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Racists, Corrupt Politicians & Terrorists Have Something in Common: Cowardice

Heather Heyer is the first visible martyr in the resistance. Rest in power.

heyerWhen you fight a disease, you can treat the symptoms, but you won’t get a cure unless you remove the infected cells or halt the root cause of the disease.  When a society has a disease, the logical options to a cure are the same: remove the infected cells or stop the cause of the disease. The US government is suffering from internalized greed disease. Unless cured, it is usually fatal to a society. 

Background:

They called it the roaring twenties because there were excesses of wealth but also of poverty. The Depression of 1929 happened when the wealth gap reached a breaking point.  FDR’s New Deal was about checking the wealth gap. Then something happened in the early 1980’s. The progressive tax system, which was the way we paid for the New Deal, started disappearing. Monopolies, once legislated against, were allowed to profligate. Money started shifting to the top 10% – and ultimately to the top 1%. This trend was amplified by inevitable technology- the internet revolution, robotics and then outsourcing.

Progressive taxation had been clearly keeping the middle class in the middle. So why did it go away? There’s only one logical answer: Politicians got bought by the corporations that benefited by the tax changes. Buying politicians is probably highly illegal. But our politics is now so corrupt that a fraternity of players vowed to silence is protecting the criminals within. After all, they all have dirt on each other. Thick as thieves, they used to say. 

What does political corruption have to do with terrorism and racism? 

People who are generally content with the creature comforts of life are not easily enrolled into violence and hate.  Deprived and forgotten classes are easier to sell on the notion that other races of men and immigrants are taking their jobs! That meme breeds hate of the others. And that results in a divided nation – which is obviously what Trump wants. If he did not want this, he would speak differently. 

Heather Heyer was a victim of an act that was inspired by the division in our nation that Trump stokes daily with his words. Ironically, the his followers have been sold the hate others meme by the very same people that keep them from the creature comforts and needs that could set them free of their hatred. . The GOP pulls this off with lies and a news station that is more propaganda than news. 

This scenario is pretty much the same in the Middle East. Could ISIS or MS-13 enroll people to fight for them if their people had something hopeful to live for? Not so easily. Saudi Arabian citizens are fairly well off and we don’t often see their youth running to fight for ISIS. But the Saudi government is sort of like the Koch Brothers of the Middle East. They promote hatred and terrorism while not partaking in it. They squash their free press.  Trump is doing the same thing as best he can.

We can minimize the effects of greed disease in our society, and I argue we were in the process of doing that after WW11 – during our “golden years” from 1950 to 1964.  But Ronald Reagan got sold on the idea of protecting big business, most likely from GE, whose TV show he used to host in the 1960’s things began to change.  Then in the 1980’s, Gordon Gecko said “greed is good”, and somehow this was not rejected by the nation as a whole; it was largely embraced.  At that point, the golden age of America was over.

Greed is the root cause of racism, Nazism and terrorism. Jesus knew this 2000 years ago, and he was killed for it – by the greedy. 

There are honest ways to fight for what you believe in. But today we are witnessing greed infused with cowardice. Greedy cowards don’t want to climb the ladder the way honest, loving people see fit to. They see short-cuts. The greedy will lie, steal, hide and kill to get ahead because they are cowards. What are they afraid of? They’re afraid of doing hard work. They’re afraid they don’t have what it takes. They’re afraid they are unqualified and must cheat to win.

Donald Trump has been such a coward all his life. Greedy cowards side-step laws and eventually develop the mentality that they are above the law. That’s exactly what happened to Trump. He spent a lifetime cheating to win – using lawyers to side-step our laws. Now that we’ve given him the mantle of the presidency he just wants to say he is the law, or he alone is above the law -just like a greedy cowardly autocrat.

I realize greed has been around for a very long time and is not going away. The ideals of the individual do not, and will never align with the ideals of the society. This is just biology. Darwinism. 

But we were on the path to a fix here in America after WW11. And the fix was simple: a progressive tax system.  All we need to do is reinstate the tax and monopoly laws that were in place then, adjusting then for today’s reality, and I think that golden age can return. It’s not that hard to do. But we have to get greed, corruption and money out of politics to do it, right?

And we can’t do any of this with the leadership we have now. Trump represents the very embodiment of a twisted greedy soul. 

Yesterday, somebody very wise told me that “crap rises to the top before it’s flushed away”. Maybe that’s a necessary step. washMaybe we must see our problem to eliminate it. We are seeing the dirt rise to the top almost every day.  Maybe that will be the Trump Cycle’s historical meaning: a much needed 4 -year cleaning cycle.  The Trump Era? Not! It’s the Trump Cycle – a much needed cleaning cycle.

Progressive taxation does not eliminate personal greed, but it helps by making it harder for wealth to pool at the top. It does this while not stifling capitalism. Nothing else will work to restore harmony in America. There is no other way to pay for healthcare, infrastructure and all the things we need. All else is robbing Peter to pay Paul.  All else is word salad. They used to call it double-talk. 

So yes, we clearly need new leadership in the USA. We need to get the current president, all his appointees and any that align with him – out of office.

Unchecked greed is the root cause to all our societal ills. We can legislate our way out of this mess, the way we did after WW11. Sharing our common wealth more evenly is the cure for most of out ills. 

The capitalistic system will break when the gap between the rich and poor gets too great. Then it’s 1929 all over again. A communist system also has a break point. It’s all about the wealth gap.

A resistance has emerged. Here it’s the resistance. There it’s ISIS. This dogfight persists until there is a full-blown revolution. We are on that path. We all can feel that as a distinct possibility. Some call it an impending constitutional crisis. 

The way out is the 2018 midterms. Vote out all elected official aligned with Donald Trump. Look to elect those who appear to have more socialistic, compassionate, people-oriented viewpoints. We can reset our American society, but we need the right people in Congress to do it. The people in charge now never had any desire to help us. Most got into politics for self promotion. And greed is not good. 

Heather Heyer was the first visible martyr of the resistance.

Rest in power.

 

 

 

 

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Trump’s Tariffs Makes the Price of a Coke Go Up. So What Does GDP Growth Mean for Most Americans?

If GDP growth was spread out evenly across the population, every person in your family should have had $4300 more to spend in the last year. Did that happen for you? 

Dear Trump supporter:

From now until the November midterms, you are going to hear Trump and the GOP selling you that everything is getting better for you and all Americans citing the GDP, the Gross Domestic Product, as proof. In theory, GDP is the sum of the dollar value of everything made in the US for any given year. In theory, if that GDP number goes up, it should means things are getting better for Americans. The second quarter’s GDP growth was 4.1%. It’s a good number. But does it really mean things are getting better for you?

Let’s take a look at the recent history of published GDP figures.  ( Google GDP and GDP per capita. ) The numbers are in trillions of dollars, which is 1,000 billion.

I also show a line graph which breaks the GDP numbers down to GDP per person. That should be the only important graph to average Americans because it shows how the GDP growth is helping the average American. And it’s not!

You can see that our ability to buy things with this GDP “growth” has been slowly sinking. That’s because our annual inflation usually outruns our GDP growth. Note: Trump’s tariffs are going to accelerate the cost of living and inflation way beyond the 4.1 % reported GDP growth.

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What Do These Graphs Mean?

Though GDP goes up nearly every year since 2000 from 1% to 4%, when you adjust for inflation, cost of living and population growth, the per capita spending power of the average American is on a slow 40 year slide – going back to Reagan. The Clinton economy started very badly, but made a valiant recovery in its last few years resulting in an almost even situation for most Americans. Bush’ s presidency was the worst for most Americans and ended with a depression. Obama’s term made up the slight loss of the Clinton presidency, but what was lost in the Bush years and the years before has not been recovered. And Trump’s presidency has really just begun, so it’s hard to tell if GDP growth is helping most Americans so far. With tariffs and oil prices up, it feels like another economic wash. So let’s look closer.

In Trump’s first two years you can see GDP is up 1.13 trillion dollars. But how does that help you? Divide the GDP growth by the number of people ( man, woman and children)  in the USA. That is 1.13 trillion divided by 300 million. That number is $4300 per person. That means that if GDP growth was spread out evenly across the population, every person in your family should have had $4300 more to spend in the last year. Did that happen for you and yours?

What happens if that $4300 per person money only goes to CEO’s and people like Trump who are already super-rich? The answer is – it does not help you. An increase in GDP only helps the average American if the money is shared with the average American. It’s the degree of GDP profit sharing that measures how economic growth helps the average American. And if the standard of living keeps sinking, clearly that GDP growth still means very little to the average American. And yet, you are going to hear Trump and the GOP going on and on about how wonderful they are making things for average Americans.

Dear Trump supporters, your GOP and president are lying to you. They are pulling the wool over your eyes. Trump has said “They only know what we tell them” and “How stupid are the people of Iowa”. That tells you how much respect he has for you. He still has that casino owner mentality. Everyone is a sucker to Trump, except people richer and more crooked than he is. That’s why he speaks well of dictators like Putin Kim Jong-un.

Trump thinks you are a sucker if you …

  • work for a living and pay your share of taxes
  • enroll your kids in the Armed Forces ( Neither Trump nor his kids enlisted in any form of public service)
  • don’t take advantage of your power and get as much sex and money as you can
  • really care about others. That ” I really don’t care” jacket was a reflection of Trump’s mentality – not Melania’s. She was trolling him. She seems almost decent.
  • respect rules and laws
  • pay people who work for you fairly when you don’t have to
  • go to church and/or pray of be spiritual

Trump does none of  the above and never has. I think even his supporters know that.

The Folly of Deregulation

Another talking point is that Trump is smart for deregulating industry. While I can agree that some regulations are overdone, when regulations force large profit-oriented corporations to keep our common environment clean and safely remove their own wastes – that’s a good thing. Of course, company profits will go up when they can just dump their wastes in a river. But who pays for that clean-up and the resultant health damages to us all? We all do! Future waste clean-up and health costs to humans are not factored into the GDP number.

So the GDP growth number is simply not a true or full measure of the state of health of our economy. It’s just one of many measuring tools. But you will hear the GOP tout GDP growth as something that is good for you. I am just pointing out that when things are really good for you – you will know. We don’t have to be told that X or Y is or will be good for us. We will know in our hearts, minds, spirits and pockets when things get better.

GDP is like a baseball team’s batting average. Higher is generally better.  But without good pitching, defense, and coaching – the team with the most hits does not always win, does it? It’s the final score that matters. GDP does not inform us on how Americans are doing as individuals.

Trump’s Tariffs

Coca-Cola just announced the price of  a Coke is going up because the aluminum cans will cost more due to Trump’s tariffs. The government could have stipulated that the billionaire Coca-Cola Company could not pass the tariff ( a tax ) on to American consumers, but that is not how the GOP or the Trump government operates. They freely let the manufacturers pass their cost increases on to consumers with no oversight. – And that means you and I are paying the tariffs – not the big companies. Further, the tariff money goes directly into Trump’s treasury and does not help the average American at all unless it is shared with them. And that is not being done. What a scam! And then he tries to get his supporters to like the idea of getting no bang for their buck.

We all end up paying for Trump’s tariffs. Further, any self-dealing politician (Trump is not the only one ) with foreign bank accounts can favor this or that industry or company, after they are secretly paid in those accounts. It’s called picking winners. It’s also called graft. I know our American farmers are figuring that out right now. If I had the ability to make one rule to save democracy, it would be to stop the ability of politicians to have secret banks accounts. That’s how the crimes get done.

One thought that occurs to me these days is maybe Russia will be allowed to hack the US Treasury and the banking sector this cycle. It’s certainly do-able. No one is looking that closely. Trump certainly has done nothing to stop Russian hacking. We hear talk about hacking the grid. Is this how Trump will pay Putin back for the election help? Who really knows? We let them have private meetings. How stupid is that? We’d never know from Trump. And you cannot deny he has done little to nothing to stop Russia’s cyber-war efforts.

Dear Trump supporter,

Do not be fooled by the GOP’s GDP victory lap. Unless you experienced a $4300 per person increase in your family’s income, your share of that gain was heavily diluted. The entire GOP effort has been to lower standards for average Americans to benefit the super rich, like the Koch’s and Trump’s. That’s why you see them trying to break up affordable healthcare and lower taxes more on the rich than the poor. Those two efforts should tell you all you need to know.

Trump has been at war with the world since he was a kid. – And he has not outgrown that child within himself. That is his personal struggle. Dear Americans, Trump’s struggle does not have to be ours.

 

 

 

 

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Manafort, Putin and Trump are All Players in an International Money-Laundering Syndicate

Dear Trump supporter: Please ask yourself this. How safe would you have felt if Obama spent two private hours with Osama and came back saying “Osama said very strongly that he didn’t do it” and then he invited him to the White House? 

Dear US citizens, 

The Manafort trial and the Trump Russian probe have something in common: money laundering.  That’s why Mueller is leading with Manafort.

Dictators all run kleptocracies. They steal from their people and hide the stolen money in foreign banks accounts so its safe from whatever laws and taxes exist in their own countries.  For that reason, dictators are all money launderers. There is a network of banks that are friendly to money launderers in places like Cyprus, Panama, Switzerland and the Bahamas. This is not new. The Russian Mafia is one group of money launderers loyal to Russia, but they are not alone.  Mueller will eventually show that Trump is a money launderer as well. That’s where all this is going. That’s also why Trump does not show his taxes.

Trump and Putin are both kleptomaniacs propped up by the seals of their governments and law enforcement agencies. Putin was elected in a democratic Russia. He stole 200 billion in just a few years by killing his opponents and hiding it from the public by ending Russia’s free press. This is why Trump says the press is the enemy of the people. He knows it worked for Putin.

That Helsinki meeting was really about one thing: money. Putin wants more than his 200 billion. He wants the Magnitsky Act to go away because it costing him his billions more. He wants that Russian oil deal valued at 500 billion. And Putin has plenty of his stolen Russian funds parked here in the USA. In NYC, they back Kushner – and they have long backed Trump too. Trump used to hold Miss Universe contests in Moscow. And there were plans to build a Trump Tower there. This is why Helsinki had a private meeting. They needed to talk about money. This is why Pompeo did not get invited in. They don’t want anyone to know the scope of their crimes.

Trump has been into international crime since the ’80’s when he started hiding his casino cash overseas, so he did not have to pay tax on it. Trump is a player in what is sometimes called the Russian Mafia. Putin can just seize Trump’s Russian-parked money if Trump does not help Putin secure his money in the USA. It’s a quid pro quo. They have each other’s backs. The crime world works that way. Manafort was overheard asking if getting Trump elected would square a debt with a Russian oligarch. Quid pro quo

So the Helsinki Summit was about two international criminals meeting in private to discuss money. Putin has stuff on Trump. But Trump has nothing on Putin and couldn’t use it if he did. In Russia, everyone already knows Putin is a criminal dictator. They are mostly okay with it. They have no choice. But in the USA, that’s still not okay. Or is it?  We still have a free press in spite of Trump’s calls of “fake news”. And we still have a justice system in spite of the GOP’s refusal to apply it to our criminal president. 

So Putin could tell Trump exactly what to say. If Trump did not say it, the financial dirt he has on Trump could come out and/or his funds in Russia could be seized. This private meeting was about explaining to Trump what will happen if he does not live up to his end of the bargain made for election help. That’s what was said in that private room. 

And that could be most of it. Except there would have been back-up plans. And those could include war, martial law, hacking the grid on election day and/or the fixing of the election of 2018. Maybe they discussed having North Korea do the election fixing for them both this time, so it does not trace back to Russia. Maybe the GOP is okay with it because they sort of know they can’t win an honest presidential election – certainly not this cycle – and I think – perhaps never again. What is the GOP these days anyway? 

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Putin and Trump are the most powerful figures in this money-laundering crime syndicate, but there are many other players. This is a map of the countries of the earth, with yellow being a free country and red being a dictatorship. 

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It’s pretty stunning. The most infamous of the dictators are Putin (Russia), Rouhani (Iran), Al-assad (Syria), Maduro (Venezuela), Xi Jinping (China), Kim Jong-un (North Korea), Erdoğan (Turkey) but there are about 40 other dictators.  They all need places to park their stolen loot. They are all money launderers. They collect taxes, but they don’t pay much tax, if at all. So they all sort of need each other because they have to get the stolen money our of their countries – and democracies may not play ball. So they stand up for each other! They are loyal to each other. 

The syndicate is nameless to protect the not-so-innocent. And it’s not just comprised of rulers. There are businessmen in the syndicate as well.  Manafort, Cohen, Wilbur Ross have done business with the syndicate. George Bush called it an “axis of evil”. Reagan called it an “Evil Empire”. (I call it Dictators United.

And here’s the part that Trump supporters, both in Congress and among the US citizenry have to come to grip with. Donald Trump has been a player in that nameless crime syndicate of money launderers for a very long time. Trump owes the syndicate for the work done electing him and they will collect.

And Trump will try not to pay his debts to Putin. (He never pays unless he has to. It’s how he got rich. ) It’s his plan to make American citizens pay his debt to the crime syndicate. That’s what these tariffs are all about too. And who is paying for his wall if it gets built? (You and I.)  The paying has already begun with those tariffs. American farmers are outraged about the tariffs – and Putin is laughing. It hurts his two biggest opponents – the USA and China. Why should he not laugh? Chaos is Putin’s goal.

Since Putin is the richest player in the syndicate, he is the syndicate’s kingpin and has the final say. You can’t expect Putin to do things that favor the USA or any democracy. Democracies generally don’t play ball with dictators, so democracies are a danger to the dictators. Free societies and dictatorships are like cats and dogs. They don’t get along.

This is the real struggle on planet earth. Who will control mankind’s destiny? Will it be the many via democratic proxies – or the few via brute force and dictatorship?

I have known Trump was a money launderer for over thirty years. I worked close to him in AC and stuff like this shows through the cracks.  And, sad to say, until he became president, I was more or less okay with it. His business was none of my business and out of my league. But since that sad showing in Helsinki, it’s becoming clear to most Americans that Trump and Putin have something going besides just being presidents of two big countries. Trump and Putin are business associates. 

And folks, no matter what kind of American citizen you are, we just can’t have that here. It might be OK in the Arab Emirates or Venezuela, but this is the USA. We have too much to lose here.

Newspapers and TV stations, you have your livelihoods to lose. Farmers, lawyers, artists – you have your livelihoods to lose. We have our dignities to lose. We have our best hope for our children’s future to lose. We have our own assets to lose as well, because the dictators handbook says to get power, you get control of the police and seize the assets.  Putin seized most of his 200 billion. He just took real estate deeds and re-wrote them, selling off parcels to his friends and allies for pennies on a dollar. 

Doing nothing about this is like doing nothing about a cancer diagnosis. Ignoring this will not solve it. These are some steps we should take right away: 

  • Call for an emergency session of Congress.
  • Sequester the president’s war powers immediately!
  • Make sure the Mueller investigation goes through unimpeded.
  • Subpoena Trump’s taxes and make a retroactive law that a US president cannot serve without revealing seven years of taxes and all foreign bank accounts.
  • Get the translator’s notes. Criminal’s do not deserve a private space to collude.
  • If the GOP Congress does nothing, we vote the entire GOP Congress out.  No exceptions this cycle. 

Americans have to make sure this does not happen again. If a GOP member won’t call for these kind of actions, a DEM should do it. Call the roles. Announce no agenda before the session. We need to know who is with Team USA and who is with Team Russia.  

And do not assume the 2018 vote will be fair. Dictators steal. Remember that. Assume the 2018 votes will be tampered with. Do not trust the GOP-endorsed voter software. Voter software must be open source or blockchain protected. Create a web site where votes can be tallied online and encourage people to vote at the booth and online as backup. I believe voting online can be made safer than voting at a booth.

Congress should approve absolutely nothing until these things happen. Citizens can strike or hold off paying taxes until Trump shows his taxes. We have to do whatever is necessary the way dictators do, because that second shoe is about to fall. It was discussed in that private two hour talk with Putin. That’s why even John Kelly could not get 

trump-supportersinto it. We all know something fishy went on in there. We could see it. Trust your gut now. 

We need an immediate emergency session of Congress whose topic is:

How to Handle Our National Security Crisis.

Then we will see what happens.

Dear Trump supporter: Please ask yourself this. How safe would you have felt if Obama spent two private hours with Osama and came back saying “Osama said very strongly that he didn’t do it” – and then he invited him to the White House? 

Yes, he walked back that invitation under pressure, but the act of inviting Putin revealed his true intentions and alignment. Note how Trump likes the leaders of so many of the RED DICTATOR countries, and bashes the leaders of the DEMOCRATIC countries. It’s not just Russia. Dictators are criminals – and they stick up for each other. They way to reverse this in the USA is voting out the GOP at every level. Planet-wise this is the solution. 

7/19/18

Joseph Aronesty is an e-commerce pioneer, songwriter, author, linguist, father of five and staunch activist for every day people. He was in a class with Trump at Wharton in 1967 and worked near him in AC in the 80’s. josepharonesty@gmail.com

 

 

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Why Putin Hacked Our Elections and Why He Wanted Trump

The 2016 hack and publish act is the greatest theft ever committed against the United States. It will be remembered that way, – if we survive this.

Originally written April 2017, the logic of this post is now undeniable. Hurry up Mueller! The whole truth must come out before election day so Americans can make well-informed voting decisions on November 6th. 

Dear Trump Supporter:

Spy Logistics

Imagine you were a Russian tasked with the goal to hack into the 2016 elections to get dirt on Hillary Clinton and help Trump win.  Where would you start? You certainly would not start at the top with Trump, unless you already knew him and his answer. Assuming you did not know if Trump would be okay with foreign hacking help in an election, yospiesu would first have to find that much out.  Why would you expose yourself as a criminal hacker, if the person you are trying to help might not be interested and even possibly turn you in?  To get that permission, you’d have to find a way explain the risks and rewards to Donald Trump.

