After the Midterms We Must Make America United Again

It’s now pretty clear to all Americans the election of 2016 was a sordid affair on both sides. The candidates were clearly willing to cheat to win. Hillary got super-delegates to vote against their constituents’ chosen candidate – Bernie.  Trump one-upped her by enrolling Russians ( clearly illegal,  unpatriotic and unethical ) to help him with social media campaigns.  Both sides were clearly crooked. Trump said this early on his campaign. “What does it matter if I don’t win?” Winning was just too important to both candidates 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. Got it?

American voters sort of knew both candidates choices were sold out. For voters, the 2016 election was more about voting out a long-established, entrenched and tone deaf government system than voting in anyone. The reality was Bernie, who delivered a sincere ( and perhaps overly idealistic )  populist message from the heart, was played by HRC, who was played by Trump. The 2016 election was like a game of 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 midterms are a blip 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, men vs. women – we will continue to sink as a nation. Divided we will fail. That’s pretty clear.

Unfortunately, because Trump is primarily a money-loving cheater and con man, he must now try to obstruct justice and keep his party in power regardless of what the public wants. And the majority of the US public wants his party out of power. So right there we have a president who is working to undermine democracy, the very thing this country was based on! His business and tax cheating will certainly result in more election cheating to protect what has been stolen from the public. – Trump knows all this. cheating to win is the best they can do when they don;t care about the public. It’s what every dictator does. They ram laws down our throats and enforce them with police and military force. This is sick. And it must be stopped. 

 (Links to prior posts on Trump’s cheating. It started in college – U of P. I was there and witnessed it. https://englishcode.wordpress.com/?s=cheat )

After the midterms, we will need a political attitude adjustment, – fresh inspiring ideas 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! Big business does better when there is no unity, focus or drive in the spirit of the working class. And it’s big business that pays off the politicians. In this new oligarchy era big business aligns financially with lawmakers to bust up unions, underpay workers, overpay CEO’s, give tax breaks to their rich buddies, use robots for work men can do, fix the vote, not pay for the old and sick and pollute the environment for profit.

That’s a short list of the crimes against the citizens of the USA that is going on right now under the current administration. But it’s been other administrations too – to various degrees. The system is broken. 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.

MOCK DEMOCRACY SITE

This is just my idealistic solution. But if we are to have a real democracy this is one way it can actually be done. In theory, it would work well for all Americans except crooked politicians, CEO’s and the uber-rich.  

A web site is put up which simulates a mock government. Our key government issues are posted. The daily business of Congress is 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 educate us or divide us.)

The LI in LIBRARY and LITERATURE is the same LI that is in LIGHT. The OR is ORAL is the same OR that is in TORCH and WORD. The ancients knew that words were like light. So no bad words. Bad words are like cancer. In fact, that’s why they call it a MALIGNANCY, a bad light or fire. 

And then the site has a place for mock voting and taking 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, the politicians must function as robots for the majority. We’ll have make it so people without personal computers or smart phones can get access to the site – say at libraries, schools or public buildings. And the site has to be unhackable but that is easier to do than one might think. Block-chain technology can do it. 

The site can apply to city, state and national levels. Politicians take an oath to vote for the will of the majority ( which they sort of do now but their oaths needs stronger wording ) and if they violate that they are removed from office and their opponent is installed or there is a line of succession. We would hardly need politicians to do anything more than educate us and do what we ask in Congress. And there would be no one to bribe in political office. 

Robots replacing humans in the workplace is a trend we are hearing more and more about these days. Most Americans don’t like it. I don’t favor robots that take away jobs for CEO profit. They are doing fine enough.

But when people cannot do their jobs honestly, maybe that’s a place where robots would work better than humans. Robot politicians?  Polibots? They do what their constituents request of them. Robots that cannot be re-programmed, hacked, suborned or bribed would be the goal. I sense blockchain technology would be involved.  And if the actual politicians continue to surrender to personal greed, I figure we might catch on and use actual robots. Then the world depicted in Minority Report might ensue. Who really knows what the future holds for the human species. It’s not looking good right now, is it?

Back on point. We are taxed as citizens. Taxation without representation is still tyranny. We need our interests and values to be represented. If we differ on values, the majority can rule on national issues, but the states provide leeway for diversity and so in a divided nation states rights makes sense to keep the peace. 

Regardless of what Trump GOP representatives say about promises made on the trailpolibots 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.

A real democracy. It sounds like such a dream. 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.

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 Our States 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 today. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drop Kavanaugh Talk Now. Get Trump’s Elitist Policies and Crimes Back on Front Page. Focus.

When Jeff Flake made the reach over to restart the Kavanaugh investigation, I don’t think he had this GOP victory in mind. But we should have figured on this knowing Trump and the GOP are set on winning at any cost – as long as it does not cost Trump of course. 

