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Monday, September 25, 2017

Loyalty, allegiance, patriotism

How many Americans realize how precarious is their state of the union?

Do they believe that Donald Trump and his administration and the Republican Congress are managing with competence to protect citizens’ interests?

Are they concerned about the nation’s fiscal condition?

“The crumbling U.S. economy is putting an extraordinary amount of financial stress on American families.  For many Americans, "flat broke" has become a permanent condition.
 Today, over half of all American families live paycheck to paycheck.  Unemployment is rampant and those that do actually have jobs are finding that their wages are rising much more slowly than prices are.”
 http://www.businessinsider.com/american-families-are-broke-2011-7

Are they concerned about the propensity of President Trump for recklessness that increases the probability of war?

“The president’s inflammatory and occasionally incoherent address, moreover, was a grab-bag of half-truths and reckless accusations, red meat tossed to the ravenous crowd who filled the convention center. During 90 minutes:
  • Mr. Trump misrepresented his actions in the immediate aftermath of the tragic events in Charlottesville, omitting that he had expressed a moral equivalence between the neo-Nazi demonstrators and their counterparts.
  • Mr. Trump accused the national media of deliberate dishonesty in reporting his statements regarding Charlottesville, which were covered in their totality across media platforms.
  • Mr. Trump undermined the rule of law by boasting that he will pardon the convicted criminal Joe Arpaio, not as an act of merciful justice, but to celebrate Mr. Arpaio’s flouting of court orders and immigration laws during his tenure as sheriff in Phoenix.
  • Mr. Trump repeatedly used racial and ethnic coding to accuse the media and the establishment of trying to rob “us” of our “history and our heritage.”
  • Mr. Trump claimed against ample objective evidence to the contrary that he has so far managed the most successful presidency in history.”
 https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2017/08/23/editors-trumps-recklessness-danger-body-politic
 
Are these concerns just things that intellects and journalists invent, or are they something people should be concerned with and addressing their elected officials with rigor?

The headline is about loyalty, allegiance, and patriotism. If you believe that your government has become tyrannical and is betraying you, then how do you address “loyalty.”

Being loyal to our nation and the rule of law is a necessity, not an option. Citizens demonstrate that by serving their community and nation and by obeying laws and regulations.

What if the President and Members of Congress fail to uphold their oath of office? What if they become tyrannical?

Tyranny is when the President and Congress exercise power in a cruel or arbitrary way. Citizens are witnessing this on a recurring basis with Donald Trump. His actions are unchecked by members of his party in Congress, to the extent that some believe they are obstructing justice.

Loyal and allegiant citizens resist tyranny and revolt against oppression. Those are patriotic actions. Pushing back against evil and un-American activities is patriotic.

Going along is not.


Tyrannical Trump


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Trump and the NFL Protests

The news of late is about NFL football players kneeling during the National Anthem. They are taking a knee in protest of the Trump-led government. It isn’t an act of disrespect for the nation nor is it being disrespectful to military service members and those in the law enforcement, emergency, and homeland protection services.

Trump, his followers, and the Republican Party are in denial that the majority of Americans are taking a knee on this government. The reason being that the government is undermining the US Constitution and rule of law. It is illegitimate and when proven in a court of law, it is likely that Trump and his associates will be found guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors.

The visible evidence that is circumstantial has mounted since his tenure. Trump’s behavior in office has further undermined his status.


Don’t be fooled for a minute that the NFL players in protest are insulting Americans. They are speaking out for most of us.


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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Democrat Elder Statespersons

The news today is about Hillary Clinton's role in the party today. At best, it would be right behind her husband. She has turned her database over to many people apparently. 

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are appealing to yesteryears losers and not to the millennials who are the future.

Find grandchildren with a conscience to lead America and to replace those who are without empathy and social and environmental responsibility. Clear the deck.

Chelsea, you can be the new spokesperson for your parents. It is called "assisted living."

"Hillary Clinton looks for her role in midterms 
Hillary Clinton wants to play a role in next year’s midterm elections. It’s just not clear yet what that role will be. 
Clinton has already launched a PAC aimed at helping congressional Democratic candidates in 2018, signaling the former first lady, senator and secretary of state is ready to help her party with fundraising. 
She also is looking at the House districts she won in last year’s presidential contest against Donald Trump as part of an autopsy of her failed campaign, according to two sources who have spoken to the former secretary of state." 
The Hill

The right Clinton for the times.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Heard Enough from Trump

Donald Trump continued to throw cold water all over the US intelligence service that is adamant that Russians interfered in Election 2016 with indisputable evidence. Why is Trump doing this the day before he meets with Vladimir Putin?

The answer is twofold: 1) Trump is conflicted and most likely a colluder, and 2) Acknowledging Russian interference undermines his legitimacy. Putting himself first, he subordinates the nation and its citizens to suit him while failing his oath of office.

