Defining “Traitor” and “Patriot” in our Cyber Era. Slow-walked Impeachment

“Patriot” and “Traitor” are totally opposite concepts.
patriot – a person who loves, supports and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.
traitor – a person who betrays a country, tradition, principle or friend.
In 1776, thirteen English colonies threw off the yoke of being governed by a king and created a unique document to govern themselves.  Our founding fathers replaced royalty with elected officials. Free and fair elections are still the main concept that differentiates the USA from banana republics and kingdoms. But now, in a cyber age, American elections must be safeguarded if we are to remain that uniquely free country. Therefore those who violate election laws should be considered traitors to our democracy and be punished as traitors. It’s that simple. 
Rudy Guiliani just said, it’s okay to knowingly use stolen hacked information to aid one’s political campaign. Trump said long ago “it all doesn’t matter if I don’t win.” Apparently, some people think it’s okay to do anything to win. To them, the ends justify the means. 
But the vast majority of actual American citizens still believe our elections are sacred and their sanctity should never be violated regardless of reasons. After all, one can always make up reasons and justifications to cheat or break the laws which govern us. All criminals their actions when they decide to break, disregard or claim they don’t know – the law.  
WHEN IS A CRIME TRAITOROUS?
russia-listeningThe dictionary’s definition of “traitor” ( a person who betrays a friend, country, tradition or principle) fits Donald Trump on all four counts. The “Benedict Arnold” definition of traitor –  leaking military strategies to an enemy combatant – is not the only definition of “traitor”.
Since Trump won’t  release the interpreter’s notes of his meetings with Vladimir Putin, we can’t even be sure he has not already leaked military secrets to the Russians. Further, attacking our elections should be considered an act of war. Wars are about taking something from another country by force. there can be wars without killing. So in this cyber age, maybe we have to redefine war. The Trumps – and only the Trumps – have benefited from the traitorous activity in his campaign. Those who carried out his criminal orders, his campaign manager, national security adviser, associates and lawyers are in jail or indicted for crimes. So I see Trump as a person who went to war with our US elections – and enrolled help from our biggest enemy on the world stage. To me, that’s cyber treason. We just released a domestic terrorist after 17 years for less than what Trump did. 
Almost daily, Trump betrays our American institutions, principles and traditions. 
  • Trump betrays a very necessary American institution, the FBI,  when he says their agents are somehow evil or “bad cops” because they are doing their jobs and duly investigating the Trump Organization’s many crimes.                                                                
  • Trump and the GOP were traitors to the founding American principle of a level paying field for all citizens when they tilted the tax system to favor their wealthy donors over average and lower income Americans.                                                                                                         
  • Trump remains a traitor to the American principle of equal justice under the law. He refuses to be open or transparent with his taxes and business finances even though Congress has the constitutional right and duty to have these documents.                            
  • When Trump Jr. responded to a Russian letter offering election help with “If it’s what you said, I love it” that was traitorous activity.  A founding principle of this nation is free and fair elections. Anyone who tries to fix or tilt an election via help from foreign entities who have no natural allegiance to the USA is engaged in traitorous activity.                                                                                                                                   
  • When Trump asked Russians to hack Hillary’s emails, he was being traitorous to the American principle of keeping foreign influence out of our elections, which is obviously the smart and right thing to strive for. It is illegal to take foreign money or assistance in national elections. Why? Because this is our home not theirs.                                                                                             
  • Money laundering and stashing one’s funds in undeclared foreign bank accounts to cheat one’s government out of 500 million dollars in taxes are traitorous activities.    
