America Won WW2 Because We Worked Together as a Team

We Need WW2 Teamwork Again Now

Let’s show the American people we can unite our party. Both sides will respect that. After all, if we cant unite the “left” how can we unite the country?

May 2019

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 for any side 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 with a spirit of teamwork and without ego. Now we have a combination of corporatism and American Nationalism to defeat.

We all know there’s an election in 2020. 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.

I still see a way to get the current GOP Senate to vote to impeach Trump, but only after the Dems change the way they are running their campaigns . Some GOP senators are now whispering privately they want to abandon Trump. Let’s show those same GOP senators if they keep Trump as their figurehead they’ll have no shot in 2020. That’s the big idea here.

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. Then our Team America pools resources and gets to work – not only to beat Trump – but to show the American people what they can do for the citizens of the USA.

Will this surprise tactic of running for president with a VP and cabinet in place – work? 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 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 right now we don’t even know. They will remain tuned out to our overtures until we decide. Till next July? Really? It will be too late by then.

The big idea is to not preach to the choir and get GOP constituents in red states liking what they are seeing and hearing. Imagine a team energetic candidates all campaigning simultaneously for the ideas we need to transform this country. That's never been seen here before. It's like Trump that way - powerful out-of-the-box strategy. (You got to give him that.)

Now imagine the same-old, same-old – what we have now. More debates after-which we neither learn much nor convert voters to our common causes. More circular firing squads. And all the while, Trump team – from Kelly Anne to Bill Barr – speaks in unison. We are strategically handicapped because we play by rules, conventions and traditions while Trump does not. If we had fought WW2 this way, we’d all be speaking German here today.

I realize not every candidate will want to leave their current position to work in the 2021 cabinet that leads America into a modern future. But they can be offered posts. I sense a job for Michele Obama in Team America too.

There’s no room for it’s all about me now.

Other important posts for strategy to prevail as a democracy are below:

https://englishcode.wordpress.com/2019/03/30/dictator-map/ explains how we got here

https://englishcode.wordpress.com/2019/11/23/impeachment-2020/ a better path to impeaching – a tad of patience – not too much – but the Spring is always a better time to engage the public. Not Christmas for sure.

Joseph Aronesty is an e-commerce pioneer, online since 1996. He is a family man, published etymologist and songwriter. He lives outside Los Angeles.

He can be reached at josepharonesty@gmail.com

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Financial Criminals are the Masterminds Behind Autocracies

The Taylor Testimony and the House Impeachment is slowly but surely convincing the majority of Americans that Trump is engaged in criminal activity. Trump has figured out that calling the Free Press “fake news” is not enough. The truth is getting out on the two news networks that still report accurately. Trump now needs to shut down the free press altogether. He just cancelled subscriptions to the New York Times and the Washington Post in government offices. This is exactly what the Polish government did in an attempt to kill off independent media. First ban all govt office subscriptions, then pressure advertisers, then buy the defunct publications. Then it’s over. It’s also what Putin did to buy Pravda.

And that should inform us that Putin is giving Trump, ignorant of history – dictator lessons through back channels.. He is taking lessons from the dictators – probably all of them. Not sure why our military is allowing this. We have to hope they are not accomplices. But this is what happens when criminals rise to power in governments.

Trump is just a common gangster now and most Americans know that. And that makes him too dangerous to be trusted with running our affairs, domestic or foreign. We gave him a more-than-fair chance to show us what he is made of. Nearly all see him for what he is now. The problem as I see it is, how does this reality TV show presidency end? And to me it looks more and more like it ends like a violent Tarrantino movie – with a shoot out.

Trump has no quit in him. He has too much to lose. He has said, “What does it all matter if I don’t win?”. In his dealings as a NYC real estate man, there was a relatively low level of scrutiny into his finances. Trump should have known that getting into government could expose his crimes. But the greed bug hit him just like it hit the gamblers who went broke in his casinos. He used the greed trap to make a fortune and then fell in the same trap himself.

So Trump will do his best to have this democracy in shambles before the election of 2020, citing the good stock market all along as he drags us down into a dictatorship. He has also began investigating the investigators.

The way this ends is by awakening the people who voted for Trump and making it clear to them that life will be better for them and their kids in a never Trump America. The far left is closer to the far right than the center in many ways. Both have gripes with the way things are. The center is an area where changes to the status quo move slowly. That won’t work to move MAGA folk.

We are at an unconventional place in American history and it will require unconventional thinking. These are just two ideas that make sense.

  1. Come to a consensus on the Democratic candidate sooner rather than later. Next July seems way to long to know who is fighting whom. Choose the positions of VP, Secretary of State and DA and run as a ticket. It’s never been done before. So what? Did this stop McConnell from not voting for a SCOTUS because his term had a year left?
  2. POTUS is now being impeached. When they vote in the house, they should add a footnote. Since impeachment is a trial, the accused is in serious danger. We don’t allow a potentially compromised criminal access to our military. That threatens our national security. POTUS war powers and pardon powers should be relegated to Congress automatically when the impeachment vote passes in the House and held there until he his acquitted in the Senate – if indeed he is acquitted.

