Solving our virus problem hinges on social distancing to reduce contagion. But an economic depression that hits us like a tsunami will tax our economic system so hard it will tax our ability to maintain social distancing and optimize our healthcare response. It’s a Catch 22 – or more appropriately – a Sophie’s Choice. Let the economy go on as it was and millions will die. We’ve heard as high as ten million in the USA alone. There’s a delicate balance that has to be struck. We have to help people weather this storm. Where do we start?
There is one easy to effect and sure way to help people and companies at the same time: reduce maximum interest rates to 1% – 2% nationallyby decree. That simple act would give “companies” the time they need to wait it out. That interest break would also give a lot of “people” the time they need to wait this out. Not all people for sure. But this will actually help all Americans regardless of financial status. Interest rates create financial pressure. It’s totally ridiculous for anyone to be able to collect interest above 1% and profiteer in this crisis when the Fed Rate is .25%.
This simple, charitable and wise action would set in motion the domino effect needed to help relax tension a bit for everyone at the same time. And we desperately need this relaxation.
Let me cite one example. I own a business in Los Angeles and I rent an office. My landlord, a true gem by the way, just told me not to pay the rent for April. I was going to ask, but I did not have to. Very human of him.
But he has a mortgage to pay too. If his bank rate went down to 1% that’s going to make it easier for him to continue to pass that break on to me. Every obligation, from mortgages to leases to accounts payable, revolves around interest rates. If interest rates were suddenly gone or minimized, it gives us all the time we need to wrap our heads around our virus issue and our economic depression that is inevitable if we are to keep the contagion rate down.
I did go to Wharton School and shared a class with Donald Trump. He paid absolutely no attention to what was being taught. I was no honor student, but I did learn a bit about how this all works. Interest rates are key. Mortgage rates should immediately go down to 1% across the board. It solves a lot.
I’m going to leave this here, keep it short and spend my time circulating this memo, hoping it finds its way up to people who can make this happen. Lowering our collective financial temperature will solve many of our imminent problems – medical, social and financial – in one fell swoop.
PS. I am also 99% sure that the Kushners and Trumps of the world won’t like this solution. They are landlords. They love foreclosures. It’s how they acquired a lot of their properties, on the backs of others. And they can afford to stay home and not catch the virus. They even know if they do get the bug, they will get the best medical attention. So watch as they don’t quite do the right things in the days ahead.
Get this circulating. It is very doable. Trump’s talking about “companies” because the right companies will pay him off in his foreign bank accounts for slush funds sent their way. And that is also why he has not used the National Defense Act yet. He has not found a way to get paid off for the contracts yet. He’s working on it. You can be sure of that.
If we think back to the 2016 campaign, there were strange sightings of Russians at the GOP Convention and trails of Russian money mixed with the NRC treasury. Now, in the rear view mirror, it all begins to make sense.
Putin realized that the GOP controlled the gateway to promote a 2016 presidential candidate. So first he had to form an alliance with the GOP and sell them on the idea of running Donald Trump. Reince Prebus didn’t go along with the Russian scheme, so he was the first to go.
McConnell, the most transactional US Senator in history, proved he would do anything to further his party’s interests when he held up Obama’s SCOTUS choice for one year. Mitch knows how essential he is for the GOP’s survival, so he leveraged a lucrative post for his wife Elaine Chao, who has many business ties to China, – Secretary of Transportation. So the McConnells are all in with the sellout.
The metastasis of the GOP sellout has spread to other positions of power within the US government. They are actively ousting anyone not 100% board and replacing them with lockstep loyalists. Comey, Tillerson and Mattis did not pass the loyalty test and were ousted for no good cause other than a president deserves to surround himself with whomever he wants. And yes, that is how the law reads.
Listen to what Putin said at a hockey game he plays in to a CBS reporter. “Trump is acting in accordance with ( the laws of ) his own government”.
Autocrats and criminals often leak out what’s on their minds when they think people are not paying attention. In Putin’s case, his power is so secure he could shoot someone in Red Square and not lose any power. He prefers poison these days. But view this interview, which you can listen to by clicking here, as a leaked statement of Putin’s state of information with respect to Trump’s actions to oust Comey. Putin was either in the loop, or more likely – calling the shots. Putin is a democracy takeover expert. Trump is taking orders, spreading lies – and golfing.
