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.

 

Michelle Obama is Wrong

Michelle Obama is wrong. On October 11, 2018, she said: “Fear is not a proper motivator.” As noble as that sentiment might be, it is wrong. Donald Trump has proven to the entire world that fear is an excellent motivator. He has motivated his base by stoking fear of immigrants, fear of Muslims, fear of the free press, and now – fear of all Democrats. And as a result, his party controls all elements of the United States government.

Now the vast majority of Americans have much to fear.

We fear that the norms of civil discourse and respect in our society are decaying – with the President modeling behaviors that nobody would want of their children.

We fear that society is becoming more unequal – with the 1% gaining more money and power and the remainder of us fighting for the dregs.

We fear that our healthcare options will be stripped away, leaving us unable to afford decent healthcare and financially vulnerable to a health crisis.

We fear that rights that are protected by the Constitution are being systematically stripped away by the Republican dominated Legislative and Judicial branches.

We fear that Women’s rights are being eroded, at first slowly, but now with increasing speed and severity.

We fear that the regulations that protect our food, water, the goods we buy, and the services we use are being rolled back in ways that jeopardize our safety and security.

We fear that pollution and greenhouse gasses are destroying the planet’s ability to support life for future generations.

We fear that people who are non-white, non-christian, or non-hetero will be discriminated against or worse with no legal recourse because the courts are not supportive.

We fear that those who have money and power can do as they please with disregard for the law and human decency with no repercussions.

We fear that those who speak up about the abuse they have suffered will be humiliated, dismissed, and hounded by the self-appointed right wing trolls.

We fear that the very fabric of our society has been torn, and it is only getting worse.

But we can’t let fear paralyze us. There is still time for hope and goodness to prevail. But the window of time is closing. The longer that Republicans control the levers of government, the more damage they can do.

Historians will look back on the past two years as a very dark time in American history. This election will decide whether that darkness will deepen and our democracy will fall further into the abyss, or whether the people will take back their country and begin the long climb back to the land of the free and home of the brave. All Patriots MUST VOTE. Nothing is more important.

 

Sometimes Conspiracy Theories are True

America is inundated with conspiracy theories:

  • Crowds of Muslims were cheering in New Jersey after the Twin Towers fell
  • Obama was born in Kenya
  • Hillary was running a child porn ring out of a pizza parlor
  • Millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election for Hillary
  • Obama wiretapped Trump Tower
  • Climate change is a Chinese hoax
  • Only a handful of people died in Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria
  • Trump is secretly working with Mueller to expose a child porn ring (QAnon)

These and many, many more conspiracy theories have been promoted by or linked to Donald Trump. No evidence has ever been provided that any of these are true – but they are still believed by a significant percentage of Americans because who support Donald Trump.

But sometimes conspiracy theories are true. How can we tell? Because there is EVIDENCE to back them up. So, let’s examine some evidence, all of which is known to be true, and see if it might support another conspiracy theory.

  • For many years, it has been well known that the Trump organization was dependent on Russian financing following its numerous bankruptcies. The pattern begins long before Trump became a presidential candidate. His partners in the Trump Soho project in New York, announced in 2006, included a former official of the Soviet Union and a Russian who confessed to felony fraud involving organized crime. Donald Trump Jr. said two years later that money was “pouring in from Russia” for “high-end product.“. The same year, a Russian oligarch paid Trump $95 million for a Florida mansion the elder Trump bought in 2004 for less than half that price – just one of many Trump-Russian real estate deals. Showcasing a family golf course in 2013, son Eric Trump told a journalist that Russian financiers provided what American banks would not. In addition to Donald Trump’s trip to Russia to host the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant, he was actively pursuing the development of a Hotel in Russia well into 2016. The links between Russian leadership and the Trump family span over 10 years.
  • On June 9, 2016, a meeting was held in Trump Tower in New York City between three senior members of the 2016 Trump campaign – Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort – and at least five other people, including Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. The meeting was set up in response to this e-mail sent by Rob Goldstone on June 3, 2016 to Donald Trump Jr.:

Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting.

The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.

This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump – helped along by Aras and Emin.

  • On June 7, 2016, Donald Trump announced: “I am going to give a major speech on probably Monday of next week and we’re going to be discussing all of the things have taken place with the Clintons,” the presumptive Republican nominee said from his Westchester, New York, estate. “And I think you’re going to find it very, very interesting.” But after the meeting at Trump Tower turned out to provide no dirt on Hillary, the speech was never given.

Donald Trump says that he did not know about the Trump Tower meeting until a year later – so was the announcement of the speech and later cancellation just an amazing coincidence?

