The Next Few Weeks Will Decide the Fate of American Democracy

Waiting for November is a Fool’s Game

The Senate trial of Donald Trump begins January 21. 2020. The GOP Senators control the balance of power. Although 23 of them are up for election, November is a long way off. Whatever happens in the next 30 days, during the trial, will not be the pressing issues when November rolls around.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, clearly partners in crime, are focused on stealing and holding the mantle of US government and democracy. If Trump is acquitted, they will spend the next six months sowing confusion and discord so this trial, which they hope to turn into a sham with no facts and witnesses, will be nearly forgotten by then. They know what all con men know. A voting public that is is struggling to keep ends met, has a very short attention span.

So it is up to we the people, those who want to conserve the US democracy, Constitution and rule of law, to treat the next thirty days as if our democracy depends on it. I’m sorry to use the “cancer” meme – being a rogue cell disease survivor myself – but it is appropriate. Trump-ism is metastatic now. It has its own enforcer – Bill Barr. The refusal of senators to even recognize the disease of Trump-ism resembles the way cancers fool the immune system. Waiting for November is a gamble that poses a high risk of death for the US democracy.

These are the states that house the senators that need to be targeted by their constituents. Sadly, they represent only 34% of the US population. But take heart. There are only 24 senators to petition, and they have shown us all they care about is staying in office. And if that is all they care about, that presents a path forward. And one of them, Doug Jones in Alabama, is a Democrat.

So in the next two weeks, we only need to show 23 people they have no chance of being re-elected if they will not allow witnesses, and documents and then, if the evidence is clear, vote to remove what all Americans know down-deep is a traitorous, uncaring, inept, greed-oriented, criminal POTUS, who is suborned by his past crimes and aligned with dictators, oligarchs and corporatism.

I am asking that the focus of groups like Indivisible, the Lincoln Group and others – start today. All focus should be on reaching the constituents in the states on this list. The rest of the country already wants the full truth to come out. No sense preaching to the choir.

Thank You

Below are links to my most relevant posts over the last three years of Trump-ism. They explain how we got here – and how we can get out this dark place. It begins with we the people. What are we going to do to preserve American democracy? Right now, our focus needs to be on 24 state senators.

Trump and Putin: Partners in the Biggest Crime in World History

We Need That WW2 Teamwork Spirit Again Right Now

What Does 2020 Look Like After the Senate Acquits?

Financial Criminals: the Masterminds Behind Most of the World’s Problems

Election Meddling by Foreigners is an Attack on Our Commonwealth

“Cyber” is the New “War” and Putin is Cyber Warfare’s First Master

Trump’s Main Problem – Cheating To Win

We Need That WW2 Teamwork Spirit Again Right Now

America Only Won WW2 Because We Worked Together as a Team.

In WW2 we let FDR have a 3rd term because we knew we were at war and could not afford to be divided. We can’t afford this inner division today either – but we don’t seem to know that. Dems must show the American people they can unite their party if they expect the country to believe they can unite the country. Both sides will respect that. After all, if they can’t unite the “left” how can they unite the country?

We are at war in the USA. We are at war with foreign enemies that want to exploit our riches. We are at war with Trump’s GOP party selling our rights and assets to the highest bidders. We are at war with Mother Nature, who seems to want to get rid of us for our polluting ways.  And at the same time, we are at war with each other, which makes it difficult for Americans to prevail at any effort.

I am old enough to remember first-hand the spirit of the WW2 generation. They were not the greed is good generation nor the it’s all about me generation. The greatest generation citizens resigned to do their parts to defeat German Nationalism with a spirit of teamwork and without ego. Now we have a combination of corporatism and American Nationalism to defeat. And they are about to shut the door on democracy. The moment the Senate acquits – it’s really over. Praying for votes in this rigged environment is not a plan. Hoping there will be a fair election is not a plan. It is a hope or a prayer.

Trump knows exactly how long he has to completely take this government over – from the justice department installations to the election fixing with our enemies. Trump is working every day to have our democracy be gone before the 2020 election. Why? Trump knows the term that follows his presidential term may be a prison term.

A Short Delay on the Impeachment Vote in the House would have been ideal

As of today, it will be too late to delay the House vote on impeachment, but that only makes the other parts of this strategy more urgent. What I had hoped was that we could have cited that the GOP said they want more evidence of a crime. We could have agreed to use the next six weeks to push for what they asked for – more evidence. We could have used that time to form and broadcast Team America and start campaigning in a new way. And not so much to our side. Team America will have the left if it’s put together right. Team America campaigns 50% to red state citizens.

So now we have to start right away. I mean this week if possible. The Senate will be on speed dial to acquittal – and on 1/23/20 – they are already.