Those actual inquiring communications from the Russians and the consequent permissions to proceed are the two main elements in the conspiracy to hack the 2016 United States electoral system.  The principles of the theft are clearly Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, as they are the two prime beneficiaries of the theft. They are for whom the stealing was done. 

And what allies did the Russian hackers find here in America?  Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Roger Stone, Jared Kushner top the list but there are many others. This is exactly what and whom ex-marine Bob Mueller is investigating. He is doing it to save America from being taken over by Russia – not with bullets ( they know they can’t do that) but with words. 

Trump knows zero about hacking, but said ( April 30, 2017) “It’s very hard to know who did a hack, once it’s done.” Who told him that?  He certainly did not read it somewhere. Someone told  him this as part of the attempt to get his permission. But, it backfired. Mueller’s team did indeed figure out who the hackers were. Maybe that’s what Trump will say to Putin privately in Helsinki “Hey Vlad, you said it could never be traced. Now what do I do?”  

It’s well-known that Donald Trump does not handle details. He never could. In college, he paid for his homework. ( I was in a class with him at Wharton and know this first-hand. ) Trump doesn’t “study”. He views preparation as beneath him. ( He has said that too, in his roundabout ways.) Trump pays people to do everything for him – even his reading and thinking. So it took detail-oriented Americans like Bannon, Stone, Flynn and Kushner to set this complex entanglement in motion. But even if Trump did not want to know the details of the 2016 hack and publish cyber-operation, the physical actors needed the permission of Donald Trump (or a nod from Donald Jr.) to actually go through with it all. This compares to a Mafia don ordering a hit. The don does not do the crime so he can claim “it wasn’t me”, but he still must approve it. 

Re: Ads in Facebook, Twitter and Google. Russians could not possibly know enough about the nuances of our complex country to time ads and precisely target the right audiences – like they did in places as remote as Ferguson, Mo. They needed American help. And that is espionage. The 2016 hack and publish act is the greatest theft ever committed against the United States. It will be remembered that way, – if we survive this.

Why the Russians Wanted Donald Trump

Trump has had Russian holdings and business arrangements for a long time. These arrangement started in the 80’s, when he started washing his casino cash in foreign banks, like so many corporate crooks and money launderers do. That’s when he first crossed paths with Russian Mafia plaers. These international players don’t want to pay less tax, they want to pay no tax! Why support American infrastructure if you don’t have to is Trump’s MO. Guilt? Not Trump! “I really don’t care”. That, I think, is why Melania selected that infamous jacket. It’s something she probably hears at home a lot.  

Putin knows Trump has had undeclared cash bank accounts overseas. Thats’ the main reason he was an ideal candidate for a rogue nation to support: Trump can easily be blackmailed for his past financial crimes. That’s also why he does not show his taxes. And rest assured Putin does not care about Americans. The democracy that America represents works against dictators who want to steal. And Trump won’t do anything to stop Putin because he is compromised or suborned, as the Russians call it. Trump also kind of likes what he is doing. It’s an ego trip that’s making him richer – so far at least. 

We all know there are many sold-out politicians who just don’t care about average Americans.  It’s a shame, but true. But only a self-centered egomaniac like Donald Trump would stoop to espionage and selling out his country to Russia for a buck. We have not had a traitor like Donald Trump since Benedict Arnold. 

Vladimir Putin is the biggest thief in the history of the world. He has stolen about 200 billion dollars from the existing businesses in Russia in the last 10 years. To carry his plan further and not get caught for what has been stolen, Putin needs the powerful democratic countries of the world to wither away. Weakened, they won’t have the means or resolve to stop his aggressive stealing and land grabs. ( i.e., Ukraine.)

Putin and Trump both supported Le Pen in France and the Russians tried to hack that election too. The French resisted successfully. And Boris Johnson, the Brexit candidate in the UK, was touted by Trump as being a fine candidate for prime minister. The truth is, democracy is just not good for dictators. It gets in the way of their stealing. What thief wants justice? Dictator’s United is the new Citizens United – and its game on, if we don’t stop it. 

Destroying the NATO alliance and democracies like the USA are major goals for dictators like Vladimir Putin. Because Trump is not happy with the few billion he has stolen so far, Trump is a complicit ally in Putin’s global domination projects. Like so many with greed disease, he wants more. Those who do not oppose Trump will eventually realize they have been duped in an effort to make fascism the dominant political force on the planet. Dictator’s United now has its sites on the USA – not just 3rd world countries. What they can’t conquer by force, they will attempt to temp conquer via puppet regimes. That’s pretty much what they have here with Trump. So far, the GOP senators are silent, so Russia is winning. But we can all do something about this soon. 

November 6th 2018 is the new American Independence Day. Be there. Raise your voice.

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You Supported Trump. But Does Trump Support You?

The GOP Congress is not going to stop eroding the American standard of living to benefit the rich. They are not listening to you. It’s been going on for 40 years. Make sure they know that you will not support them in November unless you start hearing different messages from them and seeing things change now. Make sure they know you will not wait until after November to see if things get better.

Dear 2016 Trump supporter:

The election of 2016 was a real mess. There is no doubt that there was a huge percentage of hard-working middle-class Americans that have long felt ignored by both aisles of the political establishment. Bernie Sanders was unethically upended by the Clinton machine and there was a sense that you would get nothing really new from her. I get it. 

Still, it’s nearly two years into the Trump administration and what have you really got from him and the GOP machine? I think you would agree  – not much. And by now, you must have a sneaking suspicion that his real motive has been self-dealing and self-preservation – and that Trump does not care about you personally. 

Today we found out that Trump exempted the goods of Ivanka Trump from the Chinese tariffs he is personally promoting. Really? Tariffs are a tax on all os us. It’s OK for Trump to hurt American workers and farmers by taxing steel, cars, electronics, livestock, textiles, but Ivanka’s lines are exempt? That’s the essence of self-dealing. That’s not caring about Americans. To me, that should be the straw that breaks the Trump supporters’ backs, because there is no possible reason for the Ivanka exemption except self-dealing. 

And it’s not only Americans that Trump is ignoring. He is ignoring our long-standing allies in Europe. Don’t you have a relative that fought in WW11? My father did. He upended and risked his young life to go and fight a dictator that threatened the world. Vladimir Putin is a dictator and a known killer. And yet, Trump has nicer words for Putin than the leaders of our allies and even well-regarded Americans citizens who happen to not be his political allies. He has kinder words for Vladimir Putin than John McCain. How does that sit with you? He likes Putin more than you, rest assured. And why is that?

Is it at least possible in your mind that Trump indeed did collaborate with Putin to sway American minds and fix the election of 2016? Maybe he thought “nothing matters if you don’t win”. ( That’s a Trump quote – and one of his most basic MO’s. ) But if you thought Hillary was wrong for fixing things against Bernie, can you see that it is even more wrong, more un-American to employ foreign enemy states to fix elections? Is this what our relatives fought and died for in WW11? No. Not at all. 

Don’t forget that so far there have been more than 100 criminal indictments issued in the Russian election probe, 5 have pled guilty and the guilty already list includes Trump’s campaign and national security advisors, 16 actual Russians and 7 Americans close to Trump. He could show his taxes and speed the path to truth, but he won’t even do that. 

And now Trump is at NATO trying to undo 70 years of peace that NATO was created in 1949 to defend. There are only two logical reasons for this.

  • Putin has stated he does not like NATO. Russia is not part of NATO. Putin has Trump compromised for collusion*. So Trump is taking orders.  Trump must attempt to destroy NATO or the truth about the collusion will be released.
  • Trump really does not care. (Melania’s jacket said that. Maybe she did hear it first from Donald.)

Your Personal GOP Problem

What is Trump’s GOP party doing for you anyway? So far they have made their intentions very clear.

  • American females should not have the final say about their own bodies. We see that in countries like Iran and don’t like it. 
  • Poorer Americans do not deserve health-care. If they can’t pay, it’s their fault and loss. The poor are dispensable.
  • However, the rich deserve bigger tax breaks than the poor – percentage-wise!
  • Our environment should not be protected from pollution, if there is money to be made in exploiting it. 
  • The books to educate our kids should largely be paid for by teachers and citizens even though they already pay taxes designated for public education. ( They like their supporters to be uneducated.  Trump even said this on the campaign trail. “How stupid are the people of Iowa?”)

Trump supporter. This agenda is exactly what you wanted to go away when you voted for Trump. You wanted your everyday problems to not be ignored. But under Trump, it is all trending even worse for you and your kids. And that’s because the GOP and Trump do not care about you. And by now, 18 months in, it should all be very clear to you. 

So, dear Trump supporter, what can you do about it? Actually, there is a lot Trump supporters can do. They can do much more than the resistance crowd. You can raise your voices and tell Trump through his Twitter and through your representatives that this is not what you bargained for when you supported Trump and that you will not be voting for them again if you don’t start hearing and seeing a turn-around in American policies.

Things to Tell Trump and Your GOP Representatives.   

  • You want healthcare as a right for you and your family. 
  • You want our environmental protection agency to continue to do what it was created for: protect our air and water supplies
  • You want to roll back the tax breaks for the rich until the middle-class and poor have comfortably attained the basics of life.
  • You want to see Trump’s taxes before November or you will not support him or the GOP in November. It’s the least he can do to help us be sure he is not in bed with Russia. Americans need to know what happened in 2016 before we vote in 2018, not after. Showing his taxes would cut down on the expense of this investigation. The GOP can force Trump to show his taxes. Make them do it. In fact, the GOP can force Trump to do anything you want, if you raise your voices in unison. 
  • You want to stop the tariffs immediately. They are not helping your situation and you don’t want to wait and see how they work. History teaches us, tariffs do not help economies. Countries tariff back and then both sides lose. Trump knows this. But he does not care. There’s a way to make a buck with tariffs for high-ranking government officials who have undeclared foreign bank accounts. 
  • You want to be assured that Rowe v. Wade will not be overturned by his SCOTUS pick. You will not vote for the GOP at any level if this is not made 100% clear. 
  • You want Gerrymandering to end immediately. That should just feel un-American to you, I hope. 
  • Right now, you don’t really care about Hillary Clinton’s emails. HRC is just a retired grandmother in upstate NY these days. Make it clear to your reps that you care about your own family and how their policies affect them. Make it clear, you will not vote GOP this cycle if these things don’t change immediately. 

The GOP Congress is not going to stop eroding the American standard of living to benefit the rich. They are not listening to you. It’s been going on for 40 years. Make sure they know that you will not support them in November unless you start hearing different messages from them and seeing things change now. Make sure they know you will not wait until after November to see if things get better. After November is going to be way too late this cycle.

Right now, unified Trump supporters could have the most important voice in the entire political universe. And that means you! The GOP really has no choice to listen to you, if you raise collectively your voices. And believe it or not, we are all on the same team anyway. We are all suffering under this president and Congress. And we are all Americans. And we all want the same thing: a better life for us and our families. 

trump-supportersSo Trump supporters. You wanted to not be ignored. You wanted to change that affects your own lives. And so you came out to the polls and got about 48% of the total votes in the USA. it was impressive. But nothing much changed for the better for you. And by now you know it was never the GOP plan to benefit working Americans.

What George Bush said seems very on target right now. 

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice? You already fooled me once, you ain’t gonna fool me again. 

Don’t be fooled again. Let your voice be heard right away. That’s what I am doing. You do the same. Write something down on paper. Send it to a local paper. Call representatives. Assemble. Talk at lunch. Talk at dinner. Talk with friends. It’s like a snowball. It will gather momentum if you start now. 

Joseph Aronesty 7/11/18 josepharonesty@gmail.com any time

Dear Trump Supporter: Please share this post, or your thoughts on this post, in your social media and try to reach across the aisle. This is what it’s going to take to to save America.

About Joseph Aronesty.

He is a father of five, an e-commerce pioneer, author, linguist and songwriter. He is dedicated to his family and loves the ideals upon which America was founded. 

I knew Trump a bit growing up. I was in a class at Penn with him in 1967. He paid a classmate for his work to get done. He was a rich, spoiled playboy then, with no regard for anyone else but himself. And I knew him from AC, where I worked close to him and witnessed him stiffing the contractors that built his casinos.

And 50 years later, Trump does not seem to have evolved at all. I don’t care if he has more money than me. He has no empathy for others. Trump’s Golden Rule is He who has the most gold, rules, not what Jesus said: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. 

 

 

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What We Can Learn from FDR and the Four Horsemen of the Supreme Court

FDR was a warrior, willing to do think outside-the-box to fight for democracy. FDR’s creative court-packing strategy made the Four Horsemen’s union seem doomed, and they buckled to public pressure. That lesson must be re-learned right now.

4-horesemenThe “Four Horsemen” was the nickname given to four conservative members of the US Supreme Court during the 1932–1937 terms. They consistently opposed the New Deal agendas of President Franklin Roosevelt. They were opposed by the more liberal “Three Musketeers”.  Chief Justices Charles Hughes and Justice Owen Roberts controlled the balance, making the nine.

In the 1935 term, the Four Horsemen, together with Roberts and Hughes, voided the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933 along with the Federal Farm Bankruptcy Act, the Railroad Act, and the Coal Mining Act. Americans were suffering from the Depression and needed the help FDR wanted to create.

The result of this dynamic was a steady drift towards crisis with the Court. The 1935 SCOTUS was labeled by Justice Stone as “one of the most disastrous courts in US history”. New Dealers decried the Court’s actions promoted an “economic dictatorship”.

It was the Horsemen striking down FDR’s New Deal legislation that led FDR to announce a unique court-packing scheme, a proposal made in February 1937 to just appoint more Justices in order to change the composition of the Court. There was (and still is) nothing in the Constitution that says it has to be nine justices. Soon after FDR’s strategy was announced, it was rendered unnecessary when Justice Roberts, who had supported the Four Horsemen on several decisions during the 1935-36 term, sided with the Three Musketeers in a landmark minimum wage case in March 1937. The court balance literally changed in under 30 days – and America was saved.

FDR was a warrior, willing to do think outside-the-box to fight for democracy. FDR’s creative strategy made the Four Horsemen’s union seem doomed, and they buckled to public pressure. That lesson must be re-learned right now.

We have to begin to tell the GOP and ourselves that American Democracy will prevail regardless of how the SCOTUS appointment goes – or does not go. If we take back both houses, we can make it ten or even eleven justices. Nine is not in the Constitution. It’s totally up to Congress! Welcome back Merritt Garland! And if it takes FDR’s court-packing idea to reset democracy, we should start talking about that ASAP for good reasons.

First, FDR’s court-packing idea provides hope for people on the right side of history and will help bring them to the polls. Nothing is worse than despair to make voting seem like a waste of time. But it also promotes a sense of impending doom for those on the wrong side of history. If regardless of what the GOP does now to break the USA, (Gerrymandering, tax breaks for the rich, tariffs, breaking health-care, stoking racism, polarizing us, working with our enemies, etc.) it can be undone in a Democratic Congress, the GOP will get the message that maybe they should not make themselves look so bad for trying. We may even influence people to break ranks with Trump if they know their actions are ultimately doomed.

And of course, in a Democratic Congress Trump will become as malleable as Silly Putty. It’s clear his only MO is self-preservation, and we will hold all the prosecutorial cards when we control both houses. So I can see him flipping on the GOP to save his hide if we take back Congress. Everything really depends on that.

Spread this memo around in your own way, please. It’s a bit of a history lesson, but it teaches us what has been necessary to defend democracy and that what we are experiencing today is not really new.

Also, note. Though the Four Horsemen ultimately broke ranks, they did so only after FDR made it clear he would pack the court to defend democracy. That’s when they realized they were wasting their time. And that’s when they quit. The same can happen now. The GOP must be made to know this – they cannot overrule the will of the American majority.

So let’s start talking about ten and even eleven justices if the GOP is bent on ramming its unpopular agendas down our throats. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 is America’s new Independence Day. Be there!

 Joseph Aronesty

7/2/18

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How to Stop a Deplorable President

Let’s face it. By any standard, we have a truly deplorable person in the highest office in the land. He is all of the above on every level. Trump is also a criminal money launderer, tax evader, draft-dodger, misogynist, rapist, narcissist, and a compulsive liar. The SCOTUS pick is lining up to be the straw that can break a 250 year-old democracy’s back here in the USA. If Trump gets his pick, they can allow him to pardon himself, fix the 2018 elections the way Putin does in Russia, and then its all over.

de·plor·a·ble adjective: deserving strong condemnation.“The prisoners were held in deplorable conditions”. Synonyms: disgraceful, shameful, dishonorable, unworthy, inexcusable, unpardonable, unforgivable, lamentable, regrettable, unfortunate, wretched, atrocious, awful, terrible, dreadful, diabolical.

Let’s face it. By any standard, we have a truly deplorable person in the highest office in the land. He is all of the above on every level. Trump is also a criminal money launderer, tax evader, draft-dodger, misogynist, rapist, narcissist, and a compulsive liar. 

He agreed to play ball with Putin to win our election and now they are getting ready for the next steps. Remember this. Putin was not born rich like Trump. Putin stole 100% of his 150 billion dollars in Russian assets. And step-by-step he is teaching Trump how to do the same here. Not that Trump did not know how to cheat and steal. He’s done that all his life. But Putin knew how to make the theft permanent, by eliminating justice. That’s what Trump needs. 

Trump is trying to legally become the first dictator of the USA. And if he gets away with it, the American democracy as we know it may be ruined for the foreseeable future. 

putin-hockeyClick on the image to listen to what Putin said at a USSR hockey game to our CBS reporter. He said this with an undeniable smirk “Trump is acting in accordance with his own government”.

If you read between the lines, the way you always should with politicians, Putin’s statement seems to be about Comey’s firing but the undercurrent is about some sort of struggle Trump is having with his own government. Putin is saying, in effect, that Trump would prefer not to have an adversarial US government to deal with – (the way Putin has it in Russia as an elected dictator), but that he is not breaking any US laws. He is in accordance. So it’s all OK. They are both trying to use our own laws, to make Trump/Putin the czars of planet earth. 

And Trump realizes he has no real friends among the clear-headed rulers on the planet. So he cozies up to dictators to learn how they do it. How they get power. How they retain power. That’s what these international summits are all about anyway. 

The SCOTUS pick is lining up to be the straw that can break a 250 year-old democracy’s back here in the USA. If Trump gets his pick, they can allow him to pardon himself, fix the 2018 elections the way Putin does in Russia, and then its all over. 

There has been talk of Murkowski and Collins flipping and refusing to confirm Trump’s pick for fear of Rowe vs Wade being scuttled. There is talk that Flake, Corker and Paul may have develop a conscious and obstruct the coupe d’etat that Trump needs to skirt justice and avoid paying for the laws he broke to acquire his wealth and presidency. 

First things first. NO DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE SHOULD GET THE BACKING OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY in 2018 IF THEY WILL VOTE FOR TRUMP’S SCOTUS. This cannot be an option! We must all stand together – all 49 of us. And we must publicly commit to that ASAP. Once we have that commitment, we can figure out how to get a few decent GOP senators to hold this up. 

But without that commitment, we are fighting an uphill battle on too many fronts. It does not bode well – unless we get the full support of 49 democratic senators – and NOW – not later. No waiting to see who he picks. They will all be “sold out” regardless of what they say or don’t say. They have all been schooled not to talk about Rowe v. Wade already. They know women hold the supreme voting power here in the USA this cycle. If women largely unify, nothing can break their solidarity. Not even a Russian bot repeat attack. 

I own RussianTrollSites.com and will donate that site to anyone or group who will develop a script that lists all the continuing Russian efforts to undermine free and fair elections here in the USA, like they did in 2016.

After that united commitment, we figure out how to pressure the right GOP senators through the constituents in their states, and get them to do the right thing for the USA. 

To Mueller I say this. Strategically, this is like a baseball game in many ways. If Trump gets to pick his SCOTUS it’s like having a top tier relief pitcher on your team in the extra innings. Our momentum will get shut down.

So Mueller: If you are betting that doing a perfect job over the next few years is better than doing a pretty decent job NOW – I would re-think that strategy. Once Trump gets to SCOTUS, all your work can potentially go down the drain. You can be sure that will be Trump’s best hope and he will work to that end tirelessly. 

Mueller: It is better to do some scoring now, in the late middle innings. Make Trump look guilty NOW, in front of the USA and his own base. Get it done before he even announces a pick. If Trump can be made to look to the pubic like the criminal he really is – then at least a few senators are not going to want to do down in history as the ones who let a criminal POTUS buy a SCOTUS and effectively end the rule of law and the 250 year-old American democracy.

And a few is all we need if we insist that all Dems stand together or lose their party standing and support. Trump needs to win at any cost to keep his stolen wealth.  It’s also what Putin wants to happen and he will work to make that happen gladly. They are both greed monsters. And there are many others GOP lieutenants afflicted with the same greed disease – and they would love to see America be over if they can make a buck planning in it’s demise. 

It’s time to be bold. Release the hounds Robert Mueller. We will do our part with our Dem senators. 

There is one more important thing to say. 

Did you know we can make it TEN JUSTICES of even ELEVEN,
if we take back both houses? NINE is NOT in the constitution.
It’s up to Congress. Totally.
Everything spins the right way for democracy, if we just take back both houses.
Criminal POTUS Trump will become as malleable as Silly Putty, in a Democratic Congress.
Self-preservation is his only MO.
This news on ten justices came in from Richard Painter to me via email reply. However, Norm Einstein added that it could take also a willing president. Though that sounds unlikely at first thought, the truth is if we pressure him properly for his crimes, I think Trump will do WHATEVER we want, if we gain control of Congress. He has no real love for the GOP – or anyone except himself. 

