The Taylor Testimony and the House Impeachment is slowly but surely convincing the majority of Americans that Trump is engaged in criminal activity. Trump has figured out that calling the Free Press “fake news” is not enough. The truth is getting out on the two news networks that still report accurately. Trump now needs to shut down the free press altogether. He just cancelled subscriptions to the New York Times and the Washington Post in government offices. This is exactly what the Polish government did in an attempt to kill off independent media. First ban all govt office subscriptions, then pressure advertisers, then buy the defunct publications. Then it’s over. It’s also what Putin did to buy Pravda.
And that should inform us that Putin is giving Trump, ignorant of history – dictator lessons through back channels.. He is taking lessons from the dictators – probably all of them. Not sure why our military is allowing this. We have to hope they are not accomplices. But this is what happens when criminals rise to power in governments.
Trump is just a common gangster now and most Americans know that. And that makes him too dangerous to be trusted with running our affairs, domestic or foreign. We gave him a more-than-fair chance to show us what he is made of. Nearly all see him for what he is now. The problem as I see it is, how does this reality TV show presidency end? And to me it looks more and more like it ends like a violent Tarrantino movie – with a shoot out.
Trump has no quit in him. He has too much to lose. He has said, “What does it all matter if I don’t win?”. In his dealings as a NYC real estate man, there was a relatively low level of scrutiny into his finances. Trump should have known that getting into government could expose his crimes. But the greed bug hit him just like it hit the gamblers who went broke in his casinos. He used the greed trap to make a fortune and then fell in the same trap himself.
So Trump will do his best to have this democracy in shambles before the election of 2020, citing the good stock market all along as he drags us down into a dictatorship. He has also began investigating the investigators.
The way this ends is by awakening the people who voted for Trump and making it clear to them that life will be better for them and their kids in a never Trump America. The far left is closer to the far right than the center in many ways. Both have gripes with the way things are. The center is an area where changes to the status quo move slowly. That won’t work to move MAGA folk.
We are at an unconventional place in American history and it will require unconventional thinking. These are just two ideas that make sense.
- Come to a consensus on the Democratic candidate sooner rather than later. Next July seems way to long to know who is fighting whom. Choose the positions of VP, Secretary of State and DA and run as a ticket. It’s never been done before. So what? Did this stop McConnell from not voting for a SCOTUS because his term had a year left?
- POTUS is now being impeached. When they vote in the house, they should add a footnote. Since impeachment is a trial, the accused is in serious danger. We don’t allow a potentially compromised criminal access to our military. That threatens our national security. POTUS war powers and pardon powers should be relegated to Congress automatically when the impeachment vote passes in the House and held there until he his acquitted in the Senate – if indeed he is acquitted.
The following are links to previous posts which explain how we got here and the way out.
Dear US citizens “on both sides”,
- Trump has just been caught trying to shake down a foreign president who is battling Vladimir Putin, by trying to withhold needed military aid money which Congress had approved, to the sum of $400,000,000 unless he provided dirt on Trump’s main rival in the next election, Joe Biden.
- Trump’s reaction was to threaten Americans if they cooperate with the Congressional oversight committee’s investigation into his conduct.
- Trump has told us who he is. We may not have known when he was a candidate, but both sides know who he is now. Both sides see he should’t be trusted with the responsibilities of the POTUS job any longer.
- Trump’s finances and his Russian ties both involve laundered money . It’s clear someone who engages in money laundering must keep that truth from ever coming out. We need to see his taxes asap.
- Trump must and will continue to engage in crimes like election fraud, which is essentially what happened in the Ukraine, to cover up his past crimes and stay in power so the truth never catches up with him.
- Trump has a lot to lose and clearly is not thinking in a stable enough manner to steer the US Government in a safe secure manner.
- Trump Should step aside while the investigation is ongoing. The clauses that seem to protect him should be waived for national security reasons and his pardon and war powers should be revoked.
Now let’s try to analyze why Trump aligns with dictators. People on both sides agree we don’t want a dictatorship here in the US.
First. Dictators all run kleptocracies. When autocrats steal from their own people it is the most dastardly of crimes. They don’t want to get caught. They may not be historians, but everyone knows what happened to Marie Antoinette. So out of prudence, they hide their stolen money in foreign banks accounts so it’s safer from whatever laws and taxes might still exist in their own countries. They try to keep stolen money out of sight.
For these reasons, all dictators are money launderers.
There are financial support systems for such autocrats. 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. This also why Trump does not show his taxes. He has plenty to hide, and his track record will point to theft and corruption.
Therefore Putin and Trump are both operating as kleptomaniacs propped up by the seals and law enforcement agencies of their governments.
Many don;t know Vladimir Putin was elected in a democratic Russia. Once in power, and in just a few years, he had stolen about 150 billion dollars, often killing his opponents. His next move was to declare Pravda was fake news and he shut it down so he could hide his crimes from the public.
So this is why Trump also says the press is the enemy of the people. He knows it worked for Putin. ( It also worked for Stalin and Hitler. ) Trump was never a student of history. So where did he learn this? Logic says he is getting his dictator lessons back-channeled from Putin. Kushner, who absorbed a little more history growing up than Trump, figures in here too.