The following are links to previous posts which explain how we got here and the way out.

https://englishcode.wordpress.com/2019/03/30/dictator-map/

https://englishcode.wordpress.com/2019/10/22/cyber-warfare/

https://englishcode.wordpress.com/2019/05/24/ice-raids/

https://englishcode.wordpress.com/2017/10/19/trump-owes-putin/

Dear US citizens “on both sides”,

  • Trump has just been caught trying to shake down a foreign president who is battling Vladimir Putin, by trying to withhold needed military aid money which Congress had approved, to the sum of $400,000,000 unless he provided dirt on Trump’s main rival in the next election, Joe Biden.
  • Trump’s reaction was to threaten Americans if they cooperate with the Congressional oversight committee’s investigation into his conduct.
  • Trump has told us who he is. We may not have known when he was a candidate, but both sides know who he is now. Both sides see he should’t be trusted with the responsibilities of the POTUS job any longer.
  • Trump’s finances and his Russian ties both involve laundered money . It’s clear someone who engages in money laundering must keep that truth from ever coming out. We need to see his taxes asap.
  • Trump must and will continue to engage in crimes like election fraud, which is essentially what happened in the Ukraine,  to cover up his past crimes and stay in power so the truth never catches up with him. 
  • Trump has a lot to lose and clearly is not thinking in a stable enough manner to steer the US Government in a safe secure manner.
  • Trump Should step aside while the investigation is ongoing. The clauses that seem to protect him should be waived for national security reasons  and his pardon and war powers should be revoked.

Now let’s try to analyze why Trump aligns with dictators. People on both sides agree we don’t want a dictatorship here in the US. 

First. Dictators all run kleptocracies. When autocrats steal from their own people it is the most dastardly of crimes. They don’t want to get caught. They may not be historians, but everyone knows what happened to Marie Antoinette. So out of prudence, they hide their stolen money in foreign banks accounts so it’s safer from whatever laws and taxes might still exist in their own countries. They try to keep stolen money out of sight.

For these reasons, all dictators are money launderers.

There are financial support systems for such autocrats. There is a network of banks that are friendly to money launderers in places like Cyprus, Panama, Switzerland and the Bahamas. This is not new. The Russian Mafia is one group of money launderers loyal to Russia, but they are not alone.  This also why Trump does not show his taxes. He has plenty to hide, and his track record will point to theft and corruption.

Therefore Putin and Trump are both operating as kleptomaniacs propped up by the seals and law enforcement agencies of their governments. 

Many don;t know Vladimir Putin was elected in a democratic Russia. Once in power, and in just a few years, he had stolen about 150 billion dollars, often killing his opponents. His next move was to declare Pravda was fake news and he shut it down so he could hide his crimes from the public.

So this is why Trump also says the press is the enemy of the people. He knows it worked for Putin. ( It also worked for Stalin and Hitler. ) Trump was never a student of history. So where did he learn this? Logic says he is getting his dictator lessons back-channeled from Putin. Kushner, who absorbed a little more history growing up than Trump, figures in here too. 

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

Kelptomaniacs have greed disease. Putin wants more than his 150 billion. Putin wants the Magnitsky Act to go away because it’s costing him and his oligarchs billions more. He wanted that Russian oil deal valued at 500 billion that Tillerson would not do for him. And Putin has plenty of his stolen Russian funds parked here in the USA. In NYC, the Russians financed Kushner on his 666 5th Avenue building. Does any of this sound like what we want?

The Russians have long had Trump’s back as well. Trump held Miss Universe pageants in Moscow. There were plans to build a Trump Tower Moscow. This is why Helsinki had that private meeting. They needed to talk about money. This is also why Pompeo did not get invited in. Autocrats don’t want anyone to know the scope of their crimes. Putin has that dictator map all figured out. He knows he can’t get China to align with Russia. But if he can get Trump and the USA – then essentially he has the balance of power over the entire globe. That is Putin’s plan. Trump functions as a useful idiot in that plan. 

And now it’s up to US – liberal Americans and MAGA people united – to stop it the autocrats grand plan because we know it does not end well for any of us. Ask people living in Russia or Venezuela how their dictatorship is working for them. 

Trump has been into international crime since the ’80’s when he started hiding his casino cash overseas, so he did not have to pay tax on it. It is reported that he owes our government 500 million in back taxes, but now that he is president our Congress is 54% afraid to do anything about it. 

Trump is a player in what is sometimes called the Russian Mafia. Putin can seize Trump’s Russian-parked money if Trump does not help Putin secure his money in the USA. It’s a quid pro quo. They have each other’s backs. The crime world works that way.

Manafort was overheard asking if getting Trump elected would square a debt with a Russian oligarch. Quid pro quo. And of course, Manafort was found guilty. I am 100% sure Trump is just as guilty as Manafort when it comes to financial crimes. They all play this game together. As long as they can keep their foreign bank accounts hidden – they will continue. This is the real problem in the planet. Not terrorism. Not hunger even. Those are both driven by the greedy money launderers’ plan. Financial criminals are the masterminds behind most of the physical crimes against humanity. 

Financial criminals are the masterminds behind most of the physical crimes against humanity. 

In Russia, everyone knows Putin is a criminal dictator. They are mostly okay with it. They have no choice. Voicing opposition is dangerous. But in the USA, a criminal president is not okay.  We still have a free press in spite of Trump’s calls of “fake news”. And we still have a semi-functional justice system in spite of the GOP’s refusal to apply it to our criminal president. Of course, we all saw Trump appointing a loyalist to be AG – so why we allowed without forcing Barr recuse himself  just seemed stupid and naive.

