2020 Presidential Hopefuls Should Unite: Team America. Are We Dodo Birds?

Winning an election is just a game to Donald Trump and the GOP. If they can’t win by legitimate means, they will try to fix things. We have seen this many times – at state and national levels – both in 2016 and 2018. It’s a big part of what the Russian investigation is all about. Our country’s executive branch, and likely many key members of Congress ( because they seem to support him regardless of how much dirt is exposed )  has been taken hostage by a foreign power. There is little doubt in our minds about that now. We are witnessing a coupe d’etat of the USA. 

Meanwhile, the president is telling us to ignore the news and 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. That is NOT a majority opinion. So our country is NOT functioning as a democracy now. Does that bother you the way it does me? It should.

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. The opposition must do better in 2020. 

To understand the importance importance of unifying early under a few 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. 

And I know some will say its great to see all the fresh energy out there. But this is energy largely wasted when only one will be president. There is more heartbreak when so many must lose for one to win. And its all very expensive too. So let’s really think about this.

hopefulsbwCan so many candidates really have substantially different messages? That answer is clearly negative. The overall Democratic message is 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 goals. And we are doing better at that lately. 

I often speak about creating a mock democracy where we post our values and requests for actions from our government.  (link)

Now think back to the spectacle of the GOP 2016 candidates race. There was about a dozen GOP’ers running. No one politician could really differentiate himself from the others without the forces of infighting cutting them down. Trump, a non-politician, took advantage of that. The GOP messages were divided as they tried to distinguish themselves and Trump, who had no substantive message – just catch all phrases, name calling ( no energy Jeb, little Marco, etc.) and fear mongering.

Dems just can’t afford divided messages in 2020″. They can’t afford the 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 Dems 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 DEMs 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:

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 people then the only main 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 GOPers had to in 2016.

And therein lies the real issue. There will have to be be mixed messages and inevitably a sense of infighting, just like we saw in the GOP 2016 election runoff. The infighting alone will look like the DEMs are all a bit crazed – all saying the same thing basically – but not on the same page. The message will become  “I can do this better” than the others. It will be easy for one candidate to relay that we don’t 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.

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 win easily. And I stress easily because we know they 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 the game and run a white male with a heart 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? 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 January 20th – I think is disqualifies him emotionally. Stay tuned. 

Bernie Sanders: He has suffered lately in polls. He has the heart and drive to be a great president, but he is easy to attack on his socialistic policies. We need more socialism in the USA. But it’s not an easy sell.

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 my number two choice.

Michael Bloomberg: I think this is the smartest choice we have but he may run as an independent. Tat 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 – Trump has no shot. And he’s hard to fight expect on one thing, which is he was born into Judaism. But that did not hurt Bernie. We will see.

In my opinion, all the hopefuls should get together in a room 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.  I say this because we all can remember the fallout when Bernie, who seemed to have more grassroots support, 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.  

Imagine TEAM AMERICA. No sour grapes. No infighting. All 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. So we might as well start by projecting that coordination.

And guess what? If we do this, the other side of America, trump’s 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.

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’ve got to be smarter in 2020. For all the reasons above,  I strongly suggest we run in 2020 as a team – united behind a few white, male leaders with a strong veep backup. I know that sounds wrong. But winning is everything to Trump and it should be to us as well. It’s a math game. Don’t fight math. There are plenty other things that have to go right for us to win in 2020. Don’t start that game with a 25% handicap. 

ARE WE DODO BIRDS?

EXTINCTION WORKS JUST LIKE THIS IN NATURE

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

(Now change a few words.)

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

Relevant prior posts:

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

Trump is One of Many Corrupt Rulers Who Launder Money Internationally

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Year’s Resolution: Save Representative Democracy with Transparent Open-Source Democracy Software

My New Year’s wish is employ transparent open-source technologies to re-shape our democracy so it better serves the needs of all Americans.

heartoftexas1We now know the technologies at Facebook and Google played a large part in influencing the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. As a consequence of that election influence, the moral authority of the institution of POTUS has been suspect since Trump took office.  It’s clearly not been healthy for our democracy. But retreating from learning the full truth will spell the end of our democracy. 

It’s a new year. Time to think outside the box. The New Congress needs truly fresh ideas and I am now proposing that Transparent Open-Source Democracy Forum ( Software) be created – and perhaps be adopted as part of the Democratic Party’s platform. Why let these communication technologies drown us when we can ride this wave to a better democracy here – and a better planet for all mankind. 