  • On July 27, 2016, Donald Trump said (talking about Hillary): “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
  • An indictment filed by Robert Mueller, the special counsel, said “The Conspirators spearfished individuals affiliated with the Clinton Campaign throughout the summer of 2016. For example, on or about July 27, 2016, the Conspirators attempted after hours to spearfish for the first time email accounts at a domain hosted by a third-party provider and used by Clinton’s personal office. At or around the same time, they also targeted seventy-six email addresses at the domain for the Clinton Campaign.”

Was this just another amazing coincidence?

  • On October 7, 2016, The Washington Post published a video and accompanying article about then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and television host Billy Bush having “an extremely lewd conversation about women” in 2005. The effect was immediate – Republicans started deserting him, and many began calling for his withdrawal from the ticket.
  • However, later in the day on October 7, Wikileaks released another trove of emails hacked from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman email account, unleashing thousands of messages that revealed for the first time excerpts of Clinton’s paid speeches — including those delivered before Wall Street — that were flagged as problematic or potentially damaging. This story competed with the Access Hollywood story just when Donald Trump desperately needed to change the subject.

Was this a third amazing coincidence?

  • When Hillary Clinton finally conceded the election, early in the morning of November 9, 2016, it was already mid-day in Moscow. Russian State news agency RIA-Novosti and Russian website Interfax.com quoted Mr Nikonov, also chairman of the Education Committee, as saying: “Three minutes ago, Hillary Clinton acknowledged her defeat in the US presidential elections and just seconds ago, Trump began his speech as president-elect. I congratulate all of you on this.
  • Tonight is a night of Trump for all Americans and the world,” said Boris Chernyshev, a member of an ultranationalist faction at the Duma whose leader invited journalists for a champagne toast. Citing President Obama’s 2008 slogan, he added, “Tonight we can use the slogan with Mr. Trump: Yes we did.

Adding this all up, our fact-based conspiracy theory is clear:

Donald Trump’s campaign actively and regularly colluded with the Russian government to undermine the American electoral process and subvert the will of the American people.

At last, a conspiracy theory we can believe in. Q.E.D.

What does this mean? Our 2016 election was stolen. Our freedom is at risk. Yes, Robert Mueller is working on this, and will someday issue a report that includes all this and much more, but it doesn’t appear to be coming soon. All Americans MUST vote in the 2018 election for America, and against Russia – which means we must vote those who will confront, expose, and neutralize this threat.

No matter what party you belong to you must vote for Democrats in 2018, before it is too late.

The Enemy of the People

Josef Stalin liked to use the phrase “Enemy of the People” to denote those that he had chosen for execution. Of course what he really meant by that phrase was “anyone who I perceive to be a threat to my power”. His use of the phrase was a death sentence.

Donald Trump uses the term “enemy of the people” to describe the mainstream media in the US. By using such strong language to assault those whose lives are dedicated to the defense of the First Amendment he shows his utter disregard for the fundamental rights of Americans. This has been going on for some time, and virtually none of the leaders of the Republican Party have shown that they are concerned about Trump’s attack on the rights of Americans.

But Trump’s Summit with Vladimir Putin and post-summit news conference show that  Trump isn’t just out to destroy our rights. His defense of Putin and opposition to the unanimous certainty of the intelligence community is nothing short of a betrayal of the US to our strongest and most sinister enemy.  By his actions he has shown that he intends to weaken America as a great power and help Russia. If he is allow to proceed further down this path he will do untold damage to this country.

If you wanted to destroy America, how would you do it? Our military is way too strong to be defeated on any battlefield, our economy is too diverse and global in its reach. The only way is to destroy us from within. To do so you would have to manipulate elections, work to reduce our belief in a free press, reduce our faith in the judicial system, the FBI, the CIA, etc. And you would weaken our alliances in such a way that no other country would see us as a dependable and reasonable ally.  If you look at Trump’s actions from this point of view, they all make perfect sense.

Make no mistake – Donald Trump is an enemy of the American people and a traitor to the US. And the Republicans who say virtually nothing, and more importantly do nothing are cowards of the highest order.

Robert Mueller will eventually expose much, if not all of this, but by then it may be too late. There is only one chance to save our country. We must vote for Democrats. America can only be protected with both houses in opposition to Trump. The number of democratic voters must be so large so as to overwhelm the ongoing Russian attempt to sabotage our election.

Either we defeat Trump, or the country we love will be no more.

Mike Pence is Machiavellian

Niccolo Machiavelli famously wrote: “Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.” This quote perfectly describes Mike Pence.

