3/18/18 If you missed it, this is Putin’s acceptance speech, translated.

Thank you, my friends. Thank you. We won in an open and fair fight, but this was not just a presidential election. This was also a very important test for all of us, for our whole country. It was a test of our political ripeness, self-sufficiency and independence.

We showed well and truly that no one can impose their will on us. We have showed that our people are truly capable of distinguishing between the thrust for newness and renovation and political provocation that has as its goal only one aim: to demolish Russia and usurp its power. The Russian people declared today that such choices and scenarios will not succeed on our soil. 

We won today, and thanks to the support of the overwhelming majority of our electors, we conducted a clean victory. We will work fairly and diligently. And we are calling everyone to come together around the interests of our people and our motherland. I promised you that we would conquer. We have conquered. Long live Russia.


Diagnosis: This is pretty straight-forward. 

#1. Putin does have to rebuke the stench of election tampering, just the way Trump does.

#2. Putin clearly states that election tampering will not succeed on Russian soil. We all know its OK for him to tamper in elections that are not on Russian soil, like in the USA and France.

#3 Putin asks for Russians to come together. He knows a divided country is a weakened country. That is exactly what he is trying to do to democracies in Western countries: divide and weaken or perhaps divide and conquer! 

Putin is clearly not a friend to democracy. We must treat him as an enemy of democracy and fight back with cyber weapons, the way he fought us. We don’t have a president willing to do that now. In fact, our current president wanted to get a tower with his name on it built in Moscow, and has plenty of money at risk in undeclared foreign bank accounts. This is money that can be taken from him if he does not play ball with this enemy of democracy. And Trump loves money more than he loves his country or his wives. 

The Trump presidency has become a huge problem for our country. Allowing a criminal money launderer to run for president was never a good idea. Going forward we must insist that candidates provide years of tax returns and declare all foreign bank accounts to hold public office. This is why Trump won’t show his taxes. He is and has been a criminal for a long time.

The Cure for America:

Vote out all Trump-aligned politicians in 2018. This is key. Trump and the GOP have about 200 days left to screw up our country. Then, like the Parkland kids say – if they build a wall, we tear it down. If they passed an unfair bill, we undo it. We can undo all the bad things Trump and his party have done to America if we retake the majority in our houses in November. And we can also punish all who colluded with Trump in this criminal coupe of the executive branch and make sure it never happens again. 

200 days GOP. Have fun. That’s what your president said when he took office right? We’re going to have some fun with this. Enjoy it while you can. 200 days and you are mostly all gone! And we can all thank Trump for that. If one good thing will come out of the Trump presidency, its going to be him exposing how sick our politics have become and allowing us to recognize our issues.

We have a diagnosis. Our elections were meddled in. The voter’s minds were hacked by a Russian man who has no stake in democracy, because he only remains in power through fascism. The cure for this disease is easy really because the disease is not living in the majority of American people; our greedy elected representatives are the infected ones.

They can be voted out in 200 days. 






Trump Alone Can Break Us. But 2018 Is 1968 On Social Media #Vote Them Out

I joined the protesters in Beverly Hills on the night Trump was in LA. Thousands of people, from all walks of life, some with kids, marched with home-made banners to have their voices be heard. There was a giant Trump balloon, and I put one  of my VOTE THEM ALL OUT stickers on his blue suit ass. It looked great. There was music, food and reporters. One group of Indivisibles dressed up as Russians and did satire. What was witnessed was something I am calling TrumpLash. #TrumpLash . Consider helping spread that hashtag/meme. It’s a winner. Pardon my Trumpism. 

Like a joke that is repeated too often and is no longer funny, Trump’s greatest hits are starting to really annoy Americans … everywhere. As people flee his inner circle, there is a growing sense that he really does not know what he is doing in his new role. He may have been OK as a reality TV star but he seems totally incompetent as POTUS. And all these job evacuees are costing us. It’s hard to get stuff done when your staff keeps changing. Projects are left unfinished. And the endless vetting processes for new staff are time consuming, draining and expensive.  Why would reasonable people be annoyed?

In 400 days, 43% of Trump’s top cabinet picks are gone . Many have stepped down, some have been fired, and some have even plead guilty to crimes. Trump said he would get the best people. But we now know that 43% of the time, his first choices were not solid choices. They’re gone. So they were not the best people after all, were they? And if that is the case, why would we trust him for anything if he gets it right only 4 times out of 7 ? We expect better in the USA. And for international diplomacy, 3 out of 7 wrong is a very dangerous stat. Imagine if Kennedy was wrong on the Cuban Missile Crisis or Roosevelt about Hitler. 

It is now also clear Trump’s hotheaded gut reactions are materially damaging the GOP party that he is aligned with. Why on earth would a thoughtful leader fire his Secretary of State on the same day of a tight election in Pennsylvania? That’s pure stupidity. It could have waited. That election was lost by less than 1%. I am sure that some percentage of GOP voters heard about that firing, and decided it was the straw that broke the camels’ back for them. They heard about the firing and switched their vote for the Dem. – or against the person in the WH. Same thing. There is clear evidence that Trump alone can break this (country).  People everywhere are beginning to catch on to that.  If we let him, he will break our democracy to save his neck. 