Reasonable Republicans, if they exist, will join Democrats in accelerating the impeachment of Donald Trump.

Trump still doesn't seem to believe his intelligence agencies on Russia 
Jeremy Herb,  Zachary Cohen
Updated 8:18 PM ET, Thu July 6, 2017 
Story highlights 
The President declined to state definitively that Russia meddled in the 2016 US election
Trump's skepticism of the intelligence community could have broader implications 
(CNN)President Donald Trump still can't commit. 
Nearly six months into his presidency, President Donald Trump declined yet again Thursday to state definitively that Russia meddled in the 2016 US election. 
Trump said it might have been Russia, but he raised the prospect that it could have been others, too, clashing with the US intelligence community's assessment that Russian intelligence agencies interfered." 
http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/06/politics/trump-intelligence-agencies-russia/index.html


One day he will meet the evidence.

Toothless Ethics

The director of the Ethics Office quit. The reason is that no one is backing ethics enforcement. The President is allegedly violating conflicts of interest, and Congress doesn't seem to care one bit, much less the President.

Trump is violating laws and regulations right and left. The court has stopped him on many occasions, though no one has levied punishment.

The whole world is watching. Congress and Republicans are going along. Democracy and freedom is downgraded.
"Ethics Office Director Walter Shaub Resigns, Saying Rules Need To Be Tougher 
July 6, 20171:01 PM ET
Peter Overby 2010 
Outgoing ethics director Walter Shaub said in January that President Trump's plan to reduce conflicts of interest "doesn't meet the standards ... that every president in the past four decades has met." 
Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub Jr. is turning in his resignation on Thursday. 
The move follows months of clashes with the White House over issues such as President Trump's refusal to divest his businesses and the administration's delay in disclosing ethics waivers for appointees." 
NPR

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Stuck on Unfit

The news today reported by NPR, the channel that the GOP sought to shut down, is that most Americans believe that President Trump has done something wrong.

In conversations this past weekend with many Republicans, they wince at the President's behavior but continue to ask, "Where's the evidence." That is followed with, "How long will the investigation continue because apparently, they have nothing?"

Citizens and the Special Prosecutor have seen sufficient indications that warrant investigation. Investigating Trump's apparent violations of the Emolument Clause of the Constitution take much time because the IRS must consider a massively complex business with many tentacles. One might ask if the prosecutors or IRS find a single violation that is worthy of prosecution, must they wait to finish the rest before filing charges?

There is a Misprision of Fraud violation pending that is part of the Michael Flynn investigation. That is on the front burner of the Prosecutors and might be the first to pop. They won't advance that until they have exhausted obtaining as much information as they can from Flynn with a multitude of links to others in the Trump campaign including the President.

These matters are serious and detailed.

A more responsible Congress could pull the trigger on Trump's lying and slanderous allegations against former President Obama and others, though that will not happen because it is conflicted.

"A majority of Americans believe President Trump has done something either illegal or unethical when it comes to Russia, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.
The 54 percent of people who believe something untoward has gone on include a quarter who believe the president has done something illegal in regards to his dealings with Russia, and 29 percent of Americans who think he has done something unethical, but not illegal. Thirty-six percent of Americans believe Trump has done nothing wrong. Those numbers reflect an increase in the number of Americans believing something either illegal or unethical went on compared to a February 2017 Marist survey when 49 percent of Americans thought the president had done something either illegal or unethical in regards to Russia."
NPR 



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Untried Solution to North Korea

Kim Jong-un enjoys his role as "supreme ruler" of North Korea and wants to secure it by amassing nuclear power to intimidate his rivals and enemies: South Korea, Japan China, Russia, and the US.

Surrounded by military and political leaders, Kim Jong-un is not alone in his role.

Kim Jong-un would undoubtedly wish that his legacy is one that ensures a better way of life and security for his nation.

The obstacles to his success in the free-world include:

1. His form of government.
2. His style of leadership.
3. His lack of desire to assimilate as a participant in the free-world.

Could anything change his mind albeit twisted as it is?

What if Kim Jong-un can be assured of a personally splendid life without fear from enemies?

Is it possible to present a slate and schedule of changes that he leads and implements such that he and his people are rewarded for measurable progress?

Otherwise, the downside risk of annihilation remains, yet what about presenting a believable and practical path with a positive outcome?

That is diplomacy. That is dealmaking of the type Donald Trump promised.

There Is a Peaceful Way Out of the North Korea Crisis 
Kim Jong Un’s nuclear and missile programs represent one of the most dangerous challenges since the end of the Cold War. But there are opportunities to stop them.
A North Korean navy truck carries a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of country's founding father, Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, on April 15, 2017.  
A North Korean navy truck carries a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of country's founding father, Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, on April 15, 2017. Damir Sagolj / Reuters 
LARRY DIAMOND  APR 26, 2017   
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/04/north-korea-trump-china/524349/



Image: Damir Sagolj / Reuters