But now, Kavanaugh sour grapes and sore loser talk must cease immediately! This is why. We’ve all read the polls saying the right is now more galvanized after Kavanaugh week. These are real reasons that has occurred.

#1 What happened to Cohen, Mueller, Russia, his 500 million dollar tax-fraud robbery against the US government, healthcare, infrastructure and tax fairness? We’ve lost the thread that was working to convince those who were duped by Trump that indeed they were duped. Kavanaugh changed the subject. Let’s get back on track and focus! There are only 30 days left to D-Day.

#2. One of Trump’s lines has been that Dems are obstructionists and sore losers about Hillary. We can’t afford for that sentiment to get reinforced now. So just stop the Kavanaugh talk. No media coverage of Ford, Kavanaugh now please. Not until midterms are over. It is essential. There is a way to deal with Kavanaugh but ONLY if we take back houses of government. 

#3. Trump campaigns nearly every day now! Who do we have doing that please? Selling  works, particularly last-minute selling. It made an important difference in 2016. We need salesmen/statesmen on TV reminding Americans what we stand for every day too! And we could really use one elder statesman to act presidential for 30 days and keep up with Trump until the midterms. I think it should be Joe Biden. If  he can’t keep up now, how can he be expected to keep up in 2020? He does not have to announce he’s running of course. Just fill the airwaves with his grassroots spin on our best coherent messages. Those messages were working fine, and then we got derailed with Kavanaugh. Remember. If Pepsi advertises and Coke does not, Pepsi will outsell Coke. It’s that simple. 

Our best messages include:

  • 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
  • Mueller protections and the rule of law to apply to all citizens and representatives
  • Re-establishing diplomacy and our standing in the community of democratic nations – not dictatorships

If you have a bigger mic than me, please use it to get the messages in this blog out to a larger crowd. News people: what you speak about for the nest 30 days is more important than ever before. You’ve done well. Stay focused  on what works to turn hearts and minds. The 500 million dollar tax fraud story should be framed as self-centered criminal act that costs all citizens. We pay so he can cheat? Really? We need to refocus immediately. We can lose it all with one oversight now. 

candidateAbout me: I knew Trump better than most back in the day. I was in a class with him in 1967 and worked close to him in AC in the 80’s. He has always been an egocentric narcissist. These are some of my most relevant recent posts:  

https://englishcode.wordpress.com/2018/09/28/scotus-2018/

https://englishcode.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/helsinki/

https://englishcode.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/the-etymology-of-foreigner/

https://englishcode.wordpress.com/2018/01/02/suborned/

 

 

 

 

Has Bret Kavanaugh’s Loyalty Been Purchased by Donald Trump?

To understand Donald Trump is easy. Think “what does Trump want?” That is always his motive. Trump never has a thought to pay or be kind to others unless it can benefit the Trumps by at least 3 to 20 times the amount paid.* Right now, all Trump wants is to keep the money he has illegally made by selling favors and access to the US president. This is the ultimate swamp master president in action. So what’s really going on here? Consider that there may be more to Kavanaugh’s nomination than meets the eye and gets airtime on Fox News. 

kavanaugh.jpg#1 Senator Richard Blumenthal’s lawsuit against Trump alleging Trump’s private business is violating the Constitution got traction from our current justice system and will proceed against him. The Trump’s stand to lose a billion dollars if the Supreme Court rules for the American people. ( That’s you and me by the way, regardless of what side you say you are on.) Trump will happily find a way to pay 5% of that to Kavanaugh to be the swing vote to overrule any such actions against him. A 5% commission is a low standard in the world of bribes. That’s 50 million dollars. And they know how to pay Kavanaugh so it does not show up as a bribe because we don’t carefully observe Trump’s foreign bank accounts. That’s what he has Wilbur Ross for as well. ( And yes, that’s fodder for another article. But we have to start policing foreign bank accounts in all politicians or there will always be these types of crimes. ) 

I am sure Kavanaugh knows if he benefits Trump there will be a payoff somewhere,  somehow. It may be an unspoken tacit understanding. “Loyalty has its rewards” is all that needs to be conveyed. That can be said legally, even to an aspiring judge.

