They are Coming for You

What we’ve seen so far is just the beginning.

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemöller

These words were spoken by a a German Lutheran Minister who was imprisoned by the Nazis in the 1930s.

As the Fascist-leaning Christian White Nationalist Republicans continue in their quest to control American society as a minority party, these words are relevant today like never before.

  • If you are African-American or believe that Black lives matter as much as any other lives – They are coming for you.
  • If you are Hispanic – They are coming for you.
  • If you are an immigrant from a non-Aryan (i.e. “shithole”) country – They are coming for you.
  • If you are Jewish or Muslim – They are coming for you.
  • If you practice any religion other than a Christian fundamentalist version – They are coming for you.
  • If you practice no religion at all – They are coming for you.
  • If you believe that all citizens should be able to vote without interference – They are coming for you.
  • If you are registered as a Democrat or are known to have Democratic sympathies – They are coming for you.
  • If you consider yourself LGBTQ+ – They are coming for you.
  • If you support the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals to live their lives without discrimination – They are coming for you.
  • If you believe that climate change is an existential threat – They are coming for you.
  • If you believe that all humans have unalienable rights – They are coming for you.
  • If you believe Corporations and billionaires should pay their fair share of taxes – They are coming for you.
  • If you believe in the 1st Amendment to the Constitution (Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.) – They are coming for you.
  • If you believe that women have the same rights as men – They are coming for you.
  • If you believe in following the lead of Science in masking and vaccinating to reduce the deadly Covid pandemic – They are coming for you.
  • If you believe in the right of women to control their own bodies – They are coming for you.
  • If you have ever had an abortion – They are coming for you.

In short, their vision is that this country will be controlled by a White Christian Nationalist minority that will have near-total control over the government and will rewrite our laws in such a way that others will have virtually no rights. It will be as if a Christian Taliban were to take control of the United States. Do all Republicans think like this? Of course not. But do those who think like this control the soul of the Republican Party? Unfortunately, yes they do.

The Republican Party has succeeded in installing the last three members of the Supreme Court (and five of the last seven), turning it into an an anti-voting rights, anti-citizen body that has already overseen the removal of many of our rights and is in the process of removing more of them. This gives then control of the powerful Judicial branch of our government.

Over the past few years, Republican led states have taken away rights from Americans. They’ve stripped voting rights, restricted the rights of local governments to enact laws related to gender equity, climate change, public safety, gun control, and education. What we’ve seen so far is just the beginning.

Now that are furiously trying to take away voting rights from as many people as possible, counting on “their people” to be the only ones who show up. They know they can’t win the majority of votes from all voters, so they control who can vote and therefore control the result. In case that isn’t enough, they are now putting biased mini-Trumps in control of elections so that they can directly manipulate the results after the fact.

And if the result of all this gives Republicans control of the Legislative branch, they will increase their assault on our freedoms and put themselves in positions of permanent power. If you believe in freedom in all its forms, you MUST register and you MUST vote for Democrats and against Republicans. We must preserve our freedoms in every way legally possible. The alternative is that we lose it all.

The Biggest Con Job Ever

As long as he has millions of faithful followers sending him money, the con will continue.

Who pulled the greatest cons in history? Ancient politicians from Greece and Rome who used fear to have their enemies exiled or killed? Christian leaders from the Middle Ages who espoused the teachings of Jesus but lived lives in splendor and wickedness? Entertainers like PT Barnum and modern-day versions who put on with falsehoods? Financial wizards like Bernie Madoff who fleeced people of millions? 20th Century Dictators who promised their people riches and glory but instead led them to death and destruction?

No, the greatest con man in history is Donald Trump. He spent his life perfecting his craft as a land developer, constantly promising more than he could deliver. He learned that laws were only meant for other people and that he could break them at will. He also perfected the art of creating a public persona that bore only a vague resemblance to the truth. But most importantly, he learned that if you repeat a lie often enough it can become the accepted as the truth.

When he turned to politics, these skills served him well. He used vague and simple language to con us into thinking he was for us, the people, when he has ALWAYS cared only for himself. He tapped into latent racism with his denigrations of immigrants and blacks which cemented the bond with disaffected white followers. He was so good at perpetuating the con that got away with crimes that would have destroyed any lesser politician. He blatantly took millions from the US Treasury to enrich himself and his family, showing no shame or remorse in the process.