This post below discusses Trump’s hollow promise of a better economy. For those who think they are better off economically with Trump, remember what happened with Bush, our last GOP president. 

https://englishcode.wordpress.com/2017/11/09/devious-gop-tax-plan/

 

 

 

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The Emperor’s New Clothes – The Classic Tale of a King’sVanity Exposed by a Child

As we witness a vain president attempting to pull the wool over our eyes, seeming to want nothing but praise from his subjects, the tale seems strangley apropos today. 

It’s June 2, 2018, my 70th birthday. I’ve written this as if I were speaking with David Hogg, Emma Gonzales and all the kids at Stoneman-Douglas:

I am sure you are aware of the Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen. But did you know that the tale had its roots in oligarchical medieval days and may trace back as far as to Aesop?

As we witness a vain president attempting to pull the wool over our eyes, seeming to want nothing but praise from his subjects, this tale seems strangely apropos today.

The Emperor’s New Clothes

kingA vain emperor, who cares about nothing except being seen as handsome and beautiful, hires weavers who promise they will make him a magical suit of clothes. The weavers are con-men,  and they convince the stupid emperor they are using a fine fabric that is invisible to anyone who is stupid. The weavers only pretend to manufacture the clothes; they mime the actions, but there is no cloth at all being weaved. Thus, no one, not even the emperor nor his ministers can actually see the alleged “clothes”. But when the emperors declares that his new clothes are invisible to anyone that is stupid they all pretend they see the clothes for fear of appearing stupid.  The emperor also does the same of course, and it’s quite comical.

Finally, the weavers report that the suit is finished, they pretend to dress him in the suit, and the emperor marches in a royal before his subjects. The townsfolk go along with the pretense.  Not wanting to appear stupid, they marvel at how beautiful the king’s clothes are.  Suddenly, a child in the crowd, too young to understand the desirability of keeping up the pretense, blurts out that the emperor naked! Only then is the cry is taken up by the adults. The emperor realizes the crowd’s assertion is true, but he continues with the procession in total embarrassment as the crowd mocks him and the weavers escape with their payment.

Andersen’s tale is based on a 1335 story from the Libro de los ejemplos, a medieval Spanish collection of fifty-one cautionary tales with various sources such as Aesop and other classical writers and Persian folktales, by Juan Manuel, Prince of Villena (1282–1348).

This is a tale that had its origins when there were actual kings and subjects – oligarchical times for sure. And so in these neo-oligarchical times there is something to learn from this old tale. Notice that it’s a child that exposes the king. There is a reason for that.

As a child of the hippie generation, I can tell you we had big dreams and saw the hypocrisy in parts ( not all ) of our parent’s generation. That’s what 1968 was all about. Protests against Johnson and the Vietnam War was just part of our quasi-revolutionary mind set.  But after graduating college, and particularly after becoming parents, many of us got sucked up into the same system hooked our parents. There was so much opportunity back then compared to now, it was easy to get sucked into the same system that we were protesting against just a few years earlier. Weird, huh? But true.

This medieval tale informs us that this all has been going on for a very long time. And so children, whilst you are young and before you form the bonds marriages and have kids, you are in life’s special time-zone when you can see the hypocrisy in the systems in our society and are not yet afraid to expose it. And that reminds me that there is at least one big difference between 2018 and 1968.

In 1968, we protested against the hypocrisy of people, but ended up embracing the systems the systems they deployed. Today the young are protesting against the systems and laws as well as the people that hold on to what seems more and more to be a dysfunctional government and culture. I don’t differentiate much between culture and government. To me they are both just aggregates of people with the large power of a mob and a general credo.

Students of Stoneman-Douglas: This summer of 2018 compares to the summer of 1968. It’s super important that you not only continue attacking our broken systems ( which so many of us admire in you all ) but also call BS on the people who profit from and embrace these broken systems. That outcry must include the president, who is the standard-bearer for all these broken systems, including gun laws. We must insist that no man is above the law. We can’t devolve into a society that allows our rulers and their friends to buy their way out of criminal behavior. That’s not what America is all about. I am sure you now that.

Of course, our American vain emperor would love to experience nothing but praise from his subjects. From that protected authoritarian dais, he and his financial allies can continue to work behind the scenes, back-channel and profit from these broken systems at the expense of the general public.

And this is not only about smart gun laws any more. Stupid gun laws are a symptom the larger dysfunction. The refusal of the majority in congress, the GOP, to create laws that our citizens actually want and need will only wane when Trump and the GOP lose big time at the ballot box this November 2018. I want this to be a November to remember for the rest of your lives.

Stay vocal. The powers in control are going to try and fix the election again. This election is even more important to them that the last one. Why? Because if Trump had lost, they had Hillary who more or less embraced that same broken system the way Obama did. But if they lose this time, they could lose it all. Power could return to the people here in the USA. Unions will negotiate better wages and cut down the owner/worker pay ratio.  Real-healthcare, access to education and infrastructure improvement become doable options. What a mess for the industrialists in control of this broken machine, right?

I just purchased RussianTrollSites.com. Let’s crowd source a site that runs a script that finds political troll sites and ads, publishes them, and forwards the list to Facebook, Google and the media. Contact me.

The crowd in the Emperor’s New Clothes only changes its position when a child exposes the obvious truth. That is the teachable part of this old tale. Your parents want to believe in you. This is not new. They will even take this battle cry up with you if you stay loud and determined. And this summer of 2018 we must.

We have a president and a congress that is trying to put themselves above the law, keep their ill-gotten gains, and expand upon the broken system licenses cars but not guns. The system is not broken for them. It’s broken for us! And we all will continue to pay if they stay in power.

Trump, as the system’s figurehead,  will try and sell you that the economy is doing better. I say what?! Are the people doing better? Not really. We have fallen behind all the first world countries is vital stats like life-expectancy and education.  Select economical stats are not the be-all-end-all of a society. The German economy got better under Hitler too – for a while.

I still believe your sheriff’s VOTE THEM OUT is the best battle cry for this summer. It resounds on both sides of the aisle and seems to unconsciously say “vote the swamp out” without partisanship. It’s a message that we all can identify with these days, and that’s really all we need.

Stay vocal this summer!

sent with love,

Joseph Aronesty

@EnglishCodeWord

josepharonesty@gmail.com

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Midterm Elections: What Progressive Candidates Should Run On

These are my top ten issues for progressives to run on this cycle. 

candidate.jpgThere’s been a lot of talk about what progressive candidates should and should not run on for the midterm elections. This big question seems to be: regardless of the positive issues we may wish to run on “do we also run on impeachment?”. 

I frankly believe that Trump being in office can end up being the Democrats best friend in November, if they play their cards right! And let’s face it, in 2016 they could hardly have played their cards worse. There is gamesmanship to an election – and it has to be done right. 

One of my strongest suggestions is never to run Dem vs. Dem.  No infighting! The Hillary vs. Bernie division was really what sank the Dems in 2016. We can’t have that happening in the midterms this cycle. Instead, I would rather see run offs decided by two candidates joining at the hip, like a double entry in a horse race. First, it saves election costs. And if their is a complaint about salary, (and this is way more important than any politician’s salary) the saved election funds could be shared along with the allotted salary. That way two close competitors can share one position. Granted they get one vote in Congress. But imagine if Hillary had run with Bernie as a ticket rather than against him. It would have been a landslide. In 2020, if Biden runs, maybe he could run with Bernie as a ticket. Biden/Bernie will play well only if young blood does not take over the scene by then – and it might. We will see. But no infighting. Infighting means we don’t have a clear agenda. And that means, we don’t know what we are doing. And that means, people may decide to stay with what they know and have.  And we can’t have that.

These are my top ten issues for progressives to run on this cycle. 

#1 Medicare For All. There is nothing that unifies Americans more than our need for affordable healthcare. It will be easy to expose the hypocrisy of the GOP on this issue. It should be front and center of any progressive campaign.  But work out the math ahead of the campaign promises. Make it look achievable or you will be tagged as impractical dreamers. Show us where the money will come from. And yes, don’t be afraid to say we should tax billionaires the same or higher than workers are taxed. Remind us that this country worked best in the 50’s when the rich were taxed higher than the poor, which created a more level playing field for all Americans. 

#2 Reversing Trump’s GOP Tax Laws. This is tricky because Trump can say his new laws are the reason for the seeming economic boom. Is it really a boom? Maybe that has to be discussed. Because if we have set our expectations lower, a small increase in take home pay can seem like an improvement. But there are other ways to measure success rather than just pocket money. Trump and the GOP will rely on this argument that things are better. Dems will have to show Americans in black and white, how the increase in health-care costs, the lack of access to great education, and the failure to spend on infrastructure are other ways to measure the standard of living of a nation. Show us how everyday citizens are fare better and even live longer in countries like Germany, Sweden and Japan. And the states that tax heavily and invest in their own infrastructures, like Cali, Mass and NY, – they do not like the new limit on deducting state taxes and interest payments. So expose that strongly as well. 

#3 College and K-12 Investments. There is nothing that quashes the dreams of our children more than the ridiculous economic barriers to quality education. It starts at K. Our grade schools and high schools are short on books. How sad is that? I’m sorry but what differentiates a great country from a failed one is actually the education level of its citizens. It is way more important than levels of pocket money.  A society that is rich monetarily but stupid is ripe for takeover. Think Rome. Brains is what separates us from animals. And honestly, “stupid and spoiled” is sort of what Russians and even Islamic terrorists think of Americans. And frankly, they are not far off. No way we are the brightest minds on the planet any longer. We used to be – in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Somewhere around Regan, we began to slip. That’s also when big money took over the soul of our government. Today, teachers are clearly paid far less than other professionals with the same qualifications as teachers. And yet, teaching is the one profession that makes all other professions possible. So drive all of this home. It will resound in New York as well as Texas and West Virginia. 

#4 The EPA. Golly, I hope Scott Pruitt is still the head of the EPA in November. If he is, he won’t hold that post in December. The air we breathe, the water we drink, and our climates are valid ways to measure the success of a nation. So again, it’s not just pocket change. After all, its not what money you have, but what it can buy. And if your money can’t buy clean air and water, because companies are allowed to pollute, then you are poorer than you think. Expose as much of the EPA’s reversals to common sense legislation as you can this cycle. Remember, the GOP will paint Pruitt as a help to the economy. We need to answer back strongly. “We don’t want an economy that is driven by allowing corporations to pollute our greatest common asset, our environment. Lack of respect for mother earth by this administration should be fully exposed. Again, it will resound with Americans of all stripes, and in all 50 states. Americans want to be proud of America again. That’s really what Trump has done to us. So seize on that. Make America Proud Again? Well, not. We don’t want to sound like we ripped off anything from this charlatan. But the idea of restoring American pride is sound. 

#5 Re-establishing Diplomacy. One of the reasons I am certain that the Russians have Trump suborned is the way our diplomatic core has been stripped under Trump’s Secretaries of State. Bring math to this argument. Show what has happened in stark black and white. Frankly, it borders on treason. And this is exactly what Russia wants. They are increasing their position on the world stage – as we are decreasing ours! If it feels coordinated, it probably is. 

#6 Border Security Done Right. Why is this so hard for us? Border security has nothing to do with hatred of others. We can have secure borders and love our neighbors. There should be check-points and it should be hard to illegally penetrate. I’m not sure we need “Trump’s Wall”. But we should agree to have secure borders, and to police those borders. But also, most Americans agree that the DACA kids are citizens. So we can run on Dreamers and border security simultaneously. Please do that this cycle. And if GOP candidates drift into that general area, welcome them. We need more welcoming of the other here in the USA, and that starts with “across the aisle”, when it is justified. There is a place where can agree with GOP voters on border security. Just strip away the hate of others and be kind to our Dreamer’s. I would fund any border upgrades from infrastructure spending. That is what it actually is. 

#7 The VA. Our veterans deserve the best care possible. Trump had a guy who was trying to do a decent job and he was fired. Rub this in his face forever. Veterans exist in all states. And its damn well embarrassing that he is trying to make veterans care a for profit industry and take his cut. 

#8 Infrastructure. There is no doubt that America has fallen far behind other first rate countries in infrastructure. Our roads, bridges and trains are sorely in need of serious investment. Something like what FDR did seems appropriate. But, we are not as collectively rich as we used to be in the 1950’s. Why is that? It’s because we have allowed our money to collect at the greedy top where it stagnates and gets funneled out of the country into off-shore bank accounts. There is no way to fund the projects we need without recapturing those lost funds. It’s not a pretty statement. I think of things like a billionaire’s tax. So here too, math has to be done to sell infrastructure investment. This is not a cycle where we can make promises that we cannot keep. It will be too easy for the GOP can say we can’t afford this now – that our national debt is already ballooning. But infrastructure is an investment that pays back! So focus on that when you get GOP push-back. Do your math. Cite history. People in all states want better infrastructure.

#9 Voter’s rights and an end to Gerrymandering. The GOP realizes full well that they advance the agendas of the super-rich – not the average American. They know they have no way to win an honest election. That is why Trump and the GOP welcomed Russian help in the election of 2016. They can’t possible win a fair fight with their agenda that favors the billionaire class. Assume the GOP will do anything to win. They will try to block the minority vote. They will play with election software. They will use social media campaigns to rile up hatred again. And Gerrymandering, though slowly being outlawed, still exists. All of this must be exposed. In red states, make it clear the GOP does this because they don’t want your vote to count. 

#10. Vetting our candidates better. This is the hardest to promote because so many sitting Congresspeople are not clean – and won’t support anything which makes vetting candidates a more thorough process. But let’s be real here this cycle. We got a criminal president because we allowed him to be a candidate without even showing his taxes. We vet Uber drivers better than we vet our president, so what should we expect? If there is a path to insane profits in government service, we will continue to get criminals seeking to “serve” in Congress and in other high end government positions. They see dollar signs and are drawn in. Jared Kushner could not even get security clearance, but neither could Trump if he had to.

If there is a full vetting of all candidate’s past financial history, we can at least be sure they are not criminals or money launderers before they take office. No one should be ever be allowed again to hold high office with undeclared foreign bank accounts. In with this line of thinking is “getting money out of politics” , “term limits”, and ending “Citizen’s United”, which really is “Billionaires United” and “no man is above the law”, which must be true in a real democracy. This won’t be popular with sitting representatives. But it has to be addressed or even a new administration won’t have the support in Congress to make the sweeping changes to policies and laws that will be needed to keep the United States strong, free and democratic.  

You will notice I have not mentioned gun laws. I want to, of course. It is a huge national stigma that we do nothing to protect our children as they are mowed down month after month. But common sense gun law changes will not come from this GOP.  They are a sold-out party. The right idea is to vote out the sold-out GOP that have us under their thumbs. We can do so on the ten issues I have outlined above.  Banning semi-automatic weapons is probably fine to discuss, but it seems smarter to just not enroll Americans who will vote GOP for one single issue.

Finally, absolutely do not announce any presidential candidates until after November.  Any Democrat who does that should be shunned by the Democratic Party. Politicians and citizens can and should get out there and talk about what is good for the country. Biden should get off his horse immediately if he intends to run, or he runs the risk of seeming old, slow, out of touch. Same with Bernie. Trump will be running every week from here on in.  But no one should announce they are running in 2020. It exposes an “it’s all about me” philosophy, and in 2018 we need a fully coordinated team effort. Leave “it’s all about me” to Trump. He is so good at that anyway. 

If we succeed in this cycle, 2020 will take care of itself. If we don’t, I will be seriously eyeing getting out of here for my kids sake. I actually don’t want to be a citizen in Trump’s America. 

……. Joseph Aronesty

Joseph is an e-commerce pioneer, songwriter and etymologist. He was in a class with Donny Trump in 1967 at Wharton School and worked close to him in AC in the 1980’s. 

Joseph can be reached at josepharonesty@gmail.com

Joseph’s SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/raiseourvoices

Joseph’s intuitive etymology page: https://englishcode.wordpress.com/clc-etymology/

 

 

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It’s Time for World Leaders to Help the USA with its Trump Problem

When Donald Trump became president, it soon became clear that he is willing to lie to his own people on a daily basis, and with no remorse.

I asked myself this: If Trump is willing to lie to his own people to “win”, as he calls it, then how can he be trusted to keep his deals and former agreements with foreigners?   

The conclusion that I and most world leaders have now reached is that Donald Trump can not be trusted to be honorable.  The rulers of over 200 sovereign nations on this planet all know this now. 

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This is an email-letter I wrote to Prime Minister Teresa May in November 2017,
Teresa May,
Please let me know you get this communication and if you feel it has some value to you and our world. Remember, when we did not stand up to Hitler, early in his regime, the entire world suffered. 
I am one of the majority of Americans who feel we are under a joint attack in the USA.  It is a cyber attack, launched by Russian Mafia players partnering with big money corporatism here in the USA.  Their goals are to hide financial crimes and steer an evolving modern world back in time, headed towards a neo-oligarchy where money rules to the detriment of everyday citizens.

The weapons in this war are words. – To be silent is to accept defeat.

 

I am a 69 year old US citizen. I happened to have known Donald Trump when we were young and foolish at U of P. He is still foolish. But he is also madman at the helm of the world – in essence he is an elected, mad king. 
 
Donald Trump is fully willing to set the world on a path to WW3 as long as he can keep his ill-got money and stay out of jail for his crimes over the years – ​as long as he can “win” , as he often says. And if he can’t win, he will blow the whole thing up trying. That is what we are witnessing right now, not only in world affairs, but in our domestic affairs as well. 
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​This statement I am asking you to make today has the goal of ​taking the world off ​the path to WW3, which we are now fully on. I think we need to hear something like what I have written below.  There are now many here in the USA who want Trump out asap, even within the GOP. You and other world leaders can help in that effort with a statement you can fashion in your own words along these lines. 


To my citizens, American citizens and all global citizens on planet Earth:
 
After Donald Trump became president, it soon became clear to me​, as well as most sober people, that he was willing to lie to his own people, on a daily basis with no remorse.

I asked myself this: If Trump is willing to lie to his own people to “win”, as he calls it, then how can he be trusted to keep his deals and former agreements with foreigners?   

The conclusion that I, and most world leaders have now reached is that Donald Trump can not be trusted to be honorable.  The rulers of over 200 sovereign nations on this planet all know this down deep now.  This is not to say we don’t trust the good will of the American people. We do.

But North Korea and Iran are still sovereign countries​ and like all sovereign countries, they have a duty and right to defend themselves. If the USA wants foreign powers, including North Korea and Iran, to stop protecting themselves, ​that is something no sovereign country can rightly be asked to do without considerable and understandable resistance. ​

If the USA wants to negotiate about de-escalating tensions with foreign powers,  like North Korea, Iran and others, I now believe they ​first ​need to find a way to install a new president whose words can be fully trusted on the world stage. They do not have that now.

Only a fool would negotiate honestly with Donald Trump. He has proven that over and over again, first as a citizen and now as the US president.

Thank You my Dear American friends. We are here for you. 

Something like that needs to be heard from Teresa May, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron – and other respected world leaders. That way it won’t seem like partisan politics. 

We are living in a world community now. ​ Words started this war. Words can end it. Silence can not.​

Trump counts on being the only one who is willing to make outrageous statements. ​
​Yes, I realize what I wrote seems a bit outrageous. But if one person plays dirty, and the others play according to Hoyle, the cheater will usually win. That’s all Trump has ever known – cheating to win. I learned that from his casino operations in the 1980’s. I was there. 
 
If you would say something sincere, along these lines, which I happen to believe is probably a fairly accurate portrayal of your stance on Trump, I do believe it will ​help us all on planet earth.​ We are mostly hoping he will soon be discharged of his duties.
We need some help from the world stage leaders, the way we helped 75​ years ago.

I will be sending emails like this to the heads of state in Germany, Australia and Iran as well. Listen to what is being said this week on the news here in the USA​.

I ask all global citizens to contact their presidents and senators. Let’s get this done. 
 
The timing will be perfect ​now. No time to lose.  We have a genuine mad maniac in charge here now. Hitler was such a maniac. ​He was elected as well, by a similar distraught electorate as well. 

Etymology teaches us: The MA in maniac is the same ma that is in drama. It means large – as in major, mad and magnify. The mad, maniacal drama we are witnessing since Trump took the helm is the exact opposite of the cool-handed leadership we sorely need right now. Trump is like a hot fuse in a room filled with nitroglycerin. A simple unintended accident now and the word goes boom. 

All it will take to win this war of words, is words. No bombs, no bullets, no troops. How nice, right? We need influential people to deliver some thoughtful heartfelt words to the world stage. GOP politicians here will soon realize they will mostly be voted out of power in 2018. And to the GOP I say, it’s not for “not repealing Obama-care that you will fall. It is because you stand with the mad king, Donald Trump, in spite of what you know to be true: Donald Trump is a dunce, a sell-out and a traitor. 

We can do this world. Thank you for your careful consideration to this plan and for circulating it. We are all global citizens. We all have a stake in peace. I am just trying to do what I can as a citizen. I hope that is appreciated. JA

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Foreigners and the Danger of Regarding “Others” as Enemies

The word foreigner is in the news these days more than it should be. Our fallen soldiers fought for freedom and the rule of law. They would be turning over in their graves if they knew what Donald Trump was doing.