The very same platforms that helped spread Russian lies and changed the arc of American politics can be used to heal our divided country and create an informed consensus that reflects the true attitudes and desires of the majority. Transparent Open-Source Democracy Forum Software would function as a perpetual town hall meeting. It is SOFTWARE FOR DEMOCRACY that empowers a more efficient actual democracy. It informs our elected representatives of what we want. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regular Mock Votes 

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

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

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

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

CITY > STATE > COUNTRY > GLOBE                                

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

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

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

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

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Relevant prior posts:

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

Trump is One of Many Corrupt Rulers Who Launder Money Internationally

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

Trump’s Main Problem: Cheating To Win

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About the Author

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OUR PRESIDENT IS ALSO “INDIVIDUAL ONE”

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

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

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

But first things first. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Relevant prior posts: 

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

Trump is One of Many Corrupt Rulers Who Launder Money Internationally

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

 

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

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

Trump Threatens to Leak On His Enemies as Mueller Turns Up Heat

mueller-trumpDonald Trump just threatened to release classified information on his opponents – largely Democrats –  but also outspoken civil servants like James Comey, who is about to go through a phony inquiry. The intent of the GOP’s Comey investigation is to scare Democrats from acting against Trump and the GOP. It’s sole message is “you come after Trump he will come after you”. This is one of the last desperate cards individual one can play in his attempt to obfuscate truth and obstruct justice.  But do not underestimate it’s value. Targeting Congress members has historically been a very effective of getting one’s own way. But why is this? Consider the following:

To our collective shame, the American citizenry has allowed politicians to enjoy the fruits of bribes and graft with little recourse. We’ve not been very politically active as a group. We elect politicians but then let them do their thing. We just hope they live up to their promises, but they rarely do. Lying to the public is not even illegal and the criminal type of politician knows that. We give them uncheck-able legal power and they run with it for self-aggrandizement. Therein lies the main problem with our current democracy. 

There’s a heck of a lot of old dirt hiding in the skeletons of both GOP and DEM Congressmen these days. That dirt is the real swamp. And it exists on both sides of the aisle. That dirt, which we permit to exist, consistently stops Americans from enjoying a robust democratic government that really could work for them. That dirt is the real enemy and we have to clean it up. Maybe we know this at last. Maybe. We will see. 

Why do you think Donald Trump said “I like Nancy Pelosi”? Yes, Pelosi is red meat for his base which includes plenty of misogynists who believe women belong in the kitchen, etc. But is it possible Trump already has some palpable dirt on Pelosi? She has been in politics for a long time. That brings experience, but it also means she has a history of business deals. I don’t know the details on how Pelosi got to be worth 29 million in real estate. And that’s not so much in California. I assume she is an honest player having not heard to the contrary. However I also know how Trump thinks. He figures he can paint her black because she has money. All the people in his circle who have money have dirt – he practically insists on it. So when Trump says he likes Nancy Pelosi, he’s saying he likes her as an opponent or enemy – not as a fellow politician to engage in an effort to help Americans live better lives. You can count on that.

For too long, a dis-engaged American electorate has permitted the criminal type to not only infiltrate its politics but steep in it with little consequence. Many of these self-serving politicians exist in both parties. Yes, it feels like the GOP has more of them but that may be because they have the power now. The only congressional group that might not yet have skeletons in their closets is the young freshman class that contains folks like Alex Cortez. So I am specially reaching out to them because it may come down to them to clean up the dirt and make self-serving politicians a thing of the past. 

What this all means becomes more apparent when you consider what happened to the idealistic Barack Obama after he entered the presidency. Barack made an effort to create “change we can believe in”. But,  beyond healthcare it seemed to many that he did not try that hard. Many Americans felt ignored. And that gave the GOP palpable traction to their success in 2016. It seemed like Obama sold out, but we couldn’t quite see it. With Trump – we know 100% he is selling out. We do see and hear about it every day. And it’s finally bugging Americans on both sides of the aisle. That’s what the Blue Wave was all about. And that may turn out to be a good thing. 

When the Democrats take power it will come down to why politicians sell out and why we permit it? Trump has already learned that there are skeletons in closets of his allies and enemies. He is collecting the dirt and he will play that game. It has begun!

So all this means when the DEMS come to power with Pelosi in charge, we the people will have to  keep an eye open for signs they start going soft on Trump. I hope that is not the case unless it’s to have Trump step down and I have written about that. ( see below)

But one thing for sure. Obama’s idealism hit the swamp/wall and he backed down. That wall still exists and the new House members will learn about it soon. Do they buckle? Do they start seeing paths to self dealing and join the swamp? Do they start complicated motions that ultimately go nowhere? We will know soon. 