TEAMWORK

The remaining viable candidates can meet in a room after the next debate and settle on who will be the Democratic candidates for president, vice president, chief of staff and district attorney. There is a place for all the candidates in a new administration if they want it. Warren and Bernie’s message must not be ignored. They must set aside their egos. There is no place for someone who just “wants” to be president. We have that guy now.

Then our Team America pools resources and donations, which focuses our war chess, and gets to work – mainly to show the American people what they can do for the citizens of the USA. This surprise tactic of running for president with a VP and cabinet in place will work. It makes a spirited WW2 statement from day one. How can it not work?

The optics are spectacular. Instead of 20 candidates telling undecided American voters why they are best for the top job – we present one well-prepared team, ready on day-one to get long overdue jobs done for all Americans.

Even MAGA people will go for that. They know they are being lied to. They just don’t know who will be there for them on our side because right now – we don’t even know. They will remain tuned out to our overtures until we decide who we are. Next July? It may be too late by then.

And here is a truly fresh idea. I don’t play horses, but I know there is something called a double-entry ticket. You bet on two horses and if either wins you win. Two is an even number so if there were two presidents there could be stalemates for the commander-in-chief. But not if there were three! Imagine three presidents. If there is a decision that needs a split-second reply – it’s two out of three. No problem really.

And maybe we will need three presidents working to undo all the damage Trump has done do our standing in the world – and to America as well – with his climate denial. Maybe the job of president in this new cyber world has gotten too big for one man. I can’t think of one president since FDR who really did such a great job for the country – while unifying the country. Can you?

If i had to choose three – it would be easy really. It’s Biden for the left, Bernie on the right, and … Bloomberg in the middle. The three B’s! The fight would be over – and so would Trump-ism. And MAGA folk WILL vote for this! They will love the three presidents idea. They chose Trump because they wanted to shake up the system. They got that. But Trump is shaking up the system to benefit the wealthy and mainly himself. That’s not what MAGA folk wanted. This presents a way of shaking up the system. And I guess there is still a VP and a chain of command. If this happened, I don’t think we would ever return to one president again. No one man could defeat a team of three. It’s really clever.

And each president sort of has his specialty within this concept: Bloomberg – raw organization skills. No one better on the planet for that. Biden – his unifying style, but also for his experience in “being there”. And Bernie – his progressive ideas on healthcare and for the left side of our party and grassroots appeal. If Warren were not so close to Bernie, I would place her there too. Maybe she is VP.

A singular president of the USA – in this complicated world we are in today – perhaps it’s time has passed. When jobs are tough, we employ teams of lawyers and teams of doctors too. Maybe we can have a three person presidential team. Would you pull the lever for this team?

And yes, they still need to choose a VP because if something happens to one of them there always has to be an odd number of presidents. Any way to get to teamwork and fast – is fine with me. Why? We are at war with Russia and their Trojan Horse installation in our government. We are at war with ourselves at the same time. The prognosis is not good. What we are doing is not working. Waiting for the rigged 2020 election is not going to work. And this unites the party and the country. So why not just do it?

The way we campaign for president during a time of war should be different than it is in normal times.  What we can expect on our current path is more of the same old: -debates – after-which we learn little new – nor convert any voters to our common causes. More circular firing squads. And all the while, the Trump team which clearly extends back to Russia, speaks in unison. We are strategically handicapped because we play by rules, conventions and traditions while the Trump Team does not. If we had fought WW2 this way, we’d all be speaking German here today.

There’s no room for it’s all about me now. And there are other ways to get to teamwork. The traditional one POTUS way can still work, but we need to choose quickly and wisely. And that won’t happen if they run against each other for six more months. “Teamwork Now” is about unifying our side so Trump supporters can see we mean business, and choose now to leave the party that really is abandoning them. And they know that. They just don’t see a life raft to jump over to, because we won’t have that life raft ready until July. Is that smart?

Finally, this is for Nancy and Adam. If the GOP will not allow witnesses then on the day you know that, subpoena Bolton to testify in the House. And if they vote to acquit, then on that same day announce you will add a third article of impeachment and this time call witnesses in the House and force the courts to expedite testimony in the interest of national security. Do not allow Trump to campaign as an acquitted president. He is going to arrest dissenters for presidential harassment. These impeachment discussions should be happening two weeks before the election anyway – the way Comey announced vs. HRC at the last moment. That worked did it not? Just think about what will work. Love like a Democrat. Fight like a Republican. It’s a metaphor.

I see we have finally got around to saying Trump cheats to win. I wrote about Trump’s cheating almost three years ago – having witnesses his cheating in 1967 at Penn and in AC in the 80’s. I am glad that ripple finally found its way into the mainstream of political thought.