The word foreigner is in the news these days more than it should be. When Donald Trump called president Obama a foreigner, it aroused a sense of fear inside a decent percentage of Americans, a feeling that maybe foreigners were taking over our government. Trump’s fear-mongering expanded to include Mexicans and people of Islamic faith. But where is the fear of others in Trump supporters when it comes to Russia? 

Most US citizens consider Russia as a hostile foreign power, and its very suspicious that Russians are not touted as foreigners by Donald Trump. It seems, if Trump can make a buck with a foreigner he thinks they should be OK with all of us. I don’t get that. Most don’t get it. But so far, Trump supporters, including his GOP stooges, seem mostly okay if Russia influences our elections, policies and decisions here. And frankly, our fallen soldiers fought for freedom and the rule of law. They would be turning over in their graves if they knew what Donald Trump was doing – and so would our founding fathers. foreign

I like to use word history (etymology) to see if it can inform us in our daily lives. So today I ask, what was the first meaning of the word foreign?  

The way I figure foreign out is by dissecting foreign into its two basic parts. (fo+reign) The word reign should jump out of you. Reign is a regal/ruler kind of word.  That leaves fo- as a prefix syllable, which refers to foe.  Enemy of the king is clearly what a foreigner first described. Foreign was not a geographical word but a political word! Interesting right there. 

Notice how foreigner does not describe a foe of the people, but an enemy of the king or ruler, the one who reigns. And this is what is so dangerous about this word foreigner. There are now over 200 countries on planet earth. If rulers continue to sell the idea that folks from other countries are enemies, we could have 200 countries with 7 billion people who consider the vast majority of the people on earth outside of their own nation, to be their enemies. Couple that with the kind of weapons we have today, and you have a recipe for the end of civilization as we know it.

This is particularly sad because before 911, the world was trending towards a spirit of tolerance and understanding of others. The global celebration at Y2K certainly allowed a sense of global citizenry to peek its way onto the stage of the foreseeable future. But it was a false Messiah. The unity never really happened and then the banking crisis of 2008 exaggerated the general income gap between rich and poor. And that felt nothing like a brotherhood of man. Corporate greed was and is still in control on planet earth. 

Comparing the distrust level between nations in the WW2 era to 2001, there is no doubt that we had been trending towards more trust between peoples of “foreign” nations. That became more apparent during the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street movements. And yes, Obama shut that down. 

But Donald Trump has already set much of the progress towards brotherhood back in time, and he aims to continue that reversal because if he loses in 2018, he knows he may end up behind bars. He knows can only unify a base with hate. He started with hate, he cannot switch trains. But nationalism, coupled with an impulsive ruler who is also a life-long criminal looking for a way to skirt justice for his crimes, is a downright irresponsible recipe for disaster, a speedy train on a path towards Armageddon.

Shame on his supporters. Granted, many of them just don’t know better. Like Trump said,“We love the poorly educated”. But much more shame on the GOP establishment. They are not poorly educated. They are in it for themselves – for personal greed.

We may all be foreigners to those who were born in other nations. But we are born naked and innocent. We must learn or be taught to be enemies to others. The smarter path is one towards brotherhood, not otherhood.  We certainly don’t need rulers here or anywhere else that actively promote lack of respect and empathy for others. No country can claim the sole right to nationalism – so this can spread, as it did during the 30’s and 40’s. 

The Danger of the Foreigner Meme

I am no longer religious, but one story from the Bible which I find very informative is the Tower of Babel tale. The lesson of Babel is that if we can’t communicate openly with each other, if we consider others to be our enemies, then we can not build our proverbial towers, which is a metaphor for progress. And there is so much progress we will need to make if we are to survive. Is that not challenge enough people? Do you really have anything better to do? A sense that other people are enemies was bad before we had nuclear and biological weapons; but it’s much more dangerous now.

People who live in different countries are not our born enemies. They are trained to be our enemies of course. And Trump is doing his best to just do that. The word foreigner was created by the ruling class, for the ruling class and its enforcement arm the militia to lure citizens into battle. Hitler said it about Jews. Foreigner. It decodes as “enemy of the king”. – And it is the kings, prime ministers, presidents, and dictators of the world that still promote that hateful concept.  It’s time for the global citizens of the world to rise up and lose the meme that others are enemies. It only serves the weapon makers, industrialists and undertakers. 

I prefer to latch onto the more salient of the biblical teachings. You know, the ones that are about the brotherhood of man. 

JA

Note: Post-writing, I found The OED finds that FOREIGN may have been related to old words for door, the OR referring to light, because there is light outdoors. It also says : 

English spelling altered 17c., perhaps by influence of reign, sovereign. Sense of “alien to one’s nature, not connected with, extraneous” attested late 14c. Meaning “pertaining to another country” (as in foreign policy) is from 1610s.

I’m sticking with that 17th century meaning, but accenting the foe part of the word.

JA

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Will Donald Trump Run Unopposed in 2020?

It’s easy to think these Trump rallies are made-up campaigns ​to get TV time. ​To many​, they even look silly. But to the people in that town and to Trump’s supporters across the nation, it …

I’m not going to give up on raising my voice for democracy. But sometimes it appears Trump’s opponents are doing just that. Trump runs these campaign style rallies. 1trump

​Let’s really ​wonder why.

It’s easy to think these Trump rallies are made-up campaigns ​to get TV time. ​To many​, they even look silly. But to the people in that town and to Trump’s supporters across the nation, it does NOT look silly! To them, it looks like HE CARES and NOBODY ELSE DOES!

This is salesmanship. I went to Penn with Trump, but they did not teach this at Penn.     ( Not that Trump studied. ) This is what he learned as a casino owner – on the AC boardwalk. Con games. I had a jewelry shop on that boardwalk back then. There was salesmanship meme that trickled down from the Nucky Thompson days.They only know what you tell them, etc. I just did not care to go that route in life. But Trump is telling them what they want to hear during these rallies. 

So. If Joe Biden is running in 2020, he’d better start now. I mean this week!​

Whoever is running, they’s better start now! If they don’t, they will appear like Johnny come late-lies in 2020. They will appear low energy. And Trump will use that phrase along with weak, tired and old. ​

They don’t have to announce they are running. Not at all. That would be a mistake. But they can’t sit back and watch him win hearts and minds unopposed. They must get out there and show they care and that they have the energy for this.

I suggest when Trump announces these campaign rallies going forward, there is ALWAYS one other serious competing pop-up venue, (a town hall is best,) running at the same time, close to his rally. In the same media range for sure. 

That way folks can decide if they​ like the carnival barker who is paying attention to them,  or the other guy who is asking them questions on how their lives could be better and how he can help​.​ But now, there is no other voice whispering in their ears.

If we let Trump run unopposed to 3 1/2 years, he may effectively run unopposed in 2020. Hence the gallish subject line. Especially if we bicker a​s​ to whom should top the bill, and who should retire, etc.

These campaign rallies will affect November 2018! We need to start running against Trump during these campaign rallies, each and every one!​

Bernie and Biden can do this( I believe they should run as a ticket – and decide later who is president and who is VP and even 3rd in line​. Think outside the box. Trump is. )​

And if they don’t have the energy or foresight for this now – then they are likely done. 

Someone must take up the charge against his agenda ASAP. Explain to people that the nickles he saves them with tax cuts, cant pay for the education, healthcare, and infrastructure they sorely need. ​And how they are being misled.​

These campaign rallies do work to some degree, which beats no counter effort from the side of reason and love. 

​Finally, and this is sad to write​, but we must also be realistic. We know what we are witnessing is whitelash. This country was not ready for a black president. And we still are not. So not this cycle. I love Cory Booker. But not this cycle. And no women either. Not for a presidential ticket. Everywhere else is more than fine. Just how it is.

WE CAN NOT AFFORD TO LOSE IN 2018 OR 2020. We cannot afford to gamble. Unfortunately, we need to convince those who fear minorities and misogynists that we have their backs. 

If you have connections to your representatives, and we all should these days, ​please get print this idea out, and get it over to the right people. Circulate this idea in social media with a focus on Biden. Bernie. ​Swalwell

btw – I would put nothing behind these guys. They are killers. He has even said so. They will do anything do keep their economic advantages.

PS. They are killers is the root of the Indian word Yosemite. I sort of see the word “smite” hidden in there. ​I believe all languages are connected, if you look close enough.  After Trump is deposed, I will get back to my passion of teaching the ways languages connect. We are all connected. But right now, we are at war – and the enemy is within.

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Trump To Go Fascist Soon – Why The Epsionage Act May Finally Apply

Trump’s team clearly enrolled election help from foreigners, which is illegal. And election tampering can be considered Espionage if you define the Russian meddling an act of war. What to do?

written August 2017 ~ updated 4/20/18

It’s getting increasingly likely that Donald Trump’s campaign managers, many of his appointed representatives, and Trump himself – may soon be caught for committing serious crimes against the United States. Since the Manafort raid, the guilty can sense that truth will eventually come out and it won’t set them free. The new Cohen raid only amplifies that trend.

approvalTrump has also lost the ability to govern or rule with moral authority.  His approval rate is about 35%. He has been caught in too many lies. The constant drone of sexual talk cannot help either. His base is slowly catching on as to who he really is.

But Trump knows of no other way of being. Most Americans now think he is simply not qualified, intellectually, morally or emotionally to be a proper US president. Trump’s team clearly enrolled election help from foreigners, which is illegal. And election tampering can be considered Espionage if you define the Russian meddling an act of war.  It was an attack on our democratic process. Why is that not an act of war? If Americans meddled in Russia’s recent elections or France’s – don’t you think they would brand them as attacking their country? You bet they would! But Trump does little to punish the aggressors, or stop them to do it again. 

Fact: No democracy can survive if it permits foreign actors to affect its elections.

KOREA IS A DANCE

Mueller is closing in on Trump, and the Trump machine is feeling the heat. Trump now believes that if he somehow can become a wartime president or get a seemingly heroic international peace treaty installed – by either route – he could possibly skirt being exposed for his crimes. We know Putin helped Korea get the bomb. This is basic stuff. Trump clearly has a back-channel to Putin now. So Putin is helping coordinate this dance with North Korea. The meddling continues. 

Trump also knows how silencing the press and martial law can be used to keep the public in the dark. This is why we feel down deep that we are on the brink of some sort of war.  Would Trump have 10 million Koreans die to save his empire? Nuclear war? He has a jet. He does not care about people. Never has. I went to school with him – Penn. I could share some college stories. Trump is a lonely unloved psychopath who craves attention to fill the void and lives in an imaginary world. He is running from justice and he has nuclear weapon codes. This is just crazy. 

HOW FASCISM TAKES ROOT IN A DEMOCRACY

Germany had arguably the most Democratic government on the planet when Hitler turned that democracy into a fascist state. Realistically, Trump probably did not step into the political ring with the premeditated intent of becoming an authoritarian fascist. But corrupt, greedy businessmen can devolve into dictators without that having been their initial goal. In the pressure cooker of crime and punishment, criminals who somehow become rulers can feel compelled to go fascist to skirt justice. That’s also sort of what happened to Bassar al-Ashad. He was a successful, wealthy businessman doctor. He got into power because his brother was killed and he figured he needed to become a dictator to survive in Syria.  This is sort of what’s going on with the Trumps’ right now. Trump needs to become authoritarian to cover up his family’s crimes.

Hear this citizens – on all sides of the political spectrum! We just can’t let that happen here in the USA, can we? This is not a banana republic. I hope we are all on the same side of that aisle. We have way too much to lose here.  I know I feel that way. Don’t you?

But if we are not smart about our situation right now, and we don’t take immediate actions to hold the criminals who stole our democracy from us, and reject all corrupt officials and work to vote in new representatives in 2018 – reps who are sincerely dedicated to the public good – fascism can happen here in 2018. We are not immune to fascism. America is a nation, like any other. Fascism sets into a democracy step by step. Downwards. We are potentially witnessing that descent, right now. 

There is a way out of this mess. But we have to insist on justice being served. 

#1 Given Trump is under investigation for serious crimes, Trump cannot retain the power to pardon anyone in this criminal investigation. That is just ridiculous in this situation and someone in Congress needs to bring this up ASAP. Trump must surrender his right to pardon anyone connected with the Russian investigation. That’s like allowing Capone to pardon his generals. It just makes no sense and sets a ridiculous precedent. 

The election investigation must go on. We need to know the truth, even if it means we can’t punish some of the players. I have said all along, “Trump would rather step down than show his taxes”.  Maybe that’s the avenue for Mueller. Maybe that’s all anyone needs to press for and he is gone. 

#2. Trump should show his taxes to Mueller immediately as part of the investigation. And if Mueller has them, he should state so. The line about “under audit” is a glaring lie. And even if he were under audit, that is no reason for an honest player to conceal tax filings in the wake of the Russian meddling. Trump would be above the law if we don’t insist on that. And no one can be allowed to be above the law in the USA, or all our laws are not valid. That’s fine in Putin’s Russia, but not here. The USA is supposed to be a democracy held together by laws. No public servant should be allowed to have undeclared bank accounts. I don’t think a citizen is allowed to have one, why should a senator or president be allowed. That is something we need to fix going forward. It invites criminals into our government – which is part of what we are witnessing now.

History teaches us that criminals who rise to political power will attempt to go fascist in order to escape the crimes they have committed. It simultaneously becomes their only avenue to escape justice and the people’s largest nightmare.

incompetentTrump may be a big dummy, but about crime he is not dumb. At crime, Trump may be a genius. Sometimes I think about asking Trump to step down for incompetence … not espionage. It is easy to find a few reasons why Trump is not qualified to be a US president. Waiting for a full trial and an impeachment is just taking too long. He passed his unjust tax bill because we did not close him down in time. He’s making good use of the extra innings our slow justice system is affording him to line his pockets. 

Current world events are such that we seriously need a president with moral authority on the world stage. Trump will never have moral authority here in the USA. He’s been given a 18 months to learn how to behave like a president. He has not done that. Enough!

We simply can’t have people who worked with foreign powers to sway a US election running our government. 

THE CYBER ATTACK & ESPIONAGE

I want to hear more talk about the Espionage Act of 1929. We’ve not heard much about that, even from politicians who vehemently oppose Trump.  I originally advanced the idea that Trump violated the Espionage act when he said “Russia, if you are listening” as a candidate. What I was told back then was that we would have to have been at war for the Espionage Act to apply. 

We can now say we were indeed attacked in retrospect.  Hence we were indeed on the receiving end of war. We just did not know that when the crimes were committed. We now know our elections were attacked. A war is just an attack with a goal to harm another sovereign nation. So it was a cyber attack, but an attack nonetheless. Should that matter? If the cyber attack of 2016 is a war, the Espionage Act laws and its punishments apply after all.

The Trump Organization engaged in espionage to win the election. Come on. We all feel that is the elephant in the room. So let’s call it espionage, and proceed to prosecute for it. And yes, Trump’s inner circle people are all in on the crimes. He is smart enough to keep good boy scouts away from the processes and secrets.  Sessions, McConnell, Ross, Kushner, Banner, Manafort, Cohen are all suborned – or they would not be there. The good Republicans are stepping away. 

Then everything we see Trump’s associates and family members doing are violations of the Espionage Act after all. Even Don Jr.’s “if its what you say it is, I love it” is espionage if its seen as part of an attack on the USA. 

I am putting this out there for our best lawyers to investigate. And maybe that’s why Trump won’t call the Russian election sabotage a war. Maybe somebody in his quarter figured this out already. 

 Please spread the message in this blog.  Together, we can save our democracy.

 There is NO CLEAN WAY out for Donald Trump. He can shut this down fascist style or pay the price. Democracy hangs in the balance. 

https://englishcode.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/trumps-raiders/                                                How self-dealing will bankrupt the USA. 

https://englishcode.wordpress.com/2017/11/09/devious-gop-tax-plan/                                  Tax Break? The GOP Is Coming for Our Homes – Again!  

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Why You Can’t Preach Jesus on Sunday and Speak Well of Trump on Monday

One can no longer respect institutions that preach the teachings of Jesus Christ on Sunday, and speak well of Donald Trump on Monday. We are only facing a constitutional crisis in the USA because we are failing to address the moral crisis of remaining silent about a president who lacks decent character by any standard of measurement.

My Letter to Pastors, Preachers, Rabbis and Teachers in The United States

When Roy Moore was running to represent Alabama in the senate, I sent an email to all the Baptist pastors in Alabama, and asked them to make the sermon of their lives. I don’t know how many pastors took my advice or even read my email. But three wrote back, and I felt I did what I had to do. Roy Moore, a known child molester, did not become a US senator. And for that, we are all thankful to Alabamans. 

I am calling on pastors to create a well thought-out and coordinated Sunday Sermon to address how to best preserve our American democracy and the rule of law.  Many Americans believe we have a president who is trying to obstruct or skirt justice for acts he committed as part of an unholy life, motivated by ego, greed and a complete lack of respect for others.

I am aware that many Evangelist pastors supported Donald Trump and many probably (not all) still do.  Now that we all have had 18 months to see how he performs and who he really is, if you still actively or passively support Trump you should reconsider. You are making a big mistake for yourself, your community and the country. This short letter will explain why.

First, think on the kids of Parkland, Florida. I wondered why these 16-year old students  have such strident idealism and also the support of so many American right now.  I thought back to when I was 16  – and it hit me.

There are two special times in a person’s life when one can possibly afford the luxury of being idealistic. The first of those times is when you are a teenager in the home of a well-to-do loving parent. Because the roof over your head and meals are paid for by your parents, you have the time to ponder what seems right to you in life and stand up for that with your heart, soul and at least your spoken words.

But what happened to the idealism of the hippie generation of the 1960’s? They graduated college and went out into the world to make a buck. And after a few years of that struggle ( which was much less of a struggle back then than it is today ) the hippie youthful idealism was gone. All but vanished. And soon, an “it’s all about me” generation was in power. And by the 1980’s we even heard “greed was good.”

In Paul Simon’s song, El Condor Pasa, the lyrics say “A man gets tied up to the ground, he gives the world its saddest sound.” I did not understand the meaning of those lyrics as a young man, but I do now. It’s actually a Peruvian folk song and it means while men have to struggle to get by or make ends for a family, it’s easy to lose their idealistic dreams. The loss of their youthful idealism is the world’s saddest sound

A man’s life re-opens to idealism after a proper retirement. After we have brought up our families, paid our mortgages and bills more or less, and are covered for life, we can afford to get back in touch with our lost youthful idealism.  Between the ages of 21 and 65, its hardest to remain idealistic. It’s why I think older retired folks make better politicians than people with families to nurture.

Which brings me to why you must make the sermon of your life again very soon, but this time your congregation needs to hear about what Jesus would have said about Donald Trump and what defines justice today. Because if you fail to rally teenagers to Jesus’s point of view, you lose them for life. And most teenagers can see through Donald Trump, even though many of their parents can’t.  Anyone can certainly can see Trump does not possess the qualities of a holy or even a good man according to the teachings of Jesus. 

Let me go over some of Jesus’s teaching, to highlight just how far Trump is from being a man worthy of respect. 

  • For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Trump never served anyone in his life.)
  • But I say to you, Love your enemies … ( Trump is so off-base here, he even asks that we hate some of our neighbors.) 
  • Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to cast a stone.
  • For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul? ( I think this is the most fitting for Mr. Trump, since it speaks to profit and greed. Trump has repeatedly shown he is willing to step on anyone for profit. )

Preachers. Teachers. Pastors. I don’t have to tell you how never-Trump Jesus was. Before you advocate for Trump again, or fail to use your pulpit to advocate against Trump, who now clearly represents a sort of anti-Christ incarnate, think on your teenagers! You are losing them right now, in the most idealistic part of their lives.

Today’s teenagers will grow to become adults, as we all do. But Trump-era teenagers will have no respect for institutions that preach the teachings of Jesus Christ on Sunday, and speak well of Donald Trump on Monday. 

Our idealistic teenagers just can’t square that circle in their minds. And now that I am semi-retired, neither can I. 

Dear preachers and teachers,

trump-christ2Please share this memo along with your own thoughts on this matter with your community and fellow religious leaders. We are only facing a constitutional crisis in the USA because we are failing to address the moral crisis of remaining silent about a president who lacks decent character by any standard of measurement.

This is particularly noticeable in Congress. Your representatives do not get to tell you what is right. They represent you. You have to know what is right. And you have to tell them to represent your ideas, not the other way around. But first, one has to formulate those ideas and that takes some introspection. Remember, most politicians are self-serving opportunists who are not in the least idealistic. Idealism is supposed to be the realm of religion. Lose idealism, and you can forget respect for your religious teachings going forward.

Thank You for your considerations. 

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Donald Trump Compares to King George III

I have put this together for people on the left and right. If you call yourself a conservative please wade through this and think for yourself. Let’s all set the many differences is our life views aside for a moment. We need to reason together now or we will surely suffer great losses soon.

Donald Trump has openly set a course to dismantle many long-standing governmental institutions.

I have put this argument together for people on the left and right. If you call yourself a conservative please wade through this and think for yourself. Let’s all set the many differences in our life views aside for a moment. Americans need to reason together now or we will all soon surely suffer great losses.

Donald Trump has openly set course to dismantle many long-standing governmental institutions. The stated* philosophy behind this tactic is that the private sector can do the work better than the government can.  I wonder about this. In either case, the work has to ultimately be done by people. The main difference is that if work is done by the private corporation, the soul of that corporation is mainly driven by profits for ownership and investors. The people doing the actual work become expenses in their balance sheets. If projects are done with the US government at the helm, ideally we all could have a share in the profits of that work. It’s our government to share. But unless we are investors or owners, it is not our corporation to share. Not at all. Think on that next time someone tries to sell you trickle down anything. 