The GOP is and clearly has been aligned with Putin, and together they are trying to take over the United States by using the existing laws on the books. In a country of laws, there is really no other way to do it. That’s why they start with court appointees. That is Putin’s genius. Over time, they hope there will be less laws to fight.
The GOP is operating like a mob crime family, ignoring the will and interests of the American people they swear to serve. They focus on the steps needed to retain power for their uppermost members. They all have foreign entanglements and bank accounts where they can enrich themselves on the quiet.
The GOP is the process of forming a ruling oligarchy here in the USA, that will compare with what Putin has in Russia. That has become their primary goal now because once a faction has committed crimes, they must create and sustain an environment that keeps the crimes hidden forever. Hence the trial with no witnesses was necessary for the GOP. They are complicit with all or trump’s crimes, past and future now.
The vindication of Donald Trump in a Soviet-styled sham trial was an essential step in keeping the GOP’s crimes secret. Donald Trump knows that McConnell and the top GOP members are complicit in the crimes they have jointly committed. Trump has that dirt on the key members, so it was really impossible for the GOP senators to vote for witnesses and documents.
Really, they all need to be impeached. But Barr, Pompeo and McConnell for sure.
As for Trump, I say, IMPEACH HIM AGAIN in the People’s House. Get witnesses, documents and let the 75% of Americans see the truth during the election year. And I don’t care if there is an election coming – because they don’t care. The will call anyone who opposes this tyrant a criminal right up to the election day. And since people – here there and everywhere – are mostly meek and decent – enough of them will buy his lies to make it close and the cheating may get him over the line. But only if Russia is on the front page in October.
Let me end this short warning with math that should be very telling. Trump and his GOP party have just totally ignored the will of 75% of the American people who wanted to at least see the witness and documents in his impeachment trial.They are 75% along the way to a complete totalitarian rule here in the USA. After all, if 100% of Americans wanted to see a real trial and could not make it happen – that would mark the total surrender of democracy, which by definition means the people’s majority should prevail.
There two steps that remain for complete takeover of the US democracy: shutting down information media and rigging the election. PS. This is why Trump fears Bloomberg most. Mike owns a huge media outlet. This is why I am beginning to think Mike Bloomberg is our front man – but he should select and delegate positions to candidates like Bernie, Pete, Klobuchar and even Booker and Harris. If Bloomberg runs an inclusive campaign, that’s all we will really need. We can’t unit the country if we can’t unite our party. Whoever figures this out first, should be our man.
If I were in Schiff’s shoes, I would make a public plea for open-source encrypted voting software with paper trails for this year’s elections. Absent of that – which will never happen – the Dems must keep the investigation ongoing in the House, write new articles of impeachment for Trump and impeach McConnell, Barr and Pompeo – this time with a trial done in the House with witnesses and documents.
The primary meme that drives Putin and Trump is still “greed is good”. Don’t view these “statesmen” as politicians. View them and treat them for what they are – criminals with the titles of statesmen. They will view truth tellers in media and government as rats and leakers. That is the struggle we find ourselves in now –statesmen vs. criminals.
Will we allow criminals to keep the controls of our once democratic government and use our own laws to maintain their power and negate majority rule for all of us? What kind of world will we be living in when majority rule no longer applies in the USA at all? Ask the citizens of Russia and Venezuela how their authoritarian government is working for them.
These are links to my most relevant posts on Trump-ism. I sat in a class with Donald trump in ’67 at Penn and worked close enough to him in AC to see he was buying into a crooked lifestyle. I made a choice to get away from that meme. It just did not sit well with me. It still does not.
Dear Nancy: This is the most important trial in American history. Do not allow justice to be obstructed within this trial. – Remember, this is also a trial for Trump’s obstruction of justice. The Senate trial should not proceed until it allows witnesses and documents – like any other trial. Full stop.