  • When Trump took Putin’s word about not meddling in our elections over the word of our own National Security Agency (NSA)  that was a betrayal of our national security. It was pretty clear he did this to protect his business relations with Putin.
PATRIOT DEFINED
Patriot is defined as: a person who loves, supports, and defends his country and its interests with devotion. Trump certainly likes to make believe he is is a patriot and loves photo ops with military people. But Donald Trump was a draft dodger and is a tax evader as well. One who skirts his tax and service obligations is clearly not devoted to one’s country but to one’s own self-interests. And we all know this describes Donald Trump to a tee. ( pardon the pun) 
That last word “devotion” is important because anyone who pays taxes is financially is “supporting one’s country”. But paying taxes is a legal obligation to one’s country. paying taxes does not make you a patriot. And even there, Trump tries to skirt his tax obligations. The key word in the definition of patriot is “devoted”.  Trump has only ever been devoted to his own – not country.
OUR COUNTRY DEFINED
America was once world-renown as the land of the free. Is America just its land and assets? Or is America also its people and their issues? A free country is comprised of  “people living on a land area within set borders, bound by laws and joined by history.”
Trump has no problem calling anyone who does not like or support him “his enemy and an enemy of the state“. He uses that term for the free press, for justices that do not rule his way, but also for those who won’t vote for or support him. When a POTUS deems more than half the citizens he presides over to be his enemies – how can he be thought of as being patriotic to his country? It makes no sense. 
One defends one’s country by defending the people that live in that country – not just its land, assets and resources. Not just half the people. Not only one’s wealthy supporters. Anyone – citizen or president – who systematically alienates about 55% of the citizens of his country – cannot possibly be defending his countrymen. Actually, Trump’s incompetence and lack of care or discipline is endangering our country and its citizens. 
So by all reasonable standards we have a traitorous, unpatriotic, uncaring, narcissistic and ego-maniacal president. And every day he is in office presents a serious risk we should not willingly be accepting.  
It’s time to put Americans first – and that means protecting Americans against what Trump still might do to keep his stolen fortune. And he will do anything for that. Remember Trump said, “it all doesn’t matter if I don’t win.”  That means World War is not off the table for Trump if it distracts us from prosecuting him. Letting Russia hack our grid so there is no election at all in November – is not off the table! Nothing is off the table for Trump. Trump is the definition of a loose cannon. 
There’s one more thing. I hear some Dems saying don’t start impeachment because it won’t help our 2020 election chances. That school of thought just gives Trump more time in office. And that means those who are okay with Trump staying POTUS for two more years are okay with taking the very same risks they fear with him in office now. It’s like they said, yeah well, he’s not really that dangerous. And that koshers Trump for 2020.
Trump and his GOP stooges must be stained forever for what they have done and for what they are doing to America – the land of the free.  That stain should be ingrained into our history books so this can never happen again.  We will need the full truth to be exposed. It’s time for hearings. It’s time for Mueller to testify. We don’t need to call it impeachment yet. But hearings will function as a slow-walked impeachment. That is what we will need to save or restore our American democracy.
And for those that worry that it won’t result in the removal of the president because 54 GOP senators may continue to defend the president, even if the majority of Americans want the truth, well at least we will have them on record for defending Trump’s criminal deeds. And maybe the GOP base will get sickened at last about what their sold out party stands for. Because they don’t stand for Americans. When the base starts to be uneasy they will pressure the 54 and then Trump is either done or he escalates our danger.
Finally, we are not the only country trending towards oligarchy. The entire world is watching to see if Americans can save their democracy. If we fail, God only knows where this world is headed. 
Relevant prior posts: 
This post describes why the world is trending towards oligarchy. 
This post describes why we must see Trump’s taxes.