  • The GOP advertises this philosophy but there has been zero proof that it works for over 40 years. It appears to most Americans to be a cover-up for fattening the wallets of the super-rich, and for that there is 40 years of evidence. 

While many functions historically belong to the private sector, some clearly do not. For example, the military could be a private sector enterprise. They call people who go into the militia for pay mercenaries. But this is not the way we do military here in the US, and it’s probably a good thing.  If making war creates corporate profits, it opens the avenue for more wars. To many, it still feels like the Vietnam war was about corporate profits.

In the USA we have public education because those who have come before us have deemed it to be in our national interest to have well educated citizens. So I have begun to wonder whether this course of dismantling government agencies so that their functions are left for corporations to do is even legal or constitutional. Still Trump is plodding ahead with corporatism. And of course, he gets to choose who gets the fat contracts. By now its also clear he has the undeclared foreign bank accounts to accept any bribes for those assignments. That can’t be good for our nation, but it is good for the Trump family if all they care about is money . And most Americans believe that today. 

So how is this corporate direction working so far for our nation?

Trump’s secretaries of State have not made enough foreign assignments needed to adequately represent the United States across the globe. Weakening our world presence makes us less safe. Our presidents all take an oath to do their best to keep us safe.  If this  is Trump’s best, it’s incompetence – and if it’s not his best, it’s a willing attempt to sell this country out, which is also exactly what Russia, our sworn enemy, wants for America.

Trump’s secretary of Education, Betsy de Vos, does not fully believe in public education. Trump’s head of the Environmental Protection Agency is not protecting the environment. Scott Pruitt is selling out the environment the EPA was designed to protect to the highest bidders and swiftly undoing the environmental safeguards we have put in place over the last 40 years. And Trump says he is doing a great job for the economy. Yes, its a great job if you don’t really care about the citizens of this country and think of them as deficits on the balance sheet of corporate profits. 

Trump is also trying to undo Medicare, Affordable Care and now even the Veterans Administration is not sacred to his party. He seems to aim to stop the VA from functioning by putting incompetent or sold-out yes men in charge, setting the VA on a path to privatization. If this becomes successful, his donors can sell the VA’s pieces to the highest bidders in big medicine, stuff their pockets – and run. This will not serve veterans and they know it. He fired the head of the VA because he was actually trying to improve things for our veterans.

Trump’s party members are in effect using the corporate raider system to bankrupt the USA, piece-by-piece – and they have the undeclared foreign bank accounts to hide what they steal. They are even trying to dismantle the Post Office. And if a corporation does not stand with Trump, and buy into his plans, like Amazon and Jeff Bezos, he tries to undo them. 

All the above mentioned agencies existed before this presidency and have been in place for many presidencies, generations and in some cases centuries. These agencies exist and were formed because these agencies were deemed necessary to protect and provide for the citizens of this country that this government was designed to serve.

The people who voted for Trump did not weigh in and say we don’t want a public VA, clean air or good public education, nor did Trump run on those things. In fact, Trump’s supporters rejected Romney because he was honest and told them that he wanted more corporatism. In a democracy, a change at the top does not undo the importance of the work these established agencies were created to do for us. In an autocracy however, everything a country stands for can pivot on the whim of an authoritarian. We have seen this many times before in other countries, but never yet in the United States. Yet we are witnessing the piece-by-piece dismantling of the US government and and we are letting it happen. There are brains far smarter than Donald Trump behind this. They hide. Trump is just the spokesman for a wealthy, greedy, unpatriotic group of industrialists who want to profit by privatizing all the functions of the US government. And if that is not in the interest of the majority of Americans, and a president swears to do his best to protect our national interests, how can it be legal or constitutional?

Which brings me to this. What was the United States originally designed to do for its citizens? For that we need to look back to 1776. 

What Can the Declaration of Independence Teach Us?

george3The enabling clauses of the the Declaration of Independence ( in italics for highlighting) is what forms the basis for the formation of this country. The colonists list their grievances with King Henry III of England, who had been ruling the colonies from an out-of-touch distance.  This is where I please ask the fundamentalists, constitutionalists and Trump supporters – pay close attention and try to form your own independent opinion.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, …

Have the US citizens given consent to their president to stop protecting our environment? Negative! And when it comes to our liberty and our freedom, – how can “working with Russians to try to fix a free and fair election” be constitutional? It does not foster our liberty or freedom. It sells us all out.

There is very little Trump has done that has actually the consent of the public he serves.  The public was 3:1 against his tax plan, and he/they did it anyway.  He simply says things like “You elected me president, I can do what I want”, “I’m the president and you’re not”. This is not how democracy was designed to function. This is however exactly how an authoritarian oligarchy works.

The Words of a Fully-committed Authoritarian

Listen to what Putin said at a USSR hockey game to a CBS reporter. He said with an undeniable smirk “Trump is acting in accordance with his own government constitution and putin-hockeylaws”. There is a sense that Putin knows Trump is struggling with the machinations and pesky laws of a democracy. You can listen to the interview by clicking on the photo.

Putin is a dictator who often silences his opposition the old-fashioned way. He does not have to abide by a constitution. His will is the constitution. There is no democracy in Russia. We are in the process of losing that here now. 

Trump clearly wishes he had Putin’s supreme power. He has said so. He also said it might be a good thing if one could be president for life. Trump is actually working on that, step-by-step – and I get the distinct impression that the Russian help he is getting is more than just election meddling. Putin seems to be feeding him the steps he needs to take to become fascist authoritarian in the USA, like he is in Russia. I also say that because I know Trump is not that smart, nor is he a historian in any sense of that word. I went to Penn and saw him paying for his homework in 1967. We all knew he was no scholar. Like I said, other brains are behind this assault on democracy. I digress. Back on track. 

The Declaration of Independence goes on to enumerate distinct grievances which form the reasons the colonists needed to get free of King George III and English rule. The colonists complaints sound frighteningly similar to the complaints the left has against Trump today. These are quotes from the 1776 document:

The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having the object to establish an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.  – That means George III held himself above the rule of law.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, and … he has utterly neglected to attend to them. This reminds me of Trump dismantling the EPA and ignoring climate science.  All our citizens need and have clearly demanded that our government work to provide clean air and water.  A clean environment speaks to the right to life. 

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, … This is reminiscent of the GOP voter intimidation laws, Gerrymandering and census tampering. trump also attacks immigrants and people with brown skin.  

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. Reminiscent of when the GOP questioned witnesses in the Mueller probe in NYC rather than DC. Fatiguing opponents into compliance is so Trump-style one would think he studied King George III. But no. Trump does not study. 

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, … This feels like what Trump is doing to the Mexicans and DACA kids. 

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.  Trump repeatedly fires staff that do not bend to his will. He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power. He has obstructed the Administration of Justice How amazingly similar to today’s conversations this all seems to be. 

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world. Trump’s trade war fits right in there.

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: Trump’s billionaire tax relief bill fits here. And really, Americans were 75%-25% against his tax bill. He did not have our consent! 

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. This is what the nuclear option would do to America. King George did this and Trump is asking for it.

He is at this time transporting Armies of foreign Mercenaries to …. complete works of tyranny unworthy of a …civilized nation. And these remind me of the Russian accomplices Trump worked with to gain power. Yes, you have to adjust a bit for 250 years, but not that much. 

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us …. This is exactly what Trump does and has done since day one with his birther stance. He divides the nation into two artificial camps, weakens them both, and tries to conquer that way.  His strategy is the house divided theory incarnate. 

History does repeat itself. What King George III was a saw in the colonies was a way to make a buck without caring about the colonists. This is the same with Trump and the GOP. They view everything through the lens of their personal profits. They even try to enroll our citizens into thinking profit is all that matters in life. 

I’m going to stop this now and not recommend the course out of this for us. We all know we have to vote out the president’s party in November. That is the only way out of the Trump Error. Yes, i said error – not era. Hopefully it will be over November, in less that 200 days. We are, in that case, 70% through the Trump Error. 

It’s also worth mentioning that Fareed Zakaria just reminded us the Germany was the world’s most progressive democracy when Hitler destroyed the machinations of democracy – piece-by-piece. History repeats itself. 

I will close with this. In the later part of his life, George III had recurrent, and eventually permanent, mental illness. Sic semper tyrannus. The voters are coming! 

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Why Are We Are Gambling With Our Country’s 240 Year-old Democracy?

Citizens. Congresspeople. Do you have this feeling that our president is unstable and may be compromised? Why are we  gambling with our country’s 240 year-old democracy now?

trump-storm8Citizens. Congresspeople. Do you, like me, have this inner sense that our president is unstable and may be compromised? You are not alone. A decent percentage of Americans (and global citizens as well) now share those sentiments.  So why is America gambling with its 240 year-old democracy?

Actuaries and risk managers know “the more one has to lose, the less risk one should be willing to take”. Things we value more we gamble less with. It’s also common sense. So in theory, we should have a very low tolerance for gambling on our democracy.  And yet it feels to many that the GOP Congress is willing to risk it all rather than push for the truth about what the leader of their party did in the election of 2016. And by closing their eyes about 2016 they gamble blindly on what an unethical compromised businessman might do going forward to keep the truth buried.

John Bolton, coming on-board April 9th, seems to be a veiled threat to the citizens of the United States. It seems to say “I can blow this all up, if you come after me.” Trump is assembling a war room, and the targets of his war are justice and democracy

In spite of his words to the contrary, the majority of people in the US now believe Trump’s team did coordinate with the Russians ( and that means Putin) in the 2016 election.  Trump knows if the full truth gets out he may even go to jail. The traitorous act of reaching out to a foreign enemy to affect our elections should inform us that Trump does not care about America or the rule of law and is willing to engage in more traitorous or criminal acts to avoid getting caught.

This is why Trump must now be assured the rule of law applies to him. It’s not as much to get Trump out as to save our country from whatever a criminal might do to hide his crimes and cover his hide. Psychologists, history and common sense inform us that criminals will risk their own lives and the lives of others to not get caught. So its clear, any president under criminal investigation must have his powers checked. And that is what exactly we have here now. 

If we lose rule of law, we have lost our democracy.

Some are calling for impeachment. But impeachment is a long process, a national embarrassment and our laws are set up to make it difficult to actually implement. History informs us that Nixon and Clinton were “impeached”, but they did not even pay for their crimes.

Impeachment is a weird word. Why is there a peach in impeachment? I googled the etymology of the word IMPEACH. It stems from IMPEDIMENT, literally to shackle the feet or impede the movement of a leader. So maybe that’s all that needs to be done here. And that does not have to be a long process. 

The etymology of impeach (v.) (etymonline.com)
formerly also empeach, late 14c., “to impede, hinder, prevent,” from Anglo-French empecher, Old French empeechier “to hinder, stop, impede; capture, trap, ensnare” (12c., Modern French empêcher),
from Late Latin impedicare “to fetter, catch, entangle,” from assimilated form of in- “into, in” (from PIE root *en “in”) + Latin pedica “a shackle, fetter,” from pes (genitive pedis) “foot” (from PIE root *ped- “foot”). A sense of “shackling the motions” of a corrupt ruler ensued.

Representatives: Americans really don’t care what side of the aisle you are on. We all have families, kids, grand-kids, futures to look forward to, movies to see, etc. Trump is at least potentially compromised and the stakes are simply too high for us to gamble now. Are you willing to risk it all for a man who has a lifelong record of stiffing almost everyone he deals with – wives and family included? If so, your words and actions are being recorded. And the election of 2018 is not far away. The heart of the Blue Wave pumps for the rule of law, democracy and common sense. 

Citizens: Shouldn’t we stop gambling with our precious democracy now? We need checks and balances on a president under criminal investigation. That effort can proceed easier and faster than a full impeachment. We need to impede his actions until the full truth comes out. So a few things have to be done – and immediately or asap. 

#1 – Congress needs to make it clear Trump cannot start a war without Senate approval. A potentially compromised president should not have unchecked war powers. That is just craziness. 

#2 – A bill that ensures that Mueller will not be fired without just cause must be put in place. Trump must know he is not the be all end all in the USA just because he is currently president. In business, Trump never had much regard for the rule of law. But this is our country, not his business. So we have to protect it. We can’y rely on Trump to do this for us. That is a sad statement, but it rings true. Americans cannot currently rely on their president or Congress to protect their interests. They will have to do it for themselves. And that effort has begun. It is the heart of the #VoteThemOut and the #MeToo movements.

With these two steps, we can get to the intention of impeachment, without the rigors of an actual impeachment. – And that may be all we need now. 

Remember, Trump’s family life is unwinding. Melania and Baron will be likely gone soon and he knows that. Isolated from family, Trump is becoming a lone wolf and has less to lose by setting the world on fire. Given this situation, Trump having unchecked nuclear power is simply not sane. It is too large of a gamble. The president post is supposed to be there to protect us, not threaten us. He is not functioning in that manner and may not psychologically stable enough to do so. 

Character counts: Trump’s affairs should be more than a sign of infidelity to the women who bore his children. Why would someone be faithful to America’s citizens if he can summon no reasons to be faithful to his closest family members?  

#3. (Regrettably optional. ) At this point, I simple don’t get why we allow Trump to not show his taxes. That was the original empowerment pass we gave him. I really don’t care about current legality of this. Letting a POTUS not show taxes is not working for us! We need laws that actually work for our citizens.

Trump is in a special unique category now. It may be that our sworn enemy knows the full truth about his crimes and is blackmailing him over that.  GOP members could advocate for having Trump’s taxes revealed for national security reasons. It would actually bolster their party image which has been generally spineless in the face of Russia’s cyber attack. That spineless quality – whether they know it or not – is the heart if the Blue Wave. The majority of Americans don’t feel protected or safe with a Congress that won’t stand up to this president.

Vetting Our Politicians

Eventually we will need a bill that says no one can serve in the Congress, judicial or executive branch without the full release of 5 year’s of taxes and disclosure of any and all foreign bank accounts. if we don’t do this, this will happen again and again. Undeclared foreign bank accounts is exactly how we invite criminal money launderers into our government. They see the dollar signs in government and without full disclosure laws they know they can take bribes and hide them. Public service becomes self-service. This is pure dumbness. I have long said Trump would rather step down rather than show his taxes. If he had to show his taxes to be a candidate, he never would have run in the first place.

In summary: Shackling or impeding will sit better with Trump’s base than impeachment. Impeachment conjures up images of Clinton and Nixon. Trump’s crimes are potentially treasonous and if so, they would be in a vastly different category that the crimes of any previous presidents. 

And now, on April 9th, Trump will have a mental body double with his finger on the nuclear codes. This is craziness. We must stop the gambling before 4/9.

And how do we really know PUTIN is not calling all the shots here? Tillerson and Mattis were fired right after they took hard stances against Russia. We don’t know who is calling these shots! Putin rigs his elections, and executes his enemies.  Trump’s ties to Putin are no longer an unsubstantiated theory. What are we waiting for? We are gambling with men who have never been trustworthy. That speaks to Putin and Trump. 

Mueller: If you have the goods on Donald J Trump now is the time to release the hounds. Take those bold step before April 9th, when Bolton is scheduled to take office. After that, the world’s madness rating will escalate substantially and the stakes we will be gambling with will be the survival of the American democracy and the fate of mankind. 

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Joseph Aronesty went to Penn with Trump and knew him from 1967 and 1985 where he worked near him in AC. He was early to say he was working with the Russians, right after Trump said ” Russia if you’re listening”, because he witnessed those Russian mafia connections back in Trump’s casino days. “No way Trump lost that billion in AC. That’s when the foreign bank accounts started.”

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Trump Alone Can Break Us. But 2018 Is 1968 On Social Media #Vote Them Out

Like a joke that is repeated too often and is no longer funny, Trump’s greatest hits are starting to really annoy Americans … everywhere. As people flee his inner circle, there is a growing sense that he really does not know what he is doing in his new role.

I joined the protesters in Beverly Hills on the night Trump was in LA. Thousands of people, from all walks of life, some with kids, marched with home-made banners to have their voices be heard. There was a giant Trump balloon, and I put one  of my VOTE THEM ALL OUT stickers on his blue suit ass. It looked great. There was music, food and reporters. One group of Indivisibles dressed up as Russians and did satire. What was witnessed was something I am calling TrumpLash. #TrumpLash . Consider helping spread that hashtag/meme. It’s a winner. Pardon my Trumpism. 

Like a joke that is repeated too often and is no longer funny, Trump’s greatest hits are starting to really annoy Americans … everywhere. As people flee his inner circle, there is a growing sense that he really does not know what he is doing in his new role. He may have been OK as a reality TV star but he seems totally incompetent as POTUS. And all these job evacuees are costing us. It’s hard to get stuff done when your staff keeps changing. Projects are left unfinished. And the endless vetting processes for new staff are time consuming, draining and expensive.  Why would reasonable people be annoyed?

In 400 days, 43% of Trump’s top cabinet picks are gone . Many have stepped down, some have been fired, and some have even plead guilty to crimes. Trump said he would get the best people. But we now know that 43% of the time, his first choices were not solid choices. They’re gone. So they were not the best people after all, were they? And if that is the case, why would we trust him for anything if he gets it right only 4 times out of 7 ? We expect better in the USA. And for international diplomacy, 3 out of 7 wrong is a very dangerous stat. Imagine if Kennedy was wrong on the Cuban Missile Crisis or Roosevelt about Hitler. 

It is now also clear Trump’s hotheaded gut reactions are materially damaging the GOP party that he is aligned with. Why on earth would a thoughtful leader fire his Secretary of State on the same day of a tight election in Pennsylvania? That’s pure stupidity. It could have waited. That election was lost by less than 1%. I am sure that some percentage of GOP voters heard about that firing, and decided it was the straw that broke the camels’ back for them. They heard about the firing and switched their vote for the Dem. – or against the person in the WH. Same thing. There is clear evidence that Trump alone can break this (country).  People everywhere are beginning to catch on to that.  If we let him, he will break our democracy to save his neck. 

Welcome to the Spring of 2018. The weather is going to warm up. People will turn to the streets in numbers. Students were out today. They say it’s for better gun laws. But Trump is not going to do anything about gun control. He is too distracted trying to escape prosecution for his crimes. The underlying protest is against Donald J Trump. It’s TrumpLash. #TrumpLash

Even if he wanted to, Trump has effectively lost the public mandate to rule effectively. His approval ratings are at historic lows. And he never intended to work hard for Americans in the first place.  In his life, he has only ever schemed and cheated to benefit himself. Work? Working for others is not part of the Trump ethic. Serving his country? He was a draft dodger. Still has that mentality. His kids never served either. Not like Biden at all.

When he won, he said” OK, we’re going to have some fun with this“. That’s a quote. If it’s not fun for Trump, he does not get into it very much. Golf OK. Sex with strangers, very OK. Such a poor choice for president we have made. And we mostly all know it by now.

So what are we going to do about it America? The Spring and Summer of 2018 is going to be historic. The world really is watching us on this one. What’s it going to be?

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What’s Really Behind Trump’s Announced North Korean Meeting?

Donald Trump announced today that he wants to meet with Kim Jong-un in May to discuss disarming. But is it Donald Trump, our generals, or Vladmir Putin behind this newly announced meeting? Let’s follow the money trails and use some logic and see if we can draw any conclusions. 

jong-unDonald Trump announced today that he wants to meet with Kim Jong-un in May to discuss denuclearization. But was it Donald Trump, Jong-un, our generals, or Vladimir Putin – who first imagined this newly announced meeting? Let’s follow the money and logical trails and see if we can draw some conclusions. 

#1 The Washington Post reported in December 2017 that some of the more advanced missiles recently put on display by North Korea were acquired with help from Russia. This was according to actual documents from one of the top Soviet missile manufacturers. That’s a solid source of information. So Russia is working with North Korea, and clearly Putin has some pretty decent pull with Kim Jong-un. 

#2 On February 3, 2017, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent out Lunar New Year greeting cards to numerous world leaders, highlighting his international allies. He listed Russia at the top of his list, relegating China to second place and Cuba to third. His symbolic show of solidarity with the Kremlin has also been accompanied by a string of economic deals with Russia. North Korea is also beholden to Russia owing to its geographical situation. North Korea is to Russia is like Delaware is to the United States. 

#3 On January 31 2017, Russia’s state news agency, TASS, reported that Russia Railways representatives visited North Korea to discuss an expansion of railway links between the two countries.  They share a border. Both parties agreed to expand training for North Korean engineers at Russian universities.

The obvious conclusion is that Putin and Jong-un are working together – and in that relationship clearly Putin has the upper hand.

Putin also has a huge stake in Trump’s success because there’s a 500 billion dollar oil deal he wanted Tillerson/Exxon for, owing to Obama’s sanctions against Russia for Putin invading Crimea. This is why Putin wanted Tillerson and not Romney. Putin also has the upper hand on Trump. ( Interesting that Tillerson is out now. My sense is that he was too much of a patriot, to cow-tow to Trump, a person he considered a moron. Kudos to Rex. )

Trump and Putin are clearly both very greedy men, salesmen more than statesmen, and they have their eyes on the biggest monetary deal in the history of man

So what is behind Trump’s May rendezvous with Kim Jong-un?

We can already see the one major result of Trump’s North Korean meeting: it takes the main focus of news reporting off the Russian story, where Trump cannot get a break, largely because the criminality and truth is slowly coming to light.  

We have clear evidence that Korea is working with Putin, so Putin is obviously in on this May meeting with Trump and Jong-un. Putin may even have directed it. They all have back-channels. Taking the heat off Trump increases Putin’s chance of getting that oil deal, which if Trump is ousted, he will never get – and he knows that. 

