OPEN LETTER TO HOWARD SCHULTZ

The Flaw of a Two-Party System

This is a funny country. When someone announces they want to run for President, the press and social media go crazy. Even though we are more than 600 days from the next presidential election, the political PR machine is already cranked up to full speed.

We have heard announcements from many Democratic hopefuls, but when the former Starbucks’ CEO billionaire said he would run for President as a third-party candidate the screams from the DNC could be heard around the world. Howard Schultz’s announcement is the beginning of a strong debate about how a third-party candidate, having like-minded values of one party, can definitively hurt that party. When such a candidate runs, there’s a true risk that the opposite of the intended result will happen.

We can count the examples, from Ross Perot helping elect Bill Clinton and the likelihood that Ralph Nader helped George W. Bush get elected. And those disgruntled Bernie Sanders fans who voted for Jill Stein probably helped Donald Trump get elected.

Political math based on Electoral College votes can indeed lead to an unintended consequence. When an election is very close in certain states, a third-party can easily disrupt the power of either party. Imagine a far-right, more racist candidate with a billionaires’ bankroll running against Donald Trump. If they ran as a Republican, they might not earn a spot on the ballot in certain states. If they declared themselves an independent, however, they would get on the ballot and could hurt Trump severely. At this point, no one from the far-right has challenged the President, but it’s early in the season.

Whether it’s Howard Schultz or Charles Schulz running in a third-party slot,  enough votes can be syphoned leading to a result further away from voters’ values. I remember first-time Gen X voters in 2016 saying they would place a revenge vote against Hillary Clinton because of the DNC email disclosures. I gently warned they could get exactly what they didn’t want by voting for someone having no chance of winning. Sadly, the flaw of our Constitution-based two-party system doesn’t handle more than two parties very well. The math doesn’t support it. If enough third, fourth- or fifth-party candidates run, we could end up with a president having less than 40% of the vote. What kind of mandate would that be?

Knowing he will probably never read my words, this is an open letter to Mr. Schultz. Hey, someone has to speak up. Howard Schultz is a chicken shit, white, rich guy who thinks he will get no respect running in a field of Democrat candidates. He is right. Schultz would never be nominated by the Democrat or Republican party. Let’s investigate why he’s not an electable human being. His is one of those rags to riches stories. He didn’t create Starbucks, he simply observed a successful idea and then bought it. He deserves credit for the expansion and amazing success of selling overpriced coffee to young and old across the world, but we have already experienced a “successful” business person’s presidency bringing nothing but blundering breakdowns to our country.

What does a self-made coffee huckster know about governance and it’s inner working? Most people from business placed into the White House take years to grasp how everything works. This has been proven. General Eisenhower needed a few years to develop a feel for being an effective President, and he was smart.

People who run surely want the job. The driver for these types of folk might be a promise they made when they were younger, a sincere desire to make things better or a ravishing hunger to become the most powerful person in the world. In the third case, it’s all about an overactive ego reaching for the ultimate prize, the attainment of which leads to a sober comprehension of the weight and isolation of a new reality. Can they handle that pressure? What guarantee does a voter have that such a person can responsibility and successfully execute the duties of the office? No guarantee, my friend.

Schultz’s company, Starbucks, has been at the center of some stupid things. The company attempts to project an open and free atmosphere, yet they called the cops when a couple of Black guys sat down in one of their Philly locations. I was never fooled by the faux altruism of “Seattle-type” coffee stores. They are a place of status more than a place “for the people.” To their credit though, they recycle materials, ban straws and work for the environment in ways that that many companies should copy. If we are judging candidate Shultz by the company he built, we can all agree that he has been very successful. I’m not sure why his connections or non-connections to Israel have anything to do with his running for president, but more material facts will surely follow if he gets more serious about campaigning.

I suspect Howard Schultz is unable to separate his ego from his aspiration. If he thinks Donald J. Trump is wrong for America and wants to displace him, he needs to run as a Democrat, not as a third-party candidate. If he’s not smart enough to leave his self-interest at the door and fully understand the nation’s electorate, he shouldn’t run for president. Why vote for someone who would deliver exactly the opposite of what they pledge? We already have a person in the White House who does just that. Of course, Donald Trump isn’t sure what he wants, period.

Stand down Howard Schultz. You are entering a room from which you will not be able to escape. You can waste millions of your own money to get what you don’t want, but that is your right in America. Should you follow your folly you will create Trump Version Two. Howard, enjoy your time with Ralph Nader, Ross Perot and Jill Stein on the wall of big blunders. If you were truly a brave American rather than a wimpy coward, you would run as a Democrat.

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WHO FRAMED ROGER STONE?

