Saturday, September 28, 2019

The Fall of Donald Trump?

I’m a bit of an old-fashioned hot head. I thought an election campaign crime like paying hush money to a porn star was more than enough grounds for impeachment.

How silly and naive of me. So I watched. And I waited.

It was just last Monday I was griping about waiting for a real impeachment inquiry. The wait was becoming as endlessly long as waiting for Godot.

Then suddenly this week turned out to be different.

Hey, the squeaky wheel, amirite?

It’s been a long, long wait from back when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “Impeachment is off the table”. Finally on Tuesday September 24, 2019 the Speaker arrived. "The times have found us. The actions taken to date by the President have seriously violated the Constitution. It is for this reason that the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry." 

We remember it all started when the guy who wanted to build Trump Tower Moscow said, “Russia, if you’re listening...”

Russia listened, all right. And they offered their help. And their help was eagerly welcomed.

And he got away with it.

We’ve recently learned more about Trump’s private Oval Office party with Russian agents. He seems to have told them he had no problem with their interfering in the 2016 election. This was proven later in Helsinki, when Putin’s Puppet sided with his Kremlin master in denying the same interference that he openly welcomed. We already know he bragged about ending the investigation of Russian election interference by firing Comey.

So Mueller investigated. He found lots of friendly contacts between the Trump people and Russians. He listed case after case of Trump’s witness tampering and acts to obstruct the Russia investigation.

And he got away with all of that too. Astoundingly, no impeachment inquiry was initiated, even after the Mueller Report.

Immediately after the Great Mueller Testimony Fizzle, the emboldened Con-Man-in-Chief proceeded to the next round of his campaign crime spree with, “Ukraine, if you’re listening."

After all of the crime, corruption and yes, collusion with Russia, it finally came down to Don the Con making the squeeze play, "I will say that we do a lot for Ukraine... I would like you to do us a favor”.

This episode was a classic gangster shakedown by the Mob Boss President.

This sleazy crime against democracy would still be hidden if not for a very brave American’s loyalty to our Constitution and truth.

Thanks to a patriotic whistleblower, we know about his latest crimes: Seeking foreign assistance in an election, and covering up the evidence by hiding the communications where only national security secrets are kept.

We can only imagine the shady, self-serving, crooked deals he has going with dictators like Putin, and Kim Jong Un, or with family friend and fellow gangster Saudi dictator Mohammed bin Salman.

We can only hope justice eventually shines its light on these yet to be revealed betrayals and treacheries.

By now I’m wondering. Do any rational people still think impeachment will boost Trump's reelection odds?

The Fall of Donald Trump could be more imminent than we think. There are cracks in the dam. The process has begun. Witnesses are being subpoenaed. More testimony, facts and evidence will be presented to the American people.

Don the Con is coming unglued. More rats are leaving the sinking ship. Smart Republicans are having to decide quickly if they don't want to go down with him. 

At this point, abetting high crimes and misdemeanors should be seen as a losing position. At minimum, any remaining support for the Big MAGAt will reveal the extent of corruption within the Republican Party.

This will be their last call to reject or embrace the moral rot of Donald Trump.

The long sordid tale of treachery and betrayal is winding down. There will still be inglorious acts of Republican sycophancy, along with presidential tantrums, or even further acts of destruction upon our democratic republic. 

This chapter in American history is one of fear, loathing, and presidential crime and corruption. It won’t be entirely over for another long wait, and after an even longer recovery.

The cult of Trumpism and white nationalism will still be around. It may disperse or go underground, but it will seethe and stew in its hate as long as we have racism’ and ignorance in the nation’s white population. The ugly extremism of white nationalism will always be in our far Right authoritarians.

But we are making steps to remove at least one of those authoritarian leaders. This is good.

It’s been a grinding and degrading course of events for our country, from “Russia, if you’re listening”, to “Ukraine, if you’re listening”. After his latest blatant crime, this long dark chapter of American history might finally be reaching its end.

