Written May 2017, updated January 2018
At some point in time, and hopefully before something reckless is attempted by the president, we are going to have to know the whole truth about the 2016 election. We just can’t have foreign governments influencing our elections, because it is our free and fair elections that have defined America – and since 1776.
I am herein making a plea that the investigative process to be put on a fast track, with a goal to reach conclusion within 60 days, if at all possible. Campaigning for the 2018 election will begin soon – very soon, and Russian intervention will happen again if we don’t identify the problem and eliminate it. Defending against espionage is like fighting a cancer. You have to know what kind of cancer it is to fight the maligned cells. And we have to know who the bad cells are and what they did – so we can make them go away.
Because I went to school with Trump and was subjected to a similar ethos from my father, I was one of the first to say Donald Trump was in bed with Russia. To me it was clear when he said ” Russia, if you are listening” on the campaign trail. But I also surmised money laundering evidence when he declared bankruptcy in Atlantic City.
Now at last, the media and investigation is catching up to the truth. Way too slow. There has been so much damage and cost to America and Americans due to this slowness. As of January 2018, The Russian contact/collusion/conspiracy trail has undeniably reached the White House, Trump, his family and its administration. Way too many of the president’s advisors and cabinet members are either under suspicion, been indicted or have pleaded “guilty” and are working with the Special Prosecutor.
It’s been pretty obvious to many of us all along that something does not feel right about Donald Trump. I don’t care what “side” you have been on. Does this feel right to you? Answer that and then ask yourself what we should be doing.
Trump, a true don, has always been in on everything his subordinates and family members have done for him. We cannot assume or even make leeway for Trump knowing what his people are doing for him. And if he really was ignorant of all this, that’s gross negligence – and that’s not a quality in a president that we need.
Trump keeps saying and will continue to say “no collusion”. That is the classic “Mafia don” alibi for murder, ” I didn’t do it, I didn’t know he did it”. Of course, the dons don’t get their hands dirty … but they order the hits and are culpable. No soldier in a criminal organization takes serious action without telling the don or they risk their own lives. They swear allegiance to the don, and that is exactly what Trump thinks he is – a don. In his unattached imagination – he is a don.
Donald Trump has not signed that Russian sanction bill sitting on his desk for months. It’s to his political benefit to sign it (and ours). And yet, he does not because he cannot. Trump is suborned. And the GOP do nothing about it because their leaders are guilty of the same crimes. They all have dirt on each other. That’s why they swear allegiance.
Trump and his soldiers colluded with Russian spies to win the election – and now all are suborned and are forced to side with the Russian political agenda ( not ours) as payback one way or another. If they don’t, Putin can leak the full unabashed truth about what he knows and totally sink Donald Trump and the entire Trump GOP. What would Putin care?
So this president cannot serve faithfully as a US president. He can’t, even if he wanted to- and there’s never been a shred of evidence that he has wanted to or capable of serving anyone faithfully. This is exactly how the greedy, the over-their-head stupid and/or the unwittingly suborned become the blackmailed.
And this is the hardest part. It would be one thing if it were only Trump. But the entire executive brand may have be suborned.
Regardless of our political affiliation or lack thereof, what we now have as American citizens, is a thoroughly dangerous security crisis. These are now practical solutions to our dilemma.
#1 – I really think that Trump should be stripped of all powers until he shows his taxes. That at least would show a willingness to cooperate. He’s not going to supply it anyway. He’d rather step down than show his taxes, and I’ve been saying this since the day he was elected. He’s been in bed with Russian money laundering since the 1980’s and his cash cow – the casinos. Reason: tax avoidance.
There is currently neither enough confidence in Trump, or any of Trump’s cabinet members to efficiently run our government in a way that is truly focused on improving or protecting the lives of ordinary Americans. Nor are we assured that all or most of the executive branch members are not part of a suborned group of unwittingly Russian-aligned politicians, to whom we have just given the keys to our weapon systems. This is foolish and very dangerous!
We have way too much at stake here to gamble on Trump’s claims of innocence – or fake media. Both citizen and president Trump have repeatably shown they can’t be trusted to be honorable. The facts we know don’t add up any longer to most Americans.
We really can’t afford all this bickering any more. It’s shameful and wasteful. In one year we have become a the total laughing stock of the planet’s first-world countries. And the people’s business is on the back burner and the fire is turned off. So #2 :
The Conditional Impeachment of Donald Trump
So, for the good of the nation’s well-being and security, I am proposing that a few house and senate representatives announce and initiate a 2-step impeachment process.
- If Donald Trump does not show his taxes forthwith, he is quickly impeached.
- If Donald Trump does show his taxes forthwith, he must give up the right to fire Mueller without just cause, and become fully cooperative in the Mueller investigation. We need to know ASAP:
- What happened in the 2016 election?