Welcome to the Spring of 2018. The weather is going to warm up. People will turn to the streets in numbers. Students were out today. They say it’s for better gun laws. But Trump is not going to do anything about gun control. He is too distracted trying to escape prosecution for his crimes. The underlying protest is against Donald J Trump. It’s TrumpLash. #TrumpLash

Even if he wanted to, Trump has effectively lost the public mandate to rule effectively. His approval ratings are at historic lows. And he never intended to work hard for Americans in the first place.  In his life, he has only ever schemed and cheated to benefit himself. Work? Working for others is not part of the Trump ethic. Serving his country? He was a draft dodger. Still has that mentality. His kids never served either. Not like Biden at all.

When he won, he said” OK, we’re going to have some fun with this“. That’s a quote. If it’s not fun for Trump, he does not get into it very much. Golf OK. Sex with strangers, very OK. Such a poor choice for president we have made. And we mostly all know it by now.

So what are we going to do about it America? The Spring and Summer of 2018 is going to be historic. The world really is watching us on this one. What’s it going to be?





What’s Really Behind Trump’s Announced North Korean Meeting?

jong-unDonald Trump announced today that he wants to meet with Kim Jong-un in May to discuss denuclearization. But was it Donald Trump, Jong-un, our generals, or Vladimir Putin – who first imagined this newly announced meeting? Let’s follow the money and logical trails and see if we can draw some conclusions. 

#1 The Washington Post reported in December 2017 that some of the more advanced missiles recently put on display by North Korea were acquired with help from Russia. This was according to actual documents from one of the top Soviet missile manufacturers. That’s a solid source of information. So Russia is working with North Korea, and clearly Putin has some pretty decent pull with Kim Jong-un. 

#2 On February 3, 2017, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent out Lunar New Year greeting cards to numerous world leaders, highlighting his international allies. He listed Russia at the top of his list, relegating China to second place and Cuba to third. His symbolic show of solidarity with the Kremlin has also been accompanied by a string of economic deals with Russia. North Korea is also beholden to Russia owing to its geographical situation. North Korea is to Russia is like Delaware is to the United States. 

#3 On January 31 2017, Russia’s state news agency, TASS, reported that Russia Railways representatives visited North Korea to discuss an expansion of railway links between the two countries.  They share a border. Both parties agreed to expand training for North Korean engineers at Russian universities.

The obvious conclusion is that Putin and Jong-un are working together – and in that relationship clearly Putin has the upper hand.

Putin also has a huge stake in Trump’s success because there’s a 500 billion dollar oil deal he wanted Tillerson/Exxon for, owing to Obama’s sanctions against Russia for Putin invading Crimea. This is why Putin wanted Tillerson and not Romney. Putin also has the upper hand on Trump. ( Interesting that Tillerson is out now. My sense is that he was too much of a patriot, to cow-tow to Trump, a person he considered a moron. Kudos to Rex. )

Trump and Putin are clearly both very greedy men, salesmen more than statesmen, and they have their eyes on the biggest monetary deal in the history of man

So what is behind Trump’s May rendezvous with Kim Jong-un?

We can already see the one major result of Trump’s North Korean meeting: it takes the main focus of news reporting off the Russian story, where Trump cannot get a break, largely because the criminality and truth is slowly coming to light.  

We have clear evidence that Korea is working with Putin, so Putin is obviously in on this May meeting with Trump and Jong-un. Putin may even have directed it. They all have back-channels. Taking the heat off Trump increases Putin’s chance of getting that oil deal, which if Trump is ousted, he will never get – and he knows that. 

With all three players tractably and directly connected, what we are witnessing is nothing more than a choreographed staged show designed to make it seem like a big global problem is about to be solved by Donald Trump. And that buys Trump time to keep the Russian heat away. I don’t think this will turn out to be anything more than that. A stalling tactic coordinated by Putin to help Trump – probably for that oil deal which is what he wanted when he started helping Trump with “bots” and “spies”. 

Plus if they really wanted to solve the problem, they could use a phone or face time tomorrow. But that is NOT the goal. The goal is stall and put on a show and keep the public eye off the criminal activity that went on, and goes on daily in this White House. Trump has stopped the formality of  documenting who visits the White House. He does not even want us to know who he is working with here in the USA, let alone the foreign spies. Our diplomatic corps has been slashed to pieces. He has sold us out – not just Manafort. 

And Trump still won’t show his taxes for fear of what? Please fill that in yourself. But it’s not because he never gave much to charity or he is under audit.  I assume it’s because his taxes reveal ties to the shadowy regimes he has been working with for years. I assume its because he launders his money because he hates to pay tax to the USA and take part in any serious building of America with his dollars. That sort of patriotism has always been for suckers in his “don’t tax me” mind.  I assume that reasonable people know he won’t show taxes because it will reveal that Trump is a criminal. 