Here is a link to that post on cheating.

Trump’s Main Problem: Cheating To Win posted August 2017.

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Also for Nancy. I wonder if you got Trump in a SCIF and offered him real immunity from STATE prosecution if he would step down. I wonder if you could offer John Bolton a job in the democratic side if he would switch? It’s not as if any one person can take us to war. I don’t think Bolton’s heart is on the wrong side. I would not mind him on a team on our side. Those were two probably crazy or illegal ideas. But I just want you to think the way Trump the criminal thinks. He might go for a deal to not run again. He knows what he has to lose.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin: Partners in the Biggest Crime in World History

How they plan to end the American Democracy in 2020

Donald Trump first made his marks as a con man in NYC real estate, following in his father’s footsteps. If you had any doubt about that, consider the kind of man that opens a university touting it can help people be rich like him, but then proceeds to bilk his “students” out of their last savings -and without even teaching them anything of financial value. That’s a con man’s game. A pretty good con too, as who’s to say what an education is? And even at that, he settled for 25 million to dismiss the class-action suit.

Do you know what these con men do behind the scenes? They laugh about it all and exchange tales of who did the biggest con. How do I know this? I was brought up in Atlantic City and my first businesses were sort of Wharton School* versions of Nucky Thompson auction houses. I was a jeweler and art dealer on the boardwalk in the 70’s and 80’s. This is exactly what con men and even their employees talk about among themselves when they are not selling.

It’s as if they are all jealous of the guy making the biggest con. Even at family gatherings – weddings and funerals too – the men got together to talk about who made the biggest con like football players talk about great plays.

This is our president now. He is a con man and a crook – and everyone who ever did business with him knows that. An when he cons you – and lies and wins – he laughs with his friends and family and gets off on that. They laugh back too. Now as president, he has been allowed to surround himself with protectors within the structure of our body politic. So we are in real trouble here folks.

We need to start thinking how con men think. And because I was there once – at least close enough to witness real con men at work – ( I never bought into that world and got away when I could ) I am very well suited to tell the world what con man Trump will do next – and how to beat him at his own game.

There should be no doubt that Donald Trump has some sort of mutually profitable business partnership with Vladimir Putin . Everyone can see the Russians are hacking elections – here, there and everywhere – to get their business partners into public offices. Candidate Trump openly welcomed Russian election help, and President Trump is doing nothing to stop the hacking and influence campaigns for Election 2020. It should also be clear that Donald Trump owes Putin for election help and Putin fully expects to be paid back for his efforts.

I spoke to Ted Lieu about declaring election meddling to be an Act of War vs. the US Commonwealth. I explained to him that cyber war is still war – because the goals are the same as weapon war. The goal of war is to take something from another sovereign power. Affecting our free and fair elections takes more from us than any physical war could. It takes away our ability to steer the ship we call government for our own benefit. Ted told me that calling election meddling “war” – even “cyber war” was “incendiary”. It felt like he dismissed the idea. But categorizing election tampering as “Acts of Cyber War” would make what Trump, Guiliani and others are doing for Trump treasonous – which is what it is. And the punishments for treason are super high.

This is what I presented to Ted Lieu. It worth a quick read. https://englishcode.wordpress.com/2019/10/07/act-of-war/

Donald Trump is a Trojan Horse president. We essentially welcomed a criminal to be POTUS. He owes the world’s most dangerous person for his help in the 2016 election – and that help has begun for the 2020 election. These guys know they can’t win an honest election. They don’t want 2020 to be a fair election.

No one can say exactly what those two have promised to each other, but one thing is sure. If Putin leaks the details of their conversations, Trump would be arrested. But if Trump leaked to the Russian press, Putin would just laugh it off because no one can do anything to him. Putin has the upper hand in the Putin-Trump partnership – and that should worry all Americans. Putin also has total control of the Russian armed forces, police, press and it’s biggest businesses. Trump needs to get to that same place to avoid the justice that will certainly come his way when and if he becomes a citizen again.

Trump’s first recorded words, when Hillary called to concede were, “This should be interesting” – as if talking to himself. For weeks after, he went around saying “Can you believe it? I am president!” He did not prepare to be president at all. He was surprised, caught flat-footed – and a bit scared from the onset.

The moment Hillary conceded, Donald Trump knew he became the dog that caught the bus. That’s why he said “this should be interesting”. His thoughts turned to realizing that as president, his life of crimes and cons would be harder to keep out of the public domain. That’s why we’ve never see his taxes. He knows they will certainly incriminate him.

And now, Trump’s past crimes problem have become our problem. As much as Trump might seem to revel in this impeachment, he knows the term that follows his presidency may be a prison term. At the every least, Trump can’t be sure he won’t do jail time for what he has done – and must now continue to do.

