We’ve got to give Trump one thing. He’s not afraid to think outside-the-box. However, because his motivations are self-promotion and self-survival – not what’s good for everyday Americans – his thought processes are circular and always point to “what’s in it for me”. Trump’s stated motto is “what does it matter if I don’t win?” That means Trump is willing to doanything to stay in power. And that is the danger of the Trump presidency.
So maybe we have to think outside the box this next go ’round. We all see the multiple candidates signing up to beat Trump. It reminds me of the GI’s signing up in WW2 to save the world. But so far, only two candidates have a real shot to beat Trump – Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
Bernie – Polls told us he did much better vs. Trump than Hillary did. He actually got a lot of Trump supporters who sincerely wanted and needed change. Bernie’s sincerity was and still is his biggest attribute. Many Trump supporters now know they were fooled by a con man. They’d be willing to give Bernie a shot to help them. Strange. But the Trump supporters need the help Bernie offers most.
Joe Biden – Because Joe’s been there before. He’s more of a centrist – and polls well in the Midwest. But his sincerity – seeing as he has not even entered the race – pales to Bernie’s.
Bernie and Biden compliment each other. Bernie has the young and the left. Biden had the older Democrats and the center. And we will need all of these people to beat our many formidable enemies in the Trump organization.
The way a primary usually works is: many run and those who lose just go home and continue in their current jobs. But what does that say for all the others with good messages, energies and talents in this struggle we are going through? Are their energies to be set aside? I keep thinking if Hillary had chosen Bernie as veep Trump would never had happened. That energy loss of not enrolling Bernie begat Trump. We can’t repeat that mistake. And it would be so easy to make sure it cannot happen again – right now.
Trump has undone so many of our institutions. Winning back control of our government back will just step one. Change is going to take extensive teamwork – the kind of teamwork that became second nature for the WW2 generation because they too had formidable enemies. Change will not be a one man job. Trump’s “I alone can fix this” is not going to work. It’s been exposed as folly. Both sides can see that now.
So let’s exploit Trump’s egocentric and narcissistic weaknesses. WWII was all about teamwork. It was our teamwork that prevailed. Had we been divided then – we might all be speaking German here now. We need that team spirit now.
Why make the primary a winner-takes-all race? Why not make this a winner-enrolls-all primary? Can you imagine the strength of that commitment? It would be a truly unbeatable union. Trump couldn’t begin to match it. What’s he going to do? Is he going to run proudly with his team of Pence, Ross, Nielsen, Barr and Kushner? Just picture that. His team is ludicrous.
So let’s announce we are all running as a team. Whoever wins will offer the others an open option to assume a suitable post in the new administration. Perhaps this has to get to Pelosi or Perez first. I will try. But if you have a bigger mic – you try too. The team starts with us anyway. I call it “Justice League 2020”– for social media promotion anyway. After all, we are also struggling for justice as well.
So here’s an image and an outside-the-box strategy to match Trump’s resolve – which will include election fixing, ad hoc crises, cyber attacks, Russian bots and potentially last minute make-shift war efforts.
Help me get this to all the candidates. The struggle to gain the presidency should not run the risk of dividing the democratic electorate.
Almost no average Americans like the idea of Russian bots infiltrating our social media. There is overwhelming bilateral agreement on that – and for good reasons.
First and foremost there is the idea that foreigners might not be loyal to the United States and their messages might be tainted and favor another nation-state. That’s why you have to be born here to be president. Granted that many foreigners respect the people and institutions of the US and I am sure there are many US citizens that don’t. Still there is something to be said for investigating the motives and influences of foreign contributors to the media stream. We can’t let ISIS run ads on our media. We all get that. So there should be standards for disseminating information. The new congress has work to do.
There will be those who say freedom of speech is something that cannot be challenged in any way, under any circumstances. I remind them you can’t shout fire in a crowded theater if there is no fire. Why is that? Because it can hurt people! When freedom of speech can hurt the people or institutions of the US, it can and should be restricted, censored or edited – so it does no harm to the actual people that live here.