Trump knows its harder to attack a president when there are wars or peace negotiations going on. So maybe this entire event is part of a few coordinated staged events to get the news off Trump’s Russian connections. And working backwards, this cynical logic is already proving out. It’s working. And nothing else makes much sense.

manchurian-bwIf Trump stays in power, it increases Putin’s chance that the 500 billion-dollar oil deal will happen. And of course, Trump gets a percentage of that deal, deposited into one of those secret bank accounts that he refuses to disclose to us. That’s how these deals are made.

I always assume that people with known greed disease, like Putin and Trump have shown they have one main objective: to gain more dollars. It’s how greedy people measure their success. Neither Putin nor Trump has shown the world, or their citizens any real care for their constituents. Have they? They are clearly both in this for themselves. They would both feel out of their skin to become charitable souls. We all know that. Trump supporters know this too. 

So media people! Please do not get distracted by this sudden North Korea thing; it’s a coordinated staged show.  Yong-un will likely change his mind when it gets down to actual denuclearization. It is still a favorite to be a nothing-burger with Kim walking away, and a net effect of stalling for time and making Trump appear to be presidential. 

Stay on the Russian/Trump investigation. You will eventually discover that the Russians recruited Trump – and that was done for the Russian oil deal . They have three more years to get that done if we don’t impeach Trump and Tillerson. It’s worth that time to make 500 billion, right? It’s a long con, as its called in carny world.

Neither Trump nor Putin can outrun the Blue Wave of 2018!

If we VOTE THEM OUT in 2018, we can flip the house and that changes everything. And it is beginning to feel like this can happen. Almost no average American wants the GOP’s no-care health bill . Why would people vote for any GOP candidates in 2018? 

Saving some huge political event, there are only two realistic avenues to save America from the current Putin/Trump regime, which is what we have now. 

#1 Mueller gets to the truth on the Russian hack, and shows us all that Trump was in on it before November. That would do it.  

#2 The country votes out all sold-out congressmen in 2018. It looks like the pendulum is swinging in that direction. So stay vocal! Then we impeach Trump. 

This oil deal is what the Russian election campaign was all about. It is worth at least a 25 billion dollars (5% commission)  for Trump and 475 billion for Putin. Putin and Trump are salesmen, trying to make a “score”, which is what they call it.  I know this because I went to that same depression-survivor sales school as Trump did. It’ s why we ended up in a class together at Wharton School of Finance.

trumpHowever, this type of selling was not taught at Wharton. It was taught at Trump’s dinner table, while growing up. I got fed the same lines – I just made different decisions about them. And that’s why Trump thanked his long-deceased father at his acceptance speech. The thank you was lightly glossed over by the media, but it was actually a big deal for Trump who had serious father issues.

There was real generation gap between the spoiled kids of the 1960’s and the children of the Great Depression. Listen to Frank Zappa to learn about that.

Trump finally got closure on his father issue with a brief statement made to the deceased. It’s probably something he never told him when he was alive. It was his way of saying, “dad you were right all along”. It actually was one of the most human and honest statements Trump has ever made.

Media! Stay on the real story – the Trump/Putin coordination.

Do not get distracted by the staging we are witnessing. We will get more of it. It’s all the guilty can do. We will get to the obvious truth, but only if we stay focused on what our collective logic is telling us. We have elected a criminal. He is an outlying member of the Russian mafia, which deals in global money laundering. 


Very few Americans love Trump so much that if they knew he was a Russian agent, witting or not, they would be OK with it. Right?    Right?


Stay Strong Stormy! You May Have the Right to Speak – Regardless of Prior “Hush” Agreements

danielsWhat follows is a copy of an email I just sent to Stormy Daniel’s lawyer in Newport CA.  It also exposes a potential slippery slope, where Trump ends up having the right to silence anyone who speaks out against him. It’s a small step in his imagined plan to never step out of the presidency, because he knows when he loses his presidential protections, the good people of the world will see him out and put him where he belongs … with Bernie Madoff. 

To Stormy Daniels and her lawyer, Michael Avenatti

Consider this:

Citizen Donald Trump had a right to speak outrageous falsehoods about Barack Obama’s birthplace. Had Obama not been president, Obama could have sued Trump for those false statements. But Trump had the right to say whatever he wanted about president Obama, whether true or false. Obama lost the protection afforded American citizens when he stepped inside the political ring. (I think it goes back to the burning in effigy laws.) 

I believe an argument can be made that a US president has absolutely no right to silence its citizens unless the information is deemed classified for national security reasons.   

Let me also advance an example from the business contract world. After all, Stormy’s lawyers are challenging a business agreement.  When Trump was a citizen, if one wanted to make a Donald Trump wig there would be laws to protect Trump from such manufacture without compensating him. He would also have a right to stop such production, if he so chose.

