TRUMPARENCY VS TRANSPARENCY

Executive and White Privilege

Until 2009, there was no Supreme Court in Great Britain. Before then, all weighty legal decisions were made in the House of Lords, a body composed of church Bishops, a ruling class who could hand their seats down to their male offspring along with a few people who managed to attain appointments through an arcane selection process.

I point this out because our founders saw the flaw in the British form of law and improved it dramatically. The idea of taxation without representation drove not only the disagreement, but a revolution. Americans cast off the notion of royalty and privilege. Status was not determined by birth, but by how hard one worked and what they accomplished. Well, except if you were a woman or an African slave. The most hypocritical aspect of these newly formed United States was that our founding fathers talked a good game, but allowed only white land owners to vote. They, in fact, created a privileged white male class. It took 89 years to free the slaves and 144 years for women, no matter what their color, to be “awarded” the gift of the vote.

Now let’s talk about Donald Trump’s claim that he has the most transparent administration in the history of America. That’s a rather funny statement when, in the same paragraph, he blocks past and present White House personnel from testifying to Congress. The Washington Post has documented more than 10,000 lies the President has created since he took office. Telling a lie is the opposite of being transparent; it’s being deceptive.

We unintentionally promote certain classes and people to a status above common man. Statistics don’t reflect the notion that no man is above the law in America. African-Americans make up more than 35% of our prison population, even though they represent only 12.5% of the general population. One might want to argue that African-Americans are more likely to commit crimes, but that would mean that there is something inherently wrong with our society and the Black community. We should always ask why any group of Americans are not doing as well as others and find ways to help make America a better place for them.

This brings us to an invented privilege built into our system of law. Does it surprise you that “executive privilege” is not in the Constitution? This privilege, claimed by the president for the executive branch of the US government, allows the withholding information in the public interest. So, we have one person, the president, deciding that a lack of transparency can actually be in the public interest. Huh?

Presidents Washington and Jefferson, both refused to provide certain documents to Congress and this set up a more clearly defined defense of NON compliance during the Eisenhower administration. In 1954, when an out of control Senator from Wisconsin, Joseph McCarthy, was getting too close to the Oval Office with his investigation of possible Communist involvement in the Army, President Eisenhower drew a “line” in the sand.” He said that “provision of any data about internal conversations, meetings, or written communication among White House staffers, with no exception to topics or people” should be privileged and not given to Congress. This clear separation of powers debate was ended with the case against Richard Nixon during Watergate. The Supreme Court ruled that “executive privilege” is a valid concept, but that a president cannot block evidence needed in a criminal case. Remember, Mueller brought no criminal case against the White House in his report.

In today’s world, the expression “white privilege” stains common sense and is extremely disparaging to all Americans. There is no built-in advantage for being born white in this country. So we now return to the difference between law in Great Britain and how we manage our affairs here in the US, where no one should have privilege because of the color of their skin. One could argue that the President of the United States believes in “white privilege” and uses “executive privilege” to give him an advantage in the transparency game.

When history is written and most of the documents, rulings and conversations of the Donald are exposed by time, we might all learn that Trump’s biggest lie was his claim of being the most transparent president of all time. The braggadocio and bravado of this buffoonish little man may excite raw nerves in his followers’ brains but bears no resemblance to truth. Perhaps those neurological tingles are simply a form of white privilege that Trump sycophants believe is baked into their “heritage.” Wouldn’t that make them racists?

The biggest problem with Donald Trump is that he lies. The second biggest problem with the 45th President is that he doesn’t govern for all the people in America. He has, with his comments, tweets and policies, created two Americas. He has never graduated from slimy politician to presidential leadership. And he never will.

Mueller should testify because he failed to clarify his findings with an indictment of Donald Trump. If he believed Trump had conspired with Russians to affect our elections, then he would have been forced to make a call on criminal activity. But do we know that for sure? The only way to close the book on this matter is to have Mueller testify so that America hears from him. Without Special Counsel transparency, we will be hurt by this Trumparency. Trump’s lies have upset the respect of America in the world. Beyond the party animosities, America is drowning in ignorance.

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NO TAXES, NO LOGS, NO TRANSPARENCY

The Trump Illusion of Openness

Donald J Trump likes to put his name on everything. Like a dog urinating to mark his turf, our President thinks that he can just say it, and it is; like his pronouncement the other day that NATO is not obsolete. He continues to play the role of the boy who cried wolf and when faced with a real wolf he pets and feeds the animal. Whose side are you on?

Whatever you say about Mr. Know-it-all, you have to admit he can lie on a dime. If you believe what he says is his policy, then you have to also be able to roll with the punches when he tells you what you believed has changed. Real commitments with Trump don’t seem to be that important. His actions speak louder than his screaming harangues at the rallies.

He says he is open and transparent, but doesn’t want you to know who visits him at the White House. Why? That is not his private property; it is an open and free house of the people. Trump keeps talking about how he’s not a guy who telegraphs his moves and his claim of his unpredictability as some kind of power he has over other people, seems rather suspect.

If Trump was really so cloak and dagger, why would he keep using Twitter? He psychological vomits openly, while he doesn’t want you to know who enters the White House. Strange.

Trump accused Obama of a lack of transparency, while he wallows in this need to control the narrative What if a public company in this country decided that the FEC wasn’t allowed to see their books? He would call this what? Good? Whose side are you on?

Donald, you keep regurgitating that your most recent taxes are under audit. What you should be asking is what is it taking the IRS so long to audit your taxes. You want everyone else in the government to do their jobs and get things done, but not the IRS? If you just released your tax returns you would cement a precedent that all VPs and Presidents must release them in the future. Wouldn’t that be good for America? Whose side are you on?

Many people who support Trump may not really care if he cheated on his taxes, but there are millions, yes Donald, millions of citizens of this great country who truly believe that transparency is a good thing and that you are a servant of the people, not the CEO of a private company called the United States of America. You owe the American people the facts of your financial dealings. What could you possibly be hiding in those forms? Whose side are you on?

Being secretive may have been your method as a builder tycoon, but as your bankruptcy papers reveal, sooner or later people will find out what all this means. And while you are working for us, we would appreciate it if you would come clean and show us what is so problematic about releasing your taxes. Even your nemesis Hillary Clinton released decades of tax returns, but as you said the election is over.

And since the election, you have become more isolated and less forthright than what most supporters would have assumed. And your put-down of Obama for playing golf too much really demonstrates your do-as-I-say rather than being an example of your true beliefs and values.

Some reports claim that Trump has played golf 19 times since becoming President, but the sad thing is that the White House wouldn’t even comment on that stat. Why? Why would something so mundane as the number of hours Trump spent on the golf course be some government secret? Dwight Eisenhower is turning in his grave.

We don’t care how much gold you play Donald Trump, but we truly care about transparency. Be honest, is that possible? Sad!