About the Author:

A cyber war is a war of words. Our writers, reporters, techs and artists become our warriors in a cyber war. Raise Our Voices! 

Joseph Aronesty graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1971. He earned a merit scholarship to Wharton School but transferred to liberal arts in his junior year to focus on history, literature and music theory. He was in a class at Wharton with Donald Trump in 1967: International Finance. Trump paid for his homework to get done in that class.

When the internet became viable in 1995, Mr. Aronesty created what is arguably is the world’s first click and buy e-commerce website.

Joseph is also a published songwriter, with hundreds of songs in his catalog. He now writes with musicians in Los Angeles, where he makes his home. He is an activist and some of his songs reflect a political point of view.

Donald Trump Must Show His Taxes or Surrender Two of His Powers

first posted May 2017, updated 11/11/17 and 4/6/19

Impeachment is a difficult process. But no man is above the law and the country does need to know it’s interests not being sold out for a buck. This presents a shortcut that could be as effective politically as an impeachment. And if Congress agrees it could happen quickly. 

Background:

We are in a ridiculously dangerous situation as a free nation. The Russian hack of the 2016 election is now our largest national security emergency and all signs are that it will morph like a virus and re-occur in 2020 because Trump, the very same person helped by the Russians, has done nothing to prevent it.  Donald Trump and his inner circle of cronies and grifters continue to distract, deny and get caught in lies whenever Russian connections are brought up. 

And now Trump won’t show his taxes. Why? Trump’s taxes will not only reveal the nature of his financial dealings with Russia for the last 6 years, they will reveal any other forms of cheating or gaming the system. He is already suspected of tax evasion to the tune of 500 million dollars, starting as far back as the 1980’s. This seems to be the only logical reason he won’t willingly show his taxes.  His taxes would answer questions we need to be certain that Trump is not engaging in corruption, tax evasion, self-dealing and/or traitorous behavior. He may even be using the presidential powers to ramp up his corruption. There’s so much we don’t know – and won’t know – until we have his taxes. 

  • Did Trump directly or indirectly pay Russians to hack our election?
  • Does he owe Russians money?
  • Is he trying to square a debt?
  • Does Trump have dealings with any foreign countries that hold sway over our national security decisions?
  • Why did we sell Saudi Arabia our nuclear secrets?
  • Why does his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have security clearance in spite of warnings from seasoned security experts?

This is now way past the point of a crisis. The Trump presidency is our #1 national security emergency and he knows this better than anyone. So what does Trump do? He constantly creates fake national emergencies – like “the wall”, the need for tariffs or the healthcare crisis to distract from the real crisis, which is his presidency. 

Is Trump an honest man doing his best for Americans?  That is the question.

Every day we proceed without knowing that, is another downright dangerous day for our country. We don’t know a thing about what Trump is really doing for or to our national security. How do we know these Chinese Mar-a-lago spies did not get help from the inside? Maybe Trump wanted to create yet another emergency and we were all just saved by the Secret Service. One thumb drive could have reported our national security strategy to the Chinese.  Aside from the Civil War and the two world wars American democracy has never been in such risk.  And it’s just dumb to let one man do this to us.  

One thing is certain. Trump has not done all he can to be truthful, cooperative and helpful to the American people and that is a form of obstructing justice. Has Trump engaged in activities which, if done by any other citizen except the POTUS, would be indictable criminal behaviors? Is he paying people ( like Barr and Kavanaugh ) into our judicial system that will rule in favor of him regardless of our laws and security issues? If Trump is innocent of crimes, he would happily show his taxes – and put all the suspicion behind him. So his refusal to cooperate only adds to our collective suspicion.

And it is also certain that Congress has the right and the duty to be a check on presidential power. In order to do that task, the POTUS must be transparent and cooperative. IF POTUS will not be transparent – and this one won’t – that increases both the risk and the power of Congress to seize things like taxes and translator’s notes, etc. 

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Only 32% of Americans think Trump is honest according to a Quinnipiac poll. All Americans participated in that poll – both sides. We are not stupid! 

Remember this: Destroying the USA is a Putin Goal – and Trump likes the guy!

And it gets worse. Every day Trump is in office, we are spending countless millions of taxpayer dollars – not to make healthcare better, not to make infrastructure better and not dealing with our real issues. Every day he has been in office – since day one – we have been wasting our energies and taxpayer dollars guarding his many homes, paying for his golf, paying our congressmen to squabble, fighting among ourselves and addressing the many indicted criminals and spies in his orbit. The endless discussions proceed ad nauseum for all Americans. Except for Trump. Trump loves watching others suffer and rigging his created fights.

The divisiveness in the US has begun to wear on us. We can hear the citizens in the Midwest starting to speak up about Trump. We hear “let’s reach across the aisle” . So if the GOP Congressmen are mostly sold out, I don’t think they speak for their constituency any more. And that is huge. It may be all that matters in 2020. But we can’t proceed with only hope. Trump is working every day to dash our hopes. 

So what do we do about our situation? Waiting for Trump to do anything against his own interests is a fool’s game. Donald Trump is good at two things: doing crimes legally and conning or lying to people. So I have created a simple plan of action that Congress – even the GOP-  has an incentive to put in place.