But the day Trump threw his hat in the ring, those citizen’s rights disappeared. Indeed, at Halloween many Donald Trump wigs suddenly appear for sale everywhere.  And Trump can’t ask for a penny. He has transitioned to a public figure. 

The “in order to” clauses that underpin the laws that give citizens rights to say anything they want about their political leaders anticipated the potential of an authoritarian president. This right was designed as a check on the potential abuse of power. It’s why speech is a right. The reason we have freedom of speech is to speak out against authoritarian leaders. Those rights were created for the same reasons our second amendment rights were created – to protect us from tyrannical rulers. And that right to speak about a public figure can’t be bargained away from a lawful US citizen. 

We don’t yet know if the contract with Stormy Daniels will ultimately found to be legal – but I am not sure it has to matter. An argument can be made that when a person transitions to the office of the president, any prior promise made to not speak about said president is no longer binding. 

President Trump is simply not the same entity as citizen Trump. The rights, protections and powers that apply to citizen Trump do not necessarily apply to president Trump.

In the US, a citizen can say almost anything they want about their politicians or their president, just the way Trump did about Barack Obama!  That’s how our founders wanted it here in the USA. And ​no one can agree to give away one’s constitutional rights. 

So even if the powers in control find the “hush” contr​act valid for citizen Trump, an agreement not to speak should not apply to a sitting president. There is support for this in our constitution, common law and contractual law.  

There could be another reason Stormy should be able to say whatever she wants about Trump: one cannot enforce an agreement to conceal a crime. I won’t pretend to know if trying to hide an affair three days before a presidential election was some sort of crime, or was part of some crime or pattern of crimes.  But it sure seems to be part of a cover-up, which is a crime.

Kindly consider these lines of logic and feel free to get back to me in solidarity and or get this to people where it can really matter. If it fails some sort of smell test I don​’​t know about, let me know so I can correct my blog entry with your knowledge of the law. 

Finally, it seems to me that if Stormy has something to say and leaks it all out in one publication, a million dollars would be cheap price to pay.  It could easily be raised from a few donors or a gofundme campaign.

Stormy. Stay strong for all of us! 





Security Clearances – “Thick As Thieves” and The ‘CLEAN HOUSE’ Bill

Over thirty top staffers in the White House don’t have security clearance. Without uniform and thorough vetting processes, those who are privy to top secrets can be blackmailed by their past connections, crimes and embarrassing behavior. Well duh – but what’s the point of vetting staffers if their boss, the president, refuses to be vetted and is suspect of being compromise-able?

manchurian-bwDoes it occur to anyone that a US president should also be vetted for security? And yes, maybe they should be vetted before they are even allowed to be candidates. But that would be for 2020, I guess. For now, the president is actually the most important person in the US to be un-compromised and un-compromise-able.  Think about it. Without presidential vetting in place, we have created a safe space – a gun-free zone so to speak – for a potus to commit crimes and engage in self-dealing without reproach. And now that Kushner has been found using the White House to get large business loans, its clear that self-dealing was the intention of the president and his generals when they took office.  How rampant is this?  Very rampant! A dirty boss would want to surround himself with other like-minded criminals, so they are naturally loyal to each other. No Boy Scouts allowed. Thick as thieves, they used to say.

Does any senator or congressman or person have the guts to propose a bill that says “going forward, no one can work in the White House without security clearance, the president included.” That is in the public interest, is it not? Representatives are supposed to be working in the public interest. This is a damning failure in job performance and likely not to be advanced because many of them fear that scrutiny would expose their own crimes. 

Trump says he cares about protecting Americans. How is allowing insecure staffers get top secret info “caring” about security? It is not. So we must care for ourselves here. We can’t be stupid. Trump’s early campaign line was “How stupid are the people of Iowa?” Well America, how stupid are we going to be about security clearances in the White House or the Congress for that matter?

I want to propose a CLEAN HOUSE BILL. And we can state the exact vetting process by which ALL campaigners for high office, and even current office holders will be subject to. No exceptions. This is security. It must be applied to all with the exact same standards, regardless of the position of said vetted person, POTUS included.

Can someone please advance this notion in a bill, ASAP? With that in place, we would not need Mueller to investigate Russia to hold Trump accountable to some degree. I would think declaring 5 years of taxes would be part of any vetting process. It’s a new day. We must be smarter, or we will lose this democracy this year. 

Trump Is Buying the Government

Trump has been buying key people to escape justice for the crimes of espionage, money laundering and tax evasion. His modus operandi has always been to bribe or enrich certain key people to smooth the way for his crimes and projects. Right now, his only project of concern is avoiding prosecution for Russia. If he loses that battle, he loses his freedom and his family fortune. He’d rather sell the country out that have that happen. That’s why we don’t see any support to stop Russian meddling in 2018 or even implement a Russian sanction. They are his allies!  It’s not in his interest to sanction Russia as a criminal president – and he will need to stay in power to keep his fortune. And of course, if he sells Russia out, they will leak the whole ugly truth. He won’t love Wikileaks any more. 

