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Citizens United and a change of heart
Posted:Feb 18, 2020 6:19 pm
Last Updated:Feb 20, 2020 9:25 am

Between the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson as well as other wealthy GOP/Trump supporters the Republicans believed Citizens United was a SCOTUS decision which was fair and reasonable. The proverbial tables are turning, however, in that the Democratic oligarchs now pose a threat to the GOP fairness description. Styer, Bloomberg, Soros and other wealthy Democrats have sneaked in to the "let's choose out own candidate" club, raising the specter of Republicans losing their upper hand in the purchasing of the presidency. I do not approve of the oligarchical or plutarchical choosing of our leadership for either party but I do see advantage in the destruction of the Citizens United, so there is some benefit to it.

I have long advocated the end of Citizens United and I'm even more adamant my own party refrain from it use, but if this demonstration brings an end to the onerous policy and returns the voting power to the voters I struggle to argue against it.
It's always someone else
Posted:Feb 13, 2020 1:44 pm
Last Updated:Feb 20, 2020 7:23 am

It's always someone else, sometimes to take responsibility GOP lack of leadership, sometimes to usurp the good deeds of previous administrations. President Trump makes a campaign speech in lieu of the State of the Union, but Nancy Pelosi is the bad guy. The Trump Administration has done virtually nothing since taking office but claims the continuing economic gains instituted the Obama Administration as its own and plans to use it prolifically in the upcoming presidential election. President Trump promised a wall and Mexico would it, yet the administration took from the military and built all 68 feet of the new wall in three (3) years. The saddest and most dangerous part of this policy lies with the % who actually believe what the Prevaricator in Chief spews over the news programs he spends so much time castigating.

Equally, or perhaps even more frightening, is the GOP controlled Senate, occupied castrated white males whose actions are based in fear rather than the good of the nation. Alexander Vindman and his brother were summarily fired and left the White House under police guard merely because he told the truth, an entity completely foreign to President Trump. Right wing religious continue their rectal osculation of the President despite his claim he has done more for Christianity that Jesus Himself.

Our nation has its roots in a magnificent document called the United States Constitution. In his oath of office the President swore to "...preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Unfortunately, President Trump hasn't a clue about what the Constitution states or what it means. He muddles his way through a failing administration doing as he pleases rather than what he's supposed to do. Once again the % and the GOP geldings in the Senate accept this misfeasance and malfeasance as something beneficial to the nation when, in reality, it is clearly anti-American.
Is it a high crime or misdemeanor to violate one's oath?
Posted:Feb 7, 2020 6:29 am
Last Updated:Feb 22, 2020 12:32 am

"Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald John Trump, president of the United States, now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, so help you god?"

It appears those senators , prior to testimony in the impeachment trial, violated their respective oaths as jurors, specifically the impartiality clause. If they did, should they be given the choice between resignation or impeachment?

Both Lou Dobbs and President Trump, the brain trust of the GOP, have ostracized Mitt Romney for his impeachment vote in favor of conviction. Does this openly anti-justice position indicate there was a dictum or at least a strong suggestion that the political considerations are more important than the justice we all seem to believe forms the basis of our court system? There are just so many GOP inconsistencies that it confuses the casual observer.

The difference between idiocy and genius is genius has limits.................
The State of the Union
Posted:Feb 5, 2020 2:34 pm
Last Updated:Feb 6, 2020 4:33 am

Right now the state of the union is a sad state of repair. Make America great again has turned into "let's have Americans make complete asses of themselves". I was not particularly pleased with Nancy Pelosi's actions last night mainly because her actions sunk to the depths of President Trump and his administration. We're better than . I say this light of President Trump's actions both the House Chamber and the Super Bowl.

Once we get past the antics, we move on the substance, and I use the term lightly, of the State of the Union . be as kind as possible, let's just say the fact checkers were overworked. The speech should have been titled "A Prevarication of the State of the Union".The United States of America has enjoyed () straight years of economic growth, eight ( of which were under the Obama Administration. More jobs were created in the last three (3) years of the Obama Administration than in the first three (3) years of the Trump Administration. "Saving the pre-existing condition of the ACA appears be opposition the GOP plan eliminate the coverage for pre-existing conditions.However, the State of the Union , AKA a Trump campaign rally, made it sound like the President was working hard preserve the pre-existing condition coverage. Since President Trump has employed, rather than discarded, the Obama economic plan (really the George W. Bush Plan), the pre-existing condition plan in jeopardy and the statement he was bring the troops home while actually increasing the U.S. Military presence in the Middle East, if the President was Pinocchio his nose would be in Pittsburgh.