Plan:

Two Presidential Powers Must Be Taken Away from Trump

In the interest of national security and in lieu of the long process of impeachment – until Donald Trump complies with existing law and shows his taxes our elected representatives should remove two of his presidential powers: 

  1. The power to declare war, shall reside solely with the Congress until we know “what the heck is going on” ( as he would say). Our current Congress may actually like this idea. They get war powers. And they are supposed to have that power anyway. Why should it reside with one man who is under so much suspicion?   
  2. The power to pardon anyone connected to Trump, the Trump Organization or Campaign.  Even the GOP Congressmen know how unpopular pardoning folks like Manafort and Stone would be with the GOP constituencies.   And it’s ridiculous to allow anyone to pardon the accomplices in one’s own crimes. 

These two arrested powers status can immediately stop when he discloses his taxes going back 6 years as the law prescribes, assuming we don’t discover more disturbing corruption

Polls also show tax-paying Americans overwhelmingly want the truth about Trump’s taxes.  They also want to know what actually happened in the 2016 election with the Russians. They want the Mueller report to be fully released. Representatives swear to uphold the law and do what their electorate wants. So what would be the hold up?

Trump asks our sons to risk dying for our country. What will he risk? So far nothing. Our presidents owe us transparency. If he won’t do this small thing (show his taxes) to save us all time, money, energy and trouble, then it will be clear to nearly everyone that Trump has no loyalty except to himself. And that is not the role of the POTUS. 

On Thursday, the House should and advance this idea and vote on it if his taxes are not revealed on Wednesday according to the law.  Trump has already asked the head of the IRS, who he put in power, to violate the law. Putting people in power who are suborned is part of his metastatic death to American institutions plan. It’s also how Putin took over Russia and became president for life – something Trump has said would be a good thing. Good for him – is the only “good thing” he knows or cares about.  

If Trump won’t show his taxes, he is breaking the law. We don’t want a criminal POTUS. So we should ask for two of his powers to be arrested until he does. About 60% of Americans will agree with that. That’s a real mandate. It can be that simple. 

Trump’s taxes are the one thing he has refused to show all along. It’s damning. It is clearly an effort to hide his past sins and dirt. What else could it be? 

House members, this is for you to start. 2019 is the crucial year for American democracy. If you wait for 2020 and hope for our laws to bail us out it will be too late. It’s like waiting too late to treat cancer. Trump has already gone metastatic. He has put people ( cells ) in place in the armed forces, the voting systems and the judicial systems. Metastatic. They are paid to be loyal to him – not to America. If we allow government employees to have undeclared foreign bank accounts this sort of corruption will continue. That’s for another post. 

Trump has already shown us that creating an international crisis to suspend the constitution and declare martial law – is not out of his playbook. Like a cornered rat fighting for his life, Trump will stop at nothing to save his ill-gotten fortune. We don’t want to wait and find out how far he will go. Trump will go all the way – to the guns! He has not quit button and no shame.  That’s really why we must take away his power to make war and pardon his friends. Trump must be forced to be open and honest for the first time in his life or certain pivotal powers must cease or be arrested. 

This plan will sell well to the public. It can be advanced with an easy to digest sound byte. The polls show Americans don’t trust Trump and want to see his taxes and the Mueller report. It even makes sense to people who think his taxes and the Mueller report will show he is actually innocent. This plan will make sense to almost everyone in America except the five Trumps: Donald, Ivanka, Donald Jr., Eric and Jared Kushner – because they know the full truth. I don’t even count Melania. She’ll be happy when this is all over. 

For two years Americans have waited for the Mueller report because we wanted to give our POTUS the benefit of the doubt with respect to all the suspicion. We wanted to be sure. But when Trump told the IRS chief to disregard written law – he broke the law right then. That’s like running a red light. We don’t have to wait for a guilty verdict or the Supreme Court.  The mandate for “show your taxes or have two of your powers arrested” – could be overwhelming. Why can’t we do this? 

The other smart option going forward is for Congress to create a law that says no one can serve as POTUS (or in Congress) without showing 6 years of taxes. So he’d have to not run in 2020 or show his taxes. I think he’d rather step down. I also think the GOP would like and actually needs another candidate like Romney to run.  Trump has destroyed the GOP and they know that. 

relevant previous posts

Trump is One of Many Corrupt Rulers Who Launder Money Internationally

 

 

About the Author:

A cyber war is a war of words. Our writers, reporters, techs and artists become our warriors in a cyber war. Raise Our Voices! 