Wait for Mitch to see the light. He is up for election and his popularity is waning in Kentucky. Public pressure will increase after the Spring thaw. That’s just how the world works. Occupy Wall Street ended in the winter. Weather is a factor and hope is renewed and energized every spring. Don’t fight nature.
This delay is not hurting Democratic candidates. Just blame the delay on one word: OBSTRUCTION. Just say you are not going to allow Donald J Trump and his cult to conduct a sham trial in the US Senate. If Mitch has not budged by February, respond with if we have to wait for the election, then the voters in the USA and in Kentucky can have the final say on the fairness, witnesses, and documents in what is the most important trial in American history.
If the Senate trial begins and proceeds without those rules in place, we are saying uncovering the truth in Trump’s Senate trial, arguably the most important trial in American history – and maybe in world history – is lessimportant to us than any mundane trial. It’s ridiculous.
The Soleimani assassination was an act of war done without consulting Congress. It’s clear the Iranians will look at this assassination as an act of war and will respond that way. What would we think if the Iranian Government sent a drone here and assassinated a general? People are the same everywhere.
Trump certainly stepped on Congress’s constitutionally ordained right to declare war, keeping them out of the loop. Angus King just said, Congress abdicated it’s right during the Reagan era and must now reclaim it. Congress. Do so and now. Nothing else will tell the Middle East we recognize the need to reign in our loose cannon POTUS like taking the steps to do so.
The man in the WH would blow the entire world up to save his small empire. We have been warned. Next time we won’t be so lucky.
To this observer’s eye, we have an inept, ill-prepared dolt in charge of our international affairs. American are losing with him at the helm in all arenas except the stock market which only measures how the top 10% of Americans are doing.
The president’s powers – including his war and pardon powers – are ceded to him by the people of the United States and they are his powers to use if and only if he is acting in the interest of the American Commonwealth. A president has no right to use those powers for his own self. Nixon made that error. So did Benedict Arnold.
It’s clear Trump no longer has the full trust of the majority of Americans. Once a POTUS violates his oath of office and is indicted and impeached should he still have those war and pardon powers? I don’t think so. It is certainly not in the interest of the Americans to allow a president to continue to serve if he is using his granted powers for his own self – which at every turn of events – seems to be the case with Donald J Trump.
Sequestering Trump’s pardon powers are just as important as overseeing his war powers. Why? Because Trump enrolls loyalists and entices them to break laws with the promise he will pardon them if they remain loyal.
Our biggest mistake in 2016 was allowing a man to run for president while concealing his taxes. Trump still won’t show his taxes. Trump’s taxes will not only reveal the nature of his financial dealings with Russia but also any other forms of cheating or gaming the system. He is already suspected of tax evasion to the tune of 500 million dollars, starting as far back as the 1980’s. His taxes would answer questions we need to be certain that Trump is not engaging in corruption, tax evasion, self-dealing and/or traitorous behavior. There’s so much we don’t know – and won’t know – until we have Trump’s taxes
Did Trump directly or indirectly pay Russians to hack our election?
Does he owe Russians money?
Is he trying to square a debt?
Does Trump have dealings with any foreign countries that hold sway over our national security decisions?
Why did we sell Saudi Arabia our nuclear secrets?
Why does his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have security clearance in spite of warnings from seasoned security experts?
Why did he order Soleimani assassinated?
This is now way past the point of a crisis. Most Americans now deem the Trump presidency is our #1 national security emergency. Globally, Trump is now ranked to be the world’s most dangerous person – ranking more dangerous than Chairman Kim and Putin.
One thing is certain. Trump has not done all he can to be truthful, cooperative and helpful to the American people. Has Trump engaged in activities which, if done by any other citizen except the POTUS, would be indictable criminal behavior.If Trump was innocent of crimes, he would happily allow witnesses, docs, and show his taxes to put all the suspicion behind him. So his refusal to cooperate only adds to our collective suspicion.
And it is also certain that Congress has the right and the duty to be a check on presidential power. In order to do that task, the POTUS must be transparent and cooperative. IF POTUS will not be transparent – and this one won’t – that increases both the risk and the power of Congress to seize things like taxes and translator’s notes, etc.