Trump Whisperer Gets Caught in the Web

It’s time. When someone from the Trump camp says they did nothing wrong, we must turn over that stone and see the evidence. When Trump himself continually says “No Collusion,” we have a pattern of denial that is baked into the man’s shallow credibility. When Roger Stone claimed there was no evidence linking the 2016 Presidential campaign to Russian interference and leaked DNC emails he was lying, just like his buddy, Trump.

There are a lot of things Donald Trump could do to ease the anger that is being fueled by his obvious lack of candor and the thousands of lies he has told, but I doubt that will ever happen. There are clear signs of obstruction of justice in this case, as well as a genuine lack of respect for the law.

Roger Stone is an old school political operative who has worked for Republican politicians like Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Jack Kemp and Bob Dole. Many of his actions may have not been unlawful but they were certainly awful. Most people who know him say this man would do anything to help his client get elected. In the 25-page indictment of Roger Stone, it’s clear that he truly believes he is above the law. His long, late-night conversations with Donald Trump made Mr. Stone more than an employee. He’s a co-conspirator in the attempted hijacking of America’s democratic process.

Stone has been charged with obstruction of justice, making false statements to law enforcement and attempting to persuade a witness to provide false testimony to, and withhold pertinent information from, investigators. The latter is the very reason Paul Manafort has been jailed since he was charged. Why shouldn’t Roger Stone also be incarcerated now?

There are many more shoes that will likely drop and one must ask some basic questions. If you could have a president who didn’t lie, would that be better than the president we have now? Would you like to have a president who has a reasonable understanding of America’s political strength in the world and our need to help keep global peace? Would you like to have a president who doesn’t seem to be working for Putin and Russia? Well, assuming we all want that, we have the wrong president. It’s time to Impeach Trump before he is arrested. He’s been lying through this whole mess.

Why can’t we just get back to NORMAL government? Who framed Roger Stone? He framed himself, just another narcissistic human being trying to seem like a big shot with Donald Trump. As the bullshit veneer is stripped away from the packaging of lies and deceit, Stone and others like him will all go down. They are an embarrassment to the United States of America!

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

 

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PETTY LITTLE BOY

Trump Shows His Major Weakness, Again

Donald J. Trump is clearly the worst president in my lifetime, pushing Richard Nixon out of that insidious position. Once again, his winning any game he is playing is more important then what is good for the country. He creates an environment where he must then boldly act to solve the very problem he created.

Trump lambasted China with tariffs which deeply affected our soy bean farmers in the Midwest. Then, he asked the US taxpayers to help our farmers out of a problem of his own creation. Trump’s actions made the prices of soy beans decrease by 50%, thereby crushing the very people who voted for him. Why wasn’t this better thought out?

He demanded money for a border wall, got $20 billion, then walked away from a grand plan to bond the wall funding with concrete immigration reform. Next, he decided to stonewall Congress and own a shutdown that seriously hurts people. Trump is asking too much of the people who support him. Government agencies, like the IRS, are calling people back to work without pay. What kind of leader is this? How is a worker unessential one day then indispensable the next?

“I will be proud to own a SHUTDOWN!”

Pelosi’s State of the Union delay letter vs. Trump’s No Fly letter is just one example of the stupid things the Goofballs in Washington do all the time. They must be bored with running the country. Trump can’t make things better, he only makes them worse.

And now we get this report from BuzzFeed that President Donald Trump personally directed his longtime former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Moscow Trump Tower project. How many times will we hear the words, “bombshell report” before members of Congress get off their over-fed asses and do something about Trump?

Let’s first reopen the discussion about whether a “sitting President” can be indicted. There is a simple answer here, one that is far above the Department of Justice and the Executive Branch; it’s the very fiber of American Constitutional law. If we truly live in a land of laws, where no man or woman is above the law, then why would a memo that Robert Bork wrote in 2000 keep us from administering justice at the highest level of government? The law must apply to all, and it’s time to test this concept.

Impeachment is the process of cleansing a bad player from one of our three branches of government. It’s not a road well-traveled, but it has been used in the past. The cases against Presidents Andrew Johnson and William Clinton were strong political acts, and they are the only examples of how impeachment has worked in the past. In each case, impeachment proceedings failed to extricate the person from office, but we do have a remedy for a bad actor in the White House. These cases demonstrate that care must be taken to build a foundation of facts and count votes in the Senate before beginning the journey. Nixon would have been convicted, but his party leaders responsibly talked him out of the embarrassment of the ordeal.

By instructing his attorney to lie to Congress, Donald J. Trump has broken the pledge he made during his inaugural swearing-in. “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” It’s the latest example of Trump’s greatest weakness; he lies and will do anything needed to mollify his ego. His judgment is impaired. If the cabinet and Vice President were worthy of their power, they would evoke the 25th Amendment. Of course, that will never happen because Mike Pence is a man of little loyalty to truth. He is a weakling trudging the earth, pulling the might yoke of Christianity, which he places above the Constitution.