Joseph Aronesty graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1971. He earned a merit scholarship to Wharton School but transferred to liberal arts in his junior year to focus on history, literature and music theory. He was in a class at Wharton with Donald Trump in 1967: International Finance. Trump paid for his homework to get done in that class.

When the internet became viable in 1995, Mr. Aronesty created what is arguably is the world’s first click and buy e-commerce website.

Joseph is also a published songwriter, with hundreds of songs in his catalog. He now writes with musicians in Los Angeles, where he makes his home. He is an activist and his songs often reflect his political point of view.

 

Trump is One of Many Corrupt Rulers Involved in International Money-Laundering Enterprises

Dear US citizens “on both sides”,

  • Trump’s finance and his Russian ties have something in common: money laundering.  This may have nothing to do with election fraud. But it’s clear someone who engages in money laundering to avoid taxes  …
  • will continue to engage in crimes, like future election fraud, to cover up past crimes
  • does not deserve to be in any public office

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

 

 

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?

 

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

The walls that protected Donald Trump from scrutiny are beginning to tumble down. Talk of impeachment is gathering some momentum. Still there is the caveat that 2/3 of the Senate would not likely vote to impeach a sitting president.

Well that’s not good enough in these dire circumstances. We have our democracy and way of life to save. We cannot allow loopholes in our own laws, many of which violate the spirit of our democracy, to destroy the American way of life. And yet that is exactly what Trump (and Putin) are counting on. 

Nearly everyone who ran the Trump campaign for presidency has now been indicted and/or has pleaded guilty – which means they are criminals! Are we supposed to believe that Trump surrounded himself with criminals but is himself an innocent angel who just has poor judgment in choosing associates? There are even known and documented entanglements with the Kremlin. But the two parties have split over Trump and until he is either found guilty or innocent this fissure will not heal. We are at a genuine crossroads in American history. 

The USA is now effectively in a state of civil war – left vs. right. The fight is over what kind of country we want to be. We thought that was decided long ago. We thought we were a representative democracy with a government by the people and for the people. Right?  “The people” means the majority of people – not the billionaires.  Our sitting president speaks about Democrats and reporters as if they were the enemy.  Something is not right with this and we all know it. 

It now appears that Roger Stone is going to stonewall the FBI and hope for a pardon.  Are we really okay with Trump pardoning his political operatives even if they are found guilty of collusion with the Russian state to fix an American election? Do you realize that if we are okay with allowing foreign states influence over our elections we are already a conquered state?

Our presidents are given absolute pardon power on paper, but it seems ridiculous in a situation where a president can effectively pardon himself.  It seems dangerous as well.  How would pardoning one’s political allies and targeting one’s political enemies not be abusing power? That is what Putin and Stalin did. How would that keep America safe? How would that be good for you?

So we are proposing that we not allow our country’s laws to destroy the America we grew up in. We’ll need to restrict just two of our sitting president’s powers while we make 100% sure his is not compromised. Bring this up on the house floor. 

#1. Trump cannot declare war until we are certain he is not compromised.

Until then, the Generals and Congress must inherit and share the responsibility of commanding our military. There is no loss therein. Most presidents listen to their generals anyway. We are not comfortable with Donald Trump having war powers in his current state of mind. We know we are not alone. He’s under a lot of pressure now too. If starting a war and letting people die can relieve some of that pressure, Trump is okay with that. He can tune out the suffering of others because he has very little empathy. 

We want to hear more about restricting Trump’s war powers on social media in the coming days. So get the buzz going. We can not sit idly by and let our own laws spell our demise. 

#2. Trump cannot be allowed to pardon anyone indicted and found guilty by Robert Mueller. 

This is just common sense. If witnesses believe they can lie for the president and get a pardon, they will lie for the president. Witnesses should know ahead of time that Trump is not allowed to pardon Mueller’s indictees. Allowing a pardon to undo the penalties for lying to the FBI, renders the FBI powerless. Clearly this was not the intent of the pardon power. This is why pardoning people found guilty in cases in which one is involved cannot be allowed for this or any president. It is abuse of power.  It is a clear case of the letter of the law violating its spirit. 

