AN OPEN LETTER TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

Now What Are You Going to Do?

One should be proud to be a member of the party that freed the slaves. The President who Donald Trump most admires, Andrew Jackson, was a Democrat. No one seems to mention that. Grant and Lincoln were Republicans, and Teddy Roosevelt was a Republican, but his cousin FDR was a Democrat. JFK was a Democrat, while the disgraced Richard Nixon was a Republican. As times change, parties change, but people need to feel the party they support has a core set of values that they can believe in.

The party’s platform says that the RNC believes in American exceptionalism. Okay, USA, USA, USA, but then they say: “This platform is optimistic because the American people are optimistic. This platform lays out — in clear language — the path to making America great and united again. For the past 8 years America has been led in the wrong direction.” So much for the optimism. I wonder how many people in any party read their political party’s platform.

Research shows that there are many factors that make up the decision on affiliation to one party or another. Your family or where you grew up have a great influence over whether you follow the elephant or the donkey. Not sure why those images are used for the parties, but we also have to remember we have many other independent parties. Make no doubt about it, our government, from the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and the rules and traditions of the Legislative branch, works best with two parties. But it should be pointed out here that the first President, George Washington had no political affiliation.

Donald J. Trump changed from liberal New York Democrat to National Republican. The reason for this move, he claims, is because he changed his viewpoints on so many issues that he just morphed into a Republican. Huh? Most political experts know that Trump’s move to another party was purely a political move with an eye on being elected.

Trump’s public comments demonstrated his obvious hate of Barack Obama. The Donald was also critical of George W. Bush’s governance, which didn’t disqualify him as a Republican, but created a wall between Trump and the Bush family. He even called George W. a liar during the debates. Nice guy, team player.

Donald Trump should have started his own party, but it was so much easier to hijack the Republican party and remodel it around his base of right-winged maniacs. There is some wisdom in putting down Washington and people of both parties, people already dislike our government in a generic way.

Here is my question to the Republicans who jumped on the band wagon, either early on or after nomination, what happened to your so-called moral bedrock? When Donald Trump came down that escalator and claimed that “Mexicans are rapists” you had your chance to pick up the phone and tell him that is not our message and we cannot have that in our party. But you were too busy trying to figure out how to win, rather than standing by your code of ethics.

You even let Donald’s people — read: Paul Manafort — change a plank in the platform to give Russia a stronger hand in the Ukraine. Why did you let that happen? Because you just wanted to win. And now, what do you have, a President without roots in your party and with no respect for the history of this country.

The fact that Trump conned the evangelical into backing him from the pulpits of their mega-churches and televangelist platforms is so unseemly that I would ask them, “What does your Jesus think?” Basically, people like Jerry Falwell, Jr. have sided with the money changers outside of the temple. They will be judged by a higher power, but you shouldn’t be fooled by these few money-hungry fools with lots of money.

The Republican Party is now in deep conflict. You still have deep-seated radical Tea Party people who will block most issues based on far-right initiatives (a minority in America) rather than what their constituents really want. You have half-baked neo-conservatives who pray to their Ronald Reagan photo every night but have little understanding of how Ron was able to get things done. Reagan was able to govern, even with tax increases, with professional acting prowess and statesmanship. He was previously the president of a labor union. He understood both sides.

The Republican party has some great members. Lindsey Graham, the Senator from South Carolina, has always told it like it is. John McCain, the Senator from Arizona who’s a bit old-fashioned, understands how it all works and what government is supposed to do. Sure, he sides with his party, but he’s not siding with the nonsense and the sabotage created by political whores like Newt Gingrich.

Winning is great, but you have a poor manager of government in the White House and a godforsaken lousy President. How did you let that happen? You have a president who doesn’t care about law. Where were you during this process of nomination? You have a charismatic show man with his long red ties and his fake hair and makeup trying to be the leader of free world but doing a horrendous job. You slap his back and smile for the cameras, because he was the winner and you didn’t want to lose. You have no balls.

The President and his new consigliere, Slick Anthony, use Twitter to shame and bully employees of the government.  This, is not only uncouth but may be against the law. They are employees of the Federal government. Is not harassment against the labor law?

You Republicans have damaged your own party, but I guess you can sleep at night, because you know how dysfunctional the other party is. But in the end, you are going to have to make the biggest decision in 2020. Do you back the incumbent, or do you find someone else to proudly represent your party? You know, it would be a lot easier just to impeach him.


SERIOUS TRUMP – GOOFY DONALD

Can We Have the Serious One?

Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post was on Meet The Press this week (7-9-2017) using the term “Teleprompter Trump.” She was describing the person who reads someone else’s words and gets better grades for being presidential than the man known as “Twitter Trump.” And may I suggest a third person inside the human Cheeto?  How about the “Impromptu Trump?” This persona appears when Trump goes on camera to make a point that everyone else in his administration has been making for the previous 24-hours, except he says something completely different than they did!

With our multi-personality President, we must divert the different streams of verbiage into the appropriate buckets. When POTUS spoke last week in Poland, we heard from Teleprompter Trump. In that speech we heard this, “We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere and its support for hostile regimes including Syria and Iran, and to instead join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and the defense of civilization itself.”

We live in a sound-bite/headline word. Out of the speech in Warsaw came the line about whether the west has the will to survive, while the warning to Russia was buried in the rest of the lecture. The big speech was a few days before Trump and Tillerson met with Putin and Kislyak. And this meeting, produced more controversy.

Kislyak and Putin claimed in their press briefings at the G20 that, indeed, Trump brought up cyber meddling in our election.  They also said that Trump had accepted Putin’s denial. Trump did not have a press briefing, therefore the story got out in front of him.

The administration thought Trump’s Tweet would soften the astonishment of those who thought he left the Russians off the hook.  Trump wrote, “Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded.”

Donald Trump has said that it’s easy to be a critic. I, for one, don’t have to try very hard to muster up some serious criticism about things that Twitter Trump types. But really, are we going to get together with the fox and talk about security at the hen house? Will dinner be served?

As Air Force One made its way back to Washington, the story broke in the New York Times that Donald, Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort met with a Russian lawyer who offered “information” on Hillary Clinton. This meeting occurred right after the Donald won the Republican nomination.

As the weekend progressed, more and more “adjustments” were made to the story.  Finally, we received the official word that, yes, the meeting took place, but the nominee, Donald Trump, was not at the meeting and knew nothing about it. Kushner and Manafort were working for the campaign at that time.

While the super hawks of the Senate, Lyndsey Graham and John McCain, were on the Sunday talk shows making fun of the suggestion of a cyber security unit with Russia, it wasn’t long before the great Orange leader was taking back his own words on Twitter: “The fact that President Putin and I discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn’t mean I think it can happen. It can’t-but a ceasefire can, & did!” (7-9-2017)

The big question is what would Teleprompter Trump say about this? We hardly ever get to see Impromptu Trump, so we probably won’t get to confront that personality on this issue. But, for sure, if Donald J. Trump was in front of cameras and asked about this he would start to defend himself and then make a quick turn to talk about the ceasefire that is taking place in an area of the least problematic in Syria. But then, Twitter Trump drives the narrative and thus action plan of this White House.

May I point out that what was once known as Multiple Personality Disorder is now called Dissociative Identity Disorder? It’s a condition under which a person’s identity is fragmented into two or more distinct personality states. It’s said that people with this rare condition were often victims of severe abuse. Maybe the metal in the silver-spoon in Donald’s mouth leeched into his tiny brain when he was young. Dissociative Identity Disorder is D.I.D., as in “Did I say that?”

Those who lie and exaggerate are often forced to retract, restate and reform the things they said. With Trump’s tribe of surrogates on-call to course correct Our President’s words, one could honestly ask whether Donald Trump has any talent for clarity. In fact, he continuously and clearly steps on his own proclamations. How can this be good for America?

Trump can restate his mantra of “No Connection, No Collusion” all he wants, but the intent of getting information on Clinton was the reason for the meeting with the Russian lawyer. Don, Jr. threw himself under the bus to protect the old man and now we have an admission of the desire for dirt, thus the first step toward collusion.

Donald Trump should think about negotiating a cease-fire with the free press by giving them some real facts. Slowly, the conflict between Teleprompter Trump, Twitter Trump and Impromptu Trump will continue to plague this administration’s ability to create a positive presidential presence for the majority of Americans; you know, the Popular Vote.

Editor’s Note: We borrowed the “Cheeto” moniker from SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor from his book: “America 51: A Probe Into The Realities That Are Hiding Inside ‘The Greatest Country In The World'”


FAKE NEWS vs. REAL JOURNALISM

Trump’s Attempt to Muddy the Waters

Back in February, 2017 Trump tweeted: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” Then he deleted that tweet and posted something similar, but took ABC off his enemies list. Trump, obviously not a student of history, missed this fact: Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin used the term “enemy of the nation/people” to refer to those who disagreed with the Bolshevik government. Did you write that one, Steve Bannon?

Trump went on a rant July 1, 2017, after receiving heavy criticism from both sides of the political spectrum due to his attacks on MSNBC talk show hosts, “The FAKE & FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA is working hard to convince Republicans and others I should not use social media – but remember, I won the 2016 election with interviews, speeches and social media. I had to beat #FakeNews, and did. We will continue to WIN!”