So if you asked me, if Trump be willing to surrender to Putin in order to be president for life here – I’d tell you straight out – the answer is yes. He is already surrendering because he is letting Russians hack our elections again. In 2016, he was not yet president when he worked with Putin to rig the election. Obama should have shut Trump down when he could have, but he thought Trump would lose, so he let it go. That was Obama’s big mistake. It has become our nightmare.

Trump is now stuck trying to legally become the first dictator of the USA. But know that Donny is just a con man. He does not think six moves ahead like his poli-sci teacher, Vladimir Putin, who is not only Trump’s business partner in these crimes, but clearly the senior partner in the relationship.

putin-hockey

Listen to what Putin said at a hockey game he plays in to a CBS reporter. He said with an undeniable smirk “Trump is acting in accordance with ( the laws of ) his own government”.

It’s as if Putin said whatever Trump does – he does legally – in accordance with US laws. Why would he say that? When Trump asked Putin, in their private meetings in Helsinki, how he took over Russia – which is “such a big country” Putin told him how he did it. I am sure it sounded something like this. “Donny. You can’t use force at first. First, I used existing Russian laws to grab more power. When I had enough power, I changed the laws. Then I shut down the free press, took the businesses and become president for life. You can do this too. I will teach you. ”

Putin informed Trump how to take over the USA the way he took Russia. And he leaked it to the CBS reporter with a smirk. These con men all like to leak-brag a bit. Remember when Trump told Bill Barr at the Rose Garden something to the effect of ” God speed – have a great life”? That was Trump leak/bragging about his job interview with Barr – wherein he got a promise of loyalty in return for payments in foreign bank accounts. That’s how these criminals operate – each and every time. Thick as thieves.

Why did Trump grab the interpreter’s notes in Helsinki? Those conversations were the height of treason. Watch Trump’s body language as he follows Putin to the stage and says “Putin very powerfully told me he didn’t do it”. It’s as if he had just been read the riot act moments before they took the stage. The words “very powerfully” were a leak. They leaked that Trump had just seen a powerful presentation of Putin’s entire game plan for world dominance – and also how he had the goods on Trump if he was not going along with it.

Now as to why Putin cares so much about getting more powerful – when he already has Russia – you have to understand why autocracies and democracies are natural born enemies. The autocrats are criminals that have ascended to power and they don’t want their citizens to find out that there are places where citizens enjoy free and fair elections. And it’s hard today, with the internet, to keep citizens from finding out how the other side lives. There’s no Iron Curtain any more – though the Chinese sure try at this – don’t they? This post explains that we are fighting criminals – not statesmen. The map in this post is a must see. https://englishcode.wordpress.com/2019/03/30/dictator-map/

Trump only has the brains and patience to handle the “big stuff”. He is not a detail person – never was – never will be. He is a con man. I worked with these guys for 20 years. They are all the same on many levels.

I want to end this post with links to a few more posts and this news that just came across. On Monday, January 13th, Bill Barr told reporters that any counterintelligence investigations into presidential campaigns will require his approval. In this post from months ago, I explained what the post-Senate acquittal world will look like. It’s going to start resembling Putin’s Russia around here and fast. It has to in order for Trump to follow in Putin’s footsteps.

The silencing of the Free Press will begin within a few days after his acquittal. They will say he is acquitted – and that any attempt to go after him again is presidential harassment – a term they have leaked before. Barr will make it illegal to go after Trump any more – as long as he is president. He will try to make it illegal for the house to bring new charges as well.

This is why I do not support Pelosi turning this over to Mitch until she knows exactly what the rules are and it is agreed that there will be witnesses, documents and – most importantly – Trump’s taxes.

Simply put, you can’t have a trial for obstructing justice and allow the indicted to obstruct justice within that trial. It just does not add up. I believe even if they do allow witnesses, the sold out GOP will not vote against Trump regardless of what they hear – as many are complicit in his criminality. We won’t like the post senate acquittal world at all. So why go there?

Love like a democrat, fight like a Republican. That is my battle cry. McConnell held up a SCOTUS nominee for ten months. We can hold this fake impeachment up for two or three months or at least until we get witnesses and documents – which should include taxes. We won’t get another chance to do this right.

When the weather breaks, the public can put the pressure on the 22 GOP senators that are up for election this cycle. This is all moving too fast – and the GOP likes it. That alone should inform Nancy to hold off and blame Trump and the GOP to wait for all three things – witnesses, documents and taxes. – Just blame the delay on the indicted president’s obstruction. Then walk and chew gum for a few months.

*And yes, I sat in a class with Donny Trump in 1967 – and he cheated then too. He paid a classmate to do his work. That’s cheating.