As for the impeachment, as I predicted earlier, I still believe President Trump will be acquitted. I also believe there may very well be a second impeachment and I wouldn't be surprised if a few GOP Senators were names in it as well. Bolton's book will be a huge deciding factor in both of the foregoing beliefs. However, breaking one's oath could figure greatly in any continuing investigation; The investigation does continue on since it appears the House will be issuing a subpoena to Bolton the testimony from which.could be detrimental to the president.
The expansion of illegality
Posted:Jan 31, 2020 7:45 am
Last Updated:Feb 2, 2020 6:55 pm

The illegality of the Trump Administration has been expanded from a single individual to an entire political party. The Republican controlled Senate has refused to acknowledge the President's refusal to allow witnesses or documents into the impeachment investigation is a violation of the ruling in U.S. v. Nixon, 418 U.S. 683 (1974). In fact, they have readily admitted the President's refusal and asked the question, "So what?"

In the above cited case, President Nixon’s lawyers also asserted that the Court should find the president was entitled to absolute executive privilege. This meant that he could not be forced to reveal any of his confidential communications unless he chose to. The lawyers set out two reasons to support their argument. First, the president needed honest advice from his advisors, and these advisors might be uncomfortable giving advice if they knew that it could become public. Second, these confidential communications were essential for the president to carry out the duties assigned to the executive branch by the Constitution.

The Court acknowledged the validity of these interests and that the president was entitled to a degree of executive privilege. This privilege was not determined to be absolute. In this case, the interest of President Nixon in keeping his communications secret conflicted with the interests of the judicial branch in providing a full and fair trial. A fair trial required full disclosure of all facts and relevant information. The justices asserted that the interests of the president must be balanced against the interests of the judicial branch when these interests conflict.

In this matter, Congress has the Constitutional right and duty to oversee both the Judicial and the Executive branches of the government. President Trump's refusal to allow witnesses or pertinent documents to be entered into evidence is a clear violation of the U.S. v. Nixon case and is, therefore, unconstitutional. The saddest part of this scenario is President Trump's decision was no surprise, rather the entire GOP Senate has joined him in supporting this constitutional violation. One can only hope this irresponsibility costs them their respective seats in the Senate because a Senate unwilling to support the Constitution becomes little more than a group of terrorists seeking the overthrow of our government.

The same applies to the 30% who erroneously believe President Trump is a person capable of handling the job. He has proven numerous times the task of President of the United States is one far beyond his capabilities. These people are, unfortunately, burdened with hatred. Misogynistic and racial hatred has consumed their personas to the point they have abandoned the very bases of our nation and our culture. Furthermore they are strongly supported by a hypocritical far right wing religious sect hellbent on racial purity and the Biblical adage that a woman's place is in the home.

The following are the reasons generally believed to be the cause of the fall of the Roman Empire;

Invasions by Barbarian tribes. ...
Economic troubles and overreliance on slave labor. ...
The rise of the Eastern Empire. ...
Overexpansion and military overspending. ...
Government corruption and political instability. ...
Christianity and the rise of Christian values..
The arrival of the Huns and the migration of the Barbarian tribes. ...
Weakening of the Roman Legions

Even a casual observer can see the United States is currently engaged in at least half of these scenarios, mostly attained at the hands of Donald J. Trump. It's time to re-assess where we are and where we're going. What we're doing isn't working.
From the movie "The Verdict"
Posted:Jan 29, 2020 7:14 pm
Last Updated:Jan 30, 2020 10:04 am

You know, so much of the time we’re
lost. We say, ‘Please, God, tell
us what is right. Tell us what’s
true. There is no justice. The
rich win, the poor are powerless…’
We become tired of hearing people
lie. After a time we become dead.
A little dead. We start thinking
of ourselves as victims. (pause)
And we become victims. (pause)
And we become weak…and doubt
ourselves, and doubt our
institutions…and doubt our
beliefs…we say for example, The
law is a sham…there is no law…I
was a fool for having believed
there was.’ But today you
are the law. You are the law…And
not some book and not the lawyers,
or the marble statues and the
trappings of the court…all that
they are is symbols. Of
our desire to be just…
All that they are, in effect, is a
prayer… … a fervent, and
a frightened prayer. In my religion
we say, Act as if you had faith,
and faith will be given to you.’
If we would have faith
in justice, we must only believe
in ourselves. And act
with justice. And I believe
that there is justice in our
hearts. Thank you.
Why we have laws and a major flaw in capitalism
Posted:Jan 24, 2020 12:47 pm
Last Updated:Jan 27, 2020 7:43 pm