Putin has a huge advantage in this spy vs. spy game. Putin can tell Trump exactly what to say and do.  If Trump does not comply, the financial dirt Putin has on Trump can be leaked and/or his assets in Russia could be seized. The private Helsinki meeting was also about Putin “powerfully” explaining to Trump what will happen if he does not live up to his end of the bargain made for election help. That’s exactly what was said in that private room. That’s why we don’t get the notes. 

And that could be most of it. Except there would have been back-up plans. And those could include war, martial law, hacking the grid on election day and/or the fixing of elections. Maybe the GOP is mainly okay with all this because they sort of know the GOP can’t win an honest presidential election – certainly not next cycle – and I think – perhaps never again. What is the GOP these days anyway? 

Please Amplify this Map on Social Media

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Putin and Trump are the most powerful figures in this money-laundering crime syndicate, but there are many other players. This is a map of the countries of the earth, with yellow being a functional democracy, red being a dictatorship, green being semi-democratic. The USA is a democracy, but due to election fixing,  greed and lobbying the people’s wills are not served. I put the USA in its own orange category: a sold-out dysfunctional democracy.

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

This is the essential struggle on the entire planet. It is behind our lack of coordination in anti-global warming strategies. it provides the financing of terrorism and fuels income inequality and hunger too. It’s why people want to get into the USA from autocraciesDemocracies and dictatorships are like cats and dogs. They threaten each other’s existence. We are and will continue to be forever on edge on this planet because of that singular duality. Before we can address our most important human issues, we must first end this struggle and emerge victorious. it was the same for the WW2 generation. Their mission was accomplished. What will we be able to say. 

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

Donald Trump has been a player in that nameless crime syndicate of money launderers for a very long time. Trump owes the syndicate for the work done electing him and they will collect.

It’s also Trump’s plan to make American citizens pay his debt to the crime syndicate. That’s what these tariffs are all about. And who is paying for his wall if it gets built? (You and I.)  And Putin is laughing. Why should he not laugh? 

Since Putin is the richest player in the syndicate, he is the syndicate’s kingpin and has the final say. You can’t expect Putin to do things that favor the USA or any democracy. Democracies generally don’t play ball with dictators.

Democracies are a real danger to dictatorships and vice versa. Democracies and dictatorships, like cats and dogs, will never get along.

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

It’s becoming clear to most Americans that Trump and Putin have something going besides just being presidents of two big countries. Trump and Putin are business associates. 

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

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

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

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

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

And do not assume the next election will be fair. Dictators steal. Remember that. Assume the 2020 votes will be tampered with. Do not trust the GOP-endorsed voter software. Voter software must be open source or blockchain protected. Create a web site where votes can be tallied online as back-up and encourage people to vote both at the booth and online. I believe voting online can be made safer than voting at a booth.

Congress should approve almost nothing Trump wants until these things happen.  We have to do whatever is necessary the way dictators will do, because that second shoe is about to fall. We all know something fishy is going on now. Trust your gut. 

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

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

PS. There are not two sides to America. That is what they want us to believe. Trump does that every day – stokes division, right? Had we been divided during WW2, we would have lost the war – and the planet. So how is that functioning at the president’s goal to unify the nation. he is not. He can not. He will never do it. He must go. What are we waiting for? War? More losses in our international esteem? 

Relevant prior posts:

2020 Presidential Hopefuls Should Unite Into a Team: Team America

Save Representative Democracy with Transparent Open-Source Software

What If Trump and His Team Players Have All Been Suborned?

7/19/18

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

Dem Presidential Hopefuls Should Unite Into a Team: Justice League 2020

Written Jan 12 – updated 7/11/19

1-justiceI’ve got to give Trump one thing. He’s not afraid to think outside the box. I rarely agree with his thinking because his prime motivations are self-promotion and self-survival – not what’s good for you and I. Trump is willing to do anything to stay in power. His stated motto is “what does it matter if I don’t win?” 

So maybe we have to think outside the box this next go ’round. We see all the multiple candidates signing up to beat Trump. it reminds me of the GI’s signing up in WW2. But so far, very few have a real shot to beat Trump. Biden, Bernie and Warren stack up best. 

In 2016, Bernie actually got a lot of the Trump supporters who wanted sincere change. Bernie’s sincerity was and still is his biggest attribute. Many Trump supporters now know they were fooled by a con man. 

Joe Biden because he’s been there before, he’s more of a centrist –  and also polls well in the Midwest. And we’ll need all of these people to beat the formidable enemies in the Trump organization. 

The way a primary usually works is many run and those who lose just go home and continue in their current jobs. But what does that say for all the others with good messages and talents in this struggle we are going through? Are their energies and dedications to be cast aside?

We need to overcome so much in 2020 . Winning will just the step one. Trump has undone so many of our institutions. Change will not be a one man job.  Trump’s “I alone can fix this” philosophy is not going to work.  Change is going to take extensive teamwork – the kind of teamwork that became second nature for the WW2 generation because they too had formidable enemies. We need that team USA spirit now.

So why make the primary a winner-take-all race? Why not make it a winner-enrolls-all primary? Can you imagine the strength of that commitment? It would be truly unbeatable. Trump can’t begin to match it. What’s he going to do? Is he going to run with his team of Pence, Ross, Barr and Kushner? His team is ludicrous. So let’s announce we are running as a team. Perhaps this has to get to Pelosi or Perez first. I will try. But if you have a bigger mic – you try too. The team starts with us anyway. 