What Does 2020 Look Like After the Senate Acquits?

Imagine America’s future was riding on a football game. The election of 2020 is that game in this analogy. One team has a captain and coach and the other team has 20 could-be quarterbacks and coaches, all sparring with each other. I think the favorite would the team with the strategic advantages. There is only one way to take away those strategic advantages. – We need a quarterback and head coach and now – while the game is on. When the Senate votes to end nullify the impeachment that will put us on defense for the rest of the game. Not smart.

I have explained that there is no rush to vote on impeachment. The big vote is 300 days away and most Americans don’t focus on elections until the last few weeks. That’s when Trump won 2016. And that’s when Trump will be trying to cheat to win again in 2020. A vote in Spring is a wiser strategy. It provides a time for public to digest what they are witnessing. The Spring ushers in renewed spirits and the weather is better for protesting too. We keep pushing for testimony from Bolton etc – and for Trump’s taxes. It also gives Trump time to self-destruct – which is a real possibility.

A few days ago, I figured Trump would wait for the Senate acquittal before coming after the FBI, the Free Press and his enemies in general. But just like his call to Zelensky followed the Mueller Report, Trump’s criminal mind tells him not to wait even one day.

And so now Trump and Barr are coming after the FBI. Why not? Imagine if Al Capone had been able to fire Elliot Ness. Getting rid of the cops that come after criminals is ideal … for the criminals. Donald Trump has created a portal to the world we saw in Back to the Future II when Biff takes over the world by … cheating to win. Life is imitating art.

So this is what we expect if the House lets the Senate acquit. Trump and Barr are partners in crime now. They have access to all the best criminal minds on the planet. But 52% of Americans are dug in against this Dystopian version of the United States. They won’t back down. But neither will Trump. He knows there is a good chance the term that follows his presidential term is a jail term. How does this not end like a Tarantino movie?

So 2020 will soon resemble a Civil War – a Cyber Civil War at first. Trump will continue to paint his opponents as “human scum”. They will bring out a phrase they have used very lightly so far: presidential harassment. They will state that coming after the president after he has been acquitted in the Senate is presidential harassment and is hurting the nation. Barr will arrest or indict some of his opponents and some reporters.

The fever pitch will rise as we approach the summer and the Democratic Convention. Security at the convention should be overly prepared because Trump and the Russians will have all their adversaries in one place for a week. This would be an ideal place for “an incident”. Those who cannot stomach Trump’s vile language and culture of hate will be in the streets protesting.

An incident at a Democratic street protest would also be ideal to break up the resistance. This is what Trump and Barr will be focused on during the run-up to the election. They will be focused on making decent citizens who want a better place for their children look like the bad guys. They will also focus on making Democrats look like the criminals. Lock them up may be their battle cry. We know it’s been Trump Barr and the GOP that are the bad guys. They have joined the criminals on the planet – like Putin – in an effort to subjugate the lives of everyday American and global citizens.

So yes. It was necessary to write and release Articles of Impeachment. Dems have done a great job. But they should not vote on them right away. Let it all sink in a few months. Set a date in late February or the early Spring, when the weather breaks. You never know when given time how Trump will shoot himself in the foot so bad that even his own base won’t like what they see. That is what we really need to happen, and it can – given time. Keep asking for his taxes and for the testimony he has obstructed. And then walk and chew gum for a few months.

In the gap between impeachment and voting for it, we totally change our strategy for the election of 2020!

America Won WW2 Because We Worked Together as a Team

WE NEED WW2 TEAMWORK AGAIN NOW

We are at war in the USA. We are at war with foreign enemies that want to exploit our riches. We are at war with Trump’s GOP party that sells our rights and assets to the highest bidders. And at the same time, we are at war with each other – which will make it very difficult to prevail in any effort.

I am old enough to remember first-hand the spirit of the WW2 generation. They were not the greed is good generation nor the it’s all about me generation. The greatest generation citizens resigned to do their parts to defeat German Nationalism without ego and with a spirit of teamwork. Now we have American Nationalism to defeat. And it’s not across the pond.

TEAMWORK

The viable candidates and those who really want to work to save this country should meet in a room and settle on who will be the Democratic candidates for president, vice president, chief of staff and district attorney. No one has to storm a beach. Then that team pools resources and gets to work – not only to beat Trump – but to show the American people on both sides what they can do for the citizens of the USA.

The above is where Amy can seal this all up with one or two calls. First Biden – who may say no. Then Bloomberg who should see its brilliance.

The optics are spectacular. Instead of 20 candidates telling undecided American voters why they are best for the top job – we present one well-prepared team, ready on day one to get the actual jobs done for all Americans. Even MAGA people will go for that. They know they are being lied to. They just don’t know who will be there for them on our side because we don’t know. Maybe they won’t like who we choose, so they stay with what they know – Trump. They will remain tuned out to our overtures until we decide. Till next July? Really?