I’m willing to be optimistic for a change. But then again, I’ve been silly and naive before.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Just The Facts

“Watching this from Germany. America taught us democracy after WWII and now... your institutions struggle to handle a situation that destroys them. Frightening and unbelievable!” - Martin Behle

Yes, it IS hard to believe and it IS frightening. What happened in NAZI Germany IS happening here. Minorities are scapegoated and slaughtered. Detention camps are multiplying. Educators and journalists are demonized as enemies of the people. There is no functioning opposition.

The state of the Republic decays under an authoritarian, corrupt, and criminal administration supported a loyal party of authoritarian accomplices.

The nation’s people of conscience and understanding watch helplessly as the opposition can’t even find a way to unite against the greatest threat ever to America’s founding ideal of democratic representation.

David Leonhardt lays out the facts in the New York Times:


Donald Trump vs. the United States of America

Just the facts, in 40 sentences.

Sometimes it’s worth stepping back to look at the full picture.

He has pressured a foreign leader to interfere in the 2020 American presidential election.

He urged a foreign country to intervene in the 2016 presidential election.

He divulged classified information to foreign officials.

He publicly undermined American intelligence agents while standing next to a hostile foreign autocrat.

He hired a national security adviser whom he knew had secretly worked as a foreign lobbyist.

He encourages foreign leaders to enrich him and his family by staying at his hotels.

He genuflects to murderous dictators.

He has alienated America’s closest allies.

He lied to the American people about his company’s business dealings in Russia.

He tells new lies virtually every week — about the economy, voter fraud, even the weather.

He spends hours on end watching television and days on end staying at resorts.

He often declines to read briefing books or perform other basic functions of a president’s job.

He has aides, as well as members of his own party in Congress, who mock him behind his back as unfit for office.

He has repeatedly denigrated a deceased United States senator who was a war hero.

He insulted a Gold Star family — the survivors of American troops killed in action.

He described a former first lady, not long after she died, as “nasty.”

He described white supremacists as “some very fine people.”

He told four women of color, all citizens and members of Congress, to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.”

He made a joke about Pocahontas during a ceremony honoring Native American World War II veterans.

He launched his political career by falsely claiming that the first black president was not really American.

He launched his presidential campaign by describing Mexicans as “rapists.”

He has described women, variously, as “a dog,” “a pig” and “horseface,” as well as “bleeding badly from a facelift” and having “blood coming out of her wherever.”

He has been accused of sexual assault or misconduct by multiple women.

He enthusiastically campaigned for a Senate candidate who was accused of molesting multiple teenage girls.

He waved around his arms, while giving a speech, to ridicule a physically disabled person.

He has encouraged his supporters to commit violence against his political opponents.

He has called for his opponents and critics to be investigated and jailed.

He uses a phrase popular with dictators — “the enemy of the people” — to describe journalists.

He attempts to undermine any independent source of information that he does not like, including judges, scientists, journalists, election officials, the F.B.I., the C.I.A., the Congressional Budget Office and the National Weather Service.

He has tried to harass the chairman of the Federal Reserve into lowering interest rates.

He said that a judge could not be objective because of his Mexican heritage.

He obstructed justice by trying to influence an investigation into his presidential campaign.

He violated federal law by directing his lawyer to pay $280,000 in hush money to cover up two apparent extramarital affairs.

He made his fortune partly through wide-scale financial fraud.

He has refused to release his tax returns.

He falsely accused his predecessor of wiretapping him.

He claimed that federal law-enforcement agents and prosecutors regularly fabricated evidence, thereby damaging the credibility of criminal investigations across the country.

He has ordered children to be physically separated from their parents.

He has suggested that America is no different from or better than Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

He has called America a “hellhole.”

He is the president of the United States, and he is a threat to virtually everything that the United States should stand for.


And now there's "Ukraine, if you're listening..." and whatever the next crime or betrayal of our country will be.

Those are the facts. The country has fallen into the hands of liars, cheaters, and criminals. 

The Democratic Party is having no more of it. Their message is loud and clear.

"This time we’re serious and the president’s behavior cannot be ignored. If Trump continues to commit crimes against the country, humanity, and the planet, the Democratic Party will be forced to issue stern warnings and statements of disapproval."

