donald’s father Fred read books, he would have frothed over this one.

For the last four years we’ve heard endless diatribes about some “deep-state” that was out to make President Trump’s life miserable. Our 45th president has played the victim card so often that Islamic martyrs in heaven with their 72 virgins are jealous. Trump is a combination of ignorance and unproven dogma that has infected his thinking more deeply than any virus could possibly affect his body. It’s funny to me that a half-baked Republican like Trump could successfully impose his radical, non-conservative viewpoints on so many hard-core, old-line stalwarts of the party, but these things started slowly and then developed and mushroomed.

Barry Goldwater began his political career in 1949 when he was elected to the city council of Phoenix with a focus on eliminating rampant gambling and prostitution. He quickly saw that appealing to the fear of sin could propel him politically. After leaving Congress and as he aged, Goldwater became less far-right and more libertarian. Remember, it was Barry Goldwater who told Nixon he had to resign. It’s so ironic that a man who might have believed in a “deep-state” was, in fact, a true deep state operative who helped get Tricky Dick out of the White House and onto the helicopter.

Trump will be leaving office in January. He has nothing meaningful to do or accomplish in his remaining time as President, but he’s addicted to power. After his final Marine One ride he won’t be joining Habitat for Humanity to build houses for the poor, nor will he be joining the Clinton Foundation to help provide clean water to third-world countries. Trump has only one skill, promoting himself and his whacky ideas.

It was not at all surprising to me when a dreadful leak gushed out of the White House about a meeting that took place in the Oval Office this past Friday. Trump held court with disgraced and pardoned former General Michael Flynn and, of all people, the lawyer Sydney Powell. They allegedly discussed declaring martial law and redoing elections in those key states that Trump lost. WTF? That’s sedition and treason rolled up into an indictable shit sandwich! I find it troubling that Trump denied any connection with Powell weeks ago, but she apparently still has his ear. It’s frightening that Trump either forgot what he said, or worse, didn’t mean what he said.

Martial law is the “temporary” substitution of military authority for civilian rule and should be used only as a remedy during war, rebellion, or natural disaster. The idea of calling up the military to “fix” the election in any state is a treasonous thought and a direct attack on democracy. I’m sure Trump will deny it was his idea, probably saying he was trying to talk his crazy lawyers out of an insane plot, but the fact this was even discussed in the White House is ghastly. Why would Trump even meet with such dangerous people?

Let’s call it treason because it is. Discussion about overthrowing the United States government is a treasonous act. Right now, there are six men sitting in a Michigan jail for talking about overthrowing that state’s government and kidnapping its governor. If convicted, they could serve life in prison. We must take seditious talk and plans to destroy our democracy seriously. Perhaps Michel Flynn thinks he can do whatever he wants, but there is a possibility he could be charged for attempting to overthrow an election.

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This just in, according to ABC News, “Attorney Sidney Powell was back at White House Sunday meeting with President Donald Trump and pushing him to issue an executive order to seize voting machines for examination, two sources with direct knowledge tell ABC News. Sources, who were against the move Friday evening, were stunned to hear Powell was back in the building Sunday.” That woman is batshit crazy and anyone who listens to her is a fool!

Trump isn’t smart enough to know his enemies. I’m sure he’s bewildered that the “conservative” Supreme Court judges he appointed did not act in a corrupt way to support his quest to become the US King. Those political appointees who have given him bad advice or not diverted him from a bad idea are shameful and soulless. What’s ironic is that if we ever needed an authentic “deep-state” to keep a President in-line, Trump would be its perfect target.

It’s all a joke to Trump. I remember a disclosure in John Bolton’s book, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir. Trump and Bolton had agreed on what they would say publicly about a foreign policy decision. What came out of Trump’s mouth was the opposite of what those involved had decided. On a phone call, Bolton asked Trump why he said what he did, and the Donald replied, “Oh, I was just fucking with them.” So, Donald, is being president just a game where you get to toy with people’s intellects and emotions while holding a briefcase with the codes that could blow up the world? You, sir, are an asshole.

It has been widely reported that the computers of our most important departments and agencies were hacked by a foreign entity. Most of the data showed the exploits originated in Russia. Trump was silent for a week, until Secretary of State Mike Pompeo commented on the matter stating, “We can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians.” A few hours later when President Pumpkin Head saw all the media coverage of Mike, he jumped in, contradicted his secretary and muddied the intelligence water by suggesting that China might be the responsible party. Is Trump merely a publicity whore, or is he afraid of what Putin can do to him? Could Trump’s fear be that Russia will call in all the loans and he will go bankrupt again?

Russia has used the same playbook for years — set up a fool, exploit them, then throw them away. On January 21, 2021, Donald John Trump will cease to have any value to Putin, Xi and even Kim Jong-Un, unless they manipulate him to spread conflict and chaos to ignite a civil war. If Michael Flynn is thinking about becoming a general in Trump’s third world inspired army, I hope he remembers the military has severe penalties without pardon for treason. All the President’s men, women and children are skating on thin ice. As the sun and transparency heat the air, the ice will gradually melt to reveal the treachery beneath.

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