We need the MAGA people to put pressure on their reps to break from Trump and Trumpism. The GOP reps are spineless. They will fold to pressure. The GOP will get smart and remove Trump from consideration. Romney will run. We’ll clean up the elections. The Russians won’t have a dog in the fight and won’t bother meddling. And democracy is saved!

Think ahead. This plan can’t lose. An election that includes Donald Trump is way too risky. And no plan can’t win.

About the author: Joseph Aronesty was a classmate to Donald Trump in 1967 at Penn and worked close to his casinos in Atlantic City from 86 to 99. He created one of the world’s first e-commerce web sites in 1996, which he still operates. Joseph is a dedicated father of five and plays at songwriting and tournament poker. His book “Deciphering the English Code” describes how spoken language evolved from body-sign language in Stone Age Africa and how all the world’s languages are related in very tangible accessible ways. He hopes to do a book tour after Trump is no longer POTUS and wonders if that will be 2021 or 2025.

About the author:

Joseph Aronesty was a classmate to Donald Trump in 1967 at Penn and worked close to his casinos in Atlantic City from 86 to 99. He created one of the world’s first e-commerce web sites in 1996, which he still operates. Joseph is a dedicated father of five and plays at songwriting and tournament poker. His book “Deciphering the English Code” describes how spoken language evolved from body-sign language in Stone Age Africa and how all the world’s languages are related in very tangible accessible ways.

Why This Ukrainian Lie is Going to Stick with “Both Sides”

The Boy Who Cried Wolf is an age-old parable that describes the dangers of telling repeated lies. The boy is a shepherd in charge of a flock, and when he cries “Wolf!” the local hunters take him seriously and arrive to kill the wolf.

But the wolf is not there because the boy was lying all along. That works a few times. But finally, a real wolf appears and when the boy cries out for help, the hunters don’t take him seriously – and the boy is eaten by the wolf.

In effect, this is what is happening to Donald Trump after the lies he is spinning about the Ukrainian phone call incident. Why is this incident different from “Obama is from Kenya” or “She’s not my type”? Trump loyalists have had a lot of tolerance for his lies – 10,000 lies. But this lie is different for one big reason.

The boy who cried wolf was a shepherd. He had a responsibility. The hunters are a metaphor for the militia in today’s world. This Ukrainian lie has to do with military strategy vs. Russia! It’s not just election fixing, even though that is what Trump was trying to do by creating dirt on his opponent.

This Ukrainian lie is about $400 million dollars of taxpayer money that Congress had ear-marked to help a democratic country stay free from more Russian aggression. Both sides now sense this cavalier attitude towards lying can also endanger us here in the USA. No real American wants Russia to get stronger to our detriment. Not even MAGA folk want to go there.

We are beginning to see MAGA folk stray from their shepherd because they realize his lies can endanger their own lives. That’s why the hunters in the parable don’t respond to the boys cries for help. This lie crossed the line because it exposes Donald Trump, a man in charge of our national security, was ready and willing to sell us all out for his own purposes. Trump endangered our military strategy against Russia, a known enemy of democracy.

So now, Americans on both sides have seen the real danger of a president who lies, and many have simply had enough. More than 50% want Trump impeached now. It’s not only about this last lie. It’s about the sum of the lies. But this one was downright dangerous to our security. And that will be his undoing.

Trump Knew He Was Caught. Fired Dan Coates Three Days After the Call

The timing of three events this summer makes it clear Donald Trump knew he had been caught doing something very wrong.

Mueller testified July 24. It went over largely like a lead balloon. Feeling emboldened, Trump called the Ukrainian President on July 25th – they very next day – to ask him to collect dirt on the Bidens. He’s not wasting any time. He essentially reenacted the same crime he committed in 2016, enrolling foreign help to fix a national election, but this time he got caught red-handed. This was like OJ going back to reclaim his memorabilia after he got away with murder.

Three days later on July 28th, Dan Coates was fired. That is not a coincidence. Coates was the head of US Intelligence and not a Trump stooge. He should have known about the call made the the Ukraine. If he brought this to Trump and Trump asked him to keep it quiet – that would have resulted in his firing. And Trump likely was informed that the head of DNI needed to be someone he could get an allegiance pledge from. Joe McGuire may be a Trump stooge who has been bribed with funds placed in a foreign bank account – and he will not willingly let this dirt get out. He looks clean, but his actions are suspect.

putin-hockey

Listen to what Putin said to a CBS reporter at a hockey game he plays in. Putin said with an undeniable smirk “Trump is acting in accordance with ( the laws of ) his own government”. And by acting, he meant taking action. “Trump is taking action in accordance with the laws of his own government”.