The problems for the American people with this sort of thing go beyond just being robbed by those at the top. It also means that justice can now be bought for certain parties, but not all. It means there is no equal protection under the law. It means there is no justice here in the USA. I can’t think of anything more swampy and less democratic than that. It’s how oligarchies operate, not democracies

Kavanaugh appointment would also make justice appear to be skewed or fixed. Please take a look at  this albeit sarcastic post by Andy Borowitz: Nation’s Criminals Ask for F.B.I. Investigation Kavanaugh Just Got

https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/nations-criminals-ask-for-fbi-investigation-kavanaugh-just-got

The FBI investigation was intentionally limited by our president. That is plain truth by now. I don’t think the reason we don’t want Kavanaugh to ascend to a SCOTUS chair is his drinking problem as a young man. I find it more compelling that Kavanaugh does not admit he once had that problem and says “I still like beer”. Apparently he thinks everyone likes beer or should. So yes, maybe he did this thing while he was drunk and can’t remember. And maybe Kavanaugh still has that drinking problem. It sure looked that way to me. Did it look that way to you? (Pardon the pun.) 

#2 There are other highly suspicious reasons that Trump chose Kavanaugh. Natasha Bertrand of the Atlantic has written about a case called “Gamble vs. the United States”. It will be soon be referred to the Supreme Court. 

Terance Martez Gamble was convicted of robbery in Alabama in 2008. Found guilty, he could not legally own a firearm.  Seven years later, police found a gun in his car after pulling him over for a broken taillight. Both state and federal prosecutors charged Gamble with the same offense. He was a criminal in possession of a firearm, which automatically resulted in an extension of his prison sentence. He has repeatedly appealed, arguing that the dual convictions, state and federal, violate the double-jeopardy clause.

If Gamble prevails, it means that Trump’s pardons of cronies for federal crimes can extend to pardon the his cronies for state crimes. And that means that Trump can pardon Manafort and Cohen for all their crimes, and the states can’t do anything about it. And that is a real problem for justice. And Kavanaugh is admittedly in bed with Trump. He certainly has angst against the Democrats. He said so. So do the math. These players already have. 

#3 Then there is the fact that Kavanaugh has already stated that he believes a president should not be challenged for any crimes while he is president. And then we know that the Trump’s have been implicated in tax fraud schemes. So Trump has a lot of reasons to want Kavanaugh on his bench, which brings me to the point on this article. 

If a SCOTUS judge is chosen by Trump, a president who is now officially under investigation for potential crimes against the United States, that same SCOTUS judge should recuse himself from weighing in on any decisions that can reasonably be construed to benefit Trump. He should do that for the obvious reasons that justice must at least look like justice to the people or they will not accept it. And we should insist on this because absolutely no one can be allowed to choose and potentially pay off his own judge. No one can be above the law in a democracy. 

There’s a lot to consider here. And all this leads me to believe the FBI report, while it was a needed pause to calm a hot situation, was done to give the GOP cover to vote for Kavanaugh.  It also served as a distraction from the real reasons Americans should not want Kavanaugh to become a Supreme Court Justice.

Kavanaugh could convince me his loyalty was not promised to Trump by simply recusing himself from all things Russia, Mueller and Trump. He has not done this. Therein lies the real issue with Bret Kavanaugh’s nomination. A president under investigation should not be allowed to choose a SCOTUS judge. It feels like the fix is in and that is exactly what Trump’s base wanted to avoid when they voted against Hillary. Right?

Is The Fix Is In?putin-hockey

Listen to what Putin said at a USSR hockey game to our CBS reporter. He said with an undeniable smirk “Trump is acting in accordance with his own government”.

 It’s as if he said “whatever you see Trump do for himself, it’s legal – like it or not”. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1NKWYepioA   May 10th, 2017. Putin speaks about the firing of James Comey.  Please watch this. 

If you read between the lines, 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. This is exactly how Putin took control of his government! The logical conclusion is: they are both trying to use our laws, to make Trump/Putin the czars of planet earth. And Putin is coaching Donald Trump for sure. 

*Why that 3 to 20 times number?  I heard similar numbers from my father as a young man. It’s an old school New York City depression survivor businessman’s philosophy. My dad called it “make and take” which meant if someone made money for you, you paid them from 5% to 33% of the money they made for you and they will do it again for you. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take Heart American Women. Kavanaugh Can Be a Two-Year SCOTUS. How FDR Would Have Handled This.

4-horesemenTake heart American women and men of good conscious. This is how FDR would have handled the same basic problem we have today. We CAN DO THIS too! Just make sure you VOTE OUT EVERY GOP politician at every level of this government next month. They deserve to be completely rebuked.

Then, when we regain the executive branch, and that is certainly coming now, we can do this. Kavanaugh can be impeached or his weight diluted by adding two justices. Two ways to deal with this.

And yes, we do fear that becoming a dictator may be what Kavanaugh is all about. However, there is NO LAW stating it has to be 9 JUSTICES! It can be 11 just as easy, and in fact, more is better in this case. The GOP has forced us to do this with their heartless ramrodding of laws and tax breaks for the rich that the MAJORITY of Americans DO NOT WANT!

The “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

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.

 

 

 

 

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

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.

GDP

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.