After claiming that only he was smart enough to craft a tax code that helped the working class and stuck it to the rich, he instead oversaw the largest tax cut in history for the rich and a huge shifting of the tax burden to the middle class.

On and on the cons went throughout his administration. He hired incompetent administrators whose only skill was their undying ability to kiss his ass. He relaxed environmental and occupational standards – rewarding his rich financial backers with more profits while hurting the large majority of the population. And he bullied anyone who stood in his way: their options were submission or exile from the GOP.

Building the Wall was another con. The Wall was yet another way to transfer wealth from the American people to his wealthy supporters, while being wholly unable to accomplish its purported goals. Like all cowards, he talked tough but caved when it came to a fight. But he retained his shameless ability to lie and bluster his way to convincing his followers that only he could give them what they wanted.

Along the way he treated the Constitution as just another set of laws he could ignore at will. For that he was rightfully impeached, but his vast legion of loyal followers provided so much support that the GOP cowards refused to follow what they knew to be the right course and remove him from office.

Eventually the incompetence and corruption turned off some of his supporters. And they deserted him in droves for the safety and competency of Joe Biden.

Now we are witnessing the biggest con – that Trump won the election. Of course he lost! Too many people finally saw through the con. But so many still believe. They follow his every desire like blind lemmings, all the while claiming that they are not the sheep. Refusing the vaccines, refusing simple measures like masking. If Trump told them that clothes were a liberal invention, they’d go around naked. And they, the working class, send money to a billionaire. Money that he uses to further enrich himself. Trump controls this loyal army with lies and fear, and they have become a force that has taken over the GOP and paralyzed anyone with integrity with fear.

Donald Trump will never change. He will never care about anyone but himself. But as long as he has millions of faithful followers sending him money, the con will continue. The outrages will only become worse. He is a danger to the country.

The political system is powerless against his army of followers. The legal system must enforce our laws and prosecute Donald Trump for his many crimes. It is time for him to face justice. He must go to prison.

President Trump’s Master Plan – Part 2

Donald Trump has a master plan to ensure his re-election in 2020. But its more sophisticated than anyone understands.

Trump divides American citizens into two camps: Those who adore him as their leader; or those who should “go back to where they came from” or who should be “locked-up” or even “shot”.  Just to be clear, he doesn’t care about the health and welfare of either group, he only cares about what they will do for him. He loves the group will help him stay in power, he hates the one that won’t. He doesn’t yet have the power to deport citizens or lock them up for the mere reason that they don’t worship him – although he’s working towards both those goals. But he does have the power to motivate his angry followers to target them by violent means – and he’s using Twitter to do so on a daily basis. It is clear that in the run-up to the 2020 election, America will suffer unprecedented divisions, hatred, and violence – purposefully stoked by the President.

Trump has more power than any President has ever had – and he is exercising that unprecedented power with increasing frequency and without any restraining forces from his staff of toadies. Its clear that Republicans in the House and Senate will do nothing to confront him. No matter what facts emerge, no matter what it costs in political support, the Republican majority in the Senate will never remove him from office. It is no accident that he has stacked his Cabinet with interim appointees – thus eliminating even the remote possibility of a 25th Amendment-based removal from office. He is secure for the remainder of his current term.

Trump has repeatedly said that he likes the idea of “President for life”. He likes meeting with dictators because he looks up to them in envy as “strong leaders”. He knows that his life will become hell the minute he loses the power of the Presidency, so he is doing all he can to prevent that from ever happening.

The motivation behind the violence and fear that he is intentionally unleashing upon America is to marginalize and weaken his enemies and lead to his re-election in 2020. From there he will have four more years to consolidate power and make his Presidency permanent, or to install his son as his replacement.

As in 2016, Vladimir Putin is doing all he can to help Trump via disinformation. But if it appears that he will lose the election, he has a last minute backup plan. The plan is to use his white nationalist paramilitaries to unleash extreme violence just before the election, then use that as an excuse to suspend Civil Rights, declare Martial Law, suspend the Constitution, and place himself in a permanent position of ultimate power.

Why does Trump think this will work? Because its worked before. Hitler used the burning of the Reichstag (secretly set by his supporters) to take dictatorial powers.  Putin used the violence in Chechnya and the 2002 hostage crisis in a Moscow Theater (with the rescue designed to maximize innocent deaths) to take control of the Russian press and erode human rights. Why have Trump and Putin spent so much time together with nobody else present? Vladimir is both teaching and assisting, and Donald is listening. Trump just has to follow the playbook that he has been given.