That is the only way to take over a country that is ruled by laws. You can use the loopholes and oversights in the current laws along with the many powers of the presidency to take over a country. Putin is Trump’s mentor, benefactor and his boss in international matters. This is also why we did not get the Helsinki meeting notes. Putin back-channels his autocrat lessons.

We have ourselves to blame for all this. When Trump fires a patriot to hire stooges – all I hear is the malarkey that “Trump deserves the cabinet he can work with”. Maybe an honest president does. But at some point we have to realize – like Putin says – we are letting a crook use our laws to drown this great country. Trumpism is like an auto-immune disease. We don’t recognize the threats because they masquerade as legal. 

We gave him Barr without reserve. We’ve let Trump put whomever he wants into key positions. And of course that is all working to Trump’s benefit. Where is Trump getting this strategy? It all points to Vladimir Putin, the man who successfully turned a free Russia into his own privately owned kingdom in a very short time. Trump can’t plan ahead. He is too busy watching TV and golfing to be brilliant at anything – except crime. Enough!

Why The Time To Impeach is Now

Impeachment is a strange fruit. The process was made intentionally long and difficult. Both houses must be on board but more importantly both sides of the America electorate must be on board.

We’ve all seen the pressure come and go with Donald Trump with all his many scandals. From “Russia, if you’re listening” to Access Hollywood to Helsinki, from Charlottesville to sh*thole countries and much more.

But the scandals that stick on both sides are the ones the seem to put our country in jeopardy. Both sides did not like Helsinki because we all sensed Trump could be compromised to Russia when he said “Putin was very powerful”. Both sides know that Russia does not have American interests at heart. This gaff still sticks in our throats because it affects our sense of national security.

And now it appears that one day after Mueller* did his feeble national appearance, Trump took a victory lap and felt secure enough to start enrolling foreign powers to affect our national elections again. He felt he had totally gotten away with whatever he did in 2016 and he was on to doing the same thing 2020.

I put the asterisk next to Mueller’s name because he testifies Monday and maybe he knows that the reason Trump tried to bribe Ukraine was because he failed to reach the American public with his performance. He’s got another chance now – and Mueller now sees how his lukewarm performance emboldened Trump to do more of the same exact crimes he was investigating. I’m not holding my breath for Mueller, but he was once a warrior – and maybe that instinct will resurface.

#WhistleBlowerGate is a clear abuse of power by Donald Trump. But it’s also an abuse that compromises our national security by bugging our free election process. Both sides see that clearly now. And that is super important because public support on both sides is needed to ride the impeachment wave to the safety of the shore.

The time to impeach is now while both sides are united and feeling betrayed. And I mean this week. Timing is everything. Stalling will be Trump’s plan with this Ukraine thing. If we also stall it will just fizzle the necessary public support to conduct impeachment. This window will not stay open long. We should have learned that by now.

There is also this. MAGA folk do not respect sissies. And maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe it’s good that a portion of our electorate respects the traditional icon of a warrior leader. Maybe it’s built in to them for a reason. Maybe to protect us. So it has occurred to me that at least some MAGA folk are looking for a reason to dump Trump and just has not seen it yet from the left side. Show them strength and this movement can gather steam. Show them weakness and deliberation – and it will fizzle out. Biden seemed to know that today. Good work Joe.

I think we all are longing for that great American feeling of national unity and pride again. If we impeach now it might be closer than we think.

The Druglord Sacklers and Slumlord Trumps Have Something In Common

Druglord Sacklers behind Oxycontin epidemic – The Trumps also won’t let us see their finances

The Trumps and the Sacklers have something in common. Both families are now actively trying to hide their assets, wealth and tax reports from US government scrutiny by exporting their dollars to foreign bank accounts. It’s called money laundering.  

The Sacklers are trying to avoid law suit payments to the people they have hurt and killed with their drugs. The Trumps have many other reasons to launder money. None of them are good.

It’s clear anyone who engages in money laundering knows it’s a crime and is okay with the risk of engaging in crimes for personal profit. A president who has crossed that line will continue to engage in crimes to cover up past and ongoing crimes. It’s quite a risky line to cross. Most citizens are honorable and would not even consider money laundering to save taxes.

This should also be clear. Any person who engages in money laundering does not deserve any public trust and does not deserve to be in any public office – let alone the highest office in the USA.

There are only a few subsets of people that are okay with money laundering.

