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We The People

Captain Kirk once said: 

Look at these three words written larger than the rest, with a special pride never written before or since. Tall words proudly saying We the People was not written for the chiefs or the kings or the warriors or the rich and powerful, but for all the people! …They must apply to everyone or they mean nothing

Donald Trump cannot comprehend that. He wrongly believed it applies only to whitemen in MAGA hats. As Americans how can weask someone who is sworn to uphold the Constitution to do so when regrettably they do not appear to have the capacity to grasp the meaning of its first three words. 

WE THE PEOPLE

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Destroyed from within. How Trump and the GOP are eroding our democracy

As Robert Muller a registered Republican and former Marine Corps officer during the Vietnam War who receiving a Bronze Star for heroism and a Purple Heart. A man appointed to positions by both Republican and Democratic presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.  Seemingly the definition of a true blood American frets that after the findings of his investigation the Trump’s campaign openly accepting Russian assistance would prove to be a new norm and that Russian interference in our democratic elections is happening right now.

The President, who used suspect medical deferments to avoid service to our country. Has attacked the character of Gold Star family members and made light of Vietnam war hero John McCain’s service record and sacrifice by saying “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” refuses to admit Russian interference is a problem or even occurred and the GOP Congress men and women, who like sheep go along with his madness afraid of how it may impact their new election rather than how it impacts the country as a whole blocks 4 election security bills since Muller’s warning. Making matters more laughable, if it wasn’t such a threat to American democracy, Trump has the audacity to say the Russian investigation was treason.  Never mind the fact that the investigation has yielded 199 criminal counts against 37 people and entities of which 7 have already pleaded guilty and 5 have been sentenced to prison but according to our President this investigation was treason. Treason? It appears to me the real crime against American democracy is the decision by the President and the GOP to continue to let this type of interference go on.  

Meanwhile Americans for the most part yawn more interested in the results of the Bachelor than the protection of our democracy from a foreign power and Russian President Putin laughs as he pull the strings of our elections like a puppeteer pulls the string of a puppet. 

Sadly the words of great 16th President Abraham Lincoln come closer to fruition 

Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! — All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.

An Interview with Trump – July 3, 1801

July 3, 1801 an Interview with Donald Trump

Reporter: Good Afternoon Donald glad you could sit down with us today on the eve of this country’s 50th anniversary

Trump: I’m sure you, are after all with all the fake news your tanking in circulation paper puts out an interview with Donald Trump should be a giant boost for you and a breath of fresh air for your readers.

Reporter: Uh ok. So you’re planning on giving a big speech tomorrow, What do you say to your critics who argue that the day shouldn’t be about you but the country and that you really are the right person to give a speech considering you didn’t fight in the Revolutionary War because of if I’m reading this right bone spurs. This despite the fact that before you were diagnosed the Army had physically examined you and found you in perfect health.

Trump: Well I had a doctor that gave me a letter — a very strong letter on the heels. I can’t recall the doctor’s name despite having the best memory in the world but the letter was strong.

Reporter: How would you compare that to say war hero General Nathanael Green who served with Washington in the north and later assumed control the Southern Army but who as a Quaker was renounced by his church and family for joining the war effort and had little to go back to after the war only to die a few years after the war ended in 1786.

Trump: Well he’s looked at with such regard because his family and church renounced him. I mean if your own family and church renounce you you’re kind of a loser wouldn’t you say. I like winners! That’s all I do win.

Reporter: Ok moving on. You have been very out spoken about immigration your belief is that we should allow only the exceptional, and many people have questioned just what you mean by exceptional, in and close the borders to everyone else. None other than President Washington said “I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.

Trump: Look first George Washington approved the Jay Treaty, attempting to normalize the still-volatile relations with Great Britain. It gave the British favored-nation trade status. Favored over France! You know many people may not know this but France fought with us in the Revolutionary war. But here was George giving in to the British, it was a very bad deal it was damn near treason. There are other things, but suffice to say I was never a fan of George Washington and I never will be.”

Reporter: You do realize that the Jay Treaty was a major success for early American diplomacy

Trump: Major success? That’s fake news. I could have achieved the things that the Jay Treaty is said to have achieved through tariffs.

Reporter: All righty let’s just move on. So you just mentioned fake news and you have called the press the biggest enemy of the people. How does that mesh with the thoughts of our founding fathers like Thomas Jefferson who said “Our liberty depends on freedom of the press and that cannot be limited without being lost.

Trump: Look Jefferson may be President now but let’s be clear he’s not the brightest bulb in the pack and a little more than naïve. For example he was a farmer and was so obsessed with new crops, soil conditions, garden designs, and scientific agricultural techniques. That he neglected to cash in on his main cash crop tobacco, keeping its price low and as a result he was rarely profitable he was always living beyond his means. Now part of the beauty of me is that I am very rich.

Reporter: I don’t really see how that answers the question but Ok. Let’s talk about another issue you brought up, tariffs. It is well established that our Founding Fathers wanted free trade with the world and it was The King of England who differed favoring high tariffs, and that we should restrict or forbid the colonies from trading with rival nations. Benjamin Franklin called for Britain to “allow us a free commerce with all the rest of the world.” Thomas Jefferson called on the British imperial government not “to exclude us from going to other markets.”

Trump: Again with the fake news. The founders definitely wanted America’s role to be as a dominant producer. When a country is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!

Reporter: You’re right that the Founders encouraged manufacturing. But they did so by simultaneously supporting government subsidies for new American manufactures and by advocating free trade agreements, like the Model Treaty adopted by Congress in 1776 that sought to establish bilateral free trade.

Trump: No disrespect to you but I think I’m pretty smart, a lot smarter than you, so you should let me be the one to talk about trade.