Between the who are bought and those who are suborned, the US democracy does not have a chance unless Mueller delivers the whole truth before November or we vote out all sold-out politicians And since the crooked politicians know this, the 2018 election will be rigged again.  The Russian meddling is still going on and Trump is not even implementing the sanctions. He needs them more than he needs food. 

The Way Out Of This Mess

Trump’s projects must be stonewalled! I don’t care if Dreamers have to take a back seat for a short while. We won’t have a USA by year’s end if we don’t fix this now. So they will lose the US they love too unless we take decided action now.

#1 We don’t vote on a thing until the Russian sanctions are implemented.

#2 We don’t vote on a thing until Trump puts it in writing that he will not fire Rosenstein or Mueller without just cause, said cause to be determined by a court with many justices on a bench.

#3 We don’t vote on a thing until Jared Kushner and all Trump WH staffers are vetted by a thorough process conducted by the FBI. We can leave Trump out of this because it is sort of covered in #2.

Enough for today but one more thing.

Bernie and Biden should run together as a ticket and start campaigning now. No more Dem vs. Dem. These are our best, caring, well-spoken senior warriors. No women for POTUS this 2020 cycle. No ethnics either, I am sorry. We will need to appeal to Trump’s base people to some degree for one cycle. Once we win, anything is possible. But we must win in November. We can show the forgotten people that we care. And, if we keep our word to Trump’s base people and improve their lives, they will notice and we will be showered with two generations of loyal supporters. Trump’s base people actually are loyal, perhaps to a fault. That’s how we can take this country back and set it on a righteous course again. 

And I have just got word that my commission to make 500 political buttons that say VOTE THEM OUT in solidarity for the Parkland shootings, has gone through and I will have them soon. This is ultimately the way out of our mess. We vote out all sold-out politicians.


JosephAronesty@gmail.com @EnglishCodeWord 



This November We Must Vote Out All Who Will Not Legislate For the Common Good

We like the idea of limiting the firepower of the lunatic in North Korea, but we are giving lunatics in our homeland access to killing machines. This makes no sense.

#1 There’s plenty we can do to make our country safer without hurting hunters’ rights.  Automatic weapons are not, and should not be used to hunt animals. What kind of hunting sport is that? And yet we allow automatic weapons to get into the hands of people who kill people for sport. This is crazy America! A recent certified national poll shows that 70% of Americans favor an assault weapons ban.  Representatives who will not publicly state they are in favor of an assault weapons ban, must be voted out. Rubio – Trump – that means you – and plenty of others.

It’s now clear that there is a group of politicians who will even stoop to cheating at the polls with foreign bots posing as Americans. Our president will do nothing to change this. It is how and why he got there and he is compromised by his life of crime. So our numbers must be overwhelming this November.

Gun violence is also very expensive. The costs are 230 billion dollars a year – over $700,000,000 per day!   And it is surprising how few Americans would be negatively affected by an assault weapons ban. Besides Smith and Wesson there are about six other companies that make assault weapons. And then there is a small group of gun collectors who would have to surrender or sell their assault weapons to the police or armed forces. Weight that against $700 million a day and the loss of life and this is a no brainer.  

These businesses can not be valued more than the lives of our kids and citizens. We must now legislate for the common good and vote out all who stand in our way. A good barometer of the viability of a society is its system of values. When its values erode, the society either falls apart or is overtaken. This is exactly what happened in Rome. It’s not that “it can happen here”, it is happening here … right now.

POSSESSION of automatic weapons, NOT the PURCHASE of them, is what needs to be regulated or licensed, like we do for automobiles. Automobiles can be weapons, but guns are weapons and an assault rifle’s sole purpose is to kill mass numbers of people. Why does any civilian really need an automatic weapon? They don’t! 

Even if we had Minority Report pre-crime detection bots and took the Parkland shooter out ahead of the crime, it would not change the fact the we have a systemic disease here in the USA. And like a cancer, it’s going to grow and kill the host body if we don’t start the healing now. The medicine is voting out greedy politicians who won’t legislate what their constituents want. And 70% of Americans want an assault weapons ban. 

And gun maker’s profit protection is just one place our national body has disease. We also see its symptoms in the way our reps undermine healthcare for our citizens in exchange for kickbacks from insurance companies. GOP healthcare, if ever fully implemented, would kill far more people than 911. 

We hear its symptoms reflected in the words of our heartless president who offered lukewarm support for Puerto Ricans with memes like “you are messing with our budget” or “there are a lot of business-people who support the Jones Act”. I hear it is gangsta rap, where the lyrics often refer to being rich as being as the be all end all goal in life. I see it in the way people adore big stars, and then ignore the stars in their own communities. 

The underlying disease is all one: greed. This cancer, is now metastatic. It’s everywhere. Cutting out one infected organ will not cure us.

GREED starts with GR because, like many words that start with GR, it refers to GROWTH.(GARDEN, GRASS, GREAT, GRAND, etc.) Within greedy souls, GREED is a GROWTH that is out of control  – which is exactly what a cancer is. 