And on that same day, Mr. President continued, “My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!”  Along with his jingoistic rhetoric, Donald Trump, like so many other power-hungry leaders around the world, wants to control the media. He attempts to distort whatever truth is left and brands his lies as official doctrine. And the term Modern Day rings like “Modern Day Prophet” for those following along in church.

For those of us who were schooled in the trade of journalism, we take the responsibility of our craft seriously. The Fourth Estate is usually reserved for the printed press and credible broadcast news teams. The Fifth Estate, the newer term, stands for groupings of outlier viewpoints in contemporary society, such as bloggers and journalists publishing in non-mainstream media outlets and social media. The right of center to Alt-Right people use the term “mainstream media” as a pejorative term, whereas, Breitbart represents what was called “Yellow Journalism” in the 1950s.

The “fourth estate” comes from the European concept of the three estates of the realm: the clergy, the nobility, and the commoners. The Press was supposed to hold the three other estates to a standard with information gathering, storytelling based on truth and distribution to everyone equally. Yes, the King could read that he had no pants.

We know that Donald Trump has tapped into a raw exposed nerve in the disadvantaged and struggling middle class. With much of America moving away from reading the newspaper and getting their news from the internet, the line of what is credible or legit has become extremely blurred.

The price of entry into the newspaper business in most cities is so great that even large companies attempting to bring a new paper to market have an uphill, if not impossible, climb. With the internet providing more outlets than needles on a porcupine’s back there are plenty of free opinions and micro-targeted sites that can sanction what consumers think.

This tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories even has its own term: Confirmation Bias. It is so important to be right in today’s society that many people spend hours of every day watching a news channel that corroborates their baseline beliefs. Fox News leans to the right, while MSNBC leans to the left. That is their branding positions and, depending on who is in power, they will have better ratings.

CNN, the new Trump target, has decided like many channels and programs that there are millions of people who don’t like Trump, so that is a built-in audience. The sad part of all of this is that I haven’t mentioned journalistic integrity or award-winning writing. Those are less important in this instant gratification world. Trump produces ratings and it doesn’t seem to make a difference if you are building him up or beating him down.

THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT on CBS-TV has increased almost 30% according to TV News Desk (7-6-2017) and you can chart his increases with his direct aim at Trump. The Donald, whether he likes it or not, is easy to parody because of what he says and how his administration attempts to govern. Writing jokes and monologues about Trump has a built-in benefit, because if you manage to get under his thin skin he mentions you. Better yet, if he attacks you, your ratings go up even more.

I may be in the minority but I think the “news” that the President maligns is less news than fake. To our great Orange Leader, when confronted with anything that makes fun of him, or puts him down, or (can I say this?) bullies him, he launches into an overly emotional rebuttal.

The people doing the real investigative journalism are at the newspapers. Think about it, every major break or leak has come from the newspapers. The Michael Flynn lies came from the newspapers. The Comey meetings with Trump came from the newspapers. And the ethics conflicts of Kushner and the Trumps all come from the print medium.

The TV journalists at CNN are hampered by the overload of trying fit real journalism into a small box of endless talking heads and opinionated “experts” who, at times, do more harm than good. Stop and think about it, do we need Rick Santorum giving his opinion on what the news means?  He’s a failed neo-conservative right-winged politician spewing nothing by RNC talking points. What about Sean Hannity? Well he couldn’t write a lead to save his life.  Then, of course, we know what happened to poor old Brian Williams. These are the people most Americans would say represent the “news” business.? Really?

The one investigative reporter I want to hear from isn’t a journalist at all. His name is Robert Mueller. I would like to hear his story, in fact, now that would be BREAKING NEWS!


“NOBODY REALLY KNOWS”

Trump Sows the Seed of Doubt

Donald Trump is an interesting speaker. After saying that “Nobody really knows” who hacked our 2016 national election, he says, “And there’s nothing wrong with that statement.” Much like salting his verbiage with the plea “Believe me,” it serves to block or deny the interviewer the next question, “What is the truth, Mr. President.” Clearly to him, the truth is what he says it is and one thing for sure, he doesn’t want anyone to question him.

When Trump says in his legal documents, which we call tweets: “North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been “playing” the United States for years.” We see that he is irritated at how the US has handled that country in the past. There are times when I feel sorry for President Trump. He lives in a world where everybody that came before him is stupid, or incompetent. In his little, inexperienced mind, everybody else is not smart and surely the solution is simple. He asks, “Why didn’t they do something?”

The reason I feel sorry for him is because as he gets closer to any real problem, he finally realizes it’s complicated, like healthcare. Because he believes only he knows a better solution, he fails to comprehend the reasons things haven’t been achieved before is because global problems are multifaceted. He does understand that three out of the five things you could do would be a total disaster. The two good ideas are only good for us. And for how long?