This may seem strange – but caring about outcomes for ordinary Americans was built into the constitution from its very first sentence! There is an enabling clause in the Declaration of Independence. ( bolded below) Let’s look it over.
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.
I guess they could have left out all those bolded words and it would just say “we the people … do establish this Constitution”. – But the founding fathers told us why they were doing this. And the whys are the largest part of their enabling clause. Let’s not lose sight of the six reasons they set forth to substantiate the creation of the USA.
in Order to form a more perfect Union – There was a loose union in 18th century America – and the founding fathers wanted to define that union more precisely.
Establish Justice – They knew justice needed to be defined and established. This was true then and it is true now. This also speaks to no man is above the law.
Insure Domestic Tranquility – And here we get to those media bots and Trump’s divisive messages. There is no way Trump cares about domestic tranquility. He had even said he would not surrender if he lost to Hillary. We’ve heard from him there would be a revolt from his base if he was impeached. Trump’s attitude is inconsistent with the spirit of the constitution and many see that attitude as a disqualify-er for the job of president. But I also see this as a reason to question the right of Fox News – which is not owned by an American – to hinder domestic tranquility with dis-information – just the way most think of the Russian bots.
Provide for the common defense – I don’t see how what Trump is doing with Russia, Saudi Arabia and North Korea as being helpful to our defense. I say leave this to the generals and the experts. Winning a popularity contest – which is what the 2016 election was – does not qualify anyone as a military expert.
Promote the General Welfare – If there is one thing Trump has convinced people he has done right it is promoting welfare. My position is that he has allowed big companies to grab as much as they can through lower taxes and less regulation, and there will be a clean-up cost down the road. I see the phrase “general welfare” as more inclusive than favoring the rich or connected. General welfare was the 18th century way of saying “the 99%”. – Trump’s policies overly favor “the 1%”. People are beginning to catch on to that now – two years into his presidency,
Secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity – I’d like shine a light on that Posterity word. Caring about the next generation is built into the constitution. How thoughtful of the founders. And how thoughtless and unconstitutional it is to ignore the dangers we are leaving to our children. That word “posterity” in our constitution should inform our climate science policy. The founders had that vision – why have we lost it? Not smart. Not caring. Selfish. But very Trumpian.
Fox News was created by Australian-born media mogul Rupert Murdoch in October of 1996. Fox News quickly grew to become a dominant subscription news network in the US. As of February 2015, approximately 95,000,000 US households (80% of them) received Fox News. Murdoch is the current executive chairman of Fox News.
We are currently looking into ways make sure Russian bots don’t spread dis-information over the public airways and on social media. Why then do we allow a foreign-born person – Rupert Murdoch – to spread non-factual information over our airways to our American citizens? That is not consistent thinking.
I remember when news used to be just news. But now there is something called spin. On the night before Charlottesville I recall Janine Pierrot rallying her listeners to go to Virginia and stand up to defend democracy. She had fire in her voice. The haters that went to Charlottesville felt they were called on a mission. Some said it was their duty to be there. And Trump said ” I could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and my supporters would not leave me.” These are examples of dog whistling for haters to act out. This is shouting fire in a crowded theater. There must be standards.
Reporters just go to the places where news happens – and with video and audio media they re-port ( literally re-carry) what they see and hear. However, if the news presented is not truthful or it’s spun to distort the truth, then how is that in keeping with what our founders wanted when they created the 6 reasons to form this beautiful country?
Media is a big deal these days. It’s certainly bigger than it was in 1776 or even 1976. If we are trying to make sure our media are free of Russian bots, it’s because of the divisiveness they cause – not just because they are Russian or bots. And so, if Fox News is not reporting truth and their agenda is dividing or polarizing the country – which seems to be the case – why do they get the blessings of the FCC? There has to be standards for media. We’ve got plenty of examples of how media can affect our every day lives. Plenty.
There could be standards set for media before they can call a produced show “news”. There is precedent for that. Many supplements can’t be called vitamins and are sold with this disclaimer. This product is not intended to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent any disease. That’s there to protect the public from false expectations. It’s also consistent with the spirit of the Constitution.