Only 35% of Americans think Trump is honest according to a Quinnipiac poll. All Americans participated in that poll – both sides.
Remember these two things: Destroying the USA is a Putin Goal – Trump likes putin
And it gets worse. Every day Trump is in office, we are spending countless millions of taxpayer dollars – not to make healthcare better, not to make infrastructure better and not dealing with our real issues. Every day he has been in office – since day one – we have been wasting our energies and taxpayer dollars guarding his many homes, paying for his golf, paying our congressmen to squabble, fighting among ourselves and addressing the many indicted criminals and spies in his orbit. The endless discussions proceed ad nauseum for all Americans. Except for Trump. Trump loves watching others suffer and rigging his created fights.
So what do we do about our situation? These no cost steps will prevent a crisis.
Two Presidential Powers Must Be Taken Away from Trump
In the interest of national security and in lieu of the long process of impeachment – until Donald Trump allows witnesses to testify openly and shows his taxes our elected representatives should remove two of his presidential powers:
The power to declare war, shall reside solely with the Congress until we know “what the heck is going on” ( as Trump would say). Our current Congress may actually like this idea. They get war powers. And they are supposed to have that power anyway. Why should it reside with one man who is under so much traitorous suspicion?
The power to pardon anyone connected to Trump, the Trump Organization or campaign. It’s ridiculous to allow anyone to pardon the accomplices in one’s own crimes. He can pardon anyone not in his circle, that’s fine.
Trump asks our sons to risk dying for our country. What will he risk? So far nothing. Our presidents owe us transparency. If he won’t do these small things – show his taxes and allow transparency -to save us all time, money, energy and trouble, then it will be clear to nearly everyone that Trump has no loyalty except to himself. And that is not the role of the POTUS.
Trump has already shown us that creating an international crisis or suspending the constitution– is not out of his playbook. Like a cornered rat fighting for his life, Trump will stop at nothing to save his ill-gotten fortune. We don’t want to wait and find out how far he will go. Trump will go all the way – to the guns!
That’s really why we must take away his power to make war and pardon his friends. Trump must be forced to be open and honest for the first time in his life – to keep Americans safe!
We got Trump because we allowed someone to run for president without being transparent about his taxes. A smart option is for new Congress would be to create a law that says no one can run or serve as POTUS (or in Congress) without showing 6 years of taxes. This would help most get rid of the criminal elements in our government. If Trump had to show his taxes to run in 2020, he would not run. That’s why he works so hard not to show them.
A cyber war is a war of words. Our writers, reporters, techs and artists become our warriors in a cyber war. Raise our voices.
Joseph Aronesty graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1971. He earned a merit scholarship to Wharton School but transferred to liberal arts in his junior year to focus on history, literature and music theory. He was in a class at Wharton with Donald Trump in 1967: International Finance. Trump paid for his homework to get done in that class.
When the internet became viable in 1995, Mr. Aronesty created what is arguably is the world’s first click and buy e-commerce website.
Joseph is also a published songwriter, with hundreds of songs in his catalog. He now writes with musicians in Los Angeles, where he makes his home. He is an activist and his songs often reflect his political point of view.
Until 2016, cyber warfare seemed to refer to something that could happen in the near future.
the use of computer technology to disrupt the activities of a state or organization, especially the deliberate attacking of information systems for strategic, economic or military purposes. From KYBER (Greek) cognate with GOVERN
After World War II ended in 1945, a new world order was established. The United States assumed the dominant position in that new world order for having won the war and for having the biggest weapon, the A-bomb. Russia never fully accepted subservience to the USA. And so the Cold War era – with wars waged without bullets – was born. The main weapon of this cold war was espionage carried out by spies.
The 50’s-60’s cold war era cooled down over time, but it never fully went away. Since the advent of the internet, the weapons of that cold war – have increasingly become electronic. It’s now called cyber-warfare.Cyber warfare summoned up visions like electric grids gone down, banks hacked and drained of cash reserves, and even cars that drive off cliffs. But until 2016, it always seemed to refer to something that was going to happen in the near future. In countries that still have free and fair elections, election meddling that favors “Manchurian” candidates, friendly to the attackers’ country, is one major objective of cyber war.