So here’s an image and an outside-the-box strategy to match Trump’s resolve – which will include election fixing – ad hoc crises – cyber attacks – Russian bots – and potentially a make-shift war effort. 

I hope we get this to the candidates – all of them. Because the struggle to gain the presidency should not run the risk of dividing the democrat’s electorate. And it does. 

I’d like to see Harris as DA. I think Bernie and Biden should announce that their first VP choice will be one of the female candidates running right now.

Share this forward and upwards. Thank You. 

 

 

ARE WE DODO BIRDS?

EXTINCTION WORKS JUST LIKE THIS IN NATURE

The last widely accepted sighting of a dodo bird was in 1662. 
Like many animals that evolved in isolation from significant predators, the dodo was fearless of humans. Their fearlessness, coupled with its inability to fly, made the dodo easy prey for sailors.

(Now change a few words.)

The last widely accepted sighting of the American Democracy was in 2020.
Like many people that live ignorant of history, most Americans trusted their leaders. This trust, coupled with the Americans’ inability to deal swiftly with their internal predators, made the American democracy easy prey for takeover.

Relevant prior posts:

How to Entice Trump to Step Down in 60 Days or Less

Trump is One of Many Corrupt Rulers Who Launder Money Internationally

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

And if all else fails, we can use technology to replace politicians.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Trump is Drunk-Driving Our Governmental Institutions

GOVERN (v.): late 13c., “to rule with authority,” from Old French governer “steer, be at the helm of; govern, rule, command, direct”. Originally “to steer, to pilot,” a nautical word borrowed from Greek kybernan “to steer or pilot a ship, (also the root of cyber – interesting huh?). 

We elect officials into our government to effectively STEER our institutions for the common good. How is our current government doing at that task?

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Ask yourself these questions: If a train engineer gets drunk and derails a train is he responsible? If a car driver gets distracted by texting and accidentally kills a pedestrian, is that driver responsible?

The answer to those questions is clearly “yes” – both morally and legally. In these cases, the bad actors would be found temporarily incompetent and fully responsible for the damages done due their incompetence. After all, when we board a train we expect the engineer to be competent. – And we expect licensed drivers also to be safe drivers.

So why then is it okay to violate one’s oath of office and stay in power? Why is it okay to head the institution of Environmental Protection and use that power to derail its commissioned mission to protect the environment? Why are the players in the Flint Michigan water crisis not responsible for the Flint deaths and misery?

And yes – why do we allow Trump to stay on as president? Should not lying over 8000 times in office be enough evidence for us to deem him unfit to act as our president? Why is lying to citizens while in office not illegal? It is a violation of the presidential oath. It seems to you can lose your driver’s license easier than lose your license to act as president. It makes zero sense.

I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Is not the word “faithfully” diametrically opposed to “dishonestly”? So lying to the public is not faithful execution any more than lying to one’s spouse would be a faithful act. 

When you take a job that can effect the lives of others, there is an inherit obligation to function in a manner that is sober, honest and competent. Donald Trump had repeatedly shown that he is okay with lying. There have already been over forty criminal indictments so far in the Mueller probe – and they involve people that works for Donald Trump one way or another. That pressure is substantial. If every moment of every day he has to worry about his family and business being dragged into a criminal status, like his associates and accomplices are right now  –  how can he soberly steer this gigantic ship called the USA? How could anyone in that situation be trusted to steer our ship?

Donald Trump is steering our government – but more like a drunk driver speeding away from a hit and run. His judgment at the helm has been effectively impaired by a combination of narcissism, greed, criminal activity – and a total lack of empathy. Further, Trump is constantly shouting “fake news” to divert his base from believing their own eyes about the committed crimes with Russians to get elected. Election meddling is the actual hit-and-run crime he is speeding away from.

Nothing is off the table for Trump in his effort to avoid that prosecution. We must be careful – and even more careful over time.  – As judgment day approaches his only escape routes are war escalation – national emergencies – and pardoning his accomplices. 

All these incessant diversionary efforts would be exhausting for anyone, let alone the 72-year-old, out-of-shape Trump.  They compound daily and serve to cloud his judgement in steering all our government affairs – domestic are foreign.  How can we feel safe with Donald Trump at the helm of our government? We can’t and we don’t.

Do you feel safe with Donald Trump at the helm of our nation? Are we just getting used to feeling unsafe, the way we got used to the Cold War? Take a poll if you want to – but most people don’t feel safer today than they did 3 years ago. When in the past Presidents have let us down, we always thought at least they cared about Americans. There has been no evidence that Donald Trump is capable of caring about us – or anyone – in his first two years in office. That is more troubling than his bumbling incompetence. Even his base only gets lip service. He’s not doing much for them either. Ask red state citizens if they are really doing better under Trump’s new tax policy that favors the wealthy or if they like his tariffs. They don’t!

People who did not know Donald Trump before he burst into politics often thought he was just another rich business-owner and likely competent for the job of POTUS. But even if he was competent at one time,  after two years of scandals and indictments, Trump has become totally incompetent to soberly steer our country! He is functioning like a drunk driver – carelessly veering from point to point – all to escape justice, with neither direction nor respect for history and tradition.