And what is that swamp/wall anyway? It is the same military-industrial complex that Eisenhower made note of when he passed the baton on to JFK. It’s the Kochs, the Mercers, the Zuckerbergs, plenty of congress members, Boeing, GE, Saudi Arabia’s MBS. Putin, etc.  That’s a heck of an obstinate wall. And when it’s structure is challenged that wall fires back with back room deals and bullets. 

That’s why I sort of wanted the small band of 25 idealistic freshmen who opposed Pelosi to have their way. It’s not going to happen. I’m apprehensively okay with it. The freshman class is among the few in Congress that are not yet suborned by that wall. And yes, we recognize there are plenty of good, decent Congresspeople. But time spent in Congress turns many good people into cynical jaded operatives of the establishment. 

If we are going to make change that really restores America’s position of authority as a beacon of hope for the world to behold, we’re going to have to go “all the way”. That Frank Sinatra song comes to mind. When somebody loves you, it’s no good unless they love you all the way. ( One of my favorites.) We need to love our American democracy all the way this time folks. 

Citizens. If there is one good thing Trump has done for America it may be that his inexperience in government has resulted in exposing political corruption and dirt. And  it is now abhorrent to us all. But it’s only going to be a blessing of we go all the way and root out corruption at all levels of government – city, state and national. We’re going to have to vet our public servants to the core and have them reveal all their financial dealings if they want to work for us. We need to think of political appointments more like we think of doctors with licenses to uphold.  We’re going to have to instantly retire any public servant who does not want to put their books on the record. That’s how graft starts. 

Of course, there would be resistance to this kind of scrutiny from both sides of the aisle precisely because there are crooks in both parties. They have votes and they stick will together to protect their personal interests. So if we don’t go all the way, getting rid of Trump won’t mean that much. We’ll just get a new smoother Trump in time.

Anand Giridharadas, bright young author of “Winners Takes All”, said that maybe it would be a good idea to have a personal wealth ceiling for those seeking office. it’s idealistic, but that won’t happen. There are good people who have money too. So it’s the vetting that has to be done. Laws have to set up that disqualify people to serve immediately if they are found to be corrupt by standards we will have to create. We’re going to have to fix what’s broken in the US government system. 

Now that Cohen is revealing the truth, Trump has admitted he was indeed trying to build a Tower in Putin’s Russia while a candidate. I guess he figured he would not win and he could come back to the Moscow Tower after the election. When he won, he scrapped the tower project for the time being. But once he is not POTUS again in two years ( we presume – or less ) he can and will go back to that or other Russian projects. And so his not-so-far-into-the-future hope INFORMS his decisions today as president. And that we cannot not abide! We can all agree that a US president cannot have present, past, or soon-to-be financial interests in countries that are enemies of the USA and democracy.

Last thing. We’ve learning from Trump that the current rules that might constrain a rogue president are not sufficient to protect our democracy and nation.  Just why we permit the office of president to pardon people who are convicted of crimes is suspicious. We know it’s in the constitution. But it’s such a bad idea for modern times. Pardon power and other absolute powers given to the POTUS since 1776 have to be re-examined and updated to reflect 21st century technology. Maybe we should allow a president to suggest a review for pardoning. But giving one man all the power in a democracy of 300 million is not going to work out for us. They will pardon their criminal friends and how is that good for us?

The Constitution was written when the population of the entire country was 2.5 million. There’s that many people in Brooklyn today.

We’ve got to fix our democracy now and go all the way.

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

Relevant prior posts: 

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

Trump is One of Many Corrupt Rulers Who Launder Money Internationally

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

Trump’s Main Problem: Cheating To Win

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

How Citizens Can Help Protect Mueller in a Cyber Age

Joseph Aronesty, chairman – the Manhattan Beach Political Thinktank

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

Racists, Corrupt Politicians & Terrorists Have Something in Common: Cowardice

Heather Heyer is the first visible martyr in the resistance. Rest in power.

heyerWhen you fight a disease, you can treat the symptoms, but you won’t get a cure unless you remove the infected cells or halt the root cause of the disease.  When a society has a disease, the logical options to a cure are the same: remove the infected cells or stop the cause of the disease. The US government is suffering from internalized greed disease. Unless cured, it is usually fatal to a society. 

Background:

They called it the roaring twenties because there were excesses of wealth but also of poverty. The Depression of 1929 happened when the wealth gap reached a breaking point.  FDR’s New Deal was about checking the wealth gap. Then something happened in the early 1980’s. The progressive tax system, which was the way we paid for the New Deal, started disappearing. Monopolies, once legislated against, were allowed to profligate. Money started shifting to the top 10% – and ultimately to the top 1%. This trend was amplified by inevitable technology- the internet revolution, robotics and then outsourcing.