Cyber-warfare is no longer a thing of the future. The hacking of the US 2016 presidential election will be remembered historically as the first major attack in the“Cyber Warfare Era”. Vladimir Putin will be dubbed cyber warfare’s first grand master.
WHAT IS WAR?
Historically, what are the objectives when launching an offensive war? Those would be stealing resources or territories that do not properly belong to the attacker. Offensive war is an attempt at piracy. It’s done for booty. And then there is the defensive response and a two-way war is on.
The Russian election hack of 2016 was a war against democracy, and we must defend ourselves once again just the way the WW2 generation did for us, laying down their lives in the 1940’s. This post explains why dictatorships seek to exterminate democratic countries. It’s not complicated. It’s one planet and two philosophies: self-governance by the people or strong man iron fist rule. They don’t coexist very well – especially in this internet social media world where information about free countries can get to the people who live in dictatorships.
Both the intelligence evidence and public consensus is now that Putin/Russia attacked the United Statesin 2016 via acts of cyber-warfare to get their chosen man elected to president of the United States. The USA have already lost the Cyber War of 2016!
The cyber war of 2016 was not initiated for fun – it was initiated for booty. The cyber-war winners expect payoffs. That’s how war works. Elections have consequences – but so does surrendering to the enemy!
The Cyber War of 2016 is over, but they are gearing up to have another go at it in 2020. This big question still remains.
Now that the Russian cyber-warfare is getting exposed, will Putin still get what he wanted from his horse in the race, so to speak? Putin used his mastery of cyber warfare to help put Trump in as POTUS for concrete reasons. Those reasons are Putin’s agendas of lifting sanctions, acquiring resources, money and territories – the very same objectives desired in an offensive war waged with bullets and bombs.
Will the laws, traditions, citizenry and deep backbone of the USA resist with such solidarity that Putin’s man in office, Donald Trump, is rendered powerless to give Putin what he bargained for?
Will we resist this Russian coupe of our executive branch so that Putin’s horse in the race, Donald Trump, is exposed for espionage and indicted for the crimes he and his teams committed?
It should be clear to all of us, if we don’t expose and indict the perpetrators of this cyber warfare attack, we are giving those same players a green pass to do this over and over again.
And if we swiftly don’t make 100% sure this cannot happen again, it will be the same as if we had lost a war waged with bullets and signed terms of surrender. Yes, less bodies. That’s a new age technology perk. I guess it’s historically cool – but maybe not for us.
It sort of compared to the Trojan Horse story. Trump is sort of a Trojan Horse if you think about it. Welcomed by his supporters, he gains access to the military and judicial arms of government and turns on those who welcomed him.
It occurs to me that cyber warfare has come of age because our modern, high-tech nuclear and biological weapons are now so lethal that they really cannot be used. A need for warfare without death evolved – a way to get what one wants from war, without the fallout from actual war.
As of today, November 2020 is about 400 days away. We immediately need open-sourced hack-proof voting systems. These are not expensive. The technology already exists. Or we can use paper trails. Why is this not being installed by Trump’s GOP? You can guess that! It’s not the way they can win in 2020. Trump’s GOP is not in the majority in the USA. They can’t win the Senate or the House in a fair election.
Congress! Citizens! Stop bickering about walls, gays, right-to-choose, and what is not important. This infighting is exactly what Putin wants! Putin even said that in his acceptance speech. Or are you okay with us fully surrendering to Putin? Restrict Trump’s war and pardon powers now – at least while the impeachment is on. There is no telling what Trump will do. A cornered rat will bite. By announcing we are out of the Mideast today, Trump essentially surrendered to Putin. Expect more surrendering of our interests. Myself. I consider this treasonous.
The Dems should choose a team – a candidate, VP, Secretary of State and DA (super important to prosecute the criminals that have taken over our government) and RUN AS A TEAM! This is a war! Act like it!