There are steps we can and must take to safeguard our democracy until the full truth comes to light about Donald Trump. Cornered criminals do not give up easily. Trump is like a cancer in our body politic. Treating Trump with a wait it out strategy, like one does for a common cold, is a huge tactical error – and is totally irresponsible on our part.

So we must immediately limit his powers to pardon anyone in the Mueller cross-hairs (including himself)  and limit his war powers until the investigation into his criminality is finished and published.

Pass this post and your ideas forward and upward. United We Stand.

Joseph Aronesty: Author, Linguist, Songwriter, E-commerce pioneer, Activist   @EnglishCodeWord 

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Please scan through the following three posts and consider following this blog. Solidarity works. Thank you for your participation in helping to rid ourselves of the diseased humans at the top of our government.

Trump is One of Many Corrupt Rulers Who Launder Money Internationally

Can Restricting Two of Trump’s Presidential Powers Save Our Democracy?

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

 

Job One for New Congress: Restrict Individual One’s Powers

Proposition 2019: A bill that protects Mueller while it checks Trump’s military powers until he is found innocent.

compromisedOn December 19th,  Trump took two steps that clearly benefited the state of Russia and Russians connected to Putin. Trump removed financial sanctions placed by our elected Congress against a nefarious Russian oligarch who was involved in the influence campaign of the 2016 election. Trump ordered our troops to leave Syria, leaving Russia and Iran more in control in the Middle East. Let’s analyze what this really means. 

I have been writing about my Penn classmate and AC associate for over two years now. It’s hard to miss his motives, as they are always about him. These actions Trump took today were his way of testing to see what power he actually has. 

Trump is not a student of history and really did not know a thing about being a US president when he took office. Ask yourself why he pardoned of Sheriff Joe. Trump did something borderline and when it stuck he learned that this was something he could get away with. That’s how Trump is learning the presidency. It’s really stupid that we allow this. Whatever rules keep him in office in spite of the chaos, lies, deceit and incompetence, they are not currently working towards our common welfare. And that common welfare is what the Constitution is all about!

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The “in order to” clause establishes the reason for all that follows! When actions are taken by a public official that does not sync with or works against that clause, they are at the very least, spiritually unconstitutional. Domestic tranquility and promoting the general welfare of our citizens is every public servant’s duty – even the president. And Trump just does not do that at all, does he? 

Trump also tested his ability to make and end war today. Trump gave an order to pull our troops out of Syria and the military brass did not disobey it. So Trump just learned that, at least, he still has commander-in-chief status with the military. The military brass hold immense power in this country regardless of who is president. He knows that much. If they had said no to him, he would have learned the brass deemed Trump to be potentially dangerous or to reckless to command troops. It would mean perhaps the generals knew the dirt that General Flynn shared with Mueller. It would also mean Trump could not trust the military brass to sell out to him the way his GOP has been doing.  So Trump learned he still was in control of the military today. That alone makes our world much more dangerous.  There was some outrage from career generals – but no one in power said “no sir, we will not do this.” And Mattis resigned over this. 

And since Putin still has his military in Syria there is a real question as to who put this idea into Trump’s impulsive head. If Trump has been compromised by the Russians, the Syria pull out order likely originated with Putin – whom it benefits greatly. If that is the case, since it involves war and not an election, removing troops from Syria to benefit an enemy state is the actual legal definition of treason. Look this up. Espionage and Sedition Act of 1929.

Trump also tested his ability to favor his Russian business friends charged with crimes with his removal of sanctions against Derepaska. And no person or group had the backbone to say, “no, you can’t do that sir. Derepaska is an enemy to the USA. His was sanctioned for good cause. Since Derepaska is a Russian living in Russia, there was no real way for the USA to punish him for his crimes except financially. Today, Derepaska, a Russian oligarch aligned with Putin,  was effectively pardoned by Trump for his crimes against the USA today. He will pay no price for his crimes. That is a pardon. 

OUR PRESIDENT IS ALSO “INDIVIDUAL ONE”

Trump is now individual one in the investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential campaign. That means Trump is now suspected in crimes against our country. It now seems critical to our survival as a sovereign country that Trump’s powers be temporarily restricted for the safety of our American homeland.

We all know he never says one bad thing about Vladimir Putin. Imagine how stupid we will feel if we discover that Trump actually has been suborned and is taking military and financial orders from Putin. Actually, that is how criminal money launders operate. They do for each other and cover for each other. 

We must soon decide. Is it really worth it to leave our 240 heritage here up to a spoiled, incompetent liar and thief like Donald Trump? To think we are allowing Trump to have the nuclear codes while he is under investigation for what could be treason – is way beyond crazy and stupid. Who really knows what Putin will ask for next? How sold out are our government officials? That all has to change in the new Congress.

But first things first. 

I am proposing that job one of the new Congress when they resume on January 3rd is to create a bill that secures two things to keep our democracy safe:

  1. It must protect Mueller and his investigation until the truth about Individual One is a known quantity and he is found innocent of any crimes against our state.  
  2. It must restrict the war powers of Donald Trump until Mueller’s investigation reaches a conclusion. In the meantime, it relegates those powers to Congress, where there is more balance – at least until the investigation ends with Trump not found guilty of any crimes against the state. This will also give Congress a chance to repair its terrible reputation with the American people. They should like that on both sides of the proverbial aisle. 

