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Friday, June 15, 2018

What do you make of this?

Here is a question for Trump supporters. Trump selected Paul Manafort as his campaign chairman at a critical stage in the campaign when he needed the GOP votes at the convention to win the nomination. Manafort delivered and also recommended Mike Pence as his running mate.

Now, Paul Manafort has run amok with the law for at least two decades. He has been active since Reagan and intimate with the Republican Party. Did anyone vet Manafort beyond his bank account? Apparently not.

Did Donald Trump vet his intimate campaign manager? Now, we know that Manafort was operating illegally as a foreign agent with Ukraine and Vladimir Putin's puppets there. That is a Russian link. Manafort failed to report foreign bank accounts and failed to pay taxes which is illegal. Even a modestly aggressive background check would have shown red flags. However, neither Trump nor the Republican Party leadership cared one bit.

Today, Manafort sits in jail awaiting trial because he was witness tampering that alone will keep him in jail for twenty years. That is the character on which Donald Trump road to The White House.

Donald Trump is one such flawed character who also attacks the rule of law and those enforcing it. The Republican Party leadership are accessories in Trump's attempts at obstructing justice and conspiring against the United States of America which is the first charge against Paul Manafort.

As a Trump loyalist, what does that make you? Do you call yourself a patriot? Are you a Christian? Or, are you just plain despicable?


Trump's Illegal Use of a Non-Profit

It is more than sleazy to use a non-profit to channel money to your private business. That trick is an old one for which State and Federal regulators are on alert. It is illegal and a crime to do so. The Trump Foundation committed crimes as did Trump University for which the latter was guilty and fined. Now, the State Attorney General in New York ordered the Trump Foundation closed. The prosecution will follow.

Trump actions are part of an in-depth history of Donald Trump disrespecting laws and regulations and paying fines when caught. A person who believes and demonstrates by his actions that he is above the law, should not be President of the United States. No person is above the law.

Impeach him.

"Trump's legal troubles pile up despite release of IG report 
President Trump’s legal troubles grew deeper on Thursday, even as his supporters took a measure of vindication from the release of a watchdog report critical of former FBI Director James Comey. 
For Trump, any political benefits to be gleaned from the highly anticipated report were diluted by a decision announced hours earlier in New York, where state Attorney General Barbara Underwood (D) filed a lawsuit against the president’s charitable group, the Donald J. Trump Foundation." 
The Hill Email

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Trump, the Target

Former FBI Director, James Comey and some associates made mistakes in handling the Clinton Email Investigation, not in the actual investigative process, but in how and when the status was announced that violated FBI practices and protocol.

The IG report clearly identified five employees who overtly exposed their biases, including two who opposed Donald Trump. They were removed from the Russian Investigation resulting from that.

While the FBI's reputation was harmed by those making mistakes, there was no evidence of political bias.

The investigation into Russian Interference in the Election 2016 Cycle is warranted by intelligence and subsequent details that led to issuing charges and indictments.

The facts are that members of the Donald Trump Campaign were engaged in a conspiracy to cooperate or collude with Russians. Donald Trump was responsible for the actions of his campaign members that included his family and campaign manager.

The investigation will likely result in indictments and an impeachment referral to Congress. It is apparent to anyone with their eyes and ears open that Donald Trump did everything that he could to obstruct and deny an investigation into Russian interference that led to a meeting with Russian participants in the Trump Tower. His handprints are all over the place.

Trump's behavior while in office is despicable to most Americans. The American Political System must process the facts and citizens will cast their votes in the Midterm Elections indicating the way forward.

Trump is the target of an investigation by the American people whose job it is to evaluate his performance on merit and facts.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Not the Nation of Trump

The majority of Americans have not sold their souls to Donald Trump. They did not elect Trump as their president by a majority. While his propaganda sways 25-40 percent of the population, the majority don't buy it. 

The Republican Party has become the party of compromised, greedy, and bigoted people, a sizeable audience that proves the danger of ignorance in America. Follow this leader, and you will soon see the consequences.

Aligned with totalitarianism, President Trump and his "brown-shirt" loyalists march in lock-step to undermine American democracy. They attack the free press and all of the institutions that protect citizens from tyranny. We are a nation under siege by an insurgency.

"Ignoring warning signs, GOP continues rebranding itself as the party of Trump 
The Republican Party appears united now not by fealty to ideas or policies but to a man, and ambitious GOP candidates agree: Success in the primaries demands the full support of the president. But many experts and some GOP politicians see peril in the general elections this November. 
By David Weigel, Robert Costa and Seung Min Kim" 
The Washington Post

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Trump, the anti-truth

Sadly, Donald Trump continues to attack the pillars of democracy and truth including the press. The truth hurts Trump more than anything, and soon the facts will choke the regime to its conclusion as the anti-truth.

Not a single foreign policy expert can point to any details resulting from the handshakes and signatures from the Trump and Kim Jong-un meeting. There is nothing there, and the event is fake.