When asked earlier about what he would do if North Korea launched an ICBM (A rocket that could make it from Asia to US soil) Trump tweeted, “It won’t happen!” Well, I guess that was “Fake News” because in fact, Kim Jong Un carried out a test of what most experts agree was an ICBM capable of at least reaching to Alaska and Sarah Palin’s back porch.

In his unrelenting desire to denigrate the previous president, Trump cares not where he is or what audience is listening. He will do everything he can to put-down Obama. Does Trump realize that from Truman to Obama there were eleven presidents who had to deal with North Korea and nothing has changed? There have been eleven presidents before Trump since Israel was created and we still don’t have peace in the Middle East. Nobody really knows if Trump knows this.

Back to North Korea, Trump was very critical about previous administrations declaring “red lines,” whether they were in the sand, or in the snow or on poorly drawn maps, but now that President Trump is confronted with less than adoring support from many of the other nations of the world, he will have to make his due with the devil. And who is the devil? The very man who many think helped him get elected. Putin will want more than he gives.

Nobody really knows if Donald Trump is smart enough to be President, but we do know that the people around him have little sway on what he thinks, what he does or what a new world order should be. His ping-ponging between sword rattling and attempting to outsource his problems to Russia or China have failed. Both world powers have no intention of carrying out any plan that would weaken their economies or stature on the world stage. Both Russia and China like selling things to North Korea. Russia loves to sell things to Cuba, Iran and Syria. Most likely, Japan and Germany will craft a trade deal that will hurt Detroit and there is nothing Trump can do nothing about it.  If only Trump was open to some free trade that would help America.

Trump could use some strong counseling on the fact that his sowing doubt makes him sound unsure of himself. Why wouldn’t you want the leader of the free world to know things? He claims he knows more than everyone else, but on certain things he  is passive, clueless and uninvolved, perhaps posturing so that someone else can take the blame. A blamer always needs someone to blame.

Now, after saying he would be able to stop North Korean’s leader from testing rockets and nukes, he has thrown out increasingly stern warnings. According to the Washington Post (7-6-2017), In Warsaw, Trump said the United States was considering “some pretty severe things” in response to what he called “very, very bad behavior” from the North, although he did not mention any specific plans. “Something will have to be done about it.”

Nobody really knows what “something” could be. Perhaps, our great Donald is still formulating those ideas. It’s pretty clear to the world that if you want to stop someone from doing something you either talk to them or punch them. Trump sure does a lot of talking, but he doesn’t put his money where his mouth is. Perhaps he wants to use someone else’s money to solve problems that won’t go away.

With trade, climate and immigration on the table, with the EU and Syria, North Korea and ISIS being important to Russia, China, Japan and South Korea, our President should be prepared to listen as much as he talks.

Trump should work on knowing the issues and proper answers and stop watering down his speeches with anti-press, anti-Obama and anti-trade tirades. Nobody knows why he does it, and nobody outside of the US cares about his fake fight with CNN. Focus, Donald, Focus!

 

 

 


TRUMP’S TRUE COLORS

Inherently Racist Messaging

I don’t profess to know what is in another man’s heart, but after many years of observations I do believe I have found some answers to many of my questions about Trump.

One of the things that most experts tell you about pathological liars is that they hate when someone proves they are lying. And they usually embody the following characteristics: narcissism, selfishness, abusive attitude, obsessive, compulsive behaviors, impulsivity, aggressiveness, jealous behavior, manipulative behaviors, deceptiveness, socially awkward, uncomfortable, low self-esteem, temperamental outbursts and anger. Why do these words feel like they were written about Donald Trump? Actually, those are straight-off-the-shelf descriptions of most pathological liars.

But there is a toxic combination of jealous behavior, low self-esteem and anger that can also deliver another dark disorder called racism: prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.

If we dip into the Donald’s past, we know that one of the most embarrassing things that happened to the Trumps in New York City was the law suit accusing them of discrimination in the housing market. According to the Business Insider Website: A civil-rights lawsuit brought by the Justice Department against Donald Trump and his father Fred Trump in 1973 claimed that African-Americans and Puerto Ricans were prevented from renting apartments from Trump. In 1975, Trump agreed to a consent decree, whereby no admission of wrongdoing would be given, however, his management company was ordered to take out ads telling ethnic minorities that they were welcome to seek housing at Trump properties.

Trump’s well-established modus operandi is to blame those who disagree with him or stand in the way of him either getting away with a lie or making money. Blame the accuser and hit back hard. Could the President be harboring deep-seated feelings that African-Americans are out to get him in some way? That is a strange form of racism.