So I can imagine a TV show – which is also a product or something that is produced – might also need a disclaimer. We don’t want people to have false expectations about the information they are about to receive. That’s also not how the founders wanted it. Media regulation should be part of the Green New Deal. Get on it. Thank You.
Joseph Aronesty is an e-commerce pioneer, author, songwriter, etymologist and father to five sons. He went to Penn on scholarship and was in a class with Donald Trump in 1967. He has been writing about Trump since he entered the race.
Winning an election is a game to Donald Trump and the GOP. There was nothing sacred about the 2016 election to them. Once they deemed they could not win by legitimate means, they tried to fix things. We have seen this many times – at state and national levels – both in 2016 and 2018.
Fixing elections is also central to the Russian investigations. Our country’s executive branch, and most likely many key members of Congress, may have been suborned by an enemy of the USA – Russia. There is little doubt in our minds about that now. We are witnessing an attempt at a slow- motion coupe d’etat – all to keep our cowardly president out of harm’s way for crimes committed to get elected.
Meanwhile, our president is telling us to ignore the Mueller investigation. He calls it “fake news”. About 35% of Americans still buy the lies he is peddling – but even less believe the news is fake. Fake News is NOT a majority opinion. Thankfully.
I have said over and over again – Putin is directing this coupe. In an interview with a CBS reporter a few years back he practically said this. (link)
And so, though Dems did reasonable well in the 2018 election, we still have a sold-out Senate and executive branch. The resistance must do better in 2020.
To understand the importance importance of unifying the candidates it is useful to take a step back and think on what the spectacle of 10 to 20 Democrat hopefuls running in 2020 will actually look like.
I know some will say its great to see all the fresh energy out there. But most of this energy will be wasted when only one will be president. There will be serious heartbreak in many camps. So many lose for one to win. And it’s all very expensive too. So let’s really think about this 20 candidates thing.
Can so many decent candidates really have substantially different messages? That answer is clearly negative. The overall Democratic message is one: a government for the people. There may be different approaches to fulfilling the goals of everyday Americans- but those goals and values are going to be the message no matter who is the final candidate.
As citizens in a democracy, we should collectively define those objectives and goals. And we are doing better at that lately.
Think back to the spectacle of the 2016 GOP candidate’s race. There was about a dozen running. No one GOP candidate could really differentiate himself from the others without infighting cutting them down. Trump, not a politician, took advantage of that. He had no substantive message – just catch-all phrases, name calling ( low energy Jeb, little Marco, etc.) and fear mongering. – He stood out and won!
Dems just can’t afford divided messages in 2020. They can’t afford the inevitable infighting as well. Not this cycle. 2024 will be fine for that. But there will be no 2024 for democracy if we don’t get rid of Trump in or before 2020. So Dem’s can’t afford to gamble or be stupid about anything. And Americans can’t afford personal egos to stand in the way of what this country really needs.
So why on earth are so many Dem’s signing up to run for president? It feels like egos to me so far. The list of top 20 Democrat hopefuls for 2020 as of this post on 1/12/19.
Joe Biden, former vice president of the United States Bernie Sanders (I), U.S. senator from Vermont Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City Eric Swalwell, U.S. representative from California Elizabeth Warren, U.S. senator from Massachusetts Beto O’Rourke, U.S. representative from Texas Cory Booker, U.S. senator from New Jersey Jerry Brown, governor of California Julian Castro, former U.S. secretary of housing Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York, New York Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles, California Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. senator from New York Luis Gutierrez, U.S. representative from Illinois Kamala Harris, U.S. senator from California Eric Holder, former attorney general of the United States Tim Kaine, U.S. senator from Virginia John Kerry, former secretary of state of the United States Amy Klobuchar, U.S. senator from Minnesota Mitch Landrieu, former mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana Terry McAuliffe, former governor of Virginia
If they all send out the same basic message of a government working for the people, the only discussion is who is best qualified to do the job and who can actually win in 2020. All these hopefuls will have to differentiate themselves from their competitors like the GOP candidates had to in 2016.