Progressive taxation had been clearly keeping the middle class in the middle. So why did it go away? There’s only one logical answer: Politicians got bought by the corporations that benefited by the tax changes. Buying politicians is probably highly illegal. But our politics is now so corrupt that a fraternity of players vowed to silence is protecting the criminals within. After all, they all have dirt on each other. Thick as thieves, they used to say. 

What does political corruption have to do with terrorism and racism? 

People who are generally content with the creature comforts of life are not easily enrolled into violence and hate.  Deprived and forgotten classes are easier to sell on the notion that other races of men and immigrants are taking their jobs! That meme breeds hate of the others. And that results in a divided nation – which is obviously what Trump wants. If he did not want this, he would speak differently. 

Heather Heyer was a victim of an act that was inspired by the division in our nation that Trump stokes daily with his words. Ironically, the his followers have been sold the hate others meme by the very same people that keep them from the creature comforts and needs that could set them free of their hatred. . The GOP pulls this off with lies and a news station that is more propaganda than news. 

This scenario is pretty much the same in the Middle East. Could ISIS or MS-13 enroll people to fight for them if their people had something hopeful to live for? Not so easily. Saudi Arabian citizens are fairly well off and we don’t often see their youth running to fight for ISIS. But the Saudi government is sort of like the Koch Brothers of the Middle East. They promote hatred and terrorism while not partaking in it. They squash their free press.  Trump is doing the same thing as best he can.

We can minimize the effects of greed disease in our society, and I argue we were in the process of doing that after WW11 – during our “golden years” from 1950 to 1964.  But Ronald Reagan got sold on the idea of protecting big business, most likely from GE, whose TV show he used to host in the 1960’s things began to change.  Then in the 1980’s, Gordon Gecko said “greed is good”, and somehow this was not rejected by the nation as a whole; it was largely embraced.  At that point, the golden age of America was over.

Greed is the root cause of racism, Nazism and terrorism. Jesus knew this 2000 years ago, and he was killed for it – by the greedy. 

There are honest ways to fight for what you believe in. But today we are witnessing greed infused with cowardice. Greedy cowards don’t want to climb the ladder the way honest, loving people see fit to. They see short-cuts. The greedy will lie, steal, hide and kill to get ahead because they are cowards. What are they afraid of? They’re afraid of doing hard work. They’re afraid they don’t have what it takes. They’re afraid they are unqualified and must cheat to win.

Donald Trump has been such a coward all his life. Greedy cowards side-step laws and eventually develop the mentality that they are above the law. That’s exactly what happened to Trump. He spent a lifetime cheating to win – using lawyers to side-step our laws. Now that we’ve given him the mantle of the presidency he just wants to say he is the law, or he alone is above the law -just like a greedy cowardly autocrat.

I realize greed has been around for a very long time and is not going away. The ideals of the individual do not, and will never align with the ideals of the society. This is just biology. Darwinism. 

But we were on the path to a fix here in America after WW11. And the fix was simple: a progressive tax system.  All we need to do is reinstate the tax and monopoly laws that were in place then, adjusting then for today’s reality, and I think that golden age can return. It’s not that hard to do. But we have to get greed, corruption and money out of politics to do it, right?

And we can’t do any of this with the leadership we have now. Trump represents the very embodiment of a twisted greedy soul. 

Yesterday, somebody very wise told me that “crap rises to the top before it’s flushed away”. Maybe that’s a necessary step. washMaybe we must see our problem to eliminate it. We are seeing the dirt rise to the top almost every day.  Maybe that will be the Trump Cycle’s historical meaning: a much needed 4 -year cleaning cycle.  The Trump Era? Not! It’s the Trump Cycle – a much needed cleaning cycle.

Progressive taxation does not eliminate personal greed, but it helps by making it harder for wealth to pool at the top. It does this while not stifling capitalism. Nothing else will work to restore harmony in America. There is no other way to pay for healthcare, infrastructure and all the things we need. All else is robbing Peter to pay Paul.  All else is word salad. They used to call it double-talk. 

So yes, we clearly need new leadership in the USA. We need to get the current president, all his appointees and any that align with him – out of office.

Unchecked greed is the root cause to all our societal ills. We can legislate our way out of this mess, the way we did after WW11. Sharing our common wealth more evenly is the cure for most of out ills. 

The capitalistic system will break when the gap between the rich and poor gets too great. Then it’s 1929 all over again. A communist system also has a break point. It’s all about the wealth gap.