Reporter: Well on that note we’re out of time (cough) thanks for the time.

Trump: Did you just cough? You just can’t, you just can’t cough. If you’re going to cough, please leave the room.

A Bad Beat for Trump

A Bad Beat is a poker term for a hand in which a player with very strong cards loses to an opponent who is statistically unlikely to win, but hits a lucky card (or two) and unexpectedly takes the pot. The losing player is then said to have suffered a “bad beat”.   In looking at the 2016 Presidential election some may say Hilary Clinton suffered a bad beat. But the reality is the bad beat went to Donald Trump. 

Trump who I firmly believed right up to Election Day expected to lose had mapped out with others (Roger Ailes?) how to turn this presidential run into post election BIG MONEY. But then the unthinkable happened he won. All the big money dreams derailed but worst now there would be a huge spotlight on everything crooked he was involved in. From the moment he watched as FOX NEWS, what other channel do you think he was watching, declared him the winner he went defensive. Lying and doing one over the top thing after another to distract America as he tried cover up his actions in an attempt to stay one step ahead of what he knew was coming for him, the truth and likely jail time for him, his friends and his family. 

His Shaggy defense of say it wasn’t you has kept his base at bay but his lies, deceit and attempts at cover ups haven’t protected many of his friends who, Rodger Stone aside,  when faced with prison turned on him. While slowly it has begun to drive people who originally were in his corner, mostly for their own good, away.  More and more isolated his act gets crazier and crazier and as such more dangerous for the United States. 

Hopefully we are coming to a conclusion in which Trump, however it may happen,  resigns or is impeached from a position of power he was never qualified to hold and probably really never really wanted.  After all with Trump like everything else it was just supposed to be about the money. A bad beat indeed for Donald. 

The End of True Debate

I went to Cardinal Spellman high school in the Bronx. In addition to being the alma matter of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor among other things it had a forensics team that competed nationwide.  My senior year I was proud to say I was President of that forensics team. For 4 years I competed on the forensics team’s cross-ex debate team.  To this day I credited my experience on that team as being a major part in the development of who I am today. The rules of cross-ex debate were simple enough if you were on the affirmative side of a debate you needed to show: 

Significance of both the problem and that the benefit must be substantial enough to merit changing state or national policies affecting millions of people. 

Inherency of the the problems cited must be inextricably connected to elements of the status quo are relatively enduring or are unique to the status quo or cannot be eliminated without reform to the status quo.

Plan that includes a concrete description of actions that will be taken to solve the problems cited in enough detail that the negative can understand and, potentially, criticize it.  And finally

Solvency – present claims and ground to prove the benefits of the plan and that is it solves the problems cited.  

If you were on the negative side of the debate you could win by proving through evidence that just one of the above was not true. 

This I learned as a teenager. Sadly in today’s highest chamber of debate, Congress, none of this is practiced. Instead the debates have devolved into a I want, you can’t have, battle based not on facts and evidence and most importantly what’s good for the country but rather special interest and if you have a (D) or a (R) after your name. Adults elected by the populous acting more like children and having temper tantrums when they can’t get their way. 

I’m thankful for the life lessons debate taught me   I just wished the majority in Congress would share in those lessons. 

The State of Government Today…All I Want To Say Is They Don’t Really Care About Us

Sang to the tune of Michael Jackson’s They Don’t Really Care About Us. 

The state of the government today

Republican, Democrat
Everybody gone bad
Build a wall, Shut Down
Everybody dragged down
All I want to say is that
They don’t really care about us

CNN, FOX NEWS
Everybody dog food
Bang bang, democracy shot dead
Government gone mad
All I want to say is that
They don’t really care about us

I vote every election
Pay my taxes on time
Now I am the victim of government stupidity

Corporations and special interest own them
I’m invisible because they ignore me
Tell me what’s become of my country?
If only Roosevelt was livin’
if only Martin Luther was livin’
They wouldn’t let this be, no, no

All I want to say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I want to say is that
They don’t really care about us

Never Go Full Trump

A conversation sometime in the future between an ex presidential candidate and a campaign strategist. 

Ex Candidate (EC): Just wish I had a campaign manager like this last election

Strategist (S): Last election. Oh yeah. You went all in on that one, huh?  Really swung for the fences, huh?

EC: Thank you I just did the work. In a weird way I had to sort of just free myself up to believe it was okay to be him. 

S: To be Trump

EC: Yeah

S: To be Trumpy

EC: Yeah

S: Like the Trumpiest candidate that ever ran

EC: When I was running for President. 

S: Acting like Trump. Trying to come back from that

EC: In a weird way I had to fool my mind into believing I wasn’t the Donald. 

S: But Trump thought he was a good qualified President so you can’t afford to play Trump being a qualified candidate. Running as a guy who thinks he’s qualified but is so far from qualified, that’s tricky. Hats off for going there especially knowing how the voters are about that now

EC: About what?

S: You’re serious? You don’t know? Everybody knows you never go full Trump 

EC: What do you mean? 

S: Check it out. Richard Nixon, 37th President, look Trump, act Trump, not Trump. Established the EPA and OSHA, ended America’s involvement in the Vietnam war, opened diplomatic relations with The Peoples Republic of China. He had Watergate so crooked sho’. Not Trump. You know Jimmy Carter.’ Below average President yes. Indecisive, maybe. Gas shortages and Iranian hostage crises. But he created the Departments of Energy and Education and negotiated a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. That ain’t Trump. He was a goddamn Noble Peace Prize winner. You know any Trump Noble Prize Winners? You went full Trump man. Never go full Trump. You don’t buy that? Ask Donald, 2020, Presidential Election.  Remember? Went full Trump, went home empty-handed.