The cavalry can arrive any time now...  Oops. They're going to protect a Saudi dictator's oil industry instead. 

And so our nation's opposition party decided we're better off to sit and act like we're waiting for Godot. 

There is no time to wait for another dark age to pass. This is how it all ends. Or has it already ended? Only Godot knows.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Never Forget

FOX(R) News


Never forget.

Today we solemnly mark the 100th anniversary of September 11, 2001.

On that terrible day America changed, and thousands died.

But heroes arose.

At the same time we commemorate 9-11, we celebrate the greatest hero of 9-11, our Father of Greater America, and President-for-Life Donald Trump.

Ignoring his throbbing bone spurs, Saint Donald sprinted all three miles from Trump Tower, (about to become the tallest building in New York,) to the burning towers of the World Trade Center.

Again and again, our Father of Greater America dashed into the inferno, rescuing his fellow New Yorkers, carrying one man, or two women, at a time.

His selfless bravery inspired and rallied the first responders. He Alone, through heroic efforts, rescued hundreds of victims of the terrorist attack launched by Saddam Hussein and the Democrat Party.

And there’s even more heroism to celebrate. It was our Dearest Leader’s keen observation of thousands of dancing democrat Muslims in New Jersey that guided us forward. From that day on, He Alone would tell us who to blame for hating America.

Let us now offer our prayer of gratitude to President Donald Trump IV for officially naming FOX(R), and sister company Sinclair Broadcast Group, as the only news outlets in Greater America.

All the news you need...and to never forget.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Fascism: With It, Or Against It?

They blamed foreign "invaders" and “terrorists”, of course. This September 1st marks 80 years since belligerent white nationalism chose its inevitable course of action.On September 1st, 1939 Hitler’s Luftwaffe and Wehrmacht invaded Poland, igniting World War II. In the following two years, many more countries would be invaded, ravaged, and occupied.

The war on belligerent racist nationalism, known as fascism, would eventually claim over 70 million human lives.

The death toll would have been even greater had the Allies not united to defeat the armies of fascism. The US, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union understood cooperation was best for all parties of the alliance.

By May of 1945 the German Nazi Regime was defeated, but racism and fascism would continue to simmer in the dark souls of white nationalists. After the Second World War Bertolt Brecht warned:

"Don't yet rejoice in his defeat, you men!
Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard,

The bitch that bore him is in heat again."

Eighty years after white nationalist Nazi aggression spilled blood across the planet, the same evil has risen again. The US now has a president who openly praises dictators, while demeaning the black president as a foreign usurper. 

His is the face of the rising white nationalism. And he has legions of angry fanatic followers.

Germans lost the power of their vote after Hitler took power. He promptly divided the people into the “us v them” foundation of nationalism. 

Humanity was divided between the Master Race and all others.

The Right has already largely accomplished this goal of division here. Racial tensions are stoked while the press and non-MAGA Americans are "enemies of the people". Now they are set to seize more power to divide us further, reward the rich, punish the poor, poison our planet, and destroy the rule of law.

That is exactly what the Republican Party and its far Right base will do if we let them.

Voting is all we have to defeat the powers of white nationalism. Decent Americans need to find the way to unite against this rising fascism, even if it means voting for a corporatist candidate. It means voting for EVERY candidate that can defeat ANY member of the Party of Trump. 

By all means, vote for Bernie, or anyone you like in the primaries. Then we must vote for the persons on the ballot that can defeat Trump and his extremist party.

This isn’t just an emergency. It’s a national crisis. The 2020 election may well be the final resistance we have against white nationalism and the Trump crime family.

Just remember in the national election, disunity, third parties, and other acts of political purity only enable Trump.

It should be obvious the struggle against neo-liberal corporatism is only more certain to fail under fascist authoritarianism, so this priority needs to be clear. Just as we needed Stalin to defeat Hitler, we damn well need Democrats to defeat Trump and his crime abetting henchmen.

The bottom line is this. One real choice is going to be on the ballot. 

Fascism: Yes, or no?