These two simple and  logical restrictions on Trump’s powers would go a long way to insuring that the whole truth about Trump and the Russians gets out. And that truth will go a long way towards healing the divide in this country.

This bill is also strategically very clever. This is not impeachment. The president stays in office and retains all his powers except the two that could be used to derail the truth from getting out. Burying the truth will destroy the fabric of our country in very short order. So I suspect most Dems and our majority constituency will like the idea of checking Trump’s powers while he is being investigated – potentially as a traitor. This is not a bill the president needs to sign either. 

If Dems can get 90% of their own in the house to agree on this idea, they can publish the names of the Republicans who do not agree to restrict Trump’s war and pardon powers while the jury is out on Russian collusion.  How is that going to play for career politicians? It’s damning as all heck and it should be. Those who would say no to this can only be suborned themselves, because no part of allowing Donald Trump to declare war or pardon his friends sounds right to any of us.

Who among us – on the left or right – thinks it okay for a POTUS to selectively pardon his friends for crimes they are found guilty of doing? What kind of justice would that be? 

So can we please get this post to: Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Ted Lieu, Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, Elizabeth Warren, Eric Swalwell, Amy Klobuchar and AOC? And yes, maybe Mitt Romney and Mitch McConnell. Pass this forward please – for the sake of us all. I have started in my own way. But I need help to get this to the top. 

#1. Trump cannot declare war until we are 100% certain he is not compromised.

#2. Trump cannot be allowed to pardon anyone indicted and found guilty by Robert Mueller. 

I welcome feedback: josepharonesty@gmail.com

An Online Public Forum for Democracy Could Redefine Politics As We Know It

Manipulating public opinion via social media played a critical role in Trump’s win. But what happens if we use that same technology for good? It’s time to find out. 

Online technologies at Facebook, Twitter and Google were very influential in the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. One consequence of the Russian bots foreign election influence was the moral authority of the POTUS has been suspect since Trump took office. 

It’s clearly not been healthy for our democracy. However retreating from the full truth about what happened will spell the end of our democracy. We need outside the box thinking in 2019. Waiting for 2020 is a foolish strategy.

The New Congress needs truly fresh ideas and I am now proposing that Transparent Open-Source Democracy Forum ( Software) be created – as part of a smart Democratic Candidate’s platform. Why let these communication technologies drown us when we can just as easily ride this wave to a better democracy here and consequently to a better planet for all mankind? In other words, why should the bad guys be using these technologies in 2020 while we sit by and watch this same show again? It’s just not smart. And we’ll need fresh and smart this cycle.

The very same platforms that helped spread Russian lies and fake news, changing the arc of American politics, can be used to heal our divided country and create an informed consensus that reflects the true attitudes and desires of the majority.

Open-Source Issue-driven Democracy Software and Forum would function as a perpetual town hall meeting. It would inform our elected representatives of what the majority of Americans want. We will never have to hear politicians tell us what we want again!

Instead of a candidate telling us what we want and need, the smart candidate asks: “Americans, on both sides – what do you want?” Politicians are supposed to support our lives – not the other way around! Ten pressing issues can be discussed and we vote on the first Tuesday of every month. Sure, the votes don’t count – but they will be what informs this smart candidate of what the entire country’s majority wants. And that would be the prime job of this website. Our elected representatives only job is to support what the majority of Americans really want. The software finds out what that majority opinion really is while educating citizens. It’s a win win. And the way politicians keep using their offices for self-enrichment, and defending their cronies who do the same, it’s a smart fix for a government which has long been corrupt in nature. 

Here is my example short list of ten top issues pressing on Americans right now. But I welcome a discussion on these issues. 