And yes, greed will always exist. It’s been witnessed and documented for over 5000 years.  Smart societies put checks and balances into law so that greed does not overrun their governments.  It’s popular to say “get the money out of politics”, but Citizen’s United gives money a larger voice than the actual citizens of our country.  Citizen’s United gives greed a platform to operate and grow here.  That’s neither right nor democratic. Citizen’s United must also go.

And we can do all this in November because it’s easy to spot the greedy politicians now. They are the same one’s who won’t publicly announce they are in favor of an assault weapons ban. They side with the NRA for personal greed, and they do the same on all issues. It’s who they are – and they can’t fool us now. 

It’s a strange irony that the word AMERICA contains two word-parts, AMORE and RICH.  America literally means “loves riches”: Ame-rica. Maybe it’s a self-perpetuating meme. Pardon my linguistic digression, but before Trump became POTUS this was my focus. 

So, I am not that interested in this single-cell Las Vegas or Parkland sicko. We should strive to cure our sickness the same way we fight a systemic cancer. It starts with diagnosis: recognizing the nature of our actual disease: we permit politicians’ greed to shape our lives and laws to the detriment of our citizens.

Donald Trump is a brand that symbolizes greed disease. His first campaign words were “of course you love me, I’m rich”. He learned most people have some level of greed disease from his casino-owner days. And as the gap between the wealthy and the poor grows here, there and everywhere, there will be more and more bad cells acting out – out of desperation. It’s sort of like a negative lottery. Given time, it’s bound to happen again and again. And it’s going to keep happening until we get money out politics or we succumb. 

It was not always that way, here in the USA. After WW11 the rich were taxed at a much higher rate than the poor so that stored capital naturally flowed into infrastructure and education, helping us all and making us naturally proud to be Americans – or US citizens. 

We must start our healing process now. And while kindness and prayers are fine for moral support, if they do not lead to actions they function like placebos.  We need thoughtful, caring legislation ASAP. The vast majority of Americans see no reason why anyone should be allowed to own an automatic weapon, or more than a few firearms to defend themselves. We are not against the second amendment. The vast majority of Americans see no reason Russian bots should be allowed on Facebook. But as long as greed governs in America,  the country that loves richesnothing will change.

Let’s focus on voting out the greedy in government in 2018.  The best thing we have here in the USA is national elections every two years. The next one is November 2018. We can’t afford to get distracted. We have no time to waste either. I sincerely believe 2018 is our last chance to save the ailing American society.

If for no other reason than to send out the messages that US citizens will no longer be governed by greed and that we realize greed in government is our national disease here in America, we must vote out infected ruling party members – at every level. 


We can do this. The citizens who voted for Donald Trump wanted to vote out a broken system. They just were so blinded by their desire for change that they did not see that Trump was a charlatan. I have forgiven them. They mostly know they made a mistake by now. So those same voters can be enrolled to do that same thing again – to vote out a diseased system. 

We must assure that greed has no place in our government. When Citizen’s United falls apart under a new regime, it will begin to turn the tide of our systemic greed disease. 

And then maybe, slowly, the way you kill a cancer, we can return to the kind America I remember as a child. It was not perfect. No society is. But it was much more inclusive than what we have now. We had a visible path to a good life here, and many of us seized that path and have enjoyed that good life. I was lucky that way.

Now, our kids don’t even see the on-ramp to that path. We have let them down terribly. I am not a big D Democrat. Don’t paint me with that broad brush. I don’t care about parties. I care about the actual people who we elect. I wish there were no parties at all. Parties are part of the greed disease problem. I am a global citizen living in America. My homeland that I love is now governed by greed. It is killing us all and we all know it down deep. All I want is better for my kids. I’d like to the healing begin in my lifetime. 

A spiritual disease is being transmitted to Americans by man a who has been infected all his life. It’s very contagious. 2018 may be the last chance to save us from greed/envy disease. It is usually fatal to societies. 

These are the only two laws we need to keep our schools, churches and streets safe.

#1 LICENSE GUNS beyond the basic two. OWNING ( not buying ) unlicensed guns will be a serious federal crime. And yes, law enforcement agents will have the right to seize unlicensed guns. The loss of one’s gun can be the prime punishment. No sense attaching a huge dollar amount to it and scare people. Assault weapons do not belong in the hands of unlicensed people. That is the goal.


Less words. More Actions.

I wrote Song For Healing when I was on chemo. It helped me a lot. My way of praying I guess. It’s not all I did however. Have a listen: 

Joseph Aronesty is an e-commerce pioneer, songwriter, author, linguist and father to five sons living in Los Angeles. He was a classmate to Trump in Wharton in 1967. He is a also tireless activist working to reset America to be the more inclusive place it was when he was child. josepharonesty@gmail.com



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

Suborn – to bribe or induce (someone) unlawfully, to secretly perform a misdeed, to secretly commit a crime.

