Trump Running, Major Challenge

Last night, Donald John Trump announced he has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Committee to run for president in 2024. It wasn’t much of a surprise; it was almost as if Trump were trying to beat some mysterious deadline. This will be his third race, and his move might have less to do with running for office and more to do with having a stay-out-of-jail card. He’s being naïve if he genuinely believes that running for president will provide inoculation against indictment. It’s just another lie he perpetrates and believes.

Now before we get into the minutiae of media manipulation and maniacal mental meanderings, let’s take a walk down history lane for a brief lesson in ego and politics.

In 1901, President William McKinley made a trip to the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, where the new technology of an X-ray machine was demonstrated. Something horrible happened there. An anarchist shot the 25th president. After eight days in bed with his wounds, McKinley passed away because doctors were unable to remove the bullet. Some thought the new X-ray device could help surgeons seek the slug, but the machine’s inventors warned that a piece of metal exposed to X-rays would have a detrimental effect on the patient, so they did not use it. But wait, the story gets better.


Some corrupt New York politicians and certain other elements of the political machinery hated Teddy Rosevelt, so they pushed him into the VP slot during McKinley’s second run. Well, McKinley won the election but lost horribly in Buffalo, therefore the crooked powerbrokers now had Theodore Rosevelt as the 26th President. They had gambled and lost.

Teddy Roosevelt served out McKinley’s second term (which only lasted one month due to death), but when running for reelection he said that, if elected, he would serve no more than one term. After winning reelection, Roosevelt began to regret his disclaimer. Nonetheless, he remained true to his word, and after completing his first elected term he left the office. Another Republican, William Taft, became president in 1909.

Roosevelt went off to explore the world and years after being away he returned to New York where the city threw him an outrageous welcome and parade. Teddy’s ego was ignited and he decided to challenge his buddy William Taft and run for president again. The fight went all the way to the Republican National Convention, where the egotistical Roosevelt lost the party’s nomination. In anger, Teddy marched out of the hall, got up on a flatbed truck and announced to the adoring press that he was forming a third political party, the Bull Moose Party.

What Teddy did to his own party and to his former friend Taft was unsightly and undignified. With a third party in the 1912 election, Roosevelt and incumbent William Taft each garnered roughly 25 percent of the popular vote. Princeton University President Woodrow Wilson won 42 percent of the vote to become the 28th US President.

Wilson was an unhealthy, bigoted racist human who was also woefully unskilled in world affairs. His lack of attention after World War I and inability to push back during the Treaty of Versailles discussions plunged Germany into financial ruin, which gave birth to the Nazi movement. One might be tempted to blame Teddy Roosevelt for this, but it’s impossible to know what he or Taft would have done at Versailles.

I think it’s safe to say Teddy Roosevelt’s ego was bigger than anything we’ve seen until Donald Trump, who’s now at his Mar-a-Lago resort screeching how he wants to be president again. Curiously, with his declaration that he is running again he’s also admitting that he LOST in 2020. So, I guess the big lie is useful only for raising money, not for legal declarations. But there is a bigger problem here.

If the Republican National Committee is smart, which is a giant stretch, they will rid themselves of the leadership of Ronna Romney McDaniel who is a Trump sycophant and terrible political operative. Just look at the midterm results. As for Florida Senator Rick Scott trying to unseat Mitch McConnell as minority leader in the Senate, well that’s much like appointing the fox to the night security position at the hen house. Rick Scott was the person who talked about eliminating Social Security and pushed the lousy slate of Trump-picked midterm bozo candidates. How in any logical world is this man ready to lead anything? And of course in a secret vote, Scott lost to McConnell who must have lewd pictures of everyone in the Senate.

Now we arrive at the crux of the matter. Let’s say that in about five hundred days a bunch of people run against Trump for the Republican nomination. Sure, we’ll have debates, and the primaries in states like Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina and others that might deal Trump a blow “like we’ve never seen before.” Further, let’s speculate they have the “come to Jesus meeting’ and tell Donald he’s not the guy. Oh, Boy!

Should that happen, I’ll lay money on Trump’s narcissistic personality disorder erupting and leading him to form a third party to burn down those who don’t like him. The action of an angry little boy taking his ball and going home will cause death and destruction along the way that will take decades to fix. By making a third-party run, Trump will pave the way for a Democratic win, even it if were Kamala Harris. Mark my words.

Politics is not a predictable concept, as proven by the recent slate of research figures. It’s always a gamble. We have no way of knowing what a given candidate might do as president. In this case, however, Trump is the devil we know, and he’s clearly stated he will get back at anyone in his way, pardon all the January 6th insurrections and, once again, tear away at American democracy.

As the Trump 2024 flags and signs go up, let’s all remember that America hates a loser. If Donald Trump wants to be the Buffalo Bills of politics it’s fine with me, but in the off chance he becomes president again I might be looking for a new place to live. Trump has just caused major problems for the RNC and those who work there. Watch out, kiddos. If you don’t make him president, he will take your ball and go home.