Trump brags constantly about his wealth and success and attributes it to his genetic makeup. He told Playboy in 1990 that he is “a strong believer in genes” and “I’m a strong believer in genes, that my kids can be brought up without adversity and respond well if they have the genes.” Forget about whispers to the Alt-Right, this is a scream.

According to the Independent website: “The [Trump] family subscribes to a racehorse theory of human development. “They believe that there are superior people and that if you put together the genes of a superior woman and a superior man, you get a superior offspring.” Doesn’t that sound a bit like what the Germans were talking about in 1939?

Let’s look at his weird responses to white supremacist groups. In TheGuardian: Activists who recently gave Nazi salutes and shouted “hail Trump” at a gathering in Washington will revolt if the new US president fails to meet their expectations, the leaders told the Guardian. And have we heard the President declare his contempt for these groups once?

Steve Bannon stokes the gene fire and white supremacist messaging. Trump is being played like a limp puppet by Stephen Miller and Bannon who actually believe that nationalism trumps pluralism. They want to divide the nation and give the “power” back to white people. Trump, at least, is an accomplice in this terrible affront to American citizen equality.

Now that brings us to the final argument on the racist in the White House. Let’s assume that some of the material that was in the now famous Dossier that was prepared by a British spy was less than accurate, but one point stood out to me. The fact that Donald Trump did not like Michelle Obama and, if Trump’s backward blaming is to believed, he dislikes the former President even more. Get Serious! For years, Donald Trump claimed Barack Obama wasn’t born in America, only to later half-heartedly admit that he was wrong. And Trump has never convincingly pushed back against the Alt-Right’s use of Nazi images of Obama.

Trump actually believes that he can attribute everything that is wrong in his America to Obama. This week Donald Trump blamed Obama for not doing more about the Russian attempts to get him elected. Does he really think the people are that stupid? Yes, he does and, sadly, some are.

Deep down inside, this constant use of Obama as whipping boy speaks to his real true color, prejudice. Some will say I’m being unfair, but it’s all there in front of you. Think about it:

Trump knows that Obama is a better speaker and smarter man (jealous behavior).

Trump knows that no matter what happens in the world Obama’s legacy will be lower unemployment, saving the US auto industry and moving the economy back into the black (uncomfortable, low self-esteem).

Trump’s real job seems to be doing everything he can to justify his presidency by creating a narrative that Obama is inferior to his perfect planned genome (manipulative behaviors, deceptiveness).

And in the end, Trump will find himself all alone in a country whose diversity will never be stopped by racism or tied down by stereotypes. It appears from this vantage point that Donald Trump, our President, is at best, a part-time racist.

 

 

 

 


NO TAPES, NO PROOF

Trump Incessantly Playing Games

Donald Trump was pushed off cable TV for a few hours when the Senate released its healthcare bill, but he was able to get into the headlines again after his latest tweet.

‘With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are “tapes” or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings.”

And with this, he called a TV black out on the daily press conference which was run by Sarah Huckabee Saunders (6-22-2017) in order to keep his daily “shit show” off the TV. But after the briefing, they allowed the audio to be released. So, there were tapes of the press conference and after the press briefing CNN and others ran the audio.

Donald J. Trump doesn’t really have a mental filter when it comes to Twitter. With the admission that there are no tapes of his conversations with fired FBI Director, his original tweet was more of a threat than a question. He knew there were no tapes of the conversation, but went ahead with the tweet. Therefore, this action is tantamount to witness intimidation.

The statute is rather clear: Witness tampering is the act of attempting to alter or prevent the testimony of witnesses within criminal or civil proceedings. Laws regarding witness tampering also apply to proceedings before the U.S. Congress, executive departments, and administrative agencies.

The Legal Information Institute embellishes: Whoever knowingly uses intimidation, threatens, or corruptly persuades another person, or attempts to do so, or engages in misleading conduct toward another person, with intent to:

(1) influence, delay, or prevent the testimony of any person in an official proceeding;

(2) cause or induce any person to:

(A) withhold testimony, or withhold a record, document, or other object, from an official proceeding;

(B) alter, destroy, mutilate, or conceal an object with intent to impair the object’s integrity or availability for use in an official proceeding;

(C) evade legal process summoning that person to appear as a witness, or to produce a record, document, or other object, in an official proceeding; or

(D) be absent from an official proceeding to which such person has been summoned by legal process.

As Robert Mueller begins his quest to find the answers behind Russian interference with the election, President Trump said today (6-23-2017) that Mueller is good friends with James Comey and the friendship is “bothersome.” Agent Orange is planting doubt and staging the next firing, for sure.