With all three players tractably and directly connected, what we are witnessing is nothing more than a choreographed staged show designed to make it seem like a big global problem is about to be solved by Donald Trump. And that buys Trump time to keep the Russian heat away. I don’t think this will turn out to be anything more than that. A stalling tactic coordinated by Putin to help Trump – probably for that oil deal which is what he wanted when he started helping Trump with “bots” and “spies”. 

Plus if they really wanted to solve the problem, they could use a phone or face time tomorrow. But that is NOT the goal. The goal is stall and put on a show and keep the public eye off the criminal activity that went on, and goes on daily in this White House. Trump has stopped the formality of  documenting who visits the White House. He does not even want us to know who he is working with here in the USA, let alone the foreign spies. Our diplomatic corps has been slashed to pieces. He has sold us out – not just Manafort. 

And Trump still won’t show his taxes for fear of what? Please fill that in yourself. But it’s not because he never gave much to charity or he is under audit.  I assume it’s because his taxes reveal ties to the shadowy regimes he has been working with for years. I assume its because he launders his money because he hates to pay tax to the USA and take part in any serious building of America with his dollars. That sort of patriotism has always been for suckers in his “don’t tax me” mind.  I assume that reasonable people know he won’t show taxes because it will reveal that Trump is a criminal. 

Trump knows its harder to attack a president when there are wars or peace negotiations going on. So maybe this entire event is part of a few coordinated staged events to get the news off Trump’s Russian connections. And working backwards, this cynical logic is already proving out. It’s working. And nothing else makes much sense.

manchurian-bwIf Trump stays in power, it increases Putin’s chance that the 500 billion-dollar oil deal will happen. And of course, Trump gets a percentage of that deal, deposited into one of those secret bank accounts that he refuses to disclose to us. That’s how these deals are made.

I always assume that people with known greed disease, like Putin and Trump have shown they have one main objective: to gain more dollars. It’s how greedy people measure their success. Neither Putin nor Trump has shown the world, or their citizens any real care for their constituents. Have they? They are clearly both in this for themselves. They would both feel out of their skin to become charitable souls. We all know that. Trump supporters know this too. 

So media people! Please do not get distracted by this sudden North Korea thing; it’s a coordinated staged show.  Yong-un will likely change his mind when it gets down to actual denuclearization. It is still a favorite to be a nothing-burger with Kim walking away, and a net effect of stalling for time and making Trump appear to be presidential. 

Stay on the Russian/Trump investigation. You will eventually discover that the Russians recruited Trump – and that was done for the Russian oil deal . They have three more years to get that done if we don’t impeach Trump and Tillerson. It’s worth that time to make 500 billion, right? It’s a long con, as its called in carny world.

Neither Trump nor Putin can outrun the Blue Wave of 2018!

If we VOTE THEM OUT in 2018, we can flip the house and that changes everything. And it is beginning to feel like this can happen. Almost no average American wants the GOP’s no-care health bill . Why would people vote for any GOP candidates in 2018? 

Saving some huge political event, there are only two realistic avenues to save America from the current Putin/Trump regime, which is what we have now. 

#1 Mueller gets to the truth on the Russian hack, and shows us all that Trump was in on it before November. That would do it.  

#2 The country votes out all sold-out congressmen in 2018. It looks like the pendulum is swinging in that direction. So stay vocal! Then we impeach Trump. 

This oil deal is what the Russian election campaign was all about. It is worth at least a 25 billion dollars (5% commission)  for Trump and 475 billion for Putin. Putin and Trump are salesmen, trying to make a “score”, which is what they call it.  I know this because I went to that same depression-survivor sales school as Trump did. It’ s why we ended up in a class together at Wharton School of Finance.

trumpHowever, this type of selling was not taught at Wharton. It was taught at Trump’s dinner table, while growing up. I got fed the same lines – I just made different decisions about them. And that’s why Trump thanked his long-deceased father at his acceptance speech. The thank you was lightly glossed over by the media, but it was actually a big deal for Trump who had serious father issues.

There was real generation gap between the spoiled kids of the 1960’s and the children of the Great Depression. Listen to Frank Zappa to learn about that.

Trump finally got closure on his father issue with a brief statement made to the deceased. It’s probably something he never told him when he was alive. It was his way of saying, “dad you were right all along”. It actually was one of the most human and honest statements Trump has ever made.

Media! Stay on the real story – the Trump/Putin coordination.

Do not get distracted by the staging we are witnessing. We will get more of it. It’s all the guilty can do. We will get to the obvious truth, but only if we stay focused on what our collective logic is telling us. We have elected a criminal. He is an outlying member of the Russian mafia, which deals in global money laundering. 

josepharonesty@gmail.com

Very few Americans love Trump so much that if they knew he was a Russian agent, witting or not, they would be OK with it. Right?    Right?

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Stay Strong Stormy! You May Have the Right to Speak – Regardless of Prior “Hush” Agreements

I believe an argument can be made that a US president has absolutely no right to silence its citizen’s unless the information is deemed classified for national security reasons.   

danielsWhat follows is a copy of an email I just sent to Stormy Daniel’s lawyer in Newport CA.  It also exposes a potential slippery slope, where Trump ends up having the right to silence anyone who speaks out against him. It’s a small step in his imagined plan to never step out of the presidency, because he knows when he loses his presidential protections, the good people of the world will see him out and put him where he belongs … with Bernie Madoff. 

To Stormy Daniels and her lawyer, Michael Avenatti

Consider this:

Citizen Donald Trump had a right to speak outrageous falsehoods about Barack Obama’s birthplace. Had Obama not been president, Obama could have sued Trump for those false statements. But Trump had the right to say whatever he wanted about president Obama, whether true or false. Obama lost the protection afforded American citizens when he stepped inside the political ring. (I think it goes back to the burning in effigy laws.) 

I believe an argument can be made that a US president has absolutely no right to silence its citizens unless the information is deemed classified for national security reasons.   

Let me also advance an example from the business contract world. After all, Stormy’s lawyers are challenging a business agreement.  When Trump was a citizen, if one wanted to make a Donald Trump wig there would be laws to protect Trump from such manufacture without compensating him. He would also have a right to stop such production, if he so chose.

But the day Trump threw his hat in the ring, those citizen’s rights disappeared. Indeed, at Halloween many Donald Trump wigs suddenly appear for sale everywhere.  And Trump can’t ask for a penny. He has transitioned to a public figure. 

The “in order to” clauses that underpin the laws that give citizens rights to say anything they want about their political leaders anticipated the potential of an authoritarian president. This right was designed as a check on the potential abuse of power. It’s why speech is a right. The reason we have freedom of speech is to speak out against authoritarian leaders. Those rights were created for the same reasons our second amendment rights were created – to protect us from tyrannical rulers. And that right to speak about a public figure can’t be bargained away from a lawful US citizen. 

We don’t yet know if the contract with Stormy Daniels will ultimately found to be legal – but I am not sure it has to matter. An argument can be made that when a person transitions to the office of the president, any prior promise made to not speak about said president is no longer binding. 

President Trump is simply not the same entity as citizen Trump. The rights, protections and powers that apply to citizen Trump do not necessarily apply to president Trump.

In the US, a citizen can say almost anything they want about their politicians or their president, just the way Trump did about Barack Obama!  That’s how our founders wanted it here in the USA. And ​no one can agree to give away one’s constitutional rights. 

So even if the powers in control find the “hush” contr​act valid for citizen Trump, an agreement not to speak should not apply to a sitting president. There is support for this in our constitution, common law and contractual law.  

There could be another reason Stormy should be able to say whatever she wants about Trump: one cannot enforce an agreement to conceal a crime. I won’t pretend to know if trying to hide an affair three days before a presidential election was some sort of crime, or was part of some crime or pattern of crimes.  But it sure seems to be part of a cover-up, which is a crime.

Kindly consider these lines of logic and feel free to get back to me in solidarity and or get this to people where it can really matter. If it fails some sort of smell test I don​’​t know about, let me know so I can correct my blog entry with your knowledge of the law. 

Finally, it seems to me that if Stormy has something to say and leaks it all out in one publication, a million dollars would be cheap price to pay.  It could easily be raised from a few donors or a gofundme campaign.

Stormy. Stay strong for all of us! 

joe@wigsalon.com

 

 

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Security Clearances – “Thick As Thieves” and The ‘CLEAN HOUSE’ Bill

Americans are worried that over thirty top staffers in the White House don’t have security clearance. What’s the point of vetting staffers if their boss, the president, refuses to be vetted and is suspect of being compromised by the Russians? …

Over thirty top staffers in the White House don’t have security clearance. Without uniform and thorough vetting processes, those who are privy to top secrets can be blackmailed by their past connections, crimes and embarrassing behavior. Well duh – but what’s the point of vetting staffers if their boss, the president, refuses to be vetted and is suspect of being compromise-able?

manchurian-bwDoes it occur to anyone that a US president should also be vetted for security? And yes, maybe they should be vetted before they are even allowed to be candidates. But that would be for 2020, I guess. For now, the president is actually the most important person in the US to be un-compromised and un-compromise-able.  Think about it. Without presidential vetting in place, we have created a safe space – a gun-free zone so to speak – for a potus to commit crimes and engage in self-dealing without reproach. And now that Kushner has been found using the White House to get large business loans, its clear that self-dealing was the intention of the president and his generals when they took office.  How rampant is this?  Very rampant! A dirty boss would want to surround himself with other like-minded criminals, so they are naturally loyal to each other. No Boy Scouts allowed. Thick as thieves, they used to say.

Does any senator or congressman or person have the guts to propose a bill that says “going forward, no one can work in the White House without security clearance, the president included.” That is in the public interest, is it not? Representatives are supposed to be working in the public interest. This is a damning failure in job performance and likely not to be advanced because many of them fear that scrutiny would expose their own crimes. 

Trump says he cares about protecting Americans. How is allowing insecure staffers get top secret info “caring” about security? It is not. So we must care for ourselves here. We can’t be stupid. Trump’s early campaign line was “How stupid are the people of Iowa?” Well America, how stupid are we going to be about security clearances in the White House or the Congress for that matter?

I want to propose a CLEAN HOUSE BILL. And we can state the exact vetting process by which ALL campaigners for high office, and even current office holders will be subject to. No exceptions. This is security. It must be applied to all with the exact same standards, regardless of the position of said vetted person, POTUS included.

Can someone please advance this notion in a bill, ASAP? With that in place, we would not need Mueller to investigate Russia to hold Trump accountable to some degree. I would think declaring 5 years of taxes would be part of any vetting process. It’s a new day. We must be smarter, or we will lose this democracy this year. 

Trump Is Buying the Government

Trump has been buying key people to escape justice for the crimes of espionage, money laundering and tax evasion. His modus operandi has always been to bribe or enrich certain key people to smooth the way for his crimes and projects. Right now, his only project of concern is avoiding prosecution for Russia. If he loses that battle, he loses his freedom and his family fortune. He’d rather sell the country out that have that happen. That’s why we don’t see any support to stop Russian meddling in 2018 or even implement a Russian sanction. They are his allies!  It’s not in his interest to sanction Russia as a criminal president – and he will need to stay in power to keep his fortune. And of course, if he sells Russia out, they will leak the whole ugly truth. He won’t love Wikileaks any more. 

Between the who are bought and those who are suborned, the US democracy does not have a chance unless Mueller delivers the whole truth before November or we vote out all sold-out politicians And since the crooked politicians know this, the 2018 election will be rigged again.  The Russian meddling is still going on and Trump is not even implementing the sanctions. He needs them more than he needs food. 

The Way Out Of This Mess

Trump’s projects must be stonewalled! I don’t care if Dreamers have to take a back seat for a short while. We won’t have a USA by year’s end if we don’t fix this now. So they will lose the US they love too unless we take decided action now.

#1 We don’t vote on a thing until the Russian sanctions are implemented.

#2 We don’t vote on a thing until Trump puts it in writing that he will not fire Rosenstein or Mueller without just cause, said cause to be determined by a court with many justices on a bench.

#3 We don’t vote on a thing until Jared Kushner and all Trump WH staffers are vetted by a thorough process conducted by the FBI. We can leave Trump out of this because it is sort of covered in #2.

Enough for today but one more thing.

Bernie and Biden should run together as a ticket and start campaigning now. No more Dem vs. Dem. These are our best, caring, well-spoken senior warriors. No women for POTUS this 2020 cycle. No ethnics either, I am sorry. We will need to appeal to Trump’s base people to some degree for one cycle. Once we win, anything is possible. But we must win in November. We can show the forgotten people that we care. And, if we keep our word to Trump’s base people and improve their lives, they will notice and we will be showered with two generations of loyal supporters. Trump’s base people actually are loyal, perhaps to a fault. That’s how we can take this country back and set it on a righteous course again. 

And I have just got word that my commission to make 500 political buttons that say VOTE THEM OUT in solidarity for the Parkland shootings, has gone through and I will have them soon. This is ultimately the way out of our mess. We vote out all sold-out politicians.

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JosephAronesty@gmail.com @EnglishCodeWord 

 

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This November We Must Vote Out All Who Will Not Legislate For the Common Good

A good barometer of the viability of a society is its system of values. When values erode, the society either falls apart or is overtaken. This is exactly what happened in Rome. It’s not that “it can happen here”. It is happening here, right now.

We like the idea of limiting the firepower of the lunatic in North Korea, but we are giving lunatics in our homeland access to killing machines. This makes no sense.

#1 There’s plenty we can do to make our country safer without hurting hunters’ rights.  Automatic weapons are not, and should not be used to hunt animals. What kind of hunting sport is that? And yet we allow automatic weapons to get into the hands of people who kill people for sport. This is crazy America! A recent certified national poll shows that 70% of Americans favor an assault weapons ban.  Representatives who will not publicly state they are in favor of an assault weapons ban, must be voted out. Rubio – Trump – that means you – and plenty of others.

It’s now clear that there is a group of politicians who will even stoop to cheating at the polls with foreign bots posing as Americans. Our president will do nothing to change this. It is how and why he got there and he is compromised by his life of crime. So our numbers must be overwhelming this November.

Gun violence is also very expensive. The costs are 230 billion dollars a year – over $700,000,000 per day!   And it is surprising how few Americans would be negatively affected by an assault weapons ban. Besides Smith and Wesson there are about six other companies that make assault weapons. And then there is a small group of gun collectors who would have to surrender or sell their assault weapons to the police or armed forces. Weight that against $700 million a day and the loss of life and this is a no brainer.  

These businesses can not be valued more than the lives of our kids and citizens. We must now legislate for the common good and vote out all who stand in our way. A good barometer of the viability of a society is its system of values. When its values erode, the society either falls apart or is overtaken. This is exactly what happened in Rome. It’s not that “it can happen here”, it is happening here … right now.

POSSESSION of automatic weapons, NOT the PURCHASE of them, is what needs to be regulated or licensed, like we do for automobiles. Automobiles can be weapons, but guns are weapons and an assault rifle’s sole purpose is to kill mass numbers of people. Why does any civilian really need an automatic weapon? They don’t! 

Even if we had Minority Report pre-crime detection bots and took the Parkland shooter out ahead of the crime, it would not change the fact the we have a systemic disease here in the USA. And like a cancer, it’s going to grow and kill the host body if we don’t start the healing now. The medicine is voting out greedy politicians who won’t legislate what their constituents want. And 70% of Americans want an assault weapons ban. 

And gun maker’s profit protection is just one place our national body has disease. We also see its symptoms in the way our reps undermine healthcare for our citizens in exchange for kickbacks from insurance companies. GOP healthcare, if ever fully implemented, would kill far more people than 911. 

We hear its symptoms reflected in the words of our heartless president who offered lukewarm support for Puerto Ricans with memes like “you are messing with our budget” or “there are a lot of business-people who support the Jones Act”. I hear it is gangsta rap, where the lyrics often refer to being rich as being as the be all end all goal in life. I see it in the way people adore big stars, and then ignore the stars in their own communities. 

The underlying disease is all one: greed. This cancer, is now metastatic. It’s everywhere. Cutting out one infected organ will not cure us.

GREED starts with GR because, like many words that start with GR, it refers to GROWTH.(GARDEN, GRASS, GREAT, GRAND, etc.) Within greedy souls, GREED is a GROWTH that is out of control  – which is exactly what a cancer is. 

And yes, greed will always exist. It’s been witnessed and documented for over 5000 years.  Smart societies put checks and balances into law so that greed does not overrun their governments.  It’s popular to say “get the money out of politics”, but Citizen’s United gives money a larger voice than the actual citizens of our country.  Citizen’s United gives greed a platform to operate and grow here.  That’s neither right nor democratic. Citizen’s United must also go.

And we can do all this in November because it’s easy to spot the greedy politicians now. They are the same one’s who won’t publicly announce they are in favor of an assault weapons ban. They side with the NRA for personal greed, and they do the same on all issues. It’s who they are – and they can’t fool us now. 

It’s a strange irony that the word AMERICA contains two word-parts, AMORE and RICH.  America literally means “loves riches”: Ame-rica. Maybe it’s a self-perpetuating meme. Pardon my linguistic digression, but before Trump became POTUS this was my focus. 

So, I am not that interested in this single-cell Las Vegas or Parkland sicko. We should strive to cure our sickness the same way we fight a systemic cancer. It starts with diagnosis: recognizing the nature of our actual disease: we permit politicians’ greed to shape our lives and laws to the detriment of our citizens.

Donald Trump is a brand that symbolizes greed disease. His first campaign words were “of course you love me, I’m rich”. He learned most people have some level of greed disease from his casino-owner days. And as the gap between the wealthy and the poor grows here, there and everywhere, there will be more and more bad cells acting out – out of desperation. It’s sort of like a negative lottery. Given time, it’s bound to happen again and again. And it’s going to keep happening until we get money out politics or we succumb. 

It was not always that way, here in the USA. After WW11 the rich were taxed at a much higher rate than the poor so that stored capital naturally flowed into infrastructure and education, helping us all and making us naturally proud to be Americans – or US citizens. 

We must start our healing process now. And while kindness and prayers are fine for moral support, if they do not lead to actions they function like placebos.  We need thoughtful, caring legislation ASAP. The vast majority of Americans see no reason why anyone should be allowed to own an automatic weapon, or more than a few firearms to defend themselves. We are not against the second amendment. The vast majority of Americans see no reason Russian bots should be allowed on Facebook. But as long as greed governs in America,  the country that loves richesnothing will change.

Let’s focus on voting out the greedy in government in 2018.  The best thing we have here in the USA is national elections every two years. The next one is November 2018. We can’t afford to get distracted. We have no time to waste either. I sincerely believe 2018 is our last chance to save the ailing American society.

If for no other reason than to send out the messages that US citizens will no longer be governed by greed and that we realize greed in government is our national disease here in America, we must vote out infected ruling party members – at every level. 

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We can do this. The citizens who voted for Donald Trump wanted to vote out a broken system. They just were so blinded by their desire for change that they did not see that Trump was a charlatan. I have forgiven them. They mostly know they made a mistake by now. So those same voters can be enrolled to do that same thing again – to vote out a diseased system. 

We must assure that greed has no place in our government. When Citizen’s United falls apart under a new regime, it will begin to turn the tide of our systemic greed disease. 

And then maybe, slowly, the way you kill a cancer, we can return to the kind America I remember as a child. It was not perfect. No society is. But it was much more inclusive than what we have now. We had a visible path to a good life here, and many of us seized that path and have enjoyed that good life. I was lucky that way.

Now, our kids don’t even see the on-ramp to that path. We have let them down terribly. I am not a big D Democrat. Don’t paint me with that broad brush. I don’t care about parties. I care about the actual people who we elect. I wish there were no parties at all. Parties are part of the greed disease problem. I am a global citizen living in America. My homeland that I love is now governed by greed. It is killing us all and we all know it down deep. All I want is better for my kids. I’d like to the healing begin in my lifetime. 

A spiritual disease is being transmitted to Americans by man a who has been infected all his life. It’s very contagious. 2018 may be the last chance to save us from greed/envy disease. It is usually fatal to societies. 

These are the only two laws we need to keep our schools, churches and streets safe.

#1 LICENSE GUNS beyond the basic two. OWNING ( not buying ) unlicensed guns will be a serious federal crime. And yes, law enforcement agents will have the right to seize unlicensed guns. The loss of one’s gun can be the prime punishment. No sense attaching a huge dollar amount to it and scare people. Assault weapons do not belong in the hands of unlicensed people. That is the goal.

#2 ELIMINATE THE GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE.

Less words. More Actions.

I wrote Song For Healing when I was on chemo. It helped me a lot. My way of praying I guess. It’s not all I did however. Have a listen: 

Joseph Aronesty is an e-commerce pioneer, songwriter, author, linguist and father to five sons living in Los Angeles. He was a classmate to Trump in Wharton in 1967. He is a also tireless activist working to reset America to be the more inclusive place it was when he was child. josepharonesty@gmail.com

 

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Dem’s Blew It Again. Trump Reverses Memo Release. When Will They Get It? Trump Cheats To Win.

While I commend Schumer for showing a spine, this is NOT the time to back down! This is the time to add conditions – not remove them. I am about to reveal a 3-step strategy that cannot possibly lose.

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Written 1/21 – Updated  2/12

We had Trump cornered in shutdown and did not take advantage of that temporary power we had. Plus, we did not even have to risk looking political for asking for the shutdown because Rand Paul did it for us! How stupid or timid are we? Trump will NEVER play by the rules. He never has. 

I have said this before, and it is even more important now. SUPPORT NOTHING TRUMP WANTS – ABSOLUTELY NOTHING – EVEN IF WE LIKE IT – UNTIL HE COMES CLEAN – which means :

#1 Release Democratic memo

#2 Implement Russian sanctions

#3 Agree to testify in person with Mueller  

Anything short of that, you do NOT support anything he asks for. Watch how he can;t get out of this choke hold. I have no idea why you don’t see this. Play hardball, or prepare to lose this country to Russia.