And therein lies the real issue. There will be mixed messages and inevitably a sense of infighting will set in, just like we saw in the GOP 2016 election runoff. The infighting alone will look like the Dem’s are a bit crazed – all saying the same thing basically – but not quite on the same page. The message will become “I can do this better” than the others. It will be easy for Trump or the GOP to relay that we don’t really know what we want or how to get it.
We are in the process of losing sight of what is most important: defeating Donald Trump. I have to get to this sad truth that we all know. There is a substantial portion of Americans who will not vote for people of color for POTUS. Many of them are happy to see people of color in lower positions in the government – but not as POTUS. And the same is true about women running for POTUS. You can ask Hillary about that – she will confirm. Do we ignore this percentage of people – chalking them up as Trump votes like a handicap to overcome? I don’t think that is smart. We have too much to lose.
This much is certain. The entirety of this county is not on board with a woman or person of color as POTUS. When you automatically lose a substantial portion of the electorate to sex or color, you start the election behind. With 2020 being so important, it seems to me that being qualified to serve, though important, is not as crucial as being able to wineasily. And I stress easily because we know the GOP will try to cheat and/or Gerrymander, which is just legal cheating.
If 2020 is not going to be about people’s egos and childhood dreams to be president one day – but all about saving democracy – then we have to play our best game and run a white male with a heart, a good chance to beat Trump, and the experience to govern. Lack of experience in governing should be a non-starter in 2020 because we all can see how that is not working right now. No Oprah, etc. This is just math folks. Nothing personal. 2024 will be different. But there is no 2024 if we don’t win 2020.
And I need to say that I love the fighting spirits of Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker – and the cool, steady hand of Amy Klobuchar. But we can’t start with 75% of the electorate. It’s just stupid. Why they can’t they all be part of TEAM AMERICA? Why is that not good enough for them? So then the long list whittles down to five well-known white males with experience and heart.
Joe Biden, former vice president of the United States – the leading candidate
Bernie Sanders (I), U.S. senator from Vermont – he probably would have beat Trump
Michael Bloomberg – former mayor of NYC, rare elf-made billionaire with a heart
Eric Swalwell, U.S. representative from California – I also see him as a veep
John Kerry, former secretary of state of the United States – and he did lose before, so?
Beto O’Rourke was left off this list because he does not have much time in government. Charisma alone is not enough this cycle.
Joe Biden: it may be that he just doesn’t have the energy or drive for this job. – So far we have not seen much energy from Joe. Why don’t we hear from him on our weekly Trump crises. Joe, we can’t take much more waiting. My sense is that he has been quiet for a reason. He is not sure. And that to me is an issue. If Joe Biden does not announce by February 20th – I think is disqualifies him emotionally. He has not. He is on the fence.
Bernie Sanders: He has the heart and drive to be a great president, but is easy to attack on his socialistic policies. We need more socialism in the USA. But it’s not an easy sell. He is now an official candidate. He polls well with Trump voters! And he is off to a great start. Bernie vs. Trump would be the election that should have happened in 2016 – so there is a bit of karma in that alone. And all polls showed he destroyed Trump. So as of today, since Biden is unsure, Bernie is my favorite – but as the leader of Team America.
John Kerry: He has it all. But he lost before. That alone is suspect with Kerry.
Eric Swalwell: A fresh face who really looks presidential. He could do this job just fine. He is now my number two choice.
Michael Bloomberg: I think he could be the smartest choice if he ran as a Democrat – but he may run as an independent. That sets up the Democrat Party to fight him. and that reminds me of the 2016 and Hillary fighting Bernie. Dems say be loyal to country not party. But will they still say that if a mega- billionaire like Bloomberg runs for president. Frankly I like the idea of the president not being in bed with either party – and I think the public will as well. If Bloomberg runs as a Dem – Trump has no shot. And he’s hard to fight except on one thing: he was born into Judaism. But that did not hurt Bernie.