For the remainder of the investigation, Congress should take over some of the other absolute powers bestowed on a president in good standing. Trump does not have to be impeached for the Congress to do this.  Trump just needs to be checked until we are sure he is working for us and not the enemy.  A bill can do that. This bill could also serve as incentive for Trump to be more helpful to Mueller investigation if indeed he is innocent.

However, it certainly does not look like Trump is innocent. I am sure Mueller, if left to discover the truth, will prove that Trump and his family were both aware of and complicit in the foreign attempt to influence the election of 2016. And that is both traitorous and treasonous. 

P.S. As I edited this post there was Breaking News that Sec. of Defense, General James Mattis was stepping down end of February. That only makes the two above requests even more crucial to our survival. For God’s sake children, don’t let this madness go on one more day beyond the end of February. Imagine the wacka-doodle Secretary of Defense Trump will want in his cabinet. Someone with no real experience. A loyalist. That spells death. It’s going to feel like that apocalyptic movie from the 1960’s – Dr. Strangelove – ’round here. 

Joseph Aronesty is an e-commerce pioneer, author, linguist, songwriter and political activist living in Los Angeles. He was in a class with Trump in 1967 at Penn and worked close to him in AC in the 1980’s. 

Relevant prior posts: 

How to Entice Trump to Step Down in 60 Days or Less

Trump is One of Many Corrupt Rulers Who Launder Money Internationally

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

 

And if all else fails, we can use technology to replace politicians’ functions.

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

How to Entice Trump to Step Down in 60 Days or Less

whitacreWith DEMS taking the house in January, we believe there is a quick strategy to get Donald Trump to step down as POTUS.  Trump’s corruption is now a national emergency. We should think of it that way. 
Background: Trump hates governmental scrutiny. He always has – even in business. Trump should be approached like a criminal trying to escape indictment. He will understand that. That is mainly what he has always been – and down deep he knows he is a criminal on the run. 
Plan of action: 
Mueller has plenty on Trump and his family. Potus Trump can be cornered by that evidence and be made to realize choosing to step down may be his best option.
If Trump sees there is no hope of not being exposed for his many crimes – and his family’s crimes – and it becomes clear his taxes will be releasedhe will look seriously at a quiet, private, back-room deal – as long as we go a little easy on him and his family. It does not have to be a “no” cost deal. – Just less cost. He’s going to want to stay free. He’s going to want to feel smart. We’ll have to be the bigger man – so to speak. What is said to the public may have to be tamped down. Maybe we let him cite a medical excuse. It does not matter. We all know the truth.
We think Trump can’t wait for all this to be over. Its not fun for him any more. No rallies for 500 days. Just endless investigations. He sees the handwriting on the wall. For now, he will continue to fight back. Until he sees another way, what else can he really do but fight? 
But what if we offered Trump another path? He’s looking tired. If he senses that the GOP is done in 2020 (which is true ) and they won’t have the power or will to protect him, and it becomes clear the majority of the country is against him – or even that 70% of the USA wants to protect Mueller – Trump goes back into draft dodger mode again. “Serve no one but yourself.” It is part of his family ethos to keep a distance from government scrutiny – precisely because they are cheats. 
So why even bother with “impeachment” and long processes? This is a war and we need it to end ASAP. Right now we just need to make it crystal clear to Trump that he is not going to get away with this – and that the show is over in two months anyway.
That’s why we favor keeping public pressure up with Indivisible and the #ProtectMueller meme. We need that meme to go viral and stay that way.  Then when the Dems take the house in January we offer him “the art of the deal”. 
We know some want vengeance and Trump deserves it. Our parents generation just executed traitors. But, if we want this over fast for our own good and the good of the planet we can just give Trump a get out of jail free card and ask him to step down immediately in exchange for it.  It’s a peace deal with an internal enemy. Terms of surrender, etc. We take the house and give Trump one week to surrender and step down, or all bets for immunity are off. 
We hate letting him off and are sure many other will hate that too. And the immunity deal does not have to be Scott-free. But this crisis is going to go on and on if we dont short circuit it. The founders did not imagine Donald Trump as POTUS. How could  they? We can hardly do so today! Their impeachment process did not consider what to do if an election was coordinated with a foreign enemy. Afterall, its a fair election that endows the president his powers. If a fair election did not even occur, is Trump really entitled to presidential protection? If he coordinated with Russia to win, why is he not a traitor? What does at traitorous president deserve? 
Plus we have REAL PROBLEMS to deal with here in the USA – problems that are NOT about TrumpClimate change seems number one.  Addressing climate change can’t wait two years! Science says if we delay now the planet will shortly be in a death spiral. How ridiculous we will be to our kids when they realize we let this happen over internal bickering over one sick maniac.  There is Healthcare, Border Security, College Tuition, Gun Laws. etc. So we really can’t afford to wait two years. Trump has that much on his side. We think he knows this and is acting wildly so that we actually do ask him to step down and he can ask for immunity. 
Yes, if he takes a deal, we get Pence. But Pence only Pence is not also implicated.  If Pence is “in the know” or “involved”  – we can make him the same offer. 
And then we would get the Speaker of the House and this nightmare is  all over – in January or 2020. ( Pence has no real shot to win in 2020. Actually no GOP POTUS candidate should win in 2020.) 
The price is cheap enough. Trump will take it if it can be done. We think he is signaling that he wants out and a deal. We think that is why he is stepping up the attacks on the judiciary. He wants out. He is trolling us with extra bad behavior so we are disgusted by it all and ask him to step down for some degree of immunity.
ONE-TWO PUNCH STRATEGY
#1 We make sure Trump sees and believes the handwriting on the wall. 
The public can help with this with social media. Newscasters can help too. They have been great. Keep it up. There is real power in WORDS. Putin knew that much. We just use these new cyber methods to our benefit now. STAY VOCAL THROUGH THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS. Do not be lulled into a feel-good haze. 
#2 We offer him a private back-room deal to step down in one week. He cant wait. He will even think he is smart for it. Fine. 
Then in January of ’19 or ’21 we can make sure this never happens again!
This is an old school practical solution to our Trump problem.
He is waiting for the offer.  Let’s get him in a room and offer it. 
Trump wants to see what Mueller has in him to negotiate that deal.  That is why Whitacre is there now. So maybe he should find out how hopeless it is for him.
Americans are not the only citizens that must RID THEMSELVES their CORRUPT RULERS for their own welfare. BUT IF WE FAIL TO DO SO HERE, THE DICTATORS WIN … EVERYWHERE! Giving Thanks for our collective resolve to save Democracy … and the planet.
As to why we have such a dictator problem on planet earth, this post explains a bit of it.