Conundrum: Divide or Convict

Why can’t Donald Trump just go away? Over the past four years the man has trained many of us to be to be vindictive and angry, and I admit membership in that group. I have always disliked people who are more interested in assigning blame than pursuing solutions. Trump constantly created a problem, then immediately looked for a fall guy to tag with the crime. Attorney General Jeff Sessions put kids in cages at the southern US border, and Trump blamed Obama when that tragedy was discovered.

Things got out of hand when Donald Trump urged his rabid fans to march to the Capital and take back their country with strength. He was quick to say it was wrong, but his pronouncement of innocence was written by lawyers and quickly angered “Q” of QAnon, who called him a failure. House of Representatives’ Kevin McCarthy asserted there was plenty of guilt to go around, which was a non-blame-blame that injudicious people use to deflect.

Rules are needed as the Senate moves forward with another impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump. Senators must affirm that they will perform their duties honestly and with due diligence. After hearing the charges, the Senate usually deliberates in private. The Constitution requires a two-thirds supermajority in an impeachment trial, and in this case 67 Senators would be needed to convict. However, the decision of whether Trump should be convicted or acquitted is only the first step.

Upon conviction in the Senate, the impeached is removed from office and may, by a separate vote, be barred from holding any future federal office. This vote requires a simple majority, or 51 Senators. If the Senate were deadlocked in a 50-50 tie, Vice President Kamala Harris would cast the tie-breaking vote and vanquish the evil prince of darkness to his political death.

Some claim that a president cannot be convicted of impeachment once they leave office, but I have a thought that hasn’t been discussed by the Congress or media. This country has laws that prohibit a person from causing insurrection. It wouldn’t be too much of a leap to charge Trump in local courts for what he inspired and commanded in the Capitol Hill riot.

The legal language of 18 U.S. Code § 2383 – Rebellion or insurrection is clear, “Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.” The word “incites” quite accurately describes Trump’s actions and, you know what, a year in prison might help him get into shape.

Another idea is calling to order a Grand Jury in D.C. to present the case, and if a charge results then arrest him. Trump no longer holds office, and he is not protected by presidential immunity. Sure, it would enrage millions of people, but no man is above the law and it’s time we start to honor that American legal declaration.

The CNN website is reporting that the Arizona Republican Party voted to publicly punish Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey, former Republican Senator Jeff Flake and the wife of the late John McCain, Cindy McCain, who opposed Trump’s efforts to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory. The state’s GOP also went after controversial party chairwoman Kelli Ward. It’s worth noting that Arizona turned, as they say, blue in the 2020 Presidential Election and now both State Senators are Democrats.

When Republicans in the US Congress assert that another Impeachment trial will further divide the country, perhaps they should first worry about how their own party has been divided. Trump caused that split as well as the deaths that took place January 6, 2021 on Capitol Hill. Some of these Republicans care more about being elected than the lives of American citizens.

Senator Lindsey Graham

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham gets under my skin the most. One moment he says, “Enough is enough,” and then hours later he’s on the golf course with Trump and defending him once again. You see, it’s all a game to them, like golf where one can use a “do over” or, as they call it, a “mulligan.” Think of Tiger Woods coming back from his moral transgressions and mishaps to regain ultimate redemption, winning and more money.

The Republican Party took a giant gamble on Trump and they lost. Graham and others like him are still trying to protect Trump. They will double-down on this loser and eventually pay the price. I’ll say it once again — Mitch McConnell is right. The devil must be expelled from the GOP.

For that to happen, Donald Trump must be banned from running for any federal office for life, and to achieve that, the Senate must convict Trump in his impeachment trial. You cannot ban if you do not take a stand. Should those spineless Senatorial bastards acquit him, it will be like walking out of the hospital refusing the chemo, giving the cancer more time to destroy them.

You might say that it’s easy for me to sit here and spout my political wisdom, but once again we are about to remake the same mistakes that screwed us before. When the pandemic hit, no one looked at the historical warnings embedded in the 1918-1919 Spanish flu. Trump kept referring to it as 1917.

Bull Moose Teddy

When Teddy Roosevelt came back from his vacation in Africa, he wanted to be president again. When he lost the Republican nomination in 1912 to the incumbent and former friend, President William Taft, he stormed out of the convention hall and jumped up on the back of a flatbed truck and screamed to the reporters, “I feel as strong as a bull moose!” Does such bragging sound familiar? Roosevelt proceeded to hijack and rename the Progressive Party, the “Bull Moose Party.”  By creating a third party, Teddy sabotaged the Republican Party and Democrat Woodrow Wilson won the White House. It’s possible that Trump will do something similar.

Donald John Trump has already divided and destroyed. If he’s not barred from holding office and the Republicans do not nominate him in 2024, his ego will drive him to form his own “Bullhead Party,” which would guarantee the Democrats keeping power. So many politicians never learn from history; they simply repeat it. The Arizona Republican party just proved this. Attack the righteous for they tell the truth. Nice.

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