In my opinion, all the hopefuls should get together in a room now and form committees and assign task lists and openly state they will work for the leading candidate regardless of who that candidate turns out to be. They should NAME the UNITY the way they names the GREEN NEW DEAL. Names and memes work. We all can remember the fallout when Bernie, who seemed to have more grassroots support than Hillary, was quashed by Hillary and the “party” insiders. So much lost energy. We all know that gave Trump a bump in 2016. – And that bump, coupled with Russian bots, tilted the math to elect a genuine psychopath as POTUS.
Defining TEAM AMERICA:. No infighting. All candidates united with ONE cause – to take our country back and save representative democracy. We are going to have to coordinate to undo what Trump has done to the USA. We might as well start by projecting that coordination. it will be sensed by the public – just as our division will be sensed, if we don’t unite ahead of the election.
And guess what? If we do this, the other side of America, Trump’s fan base, is going to notice something different – at last! If 2020 feels like 2016 all over again, it will all come off as same-old thing – and many people will vote in their habitual ways.
Also consider the reaction of the Democrat base, after they have put their hearts, wallets and energies into one candidate only to have them lose to another Democrat. Maybe they won’t vote at all if they can’t have their way! That happened in 2016 with many Bernie supporters. We can’t risk that. This is our last chance to save democracy. No egos. The way it was in WW2 – when people with egos were thought poorly of by so many.
Elections are a game to Donald Trump. The resistance needs a winning strategy and a war room with a few real potential winners all coordinating and not caring about whom among them wins – just that TEAM AMERICA WINS!
We’ll have to be smarter in 2020. For all the reasons above, I strongly suggest we run in 2020 as a team – united behind a white, male leader with a strong veep backup that can be female or POC. I know that sounds wrong. I hate writing it and attaching it to my legacy. But winning is everything to Trump and it should be to us as well.
Elections are math games. Numbers. Counting. Don’t fight the given math! There are plenty other things that have to go right for us to win in 2020. The competition will be cheating – count on that from now. I love Elizabeth Warren’s fighting spirit most among the female candidates. But we shouldn’t start this game with a 25% handicap. She could easily be VP on Team America or Secretary of the Treasury. Would that make her work less for Americans? I don’t think so. And I certainly hope not. And the same goes for any of these fine candidates.
It’s time to be team players. TEAMAMERICA is how we not only win, but rule effectively after we win.
ARE WE DODO BIRDS?
EXTINCTION WORKS JUST LIKE THIS IN NATURE
The last widely accepted sighting of a dodo bird was in 1662. Like many animals that evolved in isolation from significant predators, the dodo was fearless of humans. Their fearlessness, coupled with its inability to fly, made the dodo easy prey for sailors.
(Now change a few words.)
The last widely accepted sighting of the American Democracy was in 2020. Like many people that live ignorant of history, most Americans trusted theirpresidents. This trust, coupled with the Americans’ inability to deal swiftly with their internal predators, made the American democracy easy prey for takeover.
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.
In August 2018, a poll of registered voters published by Fox News showed approval of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian intervention in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was almost 60%, up 12 points from July. Those numbers are most certainly much higher today – after the firing of Jeff Sessions. The vast majority of Americans now want to protect the Mueller investigation.
In numbers there is strength. We must document our numbers. It’s so easy today, in this age of social media, to count our numbers. So the first part of this post is a simple request to Americans to do the following if they agree that Mueller should be protected.
Pass this on to your like-minded friends and associates thru email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or your favorite social media platform.
#ProtectMueller The vast majority of Americans want to protect the Mueller investigation. If you agree, pass this hashtag & meme forward to your friends & associates thru email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or your favorite social media platform. Let our voices be counted.
This is how we fight back in a cyber war – with unity and words. Fortunately, social media programs will measure the strength of our determination for free. Politicians cannot ignore numbers this large. That’s the big idea.
No donations can be requested or accepted. This does not take money! We want money out of politics. Just pass it on. Thank you. The future of American democracy is on trial and you can do your share today. Just pass the meme on and/or post it.