How Citizens Can Help Protect Mueller in a Cyber Age

Joseph Aronesty, chairman – the Manhattan Beach Political Thinktank

E-commerce pioneer, songwriter, etymologist, author, Trump classmate 1967. 

Why Donald Trump Is Responsible for All These Shootings

The threat to domestic tranquility will remain very high until we remove Donald Trump from office. Caring historians warned us Heather Heyer in Charlottesville marked the beginning of deaths from hate that could spiral out of control like it did in Nazi Germany. So let’s be clear.

Donald Trump is not really the president of the USA because he is not acting or serving as our president. Trump acts like who he is – an uncaring inept criminal thug who cooperated with our enemies to steal the 2016 election and now occupies the White House by virtue of that theft. The manipulation of the 2016 election was the biggest theft in the history of our country. He now needs to stay in power so he is not tried for his crimes against humanity. The same can be said for Putin, Kim and MBS. They all need to stay in power for life so they are not tried for their crimes. Ad they work at that. Trump is taking lessons from the dictators. They may have him compromised as well.

I have outlined the way to get Trump out of office by this CHRISTMAS. It is not rocket science. We don’t even need to protest in the streets. The Democrat Party candidates should surrender their egos and collectively decide by this September who will be the face of the movement to reset our country back on the path of hope and excellence we began when Obama took office. That will give all Americans who have been siding with Trump a chance to see and choose another path. As they peel away from Trump, it will force the GOP in the Senate to abandon their blind support for the nightmare president we have now.

Another original and fresh idea would be to make all political rallies illegal except during the last six months before an election. Canada and many other countries have laws like this. (Link) Trump rallies are riling up the haters in our country. And a president is supposed to be working for us, not campaigning while office anyway. And I guess, sorry for Bernie and the others – but press conferences will do the job of messaging better anyway. I’m not saying to stop protests or marches, just none with a candidate headliner until the last six months. These days, politicians start campaigning immediately after taking office. It’s ridiculous. It’s not governing. It’s divisive.

But now there is another way to get Trump out quickly. We need to get Congress back in session immediately and to legislate for gun licensing and a buy-back program for automatic weapons. That is what the vast majority American people want anyway. That will send a message to Trump that he and his GOP party will be paying a price for Trump’s uncaring, un-presidential behavior. And I can’t imagine the public outrage if the GOP still try to block gun law reform – or try to mitigate its importance.

When the GOP sees that price being exacted- they may drop Trump altogether. Many would like to abandon Trump now, but don’t see a another way forward. They are mostly spineless and many are in on Trump’s money deals. I am certain Barr was paid for this loyalty. When Trump declared at the Rose Garden that he wished Barr a wonderful life, that was his Mafia don way of confirming his unwritten two-way loyalty agreement with Barr.

But we can get to the swamp cleaning after 2020. If we swiftly legislate and pass the gun laws Americans want – it will impact the GOP support for Donald Trump. And our Trump problem may fade away sooner rather than later. And that changes everything. I see no reason Trump should be allowed to run again in 2020. States can make it illegal to be on the ballot without showing taxes. He won’t even run that way.

There are many ways to get Trump out of office and insure he is not part of the 2020 election in any way. That would be smart. Let’s see if America is capable of being smart again.

The rest was written after the Pittsburgh shooting.

When Heather Heyer was killed in Charlottesville, I had listened the night before to Jamine Pirro’s hate rant on her Fox News show. What she delivered was effectively a call to arms directed at the haters among Fox’s diverse audience. And the next day when the Fox haters assembled in Charlottesville we all realized there was a good chance that some people might die that day. Heather Heyer was one of three Americans to die that day as a direct consequence of the propaganda put out by Donald Trump and Fox News. One neo-Nazi plowed his car into a crowd and two National Guard pilots were killed in a helicopter crash. They were trying to keep people safe. 