Using the dictator’s playbook, Trump needs a HUGE and horrible violent act that will allow him to take total power. What might the event be? That’s still his secret, but here are some possibilities:

  1. Assassinations of one or more prominent political leaders – most likely GOP leaders who are not completely Trump-subservient, or who are at risk of losing in 2020 and thereby making themselves expendable.  A prime assassination candidate is Mike Pence – he clearly poses a risk to the President just by being alive.
  2. Major bombings of public institutions while they are in use so as to create plenty of casualties. If the Supreme Court doesn’t stay in line, it would be a potential target, and so would anti-Trump state governmental centers. Albany and Sacramento would be prime candidates.
  3. Major bombings or mass killings at large scale political events-assuming they are held. Targeting rallies in the last few weeks of the election would be the plan – but Covid may not allow for such gatherings.
  4. Major bombings or mass killings at one or more large sporting event or school. The timing would be perfect for an organized mass killing at an NFL game just 10 days before the election.
  5. It could be two or more of these – all the better to spread panic and fear.

Do you think that Trump can’t do all of this?

He can. He has a virtual army of armed and motivated followers, just awaiting a signal.

Do you think he won’t?

He will. He will do anything to stay in power.

If we value our freedom, if we value this country, we must fight Donald Trump with every power we have. Only by our sheer numbers and will can we restore our Democracy. Our very future as a free country is at stake.

Impeachment? Now?

The Democrats are afraid of the wrong thing. They remember that when the Republicans impeached Bill Clinton, the voters punished them mightily in the next election. They are afraid that if they vote to impeach Donald Trump, voters will reject them and they will lose the House – which is the only check they have on Trump.

But they are forgetting one thing – Bill Clinton’s “crime” was lying about sex – hardly a surprising thing in Washington. The voters punished the GOP because they badly overreached – trying to impose a political death penalty for a venial sin. Most voters may not be focused on what happens in Washington on a day-to-day basis, but they saw how wrong the GOP effort was and reacted as Americans do in attempting to right the wrong that had occurred.

At this point Donald Trump’s crimes are almost beyond counting. Here’s a sampling of what is known to date:

  • Trump paid off multiple women so they would not expose his sexual misdeeds before the 2018 election – thereby committing election fraud.
  • Trump lied about his Trump Moscow hotel deal repeatedly during the 2018 election – thereby committing election fraud.
  • Trump’s tax returns that we have seen so far, clearly show that he committed tax fraud and lied about it to the American people.
  • Trump’s tax returns and other probes into his business dealings showed that he made money by selling real estate to sanctioned Russian and other international buyers, thereby breaking US laws.
  • Trump’s charitable foundation operated illegally to funnel money to Trump’s preferred politicians and to benefit himself.
  • Trump’s business continue to rake in massive amounts of revenue from foreign governments in violation of the Emoluments clause of the Constitution.
  • Trump and his election team attempted to conspire with the Russian government help him win the 2018 election. The only reason that Mueller did not make the accusation is that Trump’s team was too inept to pull it off.
  • Trump actively obstructed the search for the truth of Russia’s attempt to sabotage our 2018 elections – the evidence in the Mueller report is crystal clear.
  • Trump continues to impede our Nation’s ability to resist further Russian interference with the 2020 election – which is nothing short of traitorous.
  • And the biggie – Trump withheld military assistance to Ukraine to get them to investigate the Biden family and to chase the ghost of Hillary Clinton’s server. This is as clear a betrayal of his oath of office as could be imagined.

The charge of impeachment is reserved for “high crimes and misdemeanors”. Every one of these crimes is of greater magnitude than the one crime that the GOP used to impeach Bill Clinton. It could easily be argued that every one of them is a high crime and each is individually grounds for impeachment.

There are undoubtedly many more crimes yet to be discovered – in the unredacted Mueller Report, in the remaining tax returns, in the Deutsche Bank records, in the testimonies of Don McGahn and in yet to be discovered whistle blower accounts. The Trump administration is using all its power to deny Congress access to these documents/testimonies because it knows they will expose more (and possibly greater) high crimes. Trump will use the courts to stall and delay – and given the relative power of the Executive branch, he may be able to delay release of many of these items for a year or two. If Trump can run out the clock on these requests until after the 2020 elections, he believes that he will have the power to make it all go away.