Trump is spanking the press with his news briefing blackout, but his passive aggressiveness makes no sense. The White House released the audio right after the event. He wants to be able to block the release if the briefing doesn’t go well.

The press is not amused. World leaders are not entertained by this childish deception. The credibility of the highest office in our country has been lost with Donald Trump. It will never be restored until Donald Trump is gone.

You cannot be impeached for being stupid or obsessed with issues that have little to do with being a great President. Some of his actions have now been moved from inappropriate to obstruction to incompetence.

Keep your eyes on Trump as the investigation gets closer to his front door. He once again has taken the heat off the Senate and their secret Healthcare bill but, in the end, we will still have a country when the Donald is back in New York as an irrelevant ex-president.

 


PREPARING FOR PRESIDENT PENCE

The Vice Tightens on Trump

There is a very well-written book that was released recently by Allan J. Lichtman called The Case for Impeachment, where the author outlines the facts about impeachment, our countries history with impeachable offenses and some of the lesser known aspects of something our founding fathers put into the Constitution to protect the democracy from power-hungry tyrants.

With Donald Trump, we have someone who probably has no idea that his ground breaking, or as the mainstream media calls it, unprecedented actions as President, will eventually cause him to be seared in broad daylight by the magnification glass of facts.

The impeachable activities are slowly being revealed by a zealous press corps, that has been unfairly belittled by the administration, and a special counsel who the Department of Justice has appointed.

Logically, unless a person with as much flowing wealth and international properties can clearly isolate his family and himself from those profits, he can be easily impeached because of the Constitution’s Emolument Clause: ARTICLE I, SECTION 9, CLAUSE 8”

“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

It would have been far better for our country if Donald Trump had had done all that off-loading not to his family, but to a blind trust. Trump is conning America once again and no one has been seriously questioning, until now.

The Attorney General’s in the District of Columbia and Maryland have sued the President using the Emolument’s clause to say that he is enriching himself and his family through the commerce that takes place at properties in those states/district.

200 Congress people are going to sue under the same banner. And the Special Counsel is moving quickly and now has a clear mandate to investigate the President for obstruction of justice in the firing of James Comey. Not to pour gasoline on an open fire, but let it be said here and now (6-16-2017) judging by Trump’s tweets and previous behavior, Donald J. Trump will fire Robert S. Mueller III because of the impeachment time bomb that he himself has armed.

Let’s move forward here. After we rid ourselves of a hateful, lame, unaware, megalomaniacal narcissist, we will have to rebuild reality around someone who must take the mantle of the executive branch and keep the trains running under the present laws.  Hopefully, with the assumption that Mike Pence is clean, he will be our next president.

Many of my friends have asked me what I think of Mike Pence, a highly religious ideolog, who up to this point, has been a B-actor in the role of V.P. Pence is not a substantive thinker and his organizational skills can only be judged by his handling of the state of Indiana and Trump’s transition.

We can rule out any judgement on the transition, knowing that most of the people who Trump involved were amateurs at government and loyal dogs to the dogma of Bannon. In Indiana Pence showed the LGBT community that he is being guided by what the Bible tells him to do, without any regard to the ramifications to all the people. In short, he was like a replacement baseball player during a strike: Not that good, but we all know we will just have to wait until 2020 to get a real President again.

There are times when I wake up and think that all Trump would have to do to stop all of this is to stop stonewalling and release his tax returns. Step up to the microphone and really talk to the American people and explain why he seems more positive to Russia than to the U.K., France, Germany and our other allies. All the Donald would have to do is to stop tweeting and start working on getting real changes accomplished.

Then I have my first cup of coffee and remember that by the President’s actions, those great achievements he talked about will never be as important to him as how he is perceived. What people think about him is more important than respecting justice and law. Trump is incapable of being an authentic leader of the greatest nation in the world; more importantly, he is not personally worthy of the office.

And in the end, playing the role of Gerald Ford, our past white-haired leader, President Pence will pardon Donald Trump so he can go back to making money and being the source of deep-state conspiracy theories about how the White House was stolen from him. Only this time, he will be right.


A CORRUPT INTENT

Trump Paints Himself Into A Corner

There is a kind of arrogance that some people carry and which can be spotted a mile away. And this trait is passed to the next generation and sticks out like a sore thumb on a small hand. Donald J. Trump has the audacity to think that hoping something will happen will be thus, even when it’s good only for him.

The lead on a story from the web site The Hill on 6-9-2017 ran:  Former U.S. Attorney Nick Akerman, who prosecuted the Watergate case, says fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony about his conversations with President Trump establishes “corrupt intent up the wazoo.”

Now I don’t know Nick, but I do know that there was certainly a pattern with Trump telling people they could stay in a job only to toy with them in a dance of loyalty. Ask former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara. Preet was just another victim of this first glad handing then back stabbing routine. Bharara, one of the great investigator and prosecutors in America, was brusquely fired by Donald Trump after Donald promised Preet could stay on the job.

With his words and actions every day, President Trump dismisses the millions of voters who didn’t cast their voice for him. If he cannot fire you, he ignores you. The episodes of him playing to his “base” are getting old and bothersome.

There have been three presidents in American history who have faced impeachment or the imminent threat of it and those were: Richard Nixon, who resigned in 1974 before the House could consider four articles of impeachment related to Watergate; Bill Clinton, who came within 17 votes in the Senate of being removed from office on obstruction of justice in the Monica Lewinsky scandal of 1999 and the biggest “almost” loser, Andrew Johnson, who came within a single vote in the Senate of removal due to his handling of the country during Reconstruction.

Nixon was so ambitious that his ego was manipulated by already corrupted cohorts who were out to keep him in office at any cost. Clinton is a lot like Trump, only where Bill has immense intelligence, Donald has money. Johnson, poor old Andrew, like Lyndon Johnson, really “inherited a mess” after the leader of America was gunned down by sinister forces. Andrew Johnson was a trial balloon for how we can right our ship when the wrong person gets into office

Donald Trump is far from being impeached at this date, June 12, 2017, but he has done nothing for his ratings outside of his “base” and he just might have weakened his favorability with some of the moderate Republicans. If confronted, he will lie. Trump keeps playing the role of president, rather than actually being the President.

What Comey’s testimony and Trump’s terrible interview with NBC’s Lester Holt created was a picture of a man who focuses on the wrong things. If he wanted people to think he was firing Comey because of “a thing” then he should have said that “thing” from the beginning. What he did was push smart people into asking for further investigation, not into Michael Flynn but into the President himself.

Why would the President of the United States make a threat of recordings on Twitter to a director of the FBI after he fired him? And then why would he play with the press about whether those tapes exist in a press conference?

The possibility that the President has been recording conversations in the White House, sets the Donald up and paints him into a corner. If tapes are available, then ANY AND ALL TAPES CAN BE ASKED FOR in an investigation. If no tapes were made, then it points to a pathological lying spree perpetrated on the American people.

It makes Trump seem like Nixon and his desire to stay in office at any cost. Democracy and Law and Order be damned, this guy will do anything to keep his job. That is what he wants out of all the president’s men and women. They must do anything to keep their jobs.

Trump is a P.R. nightmare. For a businessman these would be unnecessarily wastes of time that would only make lawyers a bunch of money. As President, these are colossal mistakes that get in the way of making America great, or as I see it, keeping America as great as it was before Trump.

When Trump’s surrogates and lawyers call James Comey a coward, they are using playground language to belittle the tall man of honor. When they call him a leaker, they suppose that all conversations with the king are the property of the king. This “I own my words” is something that Donald Trump has sued people over in the past. In any other circumstance, calling James Comey a liar would be layers of libelous, slander and pillory stacked up on a giant bullshit sandwich.

Trump may think he can wait for the paint to dry and walk away Scott-free, but there are other footsteps a coming. This was the bulletin last night (6-11-2017) from the Washington Post: Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland say they will sue President Trump on Monday, alleging that he has violated anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution by accepting millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments since moving into the White House.

It may take time, but the Donald will certainly not get renewed for another season and the network executives are debating whether to pull his reality show sooner than later. We all hope that President Pence will at least bring closure to this ugly chapter in American history. And like Andrew Johnson, Pence will really inherit a mess. Sad!

 

 


CRISIS MANAGEMENT TEAM

Trump & Pope Behind Closed Doors

It was great to see the first lady Melania Trump wearing a veil when meeting the Pope with the President. It was said that she did this out of respect for the Pontiff, while being the uncovered one in Saudi Arabia. I guess respect is a subjective matter in their household.

While the Trump team makes its way across the Middle East and Europe, the President was, as they say, “lawyering up” by hiring a New York law firm to defend himself in the matter of Russia interfering with the election.

This comes within the same week as Michael Flynn, the fired National Security Advisor of the United States, sent letters to both the House and Senate committees investigating him that he would plead the Fifth Amendment and not turn over evidence or testify. One of the reasons given was the appointment of Special Counsel to get to the bottom of the matter.

For those of my readers who need a quick refresher course on the Fifth, here is what it says:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

I added the bolding of the words pertinent to this case. Michael Flynn has the right not to answer any question that could incriminate himself. However, because Flynn is a military officer and the matter of possible collusion with another nation to knowing interfere with our National election, some might want to play the treason card.