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It’s important to know that NAZI and NATIONALIST share the same root: NATAL – having to do with birth. A simple enough word on its face. However, the original German Nazis were sold on that same meme that Donald Trump is peddling now: being born “here” makes you better than foreigners. It instructs you that foreigners are dangerous and may be considered like vermin to be disposed of.  

And now I ask you this – and I am sorry to use the metaphor, but I find it appropriate. How many Jews did Hitler kill? The right answer is actually zero. Hitler did not personally kill any Jews that we know of. However what Adolf Hitler did was make German Nationalists hate Jewish people with propaganda that stereotyped Jews as outsiders, invaders and the source of their financial problems – all the same things that Donald Trump says about “immigrants”, “caravans” and the “brown-skinned invaders”.

That transferred hate was enough to allow enough of the German Nationalist party members to justify killing six million Jews and many other European minorities as well. – Many felt good or right about doing it. Hitler effectively killed Jews with his words. He was quite the rally speaker. I’m sure  you have seen excerpts. Robert Bowers felt he was doing his duty killing as many Jews as possible – just like the Nazis. 

Adolf Hitler killed 6 million Jews. It’s a long established meme – uncontested by all bona fide historians. So why don’t we dare say Donald Trump killed Heather Heyer and eleven totally innocent, elderly Jewish people in Pittsburgh? Why don’t we say Trump is responsible for all these murders?

But we don’t. And by not calling the president out and holding him and the Fox noise machine responsible for these murders, we are giving the minority haters both the cover and the time to regroup and re-strategize. 

And it’s very dangerous. If we don’t stand up now, the Pittsburgh killings may well be the canary in the coal mine of a new wave of American violence directed against many minorities – and not just Jewish people. Native Americans, Mexicans, blacks and browns, the elderly and sick – are all on the hate radar screens of White Nationalists, which is where most so-called Nationalists are at today.

​Trump will continue to spread hate as long as he is in power. Why won’t Trump evolve? ​He knows he stole the election with Russian help. Trump wants to keep the money he has stolen over the years as a businessman, candidate and president. ​He does these rallies to show the GOP that he has public support and keep them from turning in him. If people die, so be it. He has protection. His family has protection. No one else matters to Donald Trump.

Trump does not hate Jews. Trump needs the votes of the Jew haters to stay in power and keep his money.  And any Jew who votes for Trump is voting for Jew haters to be empowered. The same can be said of blacks, Mexicans, immigrants, the sick and even women. Trump just needs the votes of haters and the uber-greedy in government to stay in power. Their strategy will include cheating at the  polls. 

The GOP clings to Donald Trump because he does their dirtiest work for them. He lies for them. They are getting their tax breaks for billionaires and judicial appointees for now – and whatever kickbacks they can arrange for those perks.  When they are done with Trump, which may be soon after the election, they will cast him out stating they were fooled by Trump and were not complicit. That will be all lies, but I wonder if Trump knows that it’s coming. Trump will have his et tu Brute moment as soon as he is deemed to be no longer valuable to the GOP and their billionaire donors. 

All the above embodies how important the vote is next Tuesday. They now say the Blue Wave should carry the House. Count on Trump’s GOP to try and fix that.  Those who want the country to turn in a better direction should please turn out in records numbers on 11/6. Vote as if they are coming for you. This election should not  even be close. Remember: Donald Trump always tries to cheat to win. Winning is more important to him than playing by any rules. Any close races he will find a way to win. 

What I really don’t get is why any GOP senator up for re-election holds his or hers seat next Tuesday. A vote for any GOP candidate at any level – is a vote for more of what we have witnessed this week. And the only one who really benefits from all this is the billionaire class and Putin, who is laughing at us this week in the Kremlin. He even said, “America is no longer a super power”. 

The Presidential Oath: I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

There is one more thing we have to start holding Trump responsible for – lying. People don’t know that the presidential oath is part of the constitution.  (Article II, Section One, Clause 8.) By not being honest and reliable with one’s words and inciting hate with words like “enemies of the people” and “invaders”, by dividing the nation into two armed camps – he is not doing his best to defend America. He may be doing his best to destroy it as we know it.  And even if he says this is his best, its no longer good enough for people who love this country.

I am sure it will never be illegal to lie in general. But one who has taken an oath of office should not be allowed to lie over and over again. We need to fix that. There’s a lot we have to fix, but if we allow our representatives to lie, we will always have criminals running our government. It just is not good enough any more.

Donald Trump should not be good enough for a person who believe in a righteous god as well. So this weekend, I am asking clergymen in all religions to find their own way of asking their congregations to pay their respects for the people murdered in Pittsburgh – and vote with good conscious for those who represent the goodness in all our Bibles. We all know the Golden Rule. It does not say immigrants are invaders,  Mexicans are rapists, or Africans are from sh*thole countries. 

Vote as if your life depends on it. 

Thank You.

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/

 

 

 

 

How FDR Handled His Supreme Court Issue with Real Leadership

4-horesemenTake heart Americans of good conscious. We have a Supreme Court that is not in touch with the majority of Americans because they are put there by politicians with their own private agendas. 

FDR had the same issue but he found a way around it. We CAN DO what he did too! Step one is for us: make sure we VOTE OUT EVERY GOP politician at every level every time we vote. The GOP deserves to be completely rebuked.

Then, when we regain the executive branch, and that is likely coming in 2020, Kavanaugh’s vote can be  diluted by adding two justices. 

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

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.