Citizens. 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.
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.”
Original Lithograph by Jared Schwartz, Palos Verdes, CA