A resistance has emerged. Here it’s the resistance. There it’s ISIS. This dogfight persists until there is a full-blown revolution. We are on that path. We all can feel that as a distinct possibility. Some call it an impending constitutional crisis. 

The way out is the 2018 midterms. Vote out all elected official aligned with Donald Trump. Look to elect those who appear to have more socialistic, compassionate, people-oriented viewpoints. We can reset our American society, but we need the right people in Congress to do it. The people in charge now never had any desire to help us. Most got into politics for self promotion. And greed is not good. 

Heather Heyer was the first visible martyr of the resistance.

Rest in power.

 

 

 

 

Putin Used a Trojan Horse to Gain Access to Our Government: Donald Trump

trojanThe Trojan Horse tale recounts an ancient Greek war strategy used to gain access to the independent city of Troy and win the Trojan War. After a fruitless 10-year siege of Troy, the Greeks almost gave up. Then they came up with a unique plan. They constructed a huge wooden horse, and hid a small select force of warriors inside. The Greeks pretended to sail away so the Trojans pulled the horse into their city as a victory trophy.

At night, the Greek force crept out of the horse, opened the gates for the rest of the Greek army, which had sailed back under cover of night. The Greeks army entered and destroyed the city of Troy, winning the war at last.

A “Trojan Horse” has come to mean any trick or strategy that causes a target to invite an enemy into a protected space.  The malicious computer program the Russians used to gain access to the Democratic party’s computer and all their voter ID info is actually called a “Trojan horse” or a “Trojan”. But that is not the only Trojan Horse we fell for. Donald Trump was born here, but his allegiance is to his money – and always has been. 

In 2016, gullible Americans invited Trump into their cities and hearts and gave him the power of the presidency. As president he is pitting Americans against each other, simultaneously widening the racial and income divides. He is also attacking the free press, ending affordable healthcare, polluting our rivers and atmosphere – all things that enemy Russia takes delight in. The Russians are getting to destroy the fabric of America without even using weapons. It’s a war of words, a cyber war – but it achieves the things a physical war endeavors to achieve without bullets or bombs. 

Russia is a huge country, with one foot in the West but the other in the East. Since the 1950’s they have had a “catch up to the West” mentality and they never have quite got there. Donald Trump is effectively serving as a Trojan Horse for the Putin’s agenda. He knows full well that the Russians hacked the election on 2016 to help him win, but will never admit it. I can’t blame him there. It would seal his fate to be honest at this point. But he’d have no need to lie daily to the public if he had only said “no” to Russian election help. But indeed he said yes. He said ” We love it.” And please, it was not his son – errand boy, Don Jr. It was Donald J Trump that said yes to the cheating, just as he has done all his life from his fake casino bankruptcies on.

As it  must be in a democracy, it is against the rule of law to get foreign help to win an election. Indeed, without strict enforcement of that law, no democracy can survive very long. So the only move Trump and the other members in the suborned GOP party have left is – to try and fix the election of 2018 again! We should count on that effort and prepare for it. They know if there is a Blue Wave it will drown them all. 

Why are there greed-oriented rulers like Trump and Putin?

The real struggle in planet Earth as population increases is the widening income gap. Money buys so much of what we need to survive as humans. Just like Manafort, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are also money launderers. They steal from their people.

People with greed disease have a deep sense of not being loved. For these poor souls only money, power or winning ( even at the expense of others) fills the vast emptiness inside. When the satisfaction does not last the greed grows and grows – like a cancer in the soul.

But when rulers steal from their fellow countrymen, they also need to get the money out of their countries to secure it. So there is now a fraternity of dictators on planet earth. Did you know that more than over 50% of the land area on earth is under the dictatorial rule! See the DICTATOR MAP – and please spread this map as a meme on your social media. I need a bigger megaphone. 

We know what do to! VOTE THEM OUT! All of them! The GOP is complicit with this Trojan Horse presidency. They are in too deep to change course. They will try and fix this election. I am 100% certain of that. 

Defensive idea: Even if it will not count, someone should quickly create a back-up space to register our midterm votes online! Even if only Democrats participate, at least we will have a poll number to counter their fake number if they say we lost, when we know we’ve won. Watch Ohio on 8/7 closely. Someone will try to fix Ohio if its close – and it is known to be close.

And I’m tired of hearing “it’s good to get along with dictators”. Like dogs and cats, democracies and dictatorships are natural born enemies. They have completely different agendas and goals.

Listen to your candidate’s words. Anyone peddling hate or fear is indirectly or directly working for our enemies – POTUS included. “There is nothing to fear but fear itself”. FDR