Let’s be clear. The Trump Tower project was very important to Trump and his organization, now run by his older sons. Some experts believe the Trump Tower in Moscow would have netted Trump more than $300 million. To be clear, the elements of any crime include: one has engaged in conduct in circumstances forbidden by the criminal law and while doing so, had a defined state of mind in relation to the prohibited conduct, knew that deed was wrong, proceeded with the conduct in order to create a favorable result for the individual. If he ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress to protect the deal, or hide his non-disclosure, Donald Trump is guilty.

But the final straw that will break the camel’s back will come from Robert Mueller’s report, not the press.

As we get closer to a national realization that Trump is bad for America and his words and actions conflict with American interests. Congress must act. If later we find out that Trump had a plan to help Russia, then we would all be complicit in the destruction of important American values. This man is not making America great again; he is slowly tearing our country apart.

We are America. We are better than this. We don’t need Trump. We need an honest, strong and moral leader.  THIS JUST IN…. 

Representative Nancy Pelosi comments on Donald Trump’s cancelling of the Congressional Delegation trip to war zones:

 “In the middle of the night, the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service provided an updated threat assessment detailing that the President announcing this sensitive travel had significantly increased danger to the delegation and to the troops, security, and other officials supporting the trip. This morning, we learned that the Administration had leaked the commercial travel plans as well. In light of the grave threats caused by the President’s action, the delegation has decided to postpone the trip so as not to further endanger our troops and security personnel, or the other travelers on the flights.”

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TRUMP IS CRAZY

America Can Do Better Than This

I woke up this morning with a question thumping through my mind, “Why do Americans have to suffer because of Donald Trump?” For the life of me, I don’t understand why any clear-thinking person can’t see through this bloated baffoon.

First, we do have one of the best economies since right after World War II. Why can’t the boy in power just leave that alone? Why aggravate the situation with emotional trade wars, threating tweets and creating barriers between the US and our allies? If we are doing so well, why would any American have to go without a paycheck? Trump’s theories are ill-conceived and foolish, and they make people go without pay and cause children to die in our custody.

Donald Trump suggests we are going to have to suffer for the short term to fix what he claims has been broken for years, really? For the most part, the world has avoided massive wars during the past 45 years and the economies of most developed countries have been relatively stable. Why screw with that? I don’t believe in Donald Trump. He’s not a king or a deity, but he certainly is a shitty economist.

You can line-up the top economists and Neo-cons in Congress and ask them to explain things, but you will not get a clear answer about what is so wrong with a global economy. We’ve already paid for a better life with cheap clothes and cars. BTW, the air is cleaner in Pittsburgh and a hard drive company now sits where a steel mill used to be. Trump didn’t always buy American steel to build some of his unimaginative buildings, and you can argue that hurt this country. But now that he’s in charge he wants to fix it all. Good luck, fat ass; isolationism works only when you have no friends.

The recent government shutdown, the third in a year, proves that Donald J. Trump is a horrendous executive with zero talent for pre-planning and advanced thinking. We could avoid all this if Trump wasn’t such a stupid politician. Smart politicians get what they want by goals that inflict the least amount of pain on the people they expect to re-elect them.

Trump stood in the rose garden of the White House yesterday and inferred that people who aren’t getting paychecks care more about his wall than the pain they will feel without food on the table. What an out-of-touch human being. What a dolt Donald is.

The Democrats, now swelling with power in the House of Representatives, feel that they must stop Trump. Are their actions purely partisan or are they really executing a brilliant tactic to demonstrate that our leader is only a feckless loser wearing no pants?

What most people don’t understand is that building a wall of the magnitude Trump wants would take decades with a cost close to $200-300 billion. In my hometown, it took six months to repave a one-mile strip of road. At that rate, straight math suggests it would take more than 300 years to build a 2,000-mile border wall.

Donald Trump knows that construction projects take time. Building the Trump Tower in New York took two years, and two people died in the process.

The real problem here folks, as the Donald likes to call you, is that we have a thug-businessman in the White House, and that doesn’t seem to be working in DC. As much as I hate Newt Gingrich, at least he understands that Washington works on its own rules and on its own clock. Trump knows nothing; I’m not at all sure about what skills he has. He certainly doesn’t know how to please all the people who want him to be a real leader, including 60% of American citizens and our allies all over the world.

Trump’s government shutdown over the wall is symbolic of his whole presidency. He cares only about a win for Trump, regardless of the cost to American workers and their families. He casts a shadow over the prospect of meaningful negotiation by saying the government could be shut down for months, maybe years. What a fucking baby. And then he says he could declare a national emergency and build the wall as Commander-in-Chief. Now you know why Mattis quit, General Kelly is gone, and McMaster is missing in action. Yet our lunatic President claims that he knows how America works. Where are the new Generals to step up keep this jagoff under control? Well I call BS. It’s time to impeach the motherfucker. To be clear, both Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels are mothers.