The following is relevant for historical reasons only. The moment has passed, but its strategy remains do-able with budget voting.

The government is due to shutdown again February 8th over the spending budget. This is NOT the time to back down! Trump’s border proposals are designed to make us look weak on immigration to his 35% base. We are the 65% now! We need a meme and message that exposes Trump as the traitor he is. We must draw a hard line in the sand re: transparency. Then we can use our terms- not DACA – which will happen for Dreamers anyway- when the government re-opens on our terms – in about a week.  We will explain how easy this really is to accomplish. Basics first.

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People wonder what is keeping Trump in power. Yes, it’s it the complicit GOP, but they are influenced by their electoral math. The 35% base support for Trump nationally, is 70% base support within the GOP.  They can’t fight that. They don’t have the guts to be real patriots. And they need their jobs I guess. So we need to get that support number down to about 50%- 55% within the GOP to end the Trump presidency. That means we need to cut into that support by about 25% more. We believe this is easier than it seems to be right now. 

Trump appeals to folks who psychologically need strong courageous leaders. Actually, this is the original reason that humans decided to have leaders  – even within our tribal communities and back into the Stone Ages. It goes back to the animal kingdom, to wolf-pack organization. We choose alpha-male leaders to protect us from enemies. – human enemies – foreign tribes. We chose the physically strongest among us. What happens when an alpha-male is exposed as being weak? In the animal kingdom, he is quickly deposed – usually killed by the next in line or a group of them. Show Trump to be weak and his own will take him out!

The Solution to our Trump Problem Starts February 8th –  Shutdown #2 Day

All we need to do is make Trump look like the weakling he is at heart, like the draft dodger he was, when the government shuts down again. So we change the conditions to re-fund the government.  We temp shift the accent from DACA and Dreamers, which we come back to after he steps down in a week anyway. We shift the onus of refunding the government to him for being willing to sell out his country to Russia – which we all know is what happened – and being willing to keep the government down to protect his fortune – which is what is happening.  

It all comes down to the words we speak – and the timely memes we put out. We place new conditions to re-fund our government. We now insist that Trump be transparent to re-fund the government. We can say we need to make sure it is OUR government we are re-funding. Many have this insidious feeling that it is not our government any longer, that our representatives have sold out to a president who has himself sold out and/or has been compromised by our natural born enemy – the autocrat Vladimir Putin and Russia. 

We ask you to call your representatives and ask them to add one to two of these demands to refund the government. Find your own words. You can also add Dreamer protections of course, but that alone has been done and failed. By adding conditions, we come off stronger and Trump is exposed for who he is. We need citizens calling in all fifty states, but especially in New York and California, as those reps have the most power. 

FOUR CONDITIONS TO REFUND THE GOVERNMENT AFTER SHUTDOWN #2

#1 – We won’t talk refunding until Trump formally implements the Russian sanctions bill that he signed in August. It’s just sitting there stalled.  He was supposed to address that on the Monday, the 29th of January. We say to Trump: implement the Russian Sanctions Bill before we talk with you about re-funding the government again. His base does not love Russia! We ask to keep the government down until he deals with the Russian sanctions. 

When Trump says that’s a non starter ( and Trump will ) he shows himself to be a traitor right there? We put Russia and government shutdown in the same space. We won’t lose that fight. Dreamers vs. border security, furloughs and military – we can and already have lost. This meme is a win/win.

#2. The Democratic Memo – We insist that the Democratic version of the memo be released immediately in order to re-fund our government.  We all have this sense he’s not even going to do that. He will look like he is obstructing justice to his own base if he keeps the military waiting for their checks over this.  So let’s have him on record for not wanting to do this. If he does, pass and go to the next.

#3 –  We can add that we want him to meet with Mueller ASAP and/or promise that he will not fire Rosenstein or Mueller without legal cause and a impartial vetting process for that cause. It’s better of we make two demands at least. It gives them wiggle room but also makes us look stronger. We want to appeal to the alpha-make lovers in Trump’s base. I think that is what Dem’s miss so often. We already have our minds made up. We need to change other minds, and trump will do it for us if we lay this trap.   It won’t take but a few days. His military will be missing their paychecks and they will realize he is even willing to sell them out to keep his money and secrets. Then he is really done. We bury him right there. 

#4. When he delays on Mueller, we demand his taxes be released to open the government.  We spin the whole thing as if he is a traitor, because he has been a traitor – in many ways – and still behaves like one. And his base just needs to see that. We can help them see this. Its all just words and memes. This is easy. 

And it’s all a WIN/WIN/WIN for us. We win because we finally found a way to force Trump to do the right thing, and the public will see that. So now we win for being the strong alpha-males as well. And we win even if he says no I won’t implement the Russian Sanctions to refund the government. Then he is immediately done. We win no matter what he says. This is checkmate. 

Schumer/Feinstein/Schiff: We have him now and maybe you don’t see it.  Trump will play hardball. Stay two steps ahead of him. DACA is not an issue that will win out over the military being shut down. That is a game we won’t win in the long run. But, this double down game I am proposing cannot lose. His presidency could be over in a week. The idea is to make Trump seem like he is stalling for time, because of his own neck. His own GOP will impeach him and if they won’t the Blue Wave will drown them all in November and they have no counter move once these memes are out. They can lose their base over him not being open about taxes and Russia. Even his base wants this out. No one likes or wants a president sold out to Russia! This is your leverage this time – while shut down – expose HIM to be the traitor!

This is the outlandish and bold move we are waiting for. They are trying to shut down the FBI. Get a spine! Now! Let’s make the calls – and have this reach the ears of our reps in every state. 

We are better than Trump – all of us! And we are not in the minority. 

 

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What If Trump and the Entire Executive Branch Has Been Suborned?

I am herein making a plea that the investigative process to be put on a fast track, with a goal to reach conclusion within 60 days, if possible.

Suborn – to bribe or induce (someone) unlawfully, to secretly perform a misdeed, to secretly commit a crime.

Written May 2017, updated January 2018

At some point in time, and hopefully before something reckless is attempted by the president, we are going to have to know the whole truth about the 2016 election. We just can’t have foreign governments influencing our elections, because it is our free and fair elections that have defined America – and since 1776.

I am herein making a plea that the investigative process to be put on a fast track, with a goal to reach conclusion within 60 days, if at all possible. Campaigning for the 2018 election will begin soon – very soon, and Russian intervention will happen again if we don’t identify the problem and eliminate it. Defending against espionage is like fighting a cancer. You have to know what kind of cancer it is to fight the maligned cells. And we have to know who the bad cells are and what they did – so we can make them go away. 

manchurian2Because I went to school with Trump and was subjected to a similar ethos from my father, I was one of the first to say Donald Trump was in bed with Russia. To me it was clear when he said ” Russia, if you are listening” on the campaign trail. But I also surmised money laundering evidence when he declared bankruptcy in Atlantic City. 

Now at last, the media and investigation is catching up to the truth. Way too slow. There has been so much damage and cost to America and Americans due to this slowness. As of January 2018, The Russian contact/collusion/conspiracy trail has undeniably reached the White House, Trump, his family and its administration. Way too many of the president’s advisors and cabinet members are either under suspicion, been indicted or have pleaded “guilty” and are working with the Special Prosecutor. 

It’s been pretty obvious to many of us all along that something does not feel right about Donald Trump. I don’t care what “side” you have been on. Does this feel right to you? Answer that and then ask yourself what we should be doing. 

Trump, a true don, has always been in on everything his subordinates and family members have done for him. We cannot assume or even make leeway for Trump not knowing what his people are doing for him.  And if he really was ignorant of all this, that’s gross negligence – and that’s not a quality in a president that we need. 

Trump keeps saying and will continue to say “no collusion”. That is the classic “Mafia don” alibi for murder, ” I didn’t do it, I didn’t know he did it”.  Of course, the dons don’t get their hands dirty … but they order the hits and are culpable. No soldier in a criminal organization takes serious action without telling the don or they risk their own lives. They swear allegiance to the don, and that is exactly what Trump thinks he is – a don. In his unattached imagination – he is a don.

At some time, Donald Trump had not signed that Russian sanction bill sitting on his desk for months. It was his political benefit to sign it (and ours). And yet, he did not because he could not. Trump is suborned. And the GOP does nothing about it because their leaders are guilty of the same crimes. They all have dirt on each other. That’s why they swear allegiance. “Thick as thieves” is apropos. 

Trump and his soldiers colluded with Russian spies to win the election – and now all are suborned and are forced to side with the Russian political agenda ( not ours)  as payback one way or another. If they don’t, Putin can leak the full unabashed truth about what he knows and totally sink Donald Trump and the entire Trump GOP.  What would Putin care?

So this president cannot serve faithfully as a US president. He can’t, even if he wanted to- and there’s never been a shred of evidence that he has wanted to or capable of serving anyone faithfully.  This is exactly how the greedy, the over-their-head stupid and/or the unwittingly suborned become the blackmailed.

And this is the hardest part. It would be one thing if it were only Trump. But the entire executive brand may have been suborned. 

Regardless of our political affiliation or lack thereof,  what we now have as American citizens, is a thoroughly dangerous security crisis. These are now practical solutions to our dilemma.

#1 – I really think that Trump should be stripped of all powers until he shows his taxes. That at least would show a willingness to cooperate. He’s not going to supply it anyway. He’d rather step down than show his taxes, and I’ve been saying this since the day he was elected. He’s been in bed with Russian money laundering since the 1980’s and his cash cow – the casinos. Reason: tax avoidance.

There is currently neither enough confidence in Donald Trump, or in any of Trump’s cabinet members to efficiently run our government in a way that is truly focused on improving or protecting the lives of ordinary Americans. Nor are we assured that all or most of the executive branch members are not part of a suborned group of unwittingly Russian-aligned politicians, to whom we have just given the keys to our weapon systems. This is foolish and very dangerous!

We have way too much at stake here to gamble on Trump’s claims of innocence – or fake media. Both citizen and president Trump have repeatably shown they can’t be trusted to be honorable. The facts we know don’t add up any longer to most Americans. 

We really can’t afford all this bickering anymore. It’s shameful and wasteful. In one year we have become the total laughing stock of the planet’s first-world countries.

And now, with Trump visiting Putin, we have the puppet being called by his master. Putin and Trump coordinated to fix the election, Trump will visit him privately and somehow the GOP say nothing? I know why Dem’s are fairly quiet about Trump seeing Putin. The optics will be a puppet visiting his master. It won’t help Trump’s popularity. So I get that. What I don’t get is why the GOP is quiet. Like I said: maybe they are all suborned. And that should have all Americans worried. 

Until the Mueller investigation is all resolved, Trump’s war powers should immediately be taken away, for obvious reasons. Congress must now have to sole power to make war during the FBI investigation.  The sheer numbers of people in Congress will serve a safety valve in this interim period. American safety must be an extra high priority now. We know that he knows that war tends to shut down internal investigations. A war made to keep him in power cannot be ruled out. We see they are capable of doing anything for their own interests. If he engaged with Putin to win an election ( and Trump did say ” what does it all matter if I don’t win?”) he can not be trusted at all. 

We can’t have a suborned executive branch. And that may be the case. Time is not our friend here. 

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Our vote is the heartbeat of the spiritual being called American democracy. November 6th 2018 is our new Independence Day. 

JosephAronesty@gmail.com

 

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Two Easy Fixes to Revive Our Dying Democracy

The biggest issue facing the USA today is the ability of elected representatives to get kickbacks through lobbying and potentially hide the money trail via undisclosed foreign bank accounts. So is the real war folks! It’s an internal war. It’s “we the people” vs. “our sold-out representatives” in national government. We have the technology to fix this right now. 

Published March 2017 – updated December 2017

If you watch a town hall meeting you can literally see and hear that many of our representatives have no problem lying to our faces. For example, there are countless instances of representatives telling constituents, ” Yes, i agree with you. We should not repeal before we replace”, etc. But then, when you follow their vote, you find they actually voted for repeal. Knowingly saying one thing and doing another is a textbook definition for lying.

And yet, lying to the press or to constituents does not violate any US lawn and maybe it should. These people do swear oaths. Today, these oaths apparently mean nothing. Let’s face it. Our government was formed in the 1700’s.  Words had meanings that were more sacrosanct back then. So let’s get basic on words. I do so love words. 

REPRESENTATIVE. Why did the founders use that word and not a word like “Duke”?

An elected “representative” RE-PRESENTS an idea or bill. That means the original idea or bill is not necessarily theirs to create. That task could rightly belong to the constituency – which is all of us – which is what a real democracy should insist on. But to do that, citizens need to be engaged, not so much in government, but in the actual issues!represent

And what actually happens after candidates get elected to office and show up in Washington DC? They quickly discover there is a pre-existing and deeply entrenched system of big business paying big dollars to sitting representatives to get the goals of their big businesses done – and not the goals of their constituents!

Hence, we see the GOP advancing the idea of repealing healthcare, or lowering taxes on big businesses – so they can get their kickbacks – even though these bills are not popular with Americans. It’s clear they don’t care at all about the people they allegedly serve.  And yes, to be fair, there are Democrats that have their kickback issues as well. The human flaw of greed and sexual harassment is not limited to one party. 

The biggest issue facing the USA today is the ability of elected representatives to get kickbacks through lobbying and the potential to hide the money in undisclosed foreign bank accounts. Without these kickbacks or graft, as it’s called sometimes, a president like Trump could never have happened.

And unfortunately, the current US president is not only sold out to big business, but also to Russian interests. Why does he not show his taxes? Why does he fight to end the investigation for the FBI? A fish rots from the head. Selling out is rampant and it’s not just the president! It’s our congresspeople and many that work with or for them. 

And so, the real goals of the US citizens get totally overlooked. We couldn’t even get gun laws changed after Sandy Hook! What does that say about the people in charge? 

Senseless political bickering continues because this is what big business wants. A divided country allows big business to continue doing its thing, taking from the poor, giving to the rich. Big business wants bottom line profit only. They don’t want the common man to get ahead or even to get an education. Stupid consumers are good for big business. So un-christian. So greedy.  And yet, there they sit in Washington, doing their own business, not the people’s business.

And that’s where we are today – and have been here since the 1970’s. Our president embodies the swamp creature that selling out is. But at least, we can at least see the monster clearly now. It’s on TV every day. 

This cannot continue. It has to end and end soon. On this, even the Tea Party and I are in lockstep.  Business knows what will happen if consumers get organized. Incomes will get spread around more evenly, and people will be empowered financially and spiritually to strive for more. That’s not the ideal of Wall Street or K-street, so they pit us against each other. FOX vs. MSNBC , etc. It’s getting old. 

“Make America Great Again” will only happen when we share more – not less. It’s the spirit of sharing that always made America great. Where has that gone? The biggest lie Trump and the GOP are perpetuating is that by handing funds to the greedy we will all be better off. What a crock. Who believes that anyway?

So the real war we have in the USA is an internal war. It’s “we the people” vs. “our sold-out representatives” in government. So many have to go in 2018.  And yes, they are not all sold out. We can tell who they are by the way they vote. Don’t listen to what they say, watch how they vote. You can Google that on any representative.  

But there are the two easy fixes that can save the US democracy. First, we need place to find our common ground.  It exists. I am willing to listen to the opinions of other citizens much more that the opinions of representatives. But where can I have this discussion? Twitter? Facebook? Not the way they are today. We need a real place to have civil discussions and then decide what the majority wants via monthly mock voting on the issues, not on the representatives. In a functioning democracy, reps should just be bots for the majority opinion.  

#1 A Perpetual Town Hall. We need an online mock government site for citizens where the issues that need attention are posted. There are spaces for expert opinions, stats, chat rooms, legit advertising (no bot ads) and mock voting on the first Tuesday of every month. This can easily be done by the folks at Google or Facebook.   (That’s a link to my letter to Google. Please check it out too.) But they will need to create sites reserved just for civil political discussions and mock voting. 

Once we have our minds made up on the issues, we tell the representative, sworn under oath, to do exactly what we ask them to. If they don’t do what we have chosen, they are breaking their oath and can be fired. This is not hard to do. 

#2 We have to end the ability of an elected national representative to have undeclared foreign bank accounts! This is how so many, Trump, Maniford, Wilbur Ross – et. al. find a way to hide their illegal payoffs. How dumb is it that we allow this? Very stupid folks. It has allowed criminals and even spies to get inside our government. It has to end!

This is the only kind of representative governmental system that will actually work in these digital times. All else is doomed to fail owing to the essential greed of human nature. Politicians are human beings and a system must be put in place to curtail their natural human greed.

It will be our fault, not the politician’s fault – if we don’t fix this flaw in the machine we call the US government.

These two simple ideas, once implemented, cannot fail . And it can’t possibly make things worse than what we have now, which is  – “Say what you need to get elected, then do what you want for yourself and friends once elected”.

What are we waiting for? 2018 is coming soon. We have the technology to do this right now.  Will someone with programming skills please set this up ASAP? It feels like a one day job by one smart guy. This would change everything. MockDemocracy.US is available. DemocracyLivesHere.com even better.   TownHall247.com is fine too.

This is a link to another blog on this perpetual town hall idea. If you know someone up the chain at Facebook or Google, please pass the link on.

 https://englishcode.wordpress.com/2017/11/29/facebook-russia-2/

josepharonesty@gmail.com Get me here. I’ll support this idea with dollars too.

P.S. There is already a political faction called The Pirate Party that advocates for something like this. Google it. Bad name. But they also believe politicians should be bots for our collective desires. After all, the USA is supposed to be a democratic republic. This is exactly what “a government of the people, for the people, by the people” – means.  Think outside the box people! That’s what the founders did. We have to do it again. And we have the technology to do it right now. 

 

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The Way Back to Political Sanity Could Also Involve Facebook, Google, CNN

It’s clear Facebook and Google had an unwitting hand in derailing our government. But the same platforms that helped spread Russian lies and changed the arc of our politics can also be used to heal our divided country and make a permanent and lasting fix.

heartoftexas1It’s clear Facebook and Google had an unwitting hand in influencing the outcome of the 2016 election and derailing sanity in our government. Some days our situation seems almost hopeless. But the same platforms that helped spread Russian lies and changed the arc of our politics can also be used to heal our divided country and even make a permanent and lasting fix.

Proposing the Facebook or Google Politics Only Page  – Democracy Online – a Town Hall 24/7       

This would not be a place to post pictures of our kids or what we had for dinner. Obscene words would be auto-banned from entry.

This would be a place where advocates for issues post ideas. There would be civil chat-room discussions that focus on reaching the informed consensus that reflects the attitudes and desires of the majority of Americans. It could have national, state and even local discussion groups. It would be a perpetual town hall meeting of sorts.

With the degree of dysfunction in government, why should Americans leave governing ourselves to politicians alone? 

Politicians have repeatedly proven themselves to be sold out as a group. Yes, there are dedicated public servants in politics. There are also greedy business people and criminals who effectively steal ( legally ) from the public, and some even have foreign bank accounts to hide their theft. These politicians are, at best, unnecessary middlemen. A politics only page, where we discuss ideas to improve the common good and how to pay for it, could repair the citizen-representative disconnect which is so glaringly obvious this year.

Politicians should just be doing our bidding anyway. The re– in “re-presentative” government means we must first “present” our ideas. If we don’t first present ideas, we can’t blame the greedy-by-nature so-called politicians for taking advantage of their status – and representing for themselves – or for their donors.  After all, the main USA representative, the president, is clearly self-dealing.

We can’t blame the politicians any longer. That’s getting old.  We can only blame ourselves for letting them do this over and over to us. We must change the laws against self-dealing too. Why do we allow representatives to have undeclared bank accounts? Why do we allow a presidential candidate to not show his taxes.  This is pure stupidity. And it’s doing us in. 

Politicians should really be bots for our decisions with no right to sabotage the majority opinion.

There would be rooms to discuss all issues from gay rights to gun rights and links to real information from recognized experts on all sides of the arguments. There could be a place for political ads by American companies and vetted individuals, with equal space for ideas guaranteed. And yes, some issues are more national in scope than others, like air and water quality.  There could be even world-wide discussions to pave a way to real world peace – to end terrorism – and even to insure the survival of the species. Imagine that! We have this technology right now. The google/facebook technology was just sabotaged by international criminals to get their boy to win the election of 2016. Reverse engineer this technology to redefine the way government functions.  This is easy! 

Regular Mock Votes 

An essential part of any mock government site would be regularly scheduled mock voting days. Maybe we could have them once a month. We could call the first Tuesday of every month – Mock Vote Day and re-form the once healthy civic tradition of getting real information and voting our minds. The sheer numbers in these monthly mock government votes would inform the honest players ( there are some now, but this would help weed out the sold-out ) in our actual government the direction the majority really wants to be steered.. Mock Government Voting is a super strong meme. Statistics don’t lie – they inform us. 

And then we can finally insist that our representatives re-present the ideas of the majority, the way a democracy should work because we will know what the majority wants and even why. – Politicians who don’t represent the consensus would be quickly exposed and voted out or removed from office for not representing the majority. 

Based on the current popularity of news shows, I think Americans are ready for this. We can essentially use the same door employed to enter this dysfunctional governmental state- to exit it!

And if they ( Facebook, Google, or CNN) don’t want to do this – we can do this ourselves too. We can even Shark Tank it, if need be

Can we share this on social media so it gets to the powers that be in the media, please?

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About the Author

Joseph Aronesty graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1971.  He attended an International Finance class with Donald Trump, back in the day.