The famous Greeks strategy at Thermopolae was to focus resources against great numbers and odds. But Dem campaign dollars are being thinned out over a dozen candidates who all have the same basic message: beat Trump.
The hacking of the US 2016 presidential election will be remembered as the first major attack in “the cyber warfare era” and Vladimir Putin will be dubbed its first grand master.
Now please read these next posts. They outline a strategy to win control of our country back and take back the loss we experienced in the Cyber War of 2016.
We need a strategy, leader and a war room now, not July 2020.
About the Author:
Joseph Aronesty graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1971. He first met Donald Trump at International Finance class in 1968. He also worked close to Trump in Atlantic City in the 1980’s. In 1995, Joseph created what is arguably the world’s first e-commerce web site with modern click and pay technology.
Joseph is a published songwriter, with hundreds of songs in his catalog. He is the author of a singularly unique book on etymology, Deciphering the English Code. (Amazon) It’s central theme is that English, and most widely-spoken languages evolved in the Stone Ages as a technological upgrade to the visual body/sign language we used as hunters.
He is a dedicated resister and father of five.
You may reach him at his name at gmail. He is available for speaking events and will also bring his famous “vote them out” guitar.
Let’s show the American people we can unite our party. Both sides will respect that. After all, if we cant unite the “left” how can we unite the country?
We are at war in the USA. We are at war with foreign enemies that want to exploit our riches. We are at war with Trump’s GOP party that sells our rights and assets to the highest bidders. And at the same time, we are at war with each other – which will make it very difficult for any side to prevail in any effort.
I am old enough to remember first-hand the spirit of the WW2 generation. They were not the greed is good generation nor the it’s all about me generation. The greatest generation citizens resigned to do their parts to defeat German Nationalism with a spirit of teamwork and without ego. Now we have a combination of corporatism and American Nationalism to defeat.
We all know there’s an election in 2020. Trump knows exactly how long he has to completely take this government over – from the justice department installations to the election fixing with our enemies. Trump is working every day to have our democracy be gone before the 2020 election. Why? Trump knows the term that follows his presidential term may be a prison term.
I still see a way to get the current GOP Senate to vote to impeach Trump, but only after the Dems change the way they are running their campaigns . Some GOP senators are now whispering privately they want to abandon Trump. Let’s show those same GOP senators if they keep Trump as their figurehead they’ll have no shot in 2020. That’s the big idea here.
The viable candidates and those who really want to work to save this country should meet in a room and settle on who will be the Democratic candidates for president, vice president, chief of staff and district attorney. Then our Team America pools resources and gets to work – not only to beat Trump – but to show the American people what they can do for the citizens of the USA.
Will this surprise tactic of running for president with a VP and cabinet in place – work? How can it not work?
The optics are spectacular. Instead of 20 candidates telling undecided American voters why they are best for the top job – we present one well-prepared team, ready on day one to get the actual jobs done for all Americans.
Even MAGA people will go for that. They know they are being lied to. They just don’t know who will be there for them on our side because right now we don’t even know. They will remain tuned out to our overtures until we decide. Till next July? Really? It will be too late by then.
The big idea is to not preach to the choir and get GOP constituents in red states liking what they are seeing and hearing. Imagine a team energetic candidates all campaigning simultaneously for the ideas we need to transform this country. That's never been seen here before. It's like Trump that way - powerful out-of-the-box strategy. (You got to give him that.)
Now imagine the same-old, same-old – what we have now. More debates after-which we neither learn much nor convert voters to our common causes. More circular firing squads. And all the while, Trump team – from Kelly Anne to Bill Barr – speaks in unison. We are strategically handicapped because we play by rules, conventions and traditions while Trump does not. If we had fought WW2 this way, we’d all be speaking German here today.
I realize not every candidate will want to leave their current position to work in the 2021 cabinet that leads America into a modern future. But they can be offered posts. I sense a job for Michele Obama in Team America too.
There’s no room for it’s all about me now.
Other important posts for strategy to prevail as a democracy are below:
The threat to domestic tranquility will remain very high until we remove Donald Trump from office. Caring historians warned us Heather Heyer in Charlottesville marked the beginning of deaths from hate that could spiral out of control like it did in Nazi Germany. So let’s be clear.