A handshake might thaw a harsh relationship, but Trump is so eager for a public relations-win that he was willing to give away a prize without reciprocity.

Because the media and both Democrats and many Republicans are honest about the situation, he attacks them. He intends to rally his cult that is no longer the Republican party. Instead, it is jello-fed Trumpians.

Disgraceful and harmful is this President who should face impeachment and prosecution for crimes to be named soon.

"After meeting with North Korean dictator, Trump calls press America's 'biggest enemy'

by Brian Stelter   @brianstelter
June 13, 2018: 12:18 PM ET   

Trump touts trust with Kim in TV interview 
Hours after returning from a trip where he lavished praise on one of the world's worst dictators, President Trump declared that America's biggest enemy is... "fake news."


Twenty-four hour news cycle success

Here is an honest analysis of Trump's North Korean progress. Yes, a personal handshake is a sign of progress in this situation. That is for the 24-hour news cycle.

However, there are no details from the initial meeting except that North Korea says they will approach denuclearization and Trump gave away our military war games with South Korea with nothing in return. Those are facts.

Foreign policy experts report that nothing material has changed except that Trump torpedoed our allies and altered the balance of power that kept us safe since 1945. Those are also facts.

Flippant, reckless and feckless, Donald Trump appeals to Americans who are near-sighted and who cannot envision and measure the consequences.

In my books and academic work with Dr. James A. Rodger, Indiana University PA, we address predictive management and how to calculate the consequences of policies over the lifecycle of decisions, policies, and legislation.

American citizens who must survive beyond the next fifteen years should be concerned about Trump policies and decisions that will likely implode before then. If you are in the age group 18-50, you should be immensely interested and increase your knowledge about what you can do to improve your government.

"Summit gives Trump political boost — with risks 
President Trump is likely to get a political boost from his Singapore summit with Kim Jong Un, but experts tell The Hill the president also faces risks now that he “owns” any future challenges that arise from North Korea. 
Insiders from both parties cautioned that any gains by Trump could be short-lived, given that the politics of the Korean Peninsula are fraught." 
The Hill
Reading list:

Smart Data, Enterprise Performance Optimization Strategy by James A. George and James A. Rodger (c) 2010 Wiley Publishing

How to Select an American President by James A. George and James A. Rodger (c) 2017 Archway Publishing

Regenerating America with Sustainable Economics by James A. George and James A. Rodger (c) 2017 Archway Publishing

These books contain actionable solutions for improving America.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Take a Deep Breath

On a late night in America and on an early morning in Singapore, Amercian President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un met face-to-face to change the tone in a hostile relationship.

This attempt at transformation begins on a personal basis between leaders.

For the majority of the populations of the US and North Korea, most don't have a clue about the others.

Americans are divided between those favoring more social and environmental responsibility and those approving capitalism and smaller government.

Americans are conflicted between conservative religious values and freedom from religion.

They are conflicted by those seeking equality among all including gender, race, and beliefs versus those harboring bigotry and propensity to discriminate.

North Koreans live in a controlled dictatorship, by an authoritarian regime that was created under the influence of Communist Chinese and Soviets that made them proxies in a war with the United States.

North Koreans were indoctrinated to fight against their fellow Koreans in the South while becoming a nation-state isolated and dependent upon the Chinese for survival.

Fascinating is that the authoritarian system was able to develop into a considerable military force that resulted in a stalemate for more than fifty years with a truce, but no armistice.

An authoritarian regime, backed by another authoritarian regime is able to concentrate resources to develop nuclear weapons at an extreme human cost.

Americans have elected a leader whose personal character is grossly flawed for which citizens have every right to be concerned about trust and honesty from the incumbent regime.

An American bully president advances foreign policy, economic and military policy that out lies the democratic institutions and processes intended to check the abuse of executive power.

An American Congress became complicit with the authoritarian leader who is more comfortable dealing with dictators than with traditional allies.

Political parties in America are failing to produce superior qualified candidates for elected office because there are no standards for their performance and no standards governing the evaluation of candidates.

While the Republic of North Korea appears to be advancing toward a less hostile relationship with its neighbors and enemies, the American republic appears to be eroding in its Constitutional values and the rule of law.

Nation-states and their citizen populations will endure far longer than the leaders at a moment in history.

Sigh, at the prospect of denuclearization and know that the way ahead will be fraught with details and challenges that will test the leaders and the entire systems of governance on which they are founded.

North Koreans may be awakened by the prospect of progress made by their leaders and government engaging the world community.

Americans should be worried by the prospect that their leaders have eroded the democratic republic and are increasingly untrustworthy in the global community.

Human rights are lost in this discussion because the American leader didn't want to address the topic. Yet, human rights and economic sustainability are the primary considerations and the details that are the way forward.

Read: How to Select an American President by James A. George and James A. Rodger (c) 2017 Archway Publishing

Read: Regenerating America with Sustainable Economics by James A. George and James A. Rodger (c) 2017 Archway Publishing

Citizen education is the way forward.