  • The uber greedy. The Trumps are in that subset, along with the Sackers and the Jeffrey Epsteins of the world.
  • Lowly criminals – people trying to raise their wealth without caring about what laws or obstacles stand in their way. Paul Manafort would fit that bill. Donald Trump would have been in that subset in 1987 – when he owned a casino and did not want to pay his fair share of taxes. Russian mob players are in that subset too.
  • Dictators like Vladimir Putin, MBS and Chairman Kim.

Why would a dictator want or need to do money laundering? That is easy. Dictators all run kleptocracies.

When autocrats steal money and basic rights like free and fair elections from their own people they know they are committing crimes against humanity. They really don’t want to get caught. Autocrats may not be historians, but everyone knows what happened to Marie Antoinette and the Romanovs. So out of prudence, they hide their stolen money in foreign banks accounts so it’s safer from whatever laws and revolutionary forces might still exist in their own countries. They try to keep stolen money out of sight. They don’t want public outrage to get out of control.

For these reasons and others, all dictators are money launderers. There are long-standing financial support systems for 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.  This also why Trump does not show his taxes. The Trumps clearly have plenty to hide or they would release tax returns.

Putin, Chairmen Kim and Trump are currently operating as kleptomaniacs propped up by the seals and law enforcement agencies of their governments. What do you think the air force stopping at his golf resort was all about?

Many don’t know Vladimir Putin was elected in a democratic Russia. Once in power, in just a few years, he stole about 150 billion dollars, often killing his opponents. His next move was to declare Russia’s press, the Pravda was fake news. He shut Pravda down so he could continue to hide his crimes from the public. I’m sure Trump would like to shut down CNN and MSNBC.

Money launderers have a saying they operate by: They only know what you tell them. Trump said that once early in his presidency. It went right over everyone’s head. Not mine. I knew what that meant to Trump. I had heard it growing up in the jewelry business.  For me, it was about how you “romance stones”. They only know what you tell them meant one could make up beautiful stories about jewels and that is all the customer would know. I never bought into that meme. I found a way to be honest about my selling. I was a Penn graduate – and had that dignity even as a young entrepreneur. But I knew it went on, and was effective. Truly, those who told the best stories sold better than I did. Trump bought into that meme.

This is exactly why Trump also says the press is the enemy of the people. A free press educates the public so that the truth is clear, Then the lies that an autocrat tells won’t take root in the public. Trump knows silencing the press worked for Putin. It also worked for Stalin and Hitler.

Yes. America is stronger than Russia was when Putin took over. But be aware: No country in all of history has ever been impervious to demise. 

My fellow Americans, does any of this sound like what we want here in the USA?

The Russians have long had Trump’s back. 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 private space to talk about old money deals. This is also why Pompeo did not get invited in. Autocrats don’t want anyone to know the scope of their crimes. They only know what you tell them applies to all except the most inner family –members. In Trump’s case that’s Kushner, Don Jr. and Ivanka.

Putin has the dictator map (below) 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 – Americans on both sides united – to stop the world’s autocrats grand plan because we know – what they want does not end well for any of us. Ask people living in Russia, North Korea or Venezuela how their dictatorships are working for them. You know that answer. We know that answer, We have never wanted that for the USA since day one in 1776.

Trump is a player in what is called the Russian Mafia.Putin is its kingpin.Putin can seize Trump’s Russian-parked money if Trump does not help Putin secure his money in the US. It’s quid pro quo. They have each other’s backs. Criminals work that way.

Paul Manafort was overheard asking if getting Trump elected would square a debt with a Russian oligarch. That’s a quid pro quo. 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 – this will continue.

This is the real problem on the planet. Not terrorism. Not even hunger. Those are both driven by the greedy money launderers’ plans and we have ways to address these problems if only we can throw off the yokes of the autocrats.

Money laundering criminals are the masterminds behind most of the physical crimes against humanity.Now that group includes the druglord Sacklers.

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”.

I’m not so sure about the justice system. Trump main accomplishment so far has been installing administrators and justices that are corruptible.  We all saw Trump appointing a loyalist to be AG – so why we allowed without forcing Barr recuse himself seemed stupid and naive. Having justices on your side is a huge advantage for any dictator. Trump knows how Putin took Russia.

And Putin has a huge advantage in the spy vs. spy game. Putin can tell Trump exactly what to say and do.  If Trump does not comply, the 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 Putin’s 2016 election help. That’s why we didn’t get the notes. 

Americans and GOP particularly, know this. Coddle autocrats at our own risk. Autocrats always have back-up plans. And those could include war, catastrophe that forces martial law, hacking the grid on Election Day and/or the fixing of elections.

The GOP is okay with all this crime because they know they can’t win an honest presidential election in 2020. So it is our job as US and global citizens to raise our voices and vote out the GOP at every level.

If we only accomplish only those two things – we can get back to addressing the real monsters in the room – climate change and income inequality.

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