When the internet became viable in 1995, Joseph created what is arguably is the world’s first click and buy e-commerce website, WigSalon.com. He still operates WigSalon today.

Joseph is also a published songwriter, with hundreds of songs in his catalog. He now writes with musicians in Los Angeles, where he makes his home. He is an activist and his songs often reflect his political point of view.

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Tax Break? The GOP Is Coming for Our Homes – Again!

When our national debt rises, interest rates rise too. That drives home values down and creates personal
bankruptcies in the middle class Then, the super rich buys your home cheap,
without a lick of work.

 homesThis is the thinking behind the GOP tax plan. Remember, a cold heart does not supply warm caring solutions. 

#1 – Eliminating the tax write off for home mortgages does not burden the poor or renters. It also does not burden those who are so rich that their houses are fully paid for.  The middle class – and particularly the middle class in states that charge income taxes – suffer greatly under this act. The tax adjustment adds up to a boon to the rich and to the poor without homes or mortgages – but a crippling burden on the middle class citizens that have homes with mortgages.

#2. The GOP tax plan collects less revenue than the current system, but our governmental obligations to the people such as healthcare, infrastructure, education, do not go away. That means our national DEBT will go UP even more under this plan. They don’t even deny that! That then devalues our currency further and simultaneously forces the interest rates to float upwards. ( Remember, they just got rid of Yellen. There was a  reason for that.) When interest rates go up – home values go down! That’s common sense. And then what happens is there are more personal bankruptcies and the super rich step in and buy back the middle classes’ homes on the cheap.

Remember how this same debacle happened at the end of the Bush term in 2008? It is destined to happen again under this GOP tax plan. Who benefited from that 2008 debacle? The big banks and the super rich like Jared Kushner and Robert Mercer, et al. Cold-hearted people do NOT supply warm solutions – not ever!

The GOP tax plan is a diabolical two-step plan designed to let the super rich gain a further stranglehold on average Americans. It must be resisted with all our inner strength.

Get in touch with your INDIVISIBLE chapter. Voting out Trump GOP members at every level of government will continue to be out path back to an America we all can respect. 

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Raise Our Voices is a song I wrote exactly one year ago today. ( SoundCloud ) Raising our voices at the polls, the workplace and on social media continues to be the path back to a better USA for all of us.

Great job Tuesday. But don’t rest on that. These super rich international players are still working hard ( if you can call that work) to bankrupt America and buy it back cheap.

Continue to vote the Trump GOP, and all their stooges in DC – out of office!

 

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Make America United Again – Polibots

With what came out on Hillary’s DNC election shenanigans today, it’s pretty clear the election of 2016 was a sordid affair on all sides. Both candidates were clearly willing to cheat to win. Trump said this early on his campaign. “What does it matter if I don’t win?” He was even willing to enroll Russian spies to help him. Hillary was happy to throw Bernie under the bus to win. So both sides were clearly crooked. Winning was just too important to these people … and to their parties. And that’s because behind these parties, there are large financial contributors who expect payback for their “investments”. If we don’t find a way to get money out of politics, this insanity is not going away.

American voters sort of knew their two candidate choices were both sold out. For voters, the 2016 election was more about voting out an established, entrenched and tone deaf governmental system than voting in anyone. Bernie, who delivered his populist message from the heart, was played by HRC, who was played by Trump. It was like rock/paper/scissors and spy vs. spy – combined.

Do we want 2016 to be the new standard in US elections? I don’t think so. Maybe politicians don’t mind this syndrome, as they can find ways to milk a rig-able system, but the general population really hates it. That’s why congress has such a low popularity.

2018 is a year away. If we go back to DEM vs GOP, to left vs. right, progressive vs. liberal, god vs. science, white vs. black, Christian vs. Muslim, we will continue to sink as a nation. Divided we will fail. That’s pretty clear.

We need a political attitude adjustment, – a fresh inspiring new idea that can erase the borders we have constructed in our minds.  Maybe this simple idea is it: imagine there were no political parties – or more of them!

The two party system plays a huge part in keeping our country divided. And do you know who likes that? Big business! They do better when their is no unity, focus or drive in the spirit of the working class. And its big business that pays off the politicians. In this new oligarchy of big business, they can bust up unions, not pay for the old and sick and pollute the environment for profit. And if we don’t stop this, the living standards here in USA will continue to sink – as they have been since the 1980’s.

There is an easy way to break up the two-party system. Think along with me. Bernie is in good health. He can run as an independent or create a mini-party that supports his own brand of government. But 2020 is too far away. 2018 will be the divining moment. Imagine if a political outsider – like Tom Steyer, the billionaire turned environmentalist, a seeming Democrat, enrolled a partner from the other party and started a new party/union so to speak. Imagine if Steyer, Corker, Sanders – and/or McMullen said they were going to work together to solve our problems and run as a ticket in 2020.

A simple union between a few key people could change everything. We now have the appetite for this. Americans would absolutely love this because we know we can’t go on divided. The space between the left and right must be closed – but if we try to argue it out – it will never work. Never. We need two adults – well meaning public servants – one from the left and one from the right – to agree to work together, outside of their previous parties. This ticket would surely win in a landslide in 2020, but it could do a great job changing things in 2018 as well.

This would be the way I would run this union. This is my idea, but I am open to other ideas of course. A web site is put up which simulates a mock government. Our key government issues are posted. The population gets educated on the issues at the site from people with experience in the various fields. Videos, chat rooms and a place to have discussions are created. No “bad words” are allowed. (Sorry to go all 1950’s on you, but words can bridge gaps or divide us.)

And then there is a place to place mock votes and take polls. It’s a democracy, so the majority rules. Politicians can make their arguments too,  but the population’s majority sentiment must rule if the USA is going to continue to be called a democracy. In this world, we hardly need politicians to do anything more than educate us and do what we ask in Congress.

A trend we hear more and more about these days is robots replacing humans in the workplace. I don’t favor robots that take away jobs, like self-driving cars would. But when people cannot do their jobs honestly, maybe that’s a place where robots would work better than humans. Robot politicians? In this ideal world I described above, politicians must function as robots. Polibots! They do what their constituents request of them. They cannot be re-programmed, suborned or bribed.

Regardless of what Trump GOP representatives say about promises made on the trail,  my polibots could not support or advance busting the ACA, or tax breaks for the rich because polls show the American people don’t want the GOP’s healthcare or tax breaks for the rich, business-owner class. Both these GOP ideas have support levels that are close to 22%. So they would be DOA in a real democracy.

It sounds like such a dream. A real democracy. A way forward where we build infrastructure, create new jobs that are clean. But we have the software to do all of this right now. All we need is two key people to form a working left/right union and put up a web site. I see the desire for this kind of union – not only in the population – but in the tone of certain key players as well.

So now I ask my followers to make this suggestion to people you can imagine working together with members from the other side and actually stepping away from their parties. Corker seems ideal as he has already has stepped aside. Bernie is an independent – a man who already knows how parties corrupt. McMullen had his own party and Steyer wants a government focused making the USA #1 again in energy and infrastructure. I’d be happy if they all joined forces and started something really new here. And I don’t think I would be alone.

If you like this idea – spread it around on social media. Throw a stone and make a ripple. That’s how these things get started.

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Let’s turn the Untied States of America into the United States of America – again. Or should I say, let’s Make America United Again.

I will add this. The WW11 generation fought to preserve democracy in the 1940’s. Their sacrifices will be recorded historically as an effort done in vein if we continue to allow money to sell us out the way we are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cyber-Warfare Is the New Cold War and Putin Is its First Grand Master

Since the advent of the internet in 1996, the main weapons of that cold war – have increasingly become electronic. It’s now called cyber-warfare. But until now, it always seemed to refer to something that was going to happen in the near future.

noun: cyber-warfare
  1. the use of computer technology to disrupt the activities of a state or organization, especially the deliberate attacking of information systems for strategic or military purposes.

cyberwarAfter World War II was over, a new world order was established and The United States assumed the dominant position in that new world order for having won the war and for having the biggest shiny new weapon, the A-bomb. Russia never fully accepted subservience to the USA. And so the Cold War era – with wars waged without bullets – was born. The main weapon of the cold war was espionage, in other words – spies. 

Te 50’s-60’s cold war era cooled down over time, but it never fully went away. Since the advent of the internet in 1996, the main weapons of that cold war – have increasingly become electronic. It’s now called cyber-warfare. But until 2016, it always seemed to refer to something that was going to happen in the near future. Cyber-warfare summons up visions like electric grids gone down, banks hacked and drained of cash reserves, and even cars that drive off cliffs. 

But cyber-warfare is no longer a thing of the future. The hacking of the US 2016 presidential election will be remembered as the first major attack in “the cyber warfare era” and Vladimir Putin will be dubbed its first master. 

Ask yourself this. What is the objective of an offensive war? If war is not launched to stop foreign aggression or for defensive reasons, it’s done to obtain things, resources or territories that do not properly belong to the attacker. It’s done for booty – the same reasoning pirates use to rationalize raid ships. The Russian hack is war against democracy, and we must defend ourselves once again just the way the WW11 generation did for us, laying down their lives in the 1940’s. 

Both the intelligence evidence and public consensus is now that Putin/Russia attacked the United States in 2016 via acts of cyber-warfare to get their chosen man elected to president of the United States. We have already lost the war of 2016! Putin won the war of 2016. But the war was not initiated for fun – it was initiated for booty.  The cyber-war winners expect payoffs. That’s how war works. Elections have consequences – but so does surrendering to the enemy. 

The war of 2016 is over, but they are gearing up to have another go at it in just a few months. This big question still remains.  

Now that the Russian cyber-warfare is getting exposed, will Putin still get what he wanted from his horse in the race, so to speak? Putin used his mastery of cyber warfare to help put Trump in as POTUS for concrete reasons. Those reasons are Putin’s agendas of lifting sanctions, acquiring resources, money and territories – the very same objectives desired in an offensive war waged with bullets and bombs.  

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Will the laws, traditions, citizenry and deep backbone of the USA resist with such solidarity that Putin’s man in office, Donald Trump, is rendered powerless to give Putin what he bargained for? Will we resist this Russian coupe of our executive branch so that Putin’s preferred candidate, Donald Trump, is exposed for espionage and indicted for the crimes he and his teams committed?

It should be clear to all of us, if we don’t expose and indict the perpetrators of this cyber warfare attack, we are giving those same players a green pass to do this over and over again.  And if we swiftly don’t make 100% sure this cannot happen again, it will be the same as if we had lost a war waged with bullets and signed terms of surrender. Yes, less bodies. That’s a new age technology perk. I guess it’s historically cool –  but maybe not for us. It sort of compared to the Trojan Horse story. Trump is sort of a Trojan Horse if you think about it. Welcomed by his supporters, he gains access to the military and judicial arms of government and turns on those who welcomed him. 

It occurs to me that cyber warfare has come of age because our modern, high-tech nuclear and biological weapons are now so lethal that they really cannot be used. A need for warfare without death evolved – a way to get what you want from war, without the fallout from actual war. 

As of today, November 2018 is about 100 days away. We immediately need open-sourced hack-proof voting systems. These are not expensive. The technology already exists. Or we can use paper trails. Why is this not being installed by Trump’s GOP? You can guess that! It’s not the way they win in 2018. Trump’s GOP is not in the majority in the USA. They can’t win the senate or the house in a fair election. 

Congress! Citizens! Stop bickering about walls, gays, right-to-choose, and what is not important. This infighting is exactly what Putin wants!  Putin even said that in his acceptance speech. Or are you okay with us fully surrendering to Putin?

All Trump GOP representatives must be voted out this November. They are complicit. This is going to be more that a Blue Wave. If democracy is to survive here in the USA, the election of 2018 must be a long-needed purge of all complicit self-serving Congressional representatives. They don’t represent we the people – they represent their own interests and the interests of another country’s ruler. Russian citizens are not bad people – but they are not our people – our neighbors – our family. We need to do for our own here.

The hacking of the US 2016 presidential election will be remembered as the first major attack in “the cyber warfare era” and Vladimir Putin will be dubbed its first grand master. 

About the Author:
Joseph Aronesty graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1971. He first met Donald Trump at International Finance class in 1968. He also worked close to Trump in Atlantic City in the 1980’s. In 1995, Joseph created what is arguably the world’s first e-commerce web site with modern click and pay technology.
Joseph is a published songwriter, with hundreds of songs in his catalog. One can find them at SoundCloud from the link at the top of the page. He is the author of a singularly unique book on etymology, Deciphering the English Code.  (Amazon) It’s central theme is that English, and most widely-spoken languages evolved in the Stone Ages as a technological upgrade to the visual body/sign language we used as hunters.
He is a dedicated resister and father of five.
You may reach him at his name at gmail. He is available for speaking events and can also bring his famous “vote them out” guitar. 

 

Putin Used a Trojan Horse to Gain Access to Our Government: Donald Trump

trojanThe Trojan Horse tale recounts an ancient Greek war strategy used to gain access to the independent city of Troy and win the Trojan War. After a fruitless 10-year siege of Troy, the Greeks almost gave up. Then they came up with a unique plan. They constructed a huge wooden horse, and hid a small select force of warriors inside. The Greeks pretended to sail away so the Trojans pulled the horse into their city as a victory trophy.

At night, the Greek force crept out of the horse, opened the gates for the rest of the Greek army, which had sailed back under cover of night. The Greeks army entered and destroyed the city of Troy, winning the war at last.

A “Trojan Horse” has come to mean any trick or strategy that causes a target to invite an enemy into a protected space.  The malicious computer program the Russians used to gain access to the Democratic party’s computer and all their voter ID info is actually called a “Trojan horse” or a “Trojan”. But that is not the only Trojan Horse we fell for. Donald Trump was born here, but his allegiance is to his money – and always has been. 

In 2016, gullible Americans invited Trump into their cities and hearts and gave him the power of the presidency. As president he is pitting Americans against each other, simultaneously widening the racial and income divides. He is also attacking the free press, ending affordable healthcare, polluting our rivers and atmosphere – all things that enemy Russia takes delight in. The Russians are getting to destroy the fabric of America without even using weapons. It’s a war of words, a cyber war – but it achieves the things a physical war endeavors to achieve without bullets or bombs. 

Russia is a huge country, with one foot in the West but the other in the East. Since the 1950’s they have had a “catch up to the West” mentality and they never have quite got there. Donald Trump is effectively serving as a Trojan Horse for the Putin’s agenda. He knows full well that the Russians hacked the election on 2016 to help him win, but will never admit it. I can’t blame him there. It would seal his fate to be honest at this point. But he’d have no need to lie daily to the public if he had only said “no” to Russian election help. But indeed he said yes. He said ” We love it.” And please, it was not his son – errand boy, Don Jr. It was Donald J Trump that said yes to the cheating, just as he has done all his life from his fake casino bankruptcies on.

As it  must be in a democracy, it is against the rule of law to get foreign help to win an election. Indeed, without strict enforcement of that law, no democracy can survive very long. So the only move Trump and the other members in the suborned GOP party have left is – to try and fix the election of 2018 again! We should count on that effort and prepare for it. They know if there is a Blue Wave it will drown them all. 

Why are there greed-oriented rulers like Trump and Putin?

The real struggle in planet Earth as population increases is the widening income gap. Money buys so much of what we need to survive as humans. Just like Manafort, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are also money launderers. They steal from their people.

People with greed disease have a deep sense of not being loved. For these poor souls only money, power or winning ( even at the expense of others) fills the vast emptiness inside. When the satisfaction does not last the greed grows and grows – like a cancer in the soul.

But when rulers steal from their fellow countrymen, they also need to get the money out of their countries to secure it. So there is now a fraternity of dictators on planet earth. Did you know that more than over 50% of the land area on earth is under the dictatorial rule! See the DICTATOR MAP – and please spread this map as a meme on your social media. I need a bigger megaphone. 

We know what do to! VOTE THEM OUT! All of them! The GOP is complicit with this Trojan Horse presidency. They are in too deep to change course. They will try and fix this election. I am 100% certain of that. 

Defensive idea: Even if it will not count, someone should quickly create a back-up space to register our midterm votes online! Even if only Democrats participate, at least we will have a poll number to counter their fake number if they say we lost, when we know we’ve won. Watch Ohio on 8/7 closely. Someone will try to fix Ohio if its close – and it is known to be close.

And I’m tired of hearing “it’s good to get along with dictators”. Like dogs and cats, democracies and dictatorships are natural born enemies. They have completely different agendas and goals.

Listen to your candidate’s words. Anyone peddling hate or fear is indirectly or directly working for our enemies – POTUS included. “There is nothing to fear but fear itself”. FDR

Hillary-Bernie Infighting Got Us Trump. Why We Need to Decide on Our 2020 Leader Before the Midterms.

In 2016, the statesman lost to the salesman. And that salesman now has the full power of the US government behind him and is already campaigning for 2018 midterms!  

But who is the resistance’s man in this fight to save democracy? Who holds the reins for the opposition party? Who is its father figure?

The truth is, right now there is no one!

And that’s a huge problem for democracy’s survival …

because the midterms are going to be a referendum on whom should be president.

Like it or not, pro- or anti-Trump is the essence of the midterms. It should be pro-Trump vs pro-X-person, because when selling, anti-X is disadvantaged to pro-Y! That’s the ahha moment that people in selling – like Donald Trump – know cold. 

The opposition party needs a concrete platform and a presidential figurehead, not a dozen competing hopefuls. A dozen hopefuls cannot credibly have identical messages. So what does that say? It says: we really don’t know what we want yet.  It screams, “we are undecided”. And that will be a severely disadvantaged strategy in November, especially with a decent economy.

The leader of the resistance party can’t be Obama or Hillary.  Those days are over. Nor should it be Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Shumer. They just don’t track well with Trump’s base, and we are going to have to sway that base a bit. And myself, I think it shouldn’t be a female or person of color this cycle. I love Booker’s youth, message and attitude most of all, but not this cycle. Too much of Trump’s support is rooted in blacklash and misogyny. Let’s be realistic this cycle – not purely idealistic.

Whomever emerges as our figurehead, we do have the right messages for that leader to promote. We just don’t have that salesman,​ do we? And that’s also because the opposition party or the resistance does not yet have its leader. And with the midterms coming up, that’s going to work to Trump’s benefit.

As of now, logic dictates our ideal resistance leader can only be Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders. They can both come off as street fighters. That’s important too. I favor Joe Biden because I am sure he can reach Trump’s base. But Joe Biden should immediately form an alignment with Bernie Sanders and vice-versa – and that union should be clear to us all. Biden should say that he and Sanders will be working together for our platform.

  • universal healthcare
  • infrastructure investment
  • environmental protections to keep us safe
  • affordable education for our kids
  • border security that makes sense
  • a tax plan that favor the working and middle classes, not the billionaires
  • a defense that includes protections from cyber threats
  •  protecting the vote from Gerrymandering and discrimination and a verifiable voting system ( blockchain secured voting software exists already – ask me)
  • Mueller protections and the rule of law to apply to all citizens and representatives

Is that enough? Add one more and make it a biblical ten focus points on a concrete campaign platform.  I like this one “Vote “L” for Level-headed Leadership.”

I believe that the resistance should swiftly come to an agreement as to who will be our presidential candidate in 2020 and announce it before the 100 days out mark. ( This week!)  Then every potentially competing candidate should announce they are going to support that candidate in 2020, and a concrete platform and that they will challenge that person in 2020. 

Of course, we can quietly know that our leader can change after the 2018 election. We just can’t lose these midterms. So we must prepare to the max. And its not a maximum without a leader, a dedicated team and a concrete platform.

For now at least, there should be no struggle within our party or movement as to whom our leader is.  We immediately need a competent, experienced iconic figurehead and more importantly a lead strategist for the election of 2018, probably the most important election in our 240 year history.  Trump is, at least, a strategist. We can’t afford any disadvantages. To be undecided about 2020 is advantage Trump for the midterms.

I need a much bigger megaphone. Please help me get this message to Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, all our congressmen and the hopeful Democratic and Independent 2020 presidential candidates. Trump was not so hard to beat in 2016. Even with help from Russia and a split in the democratic party, he still lost the popular vote. Hillary was a decent statesman, but a terribly tone-deaf salesperson. We can’t be tone deaf this cycle.

(Hillary did not listen to my advice either – and I did try. I told her to make Bernie vice-president and end the party infighting. Clinton/Sanders was an unbeatable ticket. That’s why Bernie needs to be assured of a place in the cabinet of whomever is our figurehead, if it’s not going to be Bernie. Biden/Sanders would be unbeatable in 2018 and 2020. )

But regardless, the Democratic party immediately needs its best hope candidate to emerge this week, announce candidacy for 2020 and enroll a full team of supporters, a good ad agency and head strategist. They all need to get into the midterm fight asap. Another way to say it: the resistance needs a leader asap – before the midterms and not after when it could be too late.

If you agree, use your connections and social media to get this started. Petition the Democratic hopefuls you know best. They should organize a war room and announce it, the way Trump does. if you disagree and like this current dozen hopefuls strategy, get me a direct line to you, dear staffer. I will try to convince you of its importance. 

We lost 2016 and our national direction to Hillary/Bernie infighting.

We can’t have infighting this cycle! 

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Democracy is being challenged. 11/6 is D-Day. Be there! VOTE THEM OUT. Who is “them”? Those who would see democracy fold to further their own interests: the self-dealing politicians of the US Congress.

And they all must go. And we can do this. Wow!

11/6 is D-Day. But this time the “D” stands for Democracy. 

Do you know what the D stood for in the original 6/6 D-Day?

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-why-its-called-d-day-story.html