  1. Healthcare – How do we want to treat pre-existing conditions? Do we want medicare for all or a combination of two systems? How do we rein in prescription drug prices? What do we do when people don’t want healthcare? etc.
  2. Taxation and income inequality – Income inequality is a world-wide issue. Should there be a cap on what SEO’s can make? Should the tax break given to big corps by the Trump administration continue, expand – or scale back? Do we need a more progressive tax system the way it was in the 1950’s? etc. 
  3. Gun laws – Do the majority of Americans want background checks? Checks on automatic weapons? Better protection in schools? etc. 
  4. Border Security – What do we really want here?
  5. Infrastructure – American infrastructure is falling behind the pace set in modern countries like Japan. Where and when do we start catching up? 
  6. Money in politics – Do Americans like Citizens United and lobbying? Should government reps not be able to serve unless they show their taxes? 
  7. Internet regulations and social media – What do Americans on both sides want here?
  8. Gerrymandering and voting rights – What do we want? This should not be up  to elected officials in a democracy. 
  9. Climate science, environment and R & D – The planet’s #1 issue needs our all our focused energies. We don’t need to be torn apart over this. The software would allow the smartest among us to educate all of us with brilliant ideas that can be deployed. 
  10. Education – We are falling behind in all age levels when it comes to education. How do we turn this around?

What does this software look like?  This is what democracy looks like.

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It just looks like a website with categories to explore. Nothing complicated. The categories are simply the issues we need to discuss. In each category, there are links to education on the issue, articles by experts from both sides, guest speakers and a chat room where citizens can discuss issues in a civil manner. Bad words are auto-censored. The technology for all of this exists. People who violate rules of engagement are banned.

No bots are allowed. There are ways to insure that. Facebook just does not try hard enough. Besides the education room and chat room there are two more rooms. One is a voting room. First Tuesday of every month we all vote on what we are learning. The votes are never for people. The votes are for the issues. And there is a vote tabulation room where results are published. That creates the big data we need to know where the center of America really is. 

Penalties for wayward politicians must be established in 2019. Showing one’s taxes is a must. The law should read that no one can “serve” in federal government without openly declaring 6 years of taxes. We don’t want this to happen ever again.

Politicians who do not vote for what the majority decides are violating their oaths of office. We’ll have to make laws that say violating one’s oath is grounds for immediate impeachment. None of this 66% of the Congress stuff. That’s the law that has us in chains. I don’t think the founders figured on Congress members becoming so sold out. Morality and economics were way different when our constitution was written. And generally, relying on things that were written so long ago is a recipe for being out of touch. 

And that’s it. The Forum for Democracy can help us solve our political and civic engagement problems. It could finally make good use of internet and social media technologies. And if it works here, it can work anywhere. Brexit? It can work there too. The Middle East? Why not?  But first things first. We really have to fix the American democracy first. The world is watching. Our example can reform the world. And if we don’t succeed we may enter a new modern form of the Middle Ages. 

The software can be adopted by a small group, like a town. That town could be here in the USA or a village somewhere in Africa. It works the same everywhere and anywhere people want democracy to govern their decisions! It can start small like a ripple. But it scales large like a tsunami. 

We all now can see the degree of dysfunction and corruption in governments, both here and abroad. The media is doing that job fairly well. So with that track record and with Congress being less popular than cockroaches, why should citizens leave their governing to politicians? That seems to be a long-broken model. But that dysfunctional model can be fixed with Democratic Software and a burning desire to clean up corruption. 

Let’s face it. Politicians have repeatedly proven themselves to be sold out as a group. Yes, there are some dedicated public servants in politics. Our new Congress has many optimistic young members. But there are also greedy business people and criminals who, legally and illegally, consider public service as an opportunity to steal from the public.  Some even have foreign bank accounts to hide their theft. These politicians are, at best, unnecessary middlemen for our values – and at worse, they just ignore them and push for self-dealing. 

Democratic Software, where citizens openly discuss ideas to improve their own common welfare and how to pay for it, could repair the citizen-representative disconnect which exists today even in so-called Democratic countries. That disconnect is glaringly obvious in the Trump GOP. They passed tax cuts for super-rich without the consent of their electorate. And they are trying to dismantle HealthCare for all, which just about every citizen wants. It makes zero sense to allow these people to legislate for us. 

In a representative democracy, politicians should be doing our bidding. The re– in “re-presentative” government means we must first “present” our ideas. If we don’t first present ideas, we can’t blame the humans-are-greedy-by-nature politicians for taking advantage of their status – and representing for themselves or for their donors.  Same thing when they can get paid secretly. After all, the largest USA representative, our president, is openly and clearly self-dealing.