That’s why the time is now to Impeach. In so doing Congress greatly increases its leverage in court battles with the Administration, as the legitimate need for the documents would become undeniable. Much as Nixon’s impeachment case was built slowly and gradually, Nancy Pelosi and the House can use currently available material to lay the groundwork, and use new material to solidify the case.

When all the material is presented, there will be no question to the American people that the Democrats have grounds for Impeachment. Then the pressure will be on the Republicans in the Senate. Will they vote for the good of the USA, or will they vote for Donald Trump? If they vote for Donald Trump over country, the voters will again act to right the wrong and destroy the GOP in 2020. Trump will lose the 2020 election in a landslide – no matter who the Democratic candidate is.

The longer we wait to remove Trump from office, the more harm to this country he will do. he has betrayed our Country before. He will do it again. The danger is real.

Impeachment Now!

 

Drain the Swamp!

One of Donald Trump’s many promises was that he would “Drain the Swamp” that is Washington DC. But instead, he brought a whole new level of swamp dwellers into his corrupt administration to join in his criminal, traitorous administration.

Just from the Ukraine scandal, we have a huge list of Trump officials – all of whom participated in the shakedown of the Ukrainian government to get Ukraine to produce dirt on the Biden family:

  • President Donald Trump
  • Vice President Mike Pence
  • White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
  • Attorney General William Barr
  • Secretary of Energy Rick Perry
  • US Envoy Kurt Volker
  • Ambassador Gordon Sondland

It’s a stunning list of the most powerful men in Washington. As more details emerge, even more members of the Trump administration will likely be implicated in this crime.

There is no question that this is indeed a crime of the highest level. Trump extorted the government of Ukraine in a way that helps Russia and hurt the United States. Simply put that is treason. Extortion and Treason are each crimes worthy of removal from office and imprisonment. Taken together, they certainly rise to the level of impeachment and more.

TRUMP IS A CRIMINAL. The people working for him are criminals. They all have to be removed. Then they all have to be prosecuted for their crimes against the US.

This brings us to another of Trump’s famous slogans: “Lock ’em Up!”

When that happens, we will have Justice.

Doing his Master’s Bidding

In “The Art of the Deal” Donald Trump discusses an ideal scenario – one where he benefits in multiple ways from the same “deal”. And now we know that he has masterminded yet another such deal for himself.

By witholding funding from Ukraine to get them to investigate Joe Biden’s son, Trump benefits in multiple ways. First, and most importantly, he pleases the man who put him into office and can take him out just as easily: Vladimir Putin. Secondly, he besmirches the reputation of his most likely political opponent, Joe Biden.

The press is focused on the second, lesser benefit to Trump because it has been exposed via the whistleblower action and Trump’s own slow leaks of the truth. Given that Trump’s multiple personal conversations with Putin have not been exposed, we don’t yet have proof that he was withholding the money on the express orders of Putin, but we do know that Ukraine is fighting an undeclared war with Russia and that the money withheld by Trump was vital to Ukraine’s self defense. Its clear that Trump was helping his friend while also helping himself.

This is just the latest of a myriad of crimes committed by Donald Trump – many of which have already risen to the standard of High Crimes and Misdemeanors. The crimes will continue as long as Trump is in office.

There is no doubt that Donald Trump has betrayed his oath of office and is a traitor to the United States. He is a clear and present danger every day he is in office. Even Republicans MUST see reality now. He must be impeached!

Trump’s Master Plan is Working – Part 1

Trump has a master plan when it comes to gun violence. And as usual the MSM has it all wrong. They suppose that the recent increase in gun violence is an unintended consequence of Trump’s rhetoric. But its not. The violence and associated fear are his intention. Why does he grin when he is supposed to be consoling the victims of the horrible mass-shootings? Its because he’s unabashedly celebrating as his plan has the intended impact on America.

Trump is like a cornered animal, and as such he is more dangerous that ever before. He knows that he will lose the 2020 election in a landslide unless he does something. He knows that if he’s ever prosecuted for his crimes there is a very good chance that he will be convicted and jailed. So he will do whatever it takes to remain in power.