The Constitution defines treason as specific acts, namely “levying War against [the United States], or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” The key word here is “adhering” which in this case could mean “obeying” orders from a foreign government. That would be much worse for General Flynn.

Trump is not dumb in matters of lawyers and courts and suits of all kinds. He has lived most of his life defending his business practices and conduct. He knows that once James Comey, Michael Rogers, Director of the NSA and Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence are under oath and testifying to Special Counsel Mueller Trump will be exposed as an over-zealous politician attempting to obstruct the investigation into Michael Flynn.

What possible reason would Donald J. Trump have to put his entire presidency at risk in order to defend Michael Flynn? If he would just let it go, turn over all the information he and staff might have and let the facts speak for themselves, we could get beyond this. If Michael Flynn was simply an embarrassingly bad choice, fine. Flynn would be collateral damage in the quest to restore trust in our election and the President himself.

The news of Trump putting together a crisis management team to deal with this issue is really sad. And might be more proof that we have a real crisis on our hands.

It’s like the Tylenol people trying to find the answer to sabotage and working the PR angle as fast as possible. Tylenol survived as a product, but this matter will give the leader of the free world headaches throughout the summer.

And it does get hot in DC in the summer, especially when there is a crisis in the house.


POOR DONALD TRUMP

“Believe me, there was no collusion!”

We have to feel sorry for Donald Trump because he has been treated so unfairly by the media, the press, Democrats, zoning boards, Congress, the legal system, interest groups, lobbyists, women, Billy Bush, the intelligence community, the Justice Department and now the Special Counsel. The whole world is against him.

When Richard Nixon uttered the words, “I am not a crook” most of America knew that this was one of the great examples of what I have always called the “implication of the opposite.” When people use defensive terminologies and then repeat them too often, the listener slowly flips the meaning. The more Nixon said that he was not a crook, the more we believed he was. Nixon also called Watergate a “witch hunt,” and when he obstructed justice he was forced out of the office by Congress.

When Trump says the appointment of Special Counsel is “respectable” but in the same sentence calls the whole investigation a “witch hunt” he combines opposite propositions.

Trump uses words “believe me” a lot when he speaks. Some would say that is the mark of a very insecure speaker, but it just might be a tell. The tell being, I am lying so I have to ask for belief before my words are spoken, like a hypnotic suggestion.

Another behavior occurred after one of his unbelievable tweets. We heard Trump and his surrogates say, “the tweet speaks for itself” which is almost like blaming the tweet for what was said. The next level was the question from Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro about whether conversations are being recorded in the White House. Trump answered, “That I can’t talk about. I won’t talk about that.” Why not explain yourself and the tweet?

This is what Trump does when he cannot back up his opinions with facts or truth. It is quite clear that our president is not a student of history. If he would have studied what happened to Richard Nixon, he would have known what not to do. But he is more interested in being known for someone who did it his way. Where is Frank Sinatra when we need him?

I would like to remind all those evangelical power brokers about the ninth of the Ten Commandments, bearing false witness against thy neighbor. Scholars make a distinction between lying in general and bearing false witness (perjury). Funny how there wasn’t a specific commandment regarding every day lying. I guess if Trump perjures himself in future cases, the Bible crowd will have to leave him.

This pattern of lying is disturbing. The quick darting from one story to the next hurts America. The stock market, allies and the citizens need to have a consistent and well- thought-out plan. We are not getting that from this administration.

Trump will learn that having only 39% of the public behind him and constantly playing to his base will earn no value abroad. They don’t care how popular you think you are.

But what we should really be concerned about is a sign that our President is losing his grasp of putting words together in a meaningful way. When asked about the investigation, he actually said these words:

 “…there certainly is no collusion between myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself and the Russians, zero.”

You can brush off this as more hamburger helper or you can take this sentence for the way it was constructed. Is this a soundbite for a courtroom drama? The man said there was no collusion between him and his campaign. Was that a way to plant the seed that he didn’t control what his campaign and transition team did? Is he that smart?

And you could also say, perhaps a little Freudian slip there, that he was confessing that he can speak for the Russians. Really? Who made him the Russian ambassador?

Adding the word “zero” at the end doesn’t change the meaning of the sentence. When the leader of the free word has a major problem with syntax, this is a real problem. When people translate these words into other languages, he might be very surprised how misunderstood he is.

When Trump peppers his speech with “everybody thinks so,” or bragging about the “fantastic job” he is doing, he doesn’t cloud the negative moments that can appear in the same paragraph, even in the same sentence. He’s elevated George W. Bush to valedictorian status.

The pressure is getting to poor Donald. Everybody is treating him so unfairly. Why? He should be analyzing why so many people are against him.