So we need a private platform where we can voice and discuss our ideas and reach a consensus. And we have the technology already! What are we waiting for? We have reached the “just do it” moment. We can’t blame the politicians any longer. It’s getting old.  We can only blame ourselves for letting them do this to us – over and over again.

The new Congress must change the laws against self-dealing too. Why do we allow representatives to have undeclared bank accounts? Why do we allow a presidential candidate to not show his taxes.  This is pure stupidity. And it’s killing us.

One of the biggest challenges for the new Congress is to restore faith in the Congress. Many who support Trump still would still vote for Trump over Hillary. They reason she was dirty too. Some think Obama, Bush and Clinton were dirty as well. Trump and GOP supporters will need to see that there is such a thing as politicians who really care and for for the common welfare. If they don’t see and believe that, they will stick to what they are familiar with and we will continue this downwards spiral as a country. This is Russia’s long game objective. They have the patience to watch us devolve. We are actually losing that patience here now. We have to reach the “enough” phase and soon.

Politicians should really be bots for our decisions and have no right to sabotage the majority opinion.

There would be chat rooms to discuss all issues from gay rights to gun rights and links to real information from recognized experts on all sides of the arguments. There could even be a place for political ads ( to help pay for the servers and tech – this has to be a non-profit enterprise ) by American companies and vetted individuals, with equal space for ads guaranteed. We don’t have to wait for government to do this! This software would exist now outside of government with the objective to inform government with big data. 

And yes, some issues are more national in scope than others, like air and water quality.  There could be even world-wide discussions to pave a way to real world peace – to end terrorism – and even to insure the survival of the species. Imagine that! We can have forums on global warming and listen to the experts and then take informed actions.

We have this technology right now! The Google/Facebook technology was sabotaged by international criminals to get their boy to win the election of 2016. Reverse engineer this technology to redefine the way government functions.  This is easy! Look into Voatz.com. They have the voting software already! We’ll need to partner with them or someone like them. 

Regular Mock Votes 

An essential part of any mock government site would be regularly scheduled mock voting days. Maybe we could have them once a month to form good habits. We could call the first Tuesday of every month – Mock Vote Day – and reinforce the healthy civic tradition of getting real information and voting our own minds.

The sheer numbers in these monthly mock government votes would inform the honest players in our actual government as to the direction the majority really wants to be steered. Those who would de-rail this will be swiftly exposed. Mock Democracy with voting software is a super strong meme. Statistics don’t lie – they inform us. 

And then we can finally insist that our representatives re-present the ideas of the majority, the way a democracy should work.  Politicians who don’t represent the consensus would be quickly exposed and voted out or removed from office for not representing the majority, which his their sworn duty. 

TRANSPARENT OPEN-SOURCE DEMOCRACY FORUM (SOFTWARE) Ideally, this starts small and software improvements are made as needed.

CITY > STATE > COUNTRY > GLOBE                                

This is also the smartest way we can deal with the real elephant in our room –  global warming. We’ll have to pool our brains and cut out the autocrats who milk the old ways for their own good – to the detriment of the human species. 

Based on the current popularity of political news shows, I think Americans are ready for this. We can essentially use the same door employed to enter this dysfunctional governmental state- to exit it!

And if they ( Facebook, Google, or CNN) don’t want to do this – we can do this ourselves too. We can even Shark Tank the concept, if need be

Can we share this on social media so it gets to the powers that be in the media, please?

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Relevant prior posts:

This post explains why we are in this struggle. It’s not about right vs. left. That is a facade. It’s about criminals and autocrats infiltrating governments everywhere. 

Trump is One of Many Corrupt Rulers Who Launder Money Internationally

This post explains how in a country of 300 million, a handful of humans can steer the laws of our country so they benefit the richest and most dishonest among us. 

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

Contact Info:  Text: 818 423 1533  Email: josepharonesty@gmail.com

About the Author

Joseph Aronesty graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1971.  He attended an International Finance class with Donald Trump, back in the day – and worked close to Trump in AC in the 1980’s.

Joseph Aronesty is a father of five, e-commerce pioneer, songwriter, author, creator of Etymology by Ear, activist since 2015. @EnglishCodeWord

 

 

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