Trump has a plan. He knows that using derogatory and dehumanizing terms like “animal”, “criminal”, “killer”, “rapist”, and “predator” will initiate many of his unstable followers to act violently. And their actions will cause violent counter-reactions from anti-fa and other leftist groups. So he does everything he can to light the first fuse. The mass killings last week and the panic this week are just the beginning. His followers are motivated, armed, and dangerous. They have been told by Trump  who to target: Blacks, Hispanics (immigrant or otherwise), liberals, elites, the press, Muslims, Jews, Hollywood types, etc. And if a few white protestants are caught up in the violence that’s a small price to pay. Trump’s timing is synchronized with the start of the school year – all the better to add to the panic.

Trump keeps saying that “violence is at an all time high”, when the truth is that violent crimes are at a much lower level than 25 years ago. He wants to change that. His intent is to provoke more violence so as to create a self-fulfilling prophecy. Expect more deranged school killings, more white supremacy-based mass-killings, more racist hatred, and more American carnage. Maximizing the availability of guns is of course central to this goal. With Fox News and the NRA fanning the flames, more violence equals more fear which creates more violence. 

Violence and fear are both helpful for Donald Trump. They strengthen those in positions of power, embolden his lawless friends, and keep his enemies weak and powerless. Violence will spread to 2020 election events in unprecedented numbers. He hopes to disenfranchise those that his violent followers have targeted. His ideal scenario is to create so much fear that millions of his opponents are unwilling to vote – thereby handing him and the GOP the election in 2020.

If that doesn’t appear to be working, he has a backup plan. More about that in Part 2.

 

 

Can You Get the Stink Off?

Every politician dreads the “stink” of being associated with something so terrible that it overrides all other considerations and makes them unelectable – or worse – unemployable after political life. There are many forms of “stink”: criminal wrongdoing, sexual misdeeds (mostly applies to Democrats), extremely unpopular votes, etc. But now a new form of political stink is emerging. The new curse: being associated with Donald Trump.

As Donald Trump weaves his corrupt, sordid, traitorous path through the American Presidency, he has left countless Administration staff corpses in his wake. A few (former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is the best example) have jumped ship in time to keep their reputations intact. But scores more have been dragged to their doom. And more will undoubtedly follow. Many of them have nowhere to go: they can no longer be elected to political office, and no self-respecting Law firm or University wants them. And there are only so many employment opportunities at Breitbart or Fox News. As this reality dawns on senior Administration officials, they will continue to jump ship in large numbers.

But now large numbers of elected GOP politicians are realizing that  their worst fears are coming true and that they too are negatively impacted. As Trump spouts his hatred and venom, every Republican is expected to loyally defend him. Many can no longer hide their own dismay and disgust. So they are bailing in myriad ways. Some are abandoning the GOP and becoming Democrats. We will see more of this from those in strong Democratic districts. As we saw in 2018, others are retiring rather than go through another hard campaign only to face the certainty of losing in 2020. As we get closer to 2020, both of these trends will accelerate. And who can blame them? They are sick of Trump, sick of the positions he puts them in, and sick of being seen as complicit in assisting the racist, misogynist, corrupt, obstructing narcissist that is the President of the United States.

By passing a help-the-rich tax plan and trying to kill the Affordable Care Act, the GOP has done a marvelous job of strengthening the image that they don’t care about the average American. On top of all that, the Republican-elected Supreme Court is set up to make Abortion illegal in many states, and will strip more rights from the LBGTQ community. All great ways to motivate voters to vote them out. As if they weren’t motivated enough.

And that’s the bottom line. The only way Republicans can get the Trump stink off is to quit the GOP or quit politics and drop out of sight. In any but the most severely Trump-loving locations, if you are a member of the GOP and you fight alongside Trump – you will stink so badly that voters will desert in droves. The 2020 election will be all about Trump, and the Republicans are on a ride to their doom. Think 2018 was a Blue Wave? Get ready for a Blue Tsunami – House, Senate, Presidency, numerous Governorships, and State Legislatures are all headed Democratic. It will be historic.

The Mob is Unleashed

President Donald Trump and his GOP friends  explicitly state that the Democrat mob will take control if the Democrats win in November and that America is in danger.

We are in danger from mob violence. But the source of danger is just the opposite from what he claims. The Trump-inspired mob is growing more visible, more brazen, and more dangerous every day. The examples are too numerous to count – whites calling the police or assaulting on law-abiding blacks or Muslims, men assaulting women because Trump said it was OK, right-wing white celebrities uttering racially insensitive comments, Proud Boy Fascist thugs beating up anti-Trump protestors, and many more.