Mike appears to be a full-throated supporter of President Donald Trump. But if you look more deeply, you can see that he’s keeping as much distance as he can between himself and the bulk of Trump’s administration of cronies, while still espousing loyalty to Trump. He’s happy to talk about the economy, foreign relations, and other conventional Republican topics, but his expressions of support are carefully calculated to avoid the danger zones: Russia, Trump’s kleptocratic buddies, Stormy and company, etc.

But Mike Pence knows what everyone who is not is not duped by the Fox News propaganda machine already understands: Donald Trump’s days as President are numbered. Trump acts like he’s guilty in the Russia probe because he is – we don’t yet know exactly what of, but we know that its bad. Mike knows that only two things can prevent him from becoming President Pence: 1) Donald Trump believes he is no longer loyal and (somehow) manages to dump him, or 2) he becomes embroiled in one of the Trump scandals and goes down with the ship as part of a negotiated exit.

The first scenario is highly unlikely, but Pence is taking no chances. Pence is LOVED by Republicans in both houses, and they are almost universally anxious for the day when their standard bearer is an adult. So, even if Trump tried to move against him, the party would put a quick stop to any such plan. But Pence is looking to the 2020 Presidential election, and knows that he will need Trump voters to win. So, he’s playing the role of a faithful soldier. He will never be at the head of the dump Trump train, but he may secretly be its biggest booster.

The second scenario is where some danger lies for Pence. He may indeed be connected to the Russia thing – but we have yet to know the whole story. Assuming that he was minimally involved and preserves a degree of plausible deniability, his exposure should be limited. Republicans will do everything they can to give him the benefit of the doubt, so as long as they are in power, he’s likely safe.

Now we come to the central question: When do the Republicans make this happen? It is NOT a legal issue – its strictly a political calculation. Are they better off with President Trump or with President Pence? As the noose begins to tighten on Trump and his behavior becomes even more erratic and indefensible, the movement will gather steam.

So will Republicans dump Trump before the 2018 election? If so, they may retain one or both majorities. Or will they (as the Democrats hope) stick with Trump until they lose one or both Congressional majorities and numerous state majorities? If that happens, Trump will come under intense pressure and – like any bully who loses a fight – will quit during the lame duck session (and he will expect a pardon). Trump doesn’t really like being President, and he really won’t like it if he has to endure even one day of what will be endless Democratic-led congressional inquiries.

Either way, Trump will be gone by January 1, 2019. The only question is, what will be left of the mighty Republican Party once Mike Pence becomes its leader?

 

The Russians are Destroying the Republican Party

The primary goal of the Russian government in interfering with our election process is to sow discord and strife within the United States. But a secondary goal is to destroy the Republican Party and eliminate its history of belligerence towards Russia. The plan is working to perfection.

With the President as a willing co-conspirator, the Russians have completely changed the conversation about Russia within Republican circles. No longer is Russia the “Evil Empire” of Ronald Reagan, now Donald Trump will do anything he can to “get along with Russia” and refuses to fight back for America against Russian aggression. We know that Russia has been manipulating social media and thereby public opinion so as to promote Trump and his views since he began running for President. Its important to remember that they specifically picked him.

So how does this impact the rest of the Republican Party? For some time now, there has been a huge dilemma for elected GOP officials. For the most part, they see the oncoming train wreck of the Trump Presidency. They know that Mueller will soon demonstrate that the Trump campaign engaged in multiple crimes and that they should be doing everything they can to distance themselves from Trump. But they have been afraid to antagonize the legion of vociferous Trump supporters. So they have hidden their heads in the sand – neither defending or (other than a few who have eschewed re-election) criticizing the President and hoped for the best.

Elected Republicans have already shown that they have no moral compass, so we are wasting our time expecting them to behave in the best interests of the country. But we do expect that they will behave in ways that will maximize their re-election chances – which they normally do.

But now the Republicans have learned from Mueller’s February 16 indictments that some (most?) of the pro-Trump social media posts were actually from Russian nationals and were amplified by Russian-sponsored bots. So what are Republicans to do? Why should they follow the pro-Trump echo chamber if it isn’t real? Can they believe anything from Social media that is Pro-Trump?

The Republican Party has been, and continues to be manipulated by Russia into a collective suicide pact by supporting Trump. Its clear that Mueller is in the homestretch, and equally clear that his report will show that Trump is guilty of treasonous behavior. When the voters find out the truth, they will crucify all those who were in any way complicit. The party will be crushed and will split into multiple warring factions.

Every day that goes by with GOP following the Trump-Russia playbook is a day closer to the death of the Republican Party. It couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch.