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.

 

 


WHOLLY APPROPRIATE – HOLY CRAP!

Trump Recorded in the Oval by the Russians?

Wake up America, Trump and Putin are having a love affair. We have to ask the question, when do Republicans step up and do something about it? Let’s just walk through seven days of presidential disgrace.

The Donald decided to fire the Director of the FBI on May 9, 2017 because of the investigation into Russia’s tampering with the US election. Then, he had the Russians in the White House the next day, where he unknowingly gave them intel that was provided by Israel.

Let’s rewind the clock now.  On Valentine’s Day 2017 the New York Times told us that Trump asked the FBI’s to “let go” the investigation into Michael Flynn.  Incredibly, this happened just one day after Agent Orange fired Flynn.  Now we have half-baked experts discussing if this was obstruction of justice.

Obstruction consists of any attempt to hinder the discovery, apprehension, conviction or punishment of anyone who has committed a crime. The acts by which justice is obstructed may include bribery, murder, intimidation, and the use of physical force against witnesses, law enforcement officers or court officials.

When I heard Congressman Adam Schiff say we have to look at “intent” I almost laughed. Trump, in his own style, asked Comey to end the investigation into Flynn and then later he fired him. That should be a giant period at the end of the sentence and as much intent as any logical person would need.

Just when we thought that all the shoes have dropped, Putin announced that he can provided a transcript of the discussion that took place with the President on May 10, 2017 in the Oval Office. Trump not only got played by the Russians with photographs of them yucking it up, but Putin says he knows every word that was said there. This begs the question, what is secure?

If this seems to have gone too far, then you are being logical and a loyal American. If you see all this as some conspiracy to get Donald Trump, then you obviously are a member of the cult of unawareness; God bless you.

What are we going to do? We have already gone through this before, it was called Watergate. There is a moment in time when we realize that absolute power corrupts absolutely. It’s time for people like McMaster, Tillerson and Mattis to stop their attempts to bail out the loser. They are losing whatever credibility they had.

Yes, we aren’t winning because we have a loser in the White House and he has to go. President Pence will be inadequate at best, but we must stabilize the Republic and get this government back on solid American Sovereignty. There are times when people want change. Wanting something different is okay, but we also have to be open to that comprehension that our choice might not have been what is best.

Why wait four years to fix this mistake? It’s time for thinking Americans to decide what they want their country to be. We are either going to permit this perverse vision of our country or go back to a standard operating procedure that has worked for more than 240 years.

Donald J. Trump has just proved that he is unfit to be President of the United States. Is that clear enough?

 

 


BAD WEATHER IN WASHINGTON

Prognosis: No Hope in Trumpville

As the weather in America rips a path of destruction across this great nation, we do not hear the President talk about climate change. The personal tragedies and demoralizing death from ever-increasing weather fronts are never mentioned by the Donald. It’s as if domestic agenda is being written by his inability to quell the ongoing controversies about himself and his campaign and not by delivering hope to the people. Why can’t he solve that problem?

It’s clear by the tweet storms that the President’s White House has no control over his message because, quite frankly, he’s making it up as he goes. His people run out to the podium and can only attempt to sandbag the negative flow affecting the President.

There are some people who have said – I have heard this – that Donald Trump is suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder), a complex psychological condition that can be caused by many factors, including severe trauma during early childhood.

Along with pathological lying (also called pseudologia fantastica and mythomania), a behavior of habitual or compulsive lying, Trump has few sunny days. He feels compelled to repeat certain phrases incessantly because of an insecure need to be understood. Or perhaps, the repetition solidifies the lie as a truth in his mind.

As we can see when he is on teleprompter he is a poor reader, which could be the result of attention deficit disorder. This would explain why he dislikes reading.

Trump lashes out when the clouds roll in and he feels the world is against him. He lusts after praise and when he doesn’t get any, he inserts praise into his speech pattern. This might be caused by an inferiority complex, a lack of self-worth and uncertainty about himself. He constantly has feelings of not measuring up to standards. His extremely asocial behavior manifests itself by putting down people, especially Barack Obama, who he considers to be mentally superior.

But let’s get back to the weather. When destruction hit parts of America, previous Presidents would comment about the people’s hardship and give them some hope. Sometimes the leader of the free world would actually go to see the damage and experience the pain first hand. This president ignores the very people who voted for him. He only goes out to do his shtick at restricted, ticket-only political rallies.

After the airing of the interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, Agent Orange proved once again that his version of the truth should be our focus. He also finally admitted a “slight mistake” that his surrogates cannot be “perfectly accurate” because there is so much going on? What? I thought being President would be easy.

As the weather gets worse in Washington and the Trumpettes attempt to bail out Mr. Know-It-All, we all need hip boots to splash through the excrement shoveled out these days.

Now he is threatening to end the press briefings. Rather than just pass out fact sheets with your points Mr. President, why don’t you take your significant undercarriage over to the press room and take the questions yourself?

In a recent interview he attacked Stephen Colbert claiming he isn’t funny, while the more he makes fun of him the bigger he grows his audience.

Why is the President of the United States wasting his time talking about comedians? What is really ironic is that Stephen Colbert is the person who coined the term “Truthiness,” which is now in the dictionary. Donald Trump is the glowing example of living on the thin edge of truthiness; that’s no joke.

Everyone knows Comey didn’t bow to the King and that is the real reason he is gone. Who elected this guy? Time will tell if James Comey will become the John Dean of this administration. Younger readers, please Google.

This morning (5-12-2017) Trump’s latest tweet, “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” When have we seen someone fire someone, personally put them down on TV, then publicly threaten them? What a very small man our “leader” is.

Obviously, the President lives in the eye of the storm, but someone needs to tell him the other side of the hurricane will get him. The winds are blowing and the currents are not in his favor.


THE ATROCITIES OF AMERICAN POLITICS

 Donald Trump Will Destroy the Republican Party

When the White House sent Sarah Huckabee Sanders out to the lectern to field questions the day after Donald Trump fired the FBI Director (5-9-2017), we saw a combative B team player who really isn’t ready for prime time. Sorry, but even though she is the DNA offspring of deep southern conservatives, Mike Huckabee and Janet McCain (no relation), we blame the President for not having the guts to come out to the press and take questions himself. He is mostly chicken-shit when confronted.

Sarah, the word Atrocity means an extremely wicked or cruel act, typically involving physical violence or injury. When you claim James Comey was guilty of atrocities you moved him into the same level as Bashar al-Assad, Saddam Husain or, wait for it, Vladimir Putin. You owe the guy an apology for your horrible word use and lack of comprehension.

As the Republican opportunists and sordid politicians line up to try to get behind the President on his obvious move to thwart investigations, there is a flaw here beyond repair for the Republican party. Poor Sarah could not have expected that the day she was to fill in for her co-worker busy with Naval Reserve duty she would make things worse. If she is the future of the party, then you might as well bring her father back.

The thinking Republicans, not Paul Ryan, who are asking the good questions will be able to say they stood up and challenged the Liar-in-Chief when he tried to shut down investigations into Michael Flynn. The Democrats are not without sin on this one.  After all you can’t call for Comey’s head and then, when Agent Orange delivers said head, pull out the word, “Watergate.”

The debate will go on for a few days as to whether this is worse than Watergate, or perhaps Watergate Lite, or maybe nothing at all; but from this vantage point we make our case that Donald J. Trump has always been the wrong person to lead America. If this leads to impeachment historians can say this was just like Watergate.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, which Donald Trump is trying to meld with his executive orders and lack of judgement on almost every issue he faces. The most astonishing aspect was the administrations lack of awareness of how this would be interpreted. If you just worked this through a logic process you would say, boy that is how they got Nixon.

Trump hijacked the Republican Party, and they let him. He hijacked the Presidency and millions of people helped him. BUT, he cannot hijack the structure of America. He cannot stop the truth from coming out, much to his frustration. He wants Mommy and Daddy to back up every one of his lies. And when someone keeps saying that he lies, they are added to his enemies list.

Richard Nixon was an ideologue, with an enemies list, who was the last to see that the country was changing. He was a scotch-drinking Quaker who was so out of touch with reality he listened only to those around him. Donald Trump may not drink alcohol but he is clearly addicted to fame. He needs to have his ego massaged everyday by those around him. This makes him dangerously manipulatable.

The RNC may be all happy that they control the Senate, the House and the White House, but are they really in control of anything? In 2018, when healthcare is costing more and hurting real people, those seats will go away and the cycle will continue. Sadly, when the Democrats regain a majority, the atrocities of American politics will kick in. That’s when nothing gets done.

What Donald Trump has brought to the surface is the many cracks in the Republican party and those who claim the country is better off with an elephant in the room. With hearings on TV so often, we get to see those ridiculous GOP ideologues like Ted Cruz who wastes hearing time with questions designed just to put down Democrats rather than to find out what is really going on. Cruz might think he is smart and impressive, but he comes off like the guy at the party who only wants to talk about what he thinks is important. Save us.

The exposure of public hearings puts on trial the lacing depth of many of those on important committees. It also showcases that the Dems are not all tree-hugging, left-winged whackos as Fox News paints them. They are generally well prepared and ask good questions. Whether you like Al Franken or not, he does have a way of getting people to .

My advice to everyone in America, keep your eyes open. Remember what you said about Obama, well double it with Trump. Are you better off yet? Are you winning? Did you get a raise? How much did they charge for that medicine today? The Republican party owns healthcare and they own Trump, poor babies.


WHY DO WE NEED A SECOND AMENDMENT?

Trump Needs to Read the 1st Amendment

Recently, the President’s chief of staff said that the administration had looked into changing the libel laws in the United States. Donald Trump has constantly used the power of the law suit to attack his “enemies” in business. He, if given the power, would like to control the press by the use of intimidation and fear. Locking journalists up might not change the way they source or write their stories, but it would spell the end of our democracy as we know it.

Sure, if the libel laws were changed it would help Mr. Thin-Skin quell his fragile ego, but at what cost? You could haul reporters into court when they wrote something bad about you, but there is a reason the 1st Amendment was first.