Now it has reached a new level. The mail bomber arrested in Florida was an ardent Trump supporter who had acted to eliminate those who he perceived were on Trump’s Enemies List. Cesar Sayoc is just one example of the true danger to our country created by Trump and his vitriolic language. Make no mistake: this was an attempt by a MAGA disciple to undermine our Democracy by decapitating one of our political parties. The fact that this domestic terrorist was incompetent is just a fluke. Plenty of his extremist right-wing predecessors, including Timothy McVeigh, Dylan Roof, Steven Paddock and others have succeeded in their terrorist attempts.

There are 10’s of thousands of die-hard Trump supporters who believe that the rules of a Christian society and the laws of this country do not apply to them. They will do everything in their power to enable the President-for-Life desire of Donald Trump and an end to our Democracy. They have guns, bombs, and the tacit support of the Republican Party, Fox News, Breitbart, Limbaugh, and their ilk. This mob of modern-day Brownshirts are are still a small minority of Americans but their voice is stronger than ever because of their support from the GOP and its allies. Unlike the caravan of refugees from Central America, or heavily vetted immigrants from Muslim countries, these Trump-worshipping domestic terrorists pose a clear and present danger to our Democracy.

We, the People, must stop them before its too late. Now is the time. We must vote for Democrats who will take back our Country from Trump and the Fascists.

The Last Chance to Save our Country?

The election of 2018 may be the last chance to save the United States from the forces that are acting to destroy our 230-year old democracy.

Donald Trump expressed his intentions many times when he was running for President. He likes to say: “Promises made, promises kept”. And indeed many of his promises are coming true:

  • He promised to overturn Roe v. Wade. This promise is about to come true.
  • He promised to stop the flow of immigrants – be they Mexican or Muslim. This promise is slowly coming true – including family separations, and continuing efforts to build the wall.
  • He promised to eliminate regulations which hamper business. This promise is leading to the elimination of regulations that protect our air, water, food, pharmaceuticals, and everything else we buy.
  • He said that “Climate Change is a hoax”, and promised to halt all US efforts to address climate change. He has succeeded in removing us from the Paris agreement and in pushing us ever further into the embrace of fossil fuels.
  • He promised to punish China. And his sledgehammer approach has punished millions of Americans as collateral damage.
  • He promised to “Repeal and Replace Obamacare”. While that didn’t work out his way, he has instead worked to slowly dismantle and cripple the Affordable Care Act.
  • Mr Trump repeatedly told his supporters that every single undocumented immigrant – of which there are 11.3 million – “have to go”. Although they are no where reaching 11 million, ICE is rounding up and deporting people by the hundreds.

These efforts are slowly turning the US into a Police state. A place where the rights of Women, Blacks, LGBT, non-Christians, and indeed all Americans who don’t agree with him are being threatened. And the Republican-led Congress has no interest in taking him on.

So what else does he want to do?

  • He promotes racial separation and violence. By refusing to condemn the KKK and Nazis, he has given such groups a license to attack others. Trump-loving hate groups such as the Proud Boys now attack others on the street with impunity.
  • He has stated that 3 million people voted illegally in 2016, and he set up an advisory Commission of Election Integrity – with the intent of reducing the voting rolls. While the commission has disbanded, Trump still wants to reduce voting rights.
  • Mr Trump said he would approve waterboarding “immediately” and “make it also much worse”, adding “torture works”. Only strong words from his Cabinet members (most of whom are now gone) forced him to back down.
  • Trump calls the Press “the enemy of the people” and said: “What you are seeing and reading in the media is not what’s happening”. He has repeatedly called for new laws to limit what the press can say.
  • When talking to Chinese President Xi, he said: “He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great. . . And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.”

In short, Donald Trump has, in two years as President, damaged this country to the core. But he wants to do so much more. Think of the damage he could do if he has two more years of control of all three branches of government. He will have a great chance to accomplish his many other goals –  including his primary goal of cementing his hold on power so that he can eventually become “president for life” e.g. Dictator.

There is only one force that stands in the way of Trump gaining so much power that he will destroy our democracy. That force is the will of the people. But that force will likely be rendered meaningless unless it is used now – in the upcoming election.

It takes courage to vote. But it took more courage to face the British at Trenton or the Japanese on Guadalcanal. The courage of the men who fought those battles helped created the America we know today. We are now engaged in a different kind of battle, but it is no less vital to the future of the United States. All those who believe in America must find the will and the courage to vote for Democrats who will defend it from the greatest threat of this generation.