It’s now pretty clear to all Americans the election of 2016 was a sordid affair on both sides. The candidates were clearly willing to cheatto win. Hillary got super-delegates to vote against their constituents’ chosen candidate – Bernie. Trump one-upped her by enrolling Russians ( clearly illegal, unpatriotic and unethical ) to help him with social media campaigns. Both sides were clearly crooked. Trump said this early on his campaign. “What does it matter if I don’t win?” Winning was just too important to both candidates and to their parties.
And that’s because behind these parties, there are large financial contributors who expect payback for their “investments”. If we don’t find a way to get money out of politics, this insanity is not going away. Got it?
American voters sort of knew both candidates choices were sold out. For voters, the 2016 election was more about voting out a long-established, entrenched and tone deaf government system than voting in anyone. The reality was Bernie, who delivered a sincere ( and perhaps overly idealistic ) populist message from the heart, was played by HRC, who was played by Trump. The 2016 election was like a game of rock/paper/scissors and spy vs. spy – combined.
Do we want 2016 to be the new standard in US elections? I don’t think so. Maybe politicians don’t mind this syndrome, as they can find ways to milk a rig-able system, but the general population really hates it. That’s why congress has such a low popularity.
2018 midterms are a blip away. If we go back to DEM vs GOP, to left vs. right, progressive vs. liberal, god vs. science, white vs. black, Christian vs. Muslim, men vs. women – we will continue to sink as a nation. Divided we will fail. That’s pretty clear.
Unfortunately, because Trump is primarily a money-loving cheater and con man, he must now try to obstruct justice and keep his party in power regardless of what the public wants. And the majority of the US public wants his party out of power. So right there we have a president who is working to undermine democracy, the very thing this country was based on! His business and tax cheating will certainly result in more election cheating to protect what has been stolen from the public. – Trump knows all this. cheating to win is the best they can do when they don;t care about the public. It’s what every dictator does. They ram laws down our throats and enforce them with police and military force. This is sick. And it must be stopped.
After the midterms, we will need a political attitude adjustment, – fresh inspiring ideas that can erase the borders we have constructed in our minds. Maybe this simple idea is it:imagine there were no political parties – or more of them.
The two party system plays a huge part in keeping our country divided. And do you know who likes that? Big business! Big business does better when there is no unity, focus or drive in the spirit of the working class. And it’s big business that pays off the politicians. In this new oligarchy era big business aligns financially with lawmakers to bust up unions, underpay workers, overpay CEO’s, give tax breaks to their rich buddies, use robots for work men can do, fix the vote, not pay for the old and sick and pollute the environment for profit.
That’s a short list of the crimes against the citizens of the USA that is going on right now under the current administration. But it’s been other administrations too – to various degrees. The system is broken. And if we don’t stop this, the living standards here in USA will continue to sink – as they have been since the 1980’s.
MOCK DEMOCRACY SITE
This is just my idealistic solution. But if we are to have a real democracy this is one way it can actually be done. In theory, it would work well for all Americans except crooked politicians, CEO’s and the uber-rich.
A web site is put up which simulates a mock government. Our key government issues are posted. The daily business of Congress is posted. The population gets educated on the issuesat the site from people with experience in the various fields. Videos, chat rooms and a place to have discussions are created. No “bad words” are allowed. (Sorry to go all 1950’s on you, but words can educate us or divide us.)
The LI in LIBRARY and LITERATURE is the same LI that is in LIGHT. The OR is ORAL is the same OR that is in TORCH and WORD. The ancients knew that words were like light. So no bad words. Bad words are like cancer. In fact, that’s why they call it a MALIGNANCY, a bad light or fire.
And then the site has a place for mock voting and taking polls. It’s a democracy, so the majority rules. Politicians can make their arguments too, but the population’s majority sentiment must rule if the USA is going to continue to be called a democracy. In this world, the politicians must function as robots for the majority. We’ll have make it so people without personal computers or smart phones can get access to the site – say at libraries, schools or public buildings. And the site has to be unhackable but that is easier to do than one might think. Block-chain technology can do it.