- What’s going on now in our government now? It comes down to this. Would Donald Trump would rather be impeached than show his taxes? There can be no delay. For the good of the national security, Donald Trump’s taxes must be revealed immediately. If he refuses to cooperate, we have the right to assume Trump has something serious to hide and that he can’t be trusted to run our government – and hence he must be impeached.
And this is the sad part. Since all of his picks may be suborned, in the interim we probably should bestow the mantle of POTUS to either Rex Tillerson(R) who also seems to want out – or better James Mattis (I) because he is independent and should have been out of the loop. Ryan is theoretically ahead of him but has said he wants to retire. Oren Hatch is retiring as well and he is way too old anyway. Pence will be found to be complicit in the collusion. He knew and said nothing.
The line of succession Trump has set up is so ridiculous there is hardly anyone there I would trust to be president. Would you?
1 Vice President Mike Pence (R)
2 Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R)
3 President pro tempore of the Senate Orrin Hatch (R)
4 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R)
5 Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin (R)
6 Secretary of Defense James Mattis (I)
7 Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R)
8 Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (R)
9 Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue (R)
10 Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (R)
11 Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta (R)
12 Secretary of Health and Human Services Eric Hargan (R)
13 Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson (R)14 Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao(R)
15 Secretary of Energy Rick Perry (R)16 Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos(R)
17 Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin (I)
18 Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke (I)
Now if the president does cooperate and shows his taxes, then he and his chosen staff should certainly continue to preside. It could be easy, if only he was innocent. Fair is fair.
But until this is resolved, their war powers should be taken away, for obvious reasons. Congress must now have to sole power to make war during the FBI investigation. The sheer numbers of people in Congress will serve a safety valve in this interim period. American safety must be an extra high priority now. We know that he knows that war tends to shut down internal investigations. A war made to keep him in power cannot be ruled out. We see they are capable of doing anything for their own interests. If he engaged with Putin to win an election ( and Trump did say ” what does it all matter if I don’t win?”) he can not be trusted at all.
The president must be completely helpful during the investigation and may not refuse any requests of Chief Investigator Mueller. If he does, he and his staff are all considered impeached. We need this resolved as quickly as possible – not 2 years from now. With this ultimatum, I believe we can get to the truth in less than 60 days.
Dear Congressman, please note: This plan has promotional appeal to ordinary folks on the right and left because we all pay taxes, and we all know Donald Trump bragged that he did not like to pay taxes. This irks all taxpayers, left and right. So there is this large bipartisan agreement that Donald Trump should indeed reveal his taxes for the good of the country. This is actually the most unifying element between the left and the right. Polls bear this out. So we must seize this unifying element to unite our country, and experience the collective empowerment that will come when we all demand Trump’s taxes in lieu of immediate impeachment.
This left/right appeal is a hugely valuable selling tool. People are going to agree with this on both sides. They already do! Give Trump the option to show his taxes or be impeached. The court of popular sentiment will be the deciding vote anyway. 2018 is approaching. It is the sort of selling tool used on the Trump campaign trail. Trump knows, people can be sold – even when their best interests are at heart. We can’t have a suborned executive branch. And that may be the case. Time is not our friend here.
Now, if Trump shows his taxes, the investigation will go into a fast track, because so many connections will be revealed. A speedy proper and conclusion has a much better chance of being realized with his taxes published. There can be no more waiting and delaying and no denial of evidence along the route. Donald Trump must put our country’s best interest ahead of his own. It is something he has never done, going back to his draft-dodging and tax avoiding. But if he has been a reasonably honest player, he should have nothing to worry about.
If any members congress do not support a conditional impeachment demand, and if owing to that lack of congressional support, the motion to impeach does not carry the house under the existing laws, then all who stand in the way of conditional impeachment must be voted out in 2018.
We must make our intentions very clear to all politicians. Citizens from the left and right must put that pressure on. There is no make-up for politicians on this. It they are not even interested in even seeing Trump’s taxes in these trying times, they are probably guilty of being suborned themselves, or they are in on this whole Russian affair. At the very least, congressmen would not be doing what representatives are supposed to do – represent their constituencies wishes.
Polls overwhelmingly show that most Americans actually want to see Trump’s taxes. Whoever stands in the way of this, is part of the problem.
Should we ultimately discover that the entire executive branch has largely been suborned during the campaign of 2016, or even that Trump himself was suborned, the cabinet selections of a suborned president obviously cannot be trusted to govern. I think we can all agree on that. It may then be reasonable to discuss one other option. I know I am getting way ahead here.
If we get closure of the 2016 election by April of 2018, and Trump is found guilty we should consider pushing the 2020 presidential election up to 2018? It’s time to think out of the box. We deserve and actually need a functioning government, elected by a true American majority – in an election that can not be rigged or even affected by foreign powers. Otherwise, we have actually lost our democracy, right?
Our vote is the heartbeat of the spiritual being called American democracy.
Email me. I am making calls to representatives this week on this. The idea is to get his taxes or begin impeachment. Any congressman not on board gets voted out in 2018. Are you with me?