Written May 2017, updated January 2018

At some point in time, and hopefully before something reckless is attempted by the president, we are going to have to know the whole truth about the 2016 election. We just can’t have foreign governments influencing our elections, because it is our free and fair elections that have defined America – and since 1776.

I am herein making a plea that the investigative process to be put on a fast track, with a goal to reach conclusion within 60 days, if at all possible. Campaigning for the 2018 election will begin soon – very soon, and Russian intervention will happen again if we don’t identify the problem and eliminate it. Defending against espionage is like fighting a cancer. You have to know what kind of cancer it is to fight the maligned cells. And we have to know who the bad cells are and what they did – so we can make them go away. 

manchurian2Because I went to school with Trump and was subjected to a similar ethos from my father, I was one of the first to say Donald Trump was in bed with Russia. To me it was clear when he said ” Russia, if you are listening” on the campaign trail. But I also surmised money laundering evidence when he declared bankruptcy in Atlantic City. 

Now at last, the media and investigation is catching up to the truth. Way too slow. There has been so much damage and cost to America and Americans due to this slowness. As of January 2018, The Russian contact/collusion/conspiracy trail has undeniably reached the White House, Trump, his family and its administration. Way too many of the president’s advisors and cabinet members are either under suspicion, been indicted or have pleaded “guilty” and are working with the Special Prosecutor. 

It’s been pretty obvious to many of us all along that something does not feel right about Donald Trump. I don’t care what “side” you have been on. Does this feel right to you? Answer that and then ask yourself what we should be doing. 

Trump, a true don, has always been in on everything his subordinates and family members have done for him. We cannot assume or even make leeway for Trump knowing what his people are doing for him.         And if he really was ignorant of all this, that’s gross negligence – and that’s not a quality in a president that we need. 

Trump keeps saying and will continue to say “no collusion”. That is the classic “Mafia don” alibi for murder, ” I didn’t do it, I didn’t know he did it”.  Of course, the dons don’t get their hands dirty … but they order the hits and are culpable. No soldier in a criminal organization takes serious action without telling the don or they risk their own lives. They swear allegiance to the don, and that is exactly what Trump thinks he is – a don. In his unattached imagination – he is a don.

Donald Trump has not signed that Russian sanction bill sitting on his desk for months. It’s to his political benefit to sign it (and ours). And yet, he does not because he cannot. Trump is suborned. And the GOP do nothing about it because their leaders are guilty of the same crimes. They all have dirt on each other. That’s why they swear allegiance.

Trump and his soldiers colluded with Russian spies to win the election – and now all are suborned and are forced to side with the Russian political agenda ( not ours)  as payback one way or another. If they don’t, Putin can leak the full unabashed truth about what he knows and totally sink Donald Trump and the entire Trump GOP.  What would Putin care?

So this president cannot serve faithfully as a US president. He can’t, even if he wanted to- and there’s never been a shred of evidence that he has wanted to or capable of serving anyone faithfully.  This is exactly how the greedy, the over-their-head stupid and/or the unwittingly suborned become the blackmailed.

And this is the hardest part. It would be one thing if it were only Trump. But the entire executive brand may have be suborned. 

Regardless of our political affiliation or lack thereof,  what we now have as American citizens, is a thoroughly dangerous security crisis. These are now practical solutions to our dilemma.

#1 – I really think that Trump should be stripped of all powers until he shows his taxes. That at least would show a willingness to cooperate. He’s not going to supply it anyway. He’d rather step down than show his taxes, and I’ve been saying this since the day he was elected. He’s been in bed with Russian money laundering since the 1980’s and his cash cow – the casinos. Reason: tax avoidance.

There is currently neither enough confidence in Trump, or any of Trump’s cabinet members to efficiently run our government in a way that is truly focused on improving or protecting the lives of ordinary Americans. Nor are we assured that all or most of the  executive branch members are not part of a suborned group of unwittingly Russian-aligned politicians, to whom we have just given the keys to our weapon systems. This is foolish and very dangerous!

We have way too much at stake here to gamble on Trump’s claims of innocence – or fake media. Both citizen and president Trump have repeatably shown they can’t be trusted to be honorable. The facts we know don’t add up any longer to most Americans. 

We really can’t afford all this bickering any more. It’s shameful and wasteful. In one year we have become a the total laughing stock of the planet’s first-world countries. And the people’s business is on the back burner and the fire is turned off. So #2 : 

The Conditional Impeachment of Donald Trump

So, for the good of the nation’s well-being and security, I am proposing that a few house and senate representatives announce and initiate a 2-step impeachment process.

  • If Donald Trump does not show his taxes forthwith, he is quickly impeached. 
  • If Donald Trump does show his taxes forthwith, he must give up the right to fire Mueller without just cause, and become fully cooperative in the Mueller investigation. We need to know ASAP:
  1. What happened in the 2016 election? 
  2. What’s going on now in our government now?                                                                                                                                                                                                                         It comes down to this. Would Donald Trump would rather be impeached than show his taxes? There can be no delay. For the good of the national security, Donald Trump’s taxes must be revealed immediately. If he refuses to cooperate, we have the right to assume Trump has something serious to hide and that he can’t be trusted to run our government – and hence he must  be impeached. 