The site can apply to city, state and national levels. Politicians take an oath to vote for the will of the majority ( which they sort of do now but their oaths needs stronger wording ) and if they violate that they are removed from office and their opponent is installed or there is a line of succession. We would hardly need politicians to do anything more than educate us and do what we ask in Congress. And there would be no one to bribe in political office.
Robots replacing humans in the workplace is a trend we are hearing more and more about these days. Most Americans don’t like it. I don’t favor robots that take away jobs for CEO profit. They are doing fine enough.
But when people cannot do their jobs honestly, maybe that’s a place where robots would work better than humans. Robot politicians?Polibots? They do what their constituents request of them. Robots that cannot be re-programmed, hacked, suborned or bribed would be the goal. I sense blockchain technology would be involved. And if the actual politicians continue to surrender to personal greed, I figure we might catch on and use actual robots. Then the world depicted in Minority Report might ensue. Who really knows what the future holds for the human species. It’s not looking good right now, is it?
Back on point. We are taxed as citizens. Taxation without representation is still tyranny.We need our interests and values to be represented. If we differ on values, the majority can rule on national issues, but the states provide leeway for diversity and so in a divided nation states rights makes sense to keep the peace.
Regardless of what Trump GOP representatives say about promises made on the trail, polibots could not support or advance busting the ACA, or tax breaks for the rich because polls show the American people don’t want the GOP’s healthcare or tax breaks for the rich, business-owner class. Both these GOP ideas have support levels that are close to 22%. So they would be DOA in a real democracy.
A real democracy. It sounds like such a dream. A way forward where we build infrastructure, create new jobs that are clean. But we have the software to do all of this right now.
If you like this idea – spread it around on social media. Throw a stone and make a ripple. That’s how these things get started.
Let’s turn the Untied States of America into the United States of America – again. Or should I say, let’s Make Our States United Again.
I will add this. The WW11 generation fought to preserve democracy in the 1940’s. Their sacrifices will be recorded historically as an effort done in vein if we continue to allow money to sell us out the way we are today.
To understand Donald Trump is easy. Think “what does Trump want?” That is always his motive. Trump never has a thought to pay or be kind to others unless it can benefit the Trumps by at least 3 to 20 times the amount paid.* Right now, all Trump wants is to keep the money he has illegally made by selling favors and access to the US president. This is the ultimate swamp master president in action. So what’s really going on here? Consider that there may be more to Kavanaugh’s nomination than meets the eye and gets airtime on Fox News.
#1 Senator Richard Blumenthal’s lawsuit against Trump alleging Trump’s private business is violating the Constitution got traction from our current justice system and will proceed against him. The Trump’s stand to lose a billion dollars if the Supreme Court rules for the American people. ( That’s you and me by the way, regardless of what side you say you are on.) Trump will happily find a way to pay 5% of that to Kavanaugh to be the swing vote to overrule any such actions against him. A 5% commission is a low standard in the world of bribes. That’s 50 million dollars. And they know how to pay Kavanaugh so it does not show up as a bribe because we don’t carefully observe Trump’s foreign bank accounts. That’s what he has Wilbur Ross for as well. ( And yes, that’s fodder for another article. But we have to start policing foreign bank accounts in all politicians or there will always be these types of crimes. )
I am sure Kavanaugh knows if he benefits Trump there will be a payoff somewhere, somehow. It may be an unspoken tacit understanding. “Loyalty has its rewards” is all that needs to be conveyed. That can be said legally, even to an aspiring judge.
The problems for the American people with this sort of thing go beyond just being robbed by those at the top. It also means that justice can now be bought for certain parties, but not all. It means there is no equal protection under the law. It means there is no justice here in the USA. I can’t think of anything more swampy and less democratic than that. It’s how oligarchies operate, not democracies.
