first posted May 2017, updated 11/11/17
The Russian hack of the 2016 election is now a national security emergency. Donald Trump and his inner circle members distract, deny and get caught in lies whenever Russian connections are brought up. Trump’s taxes will reveal the exact nature of his financial dealings with Russia. And that is the only logical reason he won’t willingly show them. They would answer questions we need to know to be certain that Trump is not engaging in self-dealing and traitorous behavior.
- Did Trump directly or indirectly pay Russians to hack our election?
- Does he owe Russians money?
- Is he trying to square a debt?
This is now past the point of a crisis. With 2018 less than a year away, and nothing being done to stop this from happening again, this is a national security emergency.
In the face of this crisis, not doing all one can to be truthful, cooperative and helpful to our national cause is itself a form of obstruction on the path to the clarity justice. Has Trump engaged in activity which, if done from any other status except POTUS, would be indictable criminal behavior. If Trump is innocent of crimes, he would show his taxes – and put this behind him. It is so easy to do, if one is truly innocent, but quite impossible if one is not.
Bankrupting the USA is a Putin Goal
Every day Trump is in office, we are spending countless millions of taxpayer dollars – not to make healthcare better, not to make infrastructure better, not even to build that stupid wall. Every day he has been in office we are wasting our taxpayer dollars guarding his many homes, paying for his golf, paying congressmen to squabble, and now defending the many criminals and spies in his orbit with endless discussions that proceed ad nauseum.
But now the divisiveness in the USA is wearing thin. We see a glimmer of hope that the left and right agree the investigation of Trump must go on. Republican senators are beginning to see the light. Some have announced retirement – couching their feelings about Trump. Like Caesar and Brutus, expect the senatorial fallout to increase. America has a long, proud history and has countless citizens and representatives on the left and right who are truly patriotic – not just phony king worshipers.
If Trump won’t show his taxes, our elected representatives – on both sides of the aisle – ask for a “conditional impeachment” of Donald Trump. The impeachment procedure stops if he discloses his taxes, going back 10 years. A representative is sworn to do what their electorate wants. And tax-paying Americans want and deserve the truth about what happened in the 2016 election with the Russians.
Trump is now asking our sons to die for his war projects. If he won’t do that small thing (showing taxes is a small thing for most people) to save us all this time, money, energy and trouble, it will soon be clear to nearly everyone that Trump has no loyalty except to himself.
He has no real public mandate any longer. His approval rate is 33%. It means about 2/3 Americans want an end to the Trump presidency. He cannot govern effectively with such a small mandate. Only a dictator – like Putin – can do that. As we approach 2018, the need clarity on the 2016 election is critical.
Make Trump this offer. If Trump won’t show his taxes, we will ask for his immediate impeachment. About 70% of Americans will agree with that. That’s a real mandate.
If Trump will immediately show his taxes, he is not impeached. It’s that simple. But we will still continue to pursue justice with Mueller’s independent investigation.
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?
If our representatives won’t do this, I had proposed a Citizen’s Union to impeach Trump be started back in May. It seems Tom Steyer got my message and has started that ball rolling. Thank you Tom. But Al Green in the house, this is for you too.
As the noose tightens, Trump will increasingly try to figure out how to get the Teflon back on his magical pan. He 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. Trump must be forced to be open and honest – he won’t do it without force- or be stopped.
Time to think outside the box. This “conditional impeachment” plan will create the right sound byte for all Americans to digest. After all, it should make sense even to people who think or hope he is actually innocent.
The mandate for a “conditional impeachment” – show your taxes or step down – will be overwhelming. Get that going.
About the Author:
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.