The Founding Fathers were a of brilliant men who accepted the daunting task of forming a government. Their foresight gave them the realization that not all citizens of the new nation will voluntarily act in compliance with the basic set of laws set forth in the Constitution. As a result of this realization it was determined the legislative body established in Article 1 of this magnificent document were free to make laws capable of ensuring the the recalcitrants who deliberately failed to adhere to the basic laws of the Constitution were held to the standards the Founders set.

Capitalism, like the rules established in the Constitution, in predicated on the honesty, good will and integrity of those living under its principles. When greed, avarice and the addictive quest for power begin to hinder the the workings set forth in the origins of these concepts, it is expected a trustworthy, honest and principled legislature will step in and make laws which will hold the recalcitrants to the gases established the Founders. We are currently at a place in our nation's development where the recalcitrants have created a very strong foothold in reversing the Founder's principled thoughts and ideas.

The prime example lies with the oath taken Senators as jurors in the ongoing impeachment trial. A few of them have openly declared they will not adhere to the terms of their oath, rather they will become advocates for the President on trial. It is precisely this unprincipled and dangerous position which should prompt a proper legislature to make laws to either prevent such onerous leadership, punish those who participate in this clearly detrimental activity or exclude them from having any part in the impeachment trial. Either we have a Constitution or we don't, because the document we use to establish our government was not meant to be misused or made a mockery of. Nonetheless, the GOP Senators have chosen to do so.
Lieberman buys into hypocritical rationalization
Posted:Jan 12, 2020 6:37 am
Last Updated:Jan 12, 2020 8:58 pm

I recently read a blog an author infected with right wing ideology. The right wingers are constantly attempting to justify their actions against that strong Christian underpinning they so frequently cite as their mantra. Fortunately, the article to which I refer was written a Jew, leaving those staunch Christians an escape hatch should it become necessary.

If we were to employ Lieberman's assessment to the remainder of the world, there are several people whose lives are in danger. Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-il are on the list since Putin is trying to destroy the United States via tampering with the voting system and Kim Jong-il is heading the development of nuclear weapons and adequate means to deliver them toward the United States. Instead, one would need a proctologist to remove President Trump from his relationship with them. The right wing seems to be quite happy with those relationships.

It has been well established that "presidential" decisions in this administration have little to do with the United States, rather they are clearly meant to enhance the position of President Trump. Add to this the right wing casts aside its staunch opposition to medical procedures in favor of the violent killing of people with whom we have opposing governmental views and the evidence to the right wing being duped superficial actions rather than meaningful and useful political actions.
It's staggering and never ceases to amaze me
Posted:Jan 2, 2020 6:56 am
Last Updated:Jan 7, 2020 1:10 pm

The right wing constantly rails against "socialism" as the anti-capitalistic pariah the Democratic candidates will bring the United States. Apparently it's perfectly acceptable for the government forgive billions of dollars taxes large corporation, 60 of which virtually no taxes 20. Farmers, some of whom are members of the Republican Party, accept large amounts of from the government for NOT growing crops. This is exactly the meaning of Snowball's famous statement, "All are equal, some are more equal than others." Bernie Sanders wants educate Americans but not, apparently, at the expense of the uneducated right wing.

However, by spewing the very word "socialism" fear is reeked on Americans who remember when the communistic nation of U.S.S.R. was our enemy and did not have our president in their back pocket. So, when you see these castigations of those seeking better the United States, take them with a grain of salt because it's clear the proponents of these policies are bereft of any serious knowledge of what they speak.
Merry Christmas
Posted:Dec 25, 2019 5:21 am
Last Updated:Dec 31, 2019 11:31 am

As we Christians celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we should try remember the peace He brought us and the understanding he bestowed on us.We, as followers, should practice what we preach instead of castigating those with whom we disagree. So, I pray for understanding and I celebrate the birth of Christ. Likewise I recognize not all people agree with my belief in Christ and wish them well in their religious practice.

Merry Christmas !!!!

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