Kavanaugh appointment would also make justice appear to be skewed or fixed. Please take a look at this albeit sarcastic post by Andy Borowitz: Nation’s Criminals Ask for F.B.I. Investigation Kavanaugh Just Got
The FBI investigation was intentionally limited by our president. That is plain truth by now. I don’t think the reason we don’t want Kavanaugh to ascend to a SCOTUS chair is his drinking problem as a young man. I find it more compelling that Kavanaugh does not admit he once had that problem and says “I still like beer”. Apparently he thinks everyone likes beer or should. So yes, maybe he did this thing while he was drunk and can’t remember. And maybe Kavanaugh still has that drinking problem. It sure looked that way to me. Did it look that way to you? (Pardon the pun.)
#2 There are other highly suspicious reasons that Trump chose Kavanaugh. Natasha Bertrand of the Atlantic has written about a case called “Gamble vs. the United States”. It will be soon be referred to the Supreme Court.
Terance Martez Gamble was convicted of robbery in Alabama in 2008. Found guilty, he could not legally own a firearm. Seven years later, police found a gun in his car after pulling him over for a broken taillight. Both state and federal prosecutors charged Gamble with the same offense. He was a criminal in possession of a firearm, which automatically resulted in an extension of his prison sentence. He has repeatedly appealed, arguing that the dual convictions, state and federal, violate the double-jeopardy clause.
If Gamble prevails, it means that Trump’s pardons of cronies for federal crimes can extend to pardon the his cronies for state crimes. And that means that Trump can pardon Manafort and Cohen for all their crimes, and the states can’t do anything about it. And that is a real problem for justice. And Kavanaugh is admittedly in bed with Trump. He certainly has angst against the Democrats. He said so. So do the math. These players already have.
#3 Then there is the fact that Kavanaugh has already stated that he believes a president should not be challenged for any crimes while he is president. And then we know that the Trump’s have been implicated in tax fraud schemes. So Trump has a lot of reasons to want Kavanaugh on his bench, which brings me to the point on this article.
If a SCOTUS judge is chosen by Trump, a president who is now officially under investigation for potential crimes against the United States, that same SCOTUS judge should recuse himself from weighing in on any decisions that can reasonably be construed to benefit Trump. He should do that for the obvious reasons that justice must at least look like justice to the people or they will not accept it. And we should insist on this because absolutely no one can be allowed to choose and potentially pay off his own judge. No one can be above the law in a democracy.
There’s a lot to consider here. And all this leads me to believe the FBI report, while it was a needed pause to calm a hot situation, was done to give the GOP cover to vote for Kavanaugh. It also served as a distraction from the real reasons Americans should not want Kavanaugh to become a Supreme Court Justice.
Kavanaugh could convince me his loyalty was not promised to Trump by simply recusing himself from all things Russia, Mueller and Trump. He has not done this. Therein lies the real issue with Bret Kavanaugh’s nomination. A president under investigation should not be allowed to choose a SCOTUS judge. It feels like the fix is in and that is exactly what Trump’s base wanted to avoid when they voted against Hillary. Right?
Is The Fix Is In?
Listen to what Putin said at a USSR hockey game to our CBS reporter. He said with an undeniable smirk “Trump is acting in accordance with his own government”.
It’s as if he said “whatever you see Trump do for himself, it’s legal – like it or not”.
If you read between the lines, Putin’s statement seems to be about Comey’s firing but the undercurrent is about some sort of struggle Trump is having with his own government.Putin is saying, in effect, that Trump would prefer not to have an adversarial US government to deal with – (the way Putin has it in Russia as an elected dictator), but that he is not breaking any US laws. He is in accordance. So it’s all OK. This is exactly how Putin took control of his government! The logical conclusion is: they are both trying to use our laws, to make Trump/Putin the czars of planet earth. And Putin is coaching Donald Trump for sure.
*Why that 3 to 20 times number? I heard similar numbers from my father as a young man. It’s an old school New York City depression survivor businessman’s philosophy. My dad called it “make and take” which meant if someone made money for you, you paid them from 5% to 33% of the money they made for you and they will do it again for you.