America is stronger than Russia was when Putin took over. But be aware: no country in all of history has been impervious to demise.
Kelptomaniacs have greed disease. Putin wants more than his 150 billion. Putin wants the Magnitsky Act to go away because it’s costing him and his oligarchs billions more. He wanted that Russian oil deal valued at 500 billion that Tillerson would not do for him. And Putin has plenty of his stolen Russian funds parked here in the USA. In NYC, the Russians financed Kushner on his 666 5th Avenue building. Does any of this sound like what we want?
The Russians have long had Trump’s back as well. Trump held Miss Universe pageants in Moscow. There were plans to build a Trump Tower Moscow. This is why Helsinki had that private meeting. They needed to talk about money. This is also why Pompeo did not get invited in. Autocrats don’t want anyone to know the scope of their crimes. Putin has that dictator map all figured out. He knows he can’t get China to align with Russia. But if he can get Trump and the USA – then essentially he has the balance of power over the entire globe. That is Putin’s plan. Trump functions as a useful idiot in that plan.
And now it’s up to US – liberal Americans and MAGA people united – to stop it the autocrats grand plan because we know it does not end well for any of us. Ask people living in Russia or Venezuela how their dictatorship is working for them.
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. It is reported that he owes our government 500 million in back taxes, but now that he is president our Congress is 54% afraid to do anything about it.
Trump is a player in what is sometimes called the Russian Mafia. Putin can 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. And of course, Manafort was found guilty. I am 100% sure Trump is just as guilty as Manafort when it comes to financial crimes. They all play this game together. As long as they can keep their foreign bank accounts hidden – they will continue. This is the real problem in the planet. Not terrorism. Not hunger even. Those are both driven by the greedy money launderers’ plan. Financial criminals are the masterminds behind most of the physical crimes against humanity.
Financial criminals are the masterminds behind most of the physical crimes against humanity.
In Russia, everyone knows Putin is a criminal dictator. They are mostly okay with it. They have no choice. Voicing opposition is dangerous. But in the USA, a criminal president is not okay. We still have a free press in spite of Trump’s calls of “fake news”. And we still have a semi-functional justice system in spite of the GOP’s refusal to apply it to our criminal president. Of course, we all saw Trump appointing a loyalist to be AG – so why we allowed without forcing Barr recuse himself just seemed stupid and naive.
Putin has a huge advantage in this spy vs. spy game. Putin can tell Trump exactly what to say and do. If Trump does not comply, the financial dirt Putin has on Trump can be leaked and/or his assets in Russia could be seized. The private Helsinki meeting was also about Putin “powerfully” explaining to Trump what will happen if he does not live up to his end of the bargain made for election help. That’s exactly what was said in that private room. That’s why we don’t get the notes.
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 elections. Maybe the GOP is mainly okay with all this because they sort of know the GOP can’t win an honest presidential election – certainly not next 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 functional democracy, red being a dictatorship, green being semi-democratic. The USA is a democracy, but due to election fixing, greed and lobbying the people’s wills are not served. I put the USA in its own orange category: a sold-out dysfunctional democracy.
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. They are determined to end all democracies to protect their way of doing business – which is stealing from us all.
This is the essential struggle on the entire planet. It is behind our lack of coordination in anti-global warming strategies. it provides the financing of terrorism and fuels income inequality and hunger too. It’s why people want to get into the USA from autocracies. Democracies and dictatorships are like cats and dogs. They threaten each other’s existence. We are and will continue to be forever on edge on this planet because of that singular duality. Before we can address our most important human issues, we must first end this struggle and emerge victorious. it was the same for the WW2 generation. Their mission was accomplished. What will we be able to say.
The money-launderers syndicate is nameless to protect the not-so-innocent. And it’s not only comprised of rulers. There are businessmen in the syndicate as well. Manafort, Cohen, Wilbur Ross have all done business with the syndicate. George Bush called it an “axis of evil”. Reagan called it an “Evil Empire”. I prefer to call it what it is: –Dictators United.
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.
It’s also Trump’s plan to make American citizens pay his debt to the crime syndicate. That’s what these tariffs are all about. And who is paying for his wall if it gets built? (You and I.) And Putin is laughing. Why should he not laugh?
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.
Democracies are a real danger to dictatorships and vice versa. Democracies and dictatorships, like cats and dogs, will never 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?
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:
- Sequester the president’s war powers immediately!
- Make sure the Mueller investigation report is fully published.
- 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 next 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 next election will be fair. Dictators steal. Remember that. Assume the 2020 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 as back-up and encourage people to vote both at the booth and online. I believe voting online can be made safer than voting at a booth.
Congress should approve almost nothing Trump wants until these things happen. We have to do whatever is necessary the way dictators will do, because that second shoe is about to fall. We all know something fishy is going on now. Trust your gut.
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.
PS. There are not two sides to America. That is what they want us to believe. Trump does that every day – stokes division, right? Had we been divided during WW2, we would have lost the war – and the planet. So how is that functioning at the president’s goal to unify the nation. he is not. He can not. He will never do it. He must go. What are we waiting for? War? More losses in our international esteem?
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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. firstname.lastname@example.org