Donald Trump is not really the president of the USA because he is not acting or serving as our president. Trump acts like who he is – an uncaring inept criminal thug who cooperated with our enemies to steal the 2016 election and now occupies the White House by virtue of that theft. The manipulation of the 2016 election was the biggest theft in the history of our country. He now needs to stay in power so he is not tried for his crimes against humanity. The same can be said for Putin, Kim and MBS. They all need to stay in power for life so they are not tried for their crimes. Ad they work at that. Trump is taking lessons from the dictators. They may have him compromised as well.
I have outlined the way to get Trump out of office by this CHRISTMAS. It is not rocket science. We don’t even need to protest in the streets. The Democrat Party candidates should surrender their egos and collectively decide by this September who will be the face of the movement to reset our country back on the path of hope and excellence we began when Obama took office. That will give all Americans who have been siding with Trump a chance to see and choose another path. As they peel away from Trump, it will force the GOP in the Senate to abandon their blind support for the nightmare president we have now.
Another original and fresh idea would be to make all political rallies illegal except during the last six months before an election. Canada and many other countries have laws like this. (Link) Trump rallies are riling up the haters in our country. And a president is supposed to be working for us, not campaigning while office anyway. And I guess, sorry for Bernie and the others – but press conferences will do the job of messaging better anyway. I’m not saying to stop protests or marches, just none with a candidate headliner until the last six months. These days, politicians start campaigning immediately after taking office. It’s ridiculous. It’s not governing. It’s divisive.
But now there is another way to get Trump out quickly. We need to get Congress back in session immediately and to legislate for gun licensing and a buy-back program for automatic weapons. That is what the vast majority American people want anyway. That will send a message to Trump that he and his GOP party will be paying a price for Trump’s uncaring, un-presidential behavior. And I can’t imagine the public outrage if the GOP still try to block gun law reform – or try to mitigate its importance.
When the GOP sees that price being exacted- they may drop Trump altogether. Many would like to abandon Trump now, but don’t see a another way forward. They are mostly spineless and many are in on Trump’s money deals. I am certain Barr was paid for this loyalty. When Trump declared at the Rose Garden that he wished Barr a wonderful life, that was his Mafia don way of confirming his unwritten two-way loyalty agreement with Barr.
But we can get to the swamp cleaning after 2020. If we swiftly legislate and pass the gun laws Americans want – it will impact the GOP support for Donald Trump. And our Trump problem may fade away sooner rather than later. And that changes everything. I see no reason Trump should be allowed to run again in 2020. States can make it illegal to be on the ballot without showing taxes. He won’t even run that way.
There are many ways to get Trump out of office and insure he is not part of the 2020 election in any way. That would be smart. Let’s see if America is capable of being smart again.
The rest was written after the Pittsburgh shooting.
When Heather Heyer was killed in Charlottesville, I had listened the night before to Jamine Pirro’s hate rant on her Fox News show. What she delivered was effectively a call to arms directed at the haters among Fox’s diverse audience. And the next day when the Fox haters assembled in Charlottesville we all realized there was a good chance that some people might die that day. Heather Heyer was one of three Americans to die that day as a direct consequence of the propaganda put out by Donald Trump and Fox News. One neo-Nazi plowed his car into a crowd and two National Guard pilots were killed in a helicopter crash. They were trying to keep people safe.
It’s important to know that NAZI and NATIONALIST share the same root: NATAL – having to do with birth. A simple enough word on its face. However, the original German Nazis were sold on that same meme that Donald Trump is peddling now: being born “here” makes you better than foreigners. It instructs you that foreigners are dangerous and may be considered like vermin to be disposed of.
And now I ask you this – and I am sorry to use the metaphor, but I find it appropriate. How many Jews did Hitler kill? The right answer is actually zero. Hitler did not personally kill any Jews that we know of. However what Adolf Hitler did was make German Nationalists hate Jewish people with propaganda that stereotyped Jews as outsiders, invaders and the source of their financial problems – all the same things that Donald Trump says about “immigrants”, “caravans” and the “brown-skinned invaders”.