And this is the sad part. Since all of his picks may be suborned, in the interim we probably should bestow the mantle of POTUS to either Rex Tillerson(R) who also seems to want out –  or better James Mattis (I) because he is independent and should have been out of the loop. Ryan is theoretically ahead of him but has said he wants to retire. Oren Hatch is retiring as well and he is way too old anyway. Pence will be found to be complicit in the collusion. He knew and said nothing. 

The line of succession Trump has set up is so ridiculous there is hardly anyone there I would trust to be president. Would you?

1 Vice President Mike Pence (R)
2 Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R)
3 President pro tempore of the Senate Orrin Hatch (R)
4 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R)
5 Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin (R)
6 Secretary of Defense James Mattis (I)
7 Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R)
8 Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (R)
9 Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue (R)
10 Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (R)
11 Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta (R)
12 Secretary of Health and Human Services Eric Hargan (R)
13 Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson (R)14 Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao(R) 
15 Secretary of Energy Rick Perry (R)16 Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos(R) 
17 Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin (I)
18 Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke (I)

Now if the president does cooperate and shows his taxes, then he and his chosen staff should certainly continue to preside. It could be easy, if only he was innocent. Fair is fair.

But until this is resolved, their war powers should be taken away, for obvious reasons. Congress must now have to sole power to make war during the FBI investigation.  The sheer numbers of people in Congress will serve a safety valve in this interim period. American safety must be an extra high priority now. We know that he knows that war tends to shut down internal investigations. A war made to keep him in power cannot be ruled out. We see they are capable of doing anything for their own interests. If he engaged with Putin to win an election ( and Trump did say ” what does it all matter if I don’t win?”) he can not be trusted at all. 

The president must be completely helpful during the investigation and may not refuse any requests of Chief Investigator Mueller. If he does, he and his staff are all  considered impeached. We need this resolved as quickly as possible – not 2 years from now. With this ultimatum, I believe we can get to the truth in less than 60 days. 

Dear Congressman, please note: This plan has promotional appeal to ordinary folks on the right and left because we all pay taxes, and we all know Donald Trump bragged that he did not like to pay taxes. This irks all taxpayers, left and right. So there is this large bipartisan agreement that Donald Trump should indeed reveal his taxes for the good of the country. This is actually the most unifying element between the left and the right. Polls bear this out. So we must seize this unifying element to unite our country, and experience the collective empowerment that will come when we all demand Trump’s taxes in lieu of immediate impeachment.

This left/right appeal is a hugely valuable selling tool. People are going to agree with this on both sides. They already do!  Give Trump the option to show his taxes or be impeached. The court of popular sentiment will be the deciding vote anyway.  2018 is approaching. It is the sort of selling tool used on the Trump campaign trail. Trump knows, people can be sold – even when their best interests are at heart.  We can’t have a suborned executive branch. And that may be the case. Time is not our friend here. 

Now, if Trump shows his taxes, the investigation will go into a fast track, because so many connections will be revealed.  A speedy proper and conclusion has a much better chance of being realized with his taxes published. There can be no more waiting and delaying and no denial of evidence along the route. Donald Trump must put our country’s best interest ahead of his own.  It is something he has never done, going back to his draft-dodging and tax avoiding. But if he has been a reasonably honest player, he should have nothing to worry about. 

If any members congress do not support a conditional impeachment demand, and if  owing to that lack of congressional support, the motion to impeach does not carry the house under the existing laws, then all who stand in the way of conditional impeachment must be voted out in 2018. 

We must make our intentions very clear to all politicians. Citizens from the left and right must put that pressure on. There is no make-up for politicians on this. It they are not even interested in even seeing Trump’s taxes in these trying times, they are probably guilty of being suborned themselves, or they are in on this whole Russian affair. At the very least, congressmen would not be doing what representatives are supposed to do – represent their constituencies wishes.   

Polls overwhelmingly show that most Americans actually want to see Trump’s taxes. Whoever stands in the way of this, is part of the problem. 

subornShould we ultimately discover that the entire executive branch has largely been suborned during the campaign of 2016, or even that Trump himself was suborned, the cabinet selections of a suborned president obviously cannot be trusted to govern.  I think we can all agree on that. It may then be reasonable to discuss one other option. I know I am getting way ahead here. 

If we get closure of the 2016 election by April of 2018, and Trump is found guilty we should consider pushing the 2020 presidential election up to 2018? It’s time to think out of the box. We deserve and actually need a functioning government, elected by a true American majority – in an election that can not be rigged or even affected by foreign powers. Otherwise, we have actually lost our democracy, right?

Our vote is the heartbeat of the spiritual being called American democracy. 


Email me. I am making calls to representatives this week on this. The idea is to get his taxes or begin impeachment. Any congressman not on board gets voted out in 2018. Are you with me?