Remember what is says Mr. Trump: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

In these 45 words, the framers established the real core beliefs of America. I have always said to my gun totting friends, you can have your 2nd amendment as long as you protect my 1st amendment. But the first amendment says so much more than giving reporters the right to say what they want.

When Trump signed his executive order yesterday (5-4-2017) thinking he was ending the Johnson Amendment, which bans tax-exempt organizations like churches from political speech and activities, he was dead wrong. The only way the Johnson Amendment can be eliminated is with a vote in Congress. And if the Donald took the time to read the 1st Amendment he would see that he cannot establish a religion nor prohibit the free exercise of a religion. So, there is no need for him to sign a worthless piece of paper.

The President, under the Constitution, cannot “abridge” freedom of speech. That means he cannot reduce, curtail or cut freedom of speech and this includes the press.

The 1st Amendment also gives the people the right to assemble in a peaceful way and also gives them the right to petition the Government for redress, which can include compensation, reparations, recompense and damages. The founders were smart with their description of the Government as an entity that was not above the people. The Constitution is a valuable piece of paper.

That gets around to why we need a 2nd Amendment. The founding fathers understood that at any time, a tyrant, or a king, or over-zealous leader might attempt to take away the freedoms of the citizens, thus the reason why we must have the right to bear arms. If someone attempts to take these freedoms away, the framers were more than hinting at a solution. They were giving tacit approval for armed rebellion.

It says:  A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

You might be surprised that this blogger would say, YES to the 2nd Amendment, because we just might need that “well-regulated” group of Americans to take our country back one day. It doesn’t say anything in those 26 words about mentally challenged people or some ideological driven group of radical terrorists getting guns, does it?

Gun control measures are just part of the “well-regulated” part of the right. Trump is a puppet of the NRA and always has been. It’s rather ironic that the man who rails against lobbyists is controlled by one of the most powerful pro-gun groups. They not only support him, they give him money. In short, the great “swamp drainer” is nothing but a good-for-nothing politician with his hand in the pockets of BIG GUNS. Sad!

 

 


STATES’ RIGHTS VS. DONALD TRUMP

Power Delegated is Power Lost

Most administrations in this great land of the United States have juggled the temptation to take power away from the states with the more conservative viewpoint that states should decide what is right for their people. Attempting to keep both balls in the air has brought tons of law suits and taxed the Department of Justice with major decisions and minor peccadillos.

Donald Trump has fallen into the trap quite nicely. His red meat rhetoric that he throws to the hungry masses will actually reduce some of his ability to get things done. He obviously doesn’t understand that the enumerated powers of Congress listed in the Tenth Amendment are not his powers, they are Congressional muscle.

And if you actually read that amendment, you will see that it is very clear: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Focus on that last phrase, Powers that are reserved to the people. When Donald Trump wants to fix healthcare by giving the states more power to determine how it works and what can or cannot be done, he diminishes the power of the President and the federal programs he promised to improve to help people.

In the latest aberration of the Healthcare re-write, the compromisers have slipped a little stick of dynamite into the paragraphs. They are proposing to give a state the right to charge more for those who have pre-existing conditions. Wow, really? If a guy walks in with cancer, you can tax him just like a pharmaceutical company. Who the hell are these people?

With 4-20-2017 now just purple haze in the rearview mirror, we find another conflict looming on the horizon: the right of a state to regulate the growing and sales of marijuana. In Colorado, marijuana tax revenue hit $200 million and sales are set to pass $1 billion this year. What was once a judicial, social and medical over-reach has been turned into a windfall for the mountain state. Even college scholarship programs are being funded out of these taxes and revenues.

When our government was taken over by goodie-two-shoes in the 1920s, the religious right created a constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 to 1933. The ban didn’t stop people from making, buying or drinking alcohol.  It just made America a dull place for 13 years. Finally, FDR decided that people should have a legal way to let off some steam.

Now some out-of-touch people in power want to take federal legal action against those states that have taken medical and recreational marijuana reform to the bank. The new Attorney General knows best about what marijuana is because he most likely has never smoked marijuana. Donald Trump has said he has never smoked pot or cigarettes and of course, he would be best to judge what smoking cannabis does. Full on irony here, folks.

When you say you want to give more power to the states, but you are selective in how you apply that philosophy, you create confusion. Just like when you ignore scientists’ evaluations on climate change, you seem out of touch. When you disregard the medical evidence that marijuana can help people, you are like those people back 100 years ago who thought they could defeat alcoholism by controlling everyone. The myths created about marijuana are slowly going up in smoke.

Some polls put the support for national legalization at 61%. That is clearly more people than who voted for Trump. Even Canada has taken the move to legalize the herb. What are we waiting for?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on a radio interview, “I am really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the President of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power.”

Back at you Jeff, I really am amazed that a non-elected cabinet member from a state that doesn’t even have a lottery gets to decide how a state handles its medical and recreational use of certain natural plants.

What we really need is for all those who have a vote on marijuana at the federal level to fire up a doobie and relax. It’s not ‘oxy’ or heroin. Keep your eye on the important stuff.