That transferred hate was enough to allow enough of the German Nationalist party members to justify killing six million Jews and many other European minorities as well. – Many felt good or right about doing it. Hitler effectively killed Jews with his words. He was quite the rally speaker. I’m sure you have seen excerpts. Robert Bowers felt he was doing his duty killing as many Jews as possible – just like the Nazis.
Adolf Hitler killed 6 million Jews. It’s a long established meme – uncontested by all bona fide historians. So why don’t we dare say Donald Trump killed Heather Heyer and eleven totally innocent, elderly Jewish people in Pittsburgh? Why don’t we say Trump is responsible for all these murders?
But we don’t. And by not calling the president out and holding him and the Fox noise machine responsible for these murders, we are giving the minority haters both the cover and the time to regroup and re-strategize.
And it’s very dangerous. If we don’t stand up now, the Pittsburgh killings may well be the canary in the coal mine of a new wave of American violence directed against many minorities – and not just Jewish people. Native Americans, Mexicans, blacks and browns, the elderly and sick – are all on the hate radar screens of White Nationalists, which is where most so-called Nationalists are at today.
Trump will continue to spread hate as long as he is in power. Why won’t Trump evolve? He knows he stole the election with Russian help. Trump wants to keep the money he has stolen over the years as a businessman, candidate and president. He does these rallies to show the GOP that he has public support and keep them from turning in him. If people die, so be it. He has protection. His family has protection. No one else matters to Donald Trump.
Trump does not hate Jews. Trump needs the votes of the Jew haters to stay in power and keep his money. And any Jew who votes for Trump is voting for Jew haters to be empowered. The same can be said of blacks, Mexicans, immigrants, the sick and even women. Trump just needs the votes of haters and the uber-greedy in government to stay in power. Their strategy will include cheating at the polls.
The GOP clings to Donald Trump because he does their dirtiest work for them. He lies for them. They are getting their tax breaks for billionaires and judicial appointees for now – and whatever kickbacks they can arrange for those perks. When they are done with Trump, which may be soon after the election, they will cast him out stating they were fooled by Trump and were not complicit. That will be all lies, but I wonder if Trump knows that it’s coming. Trump will have his et tu Brute moment as soon as he is deemed to be no longer valuable to the GOP and their billionaire donors.
All the above embodies how important the vote is next Tuesday. They now say the Blue Wave should carry the House. Count on Trump’s GOP to try and fix that. Those who want the country to turn in a better direction should please turn out in records numbers on 11/6. Vote as if they are coming for you. This election should not even be close. Remember: Donald Trump always tries to cheat to win. Winning is more important to him than playing by any rules. Any close races he will find a way to win.
What I really don’t get is why any GOP senator up for re-election holds his or hers seat next Tuesday. A vote for any GOP candidate at any level – is a vote for more of what we have witnessed this week. And the only one who really benefits from all this is the billionaire class and Putin, who is laughing at us this week in the Kremlin. He even said, “America is no longer a super power”.
The Presidential Oath: I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
There is one more thing we have to start holding Trump responsible for – lying. People don’t know that the presidential oath is part of the constitution. (Article II, Section One, Clause 8.) By not being honest and reliable with one’s words and inciting hate with words like “enemies of the people” and “invaders”, by dividing the nation into two armed camps – he is not doing his best to defend America. He may be doing his best to destroy it as we know it. And even if he says this is his best, its no longer good enough for people who love this country.
I am sure it will never be illegal to lie in general. But one who has taken an oath of office should not be allowed to lie over and over again. We need to fix that. There’s a lot we have to fix, but if we allow our representatives to lie, we will always have criminals running our government. It just is not good enough any more.
Donald Trump should not be good enough for a person who believe in a righteous god as well. So this weekend, I am asking clergymen in all religions to find their own way of asking their congregations to pay their respects for the people murdered in Pittsburgh – and vote with good conscious for those who represent the goodness in all our Bibles. We all know the Golden Rule. It does not say immigrants are invaders, Mexicans are rapists, or Africans are from sh*thole countries.
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.