A Day in Trump’s America

Let’s assume that Donald Trump wins a second term in office. Its now October 2024. We are going to spend a day in Donald Trump’s America.

President Trump has consolidated power like no President before him. All significant Federal government positions are now held by Trump loyalists. After the election of 2020, hordes of career civil servants fled all departments of the Executive branch, leaving only true-Trumpers behind. Key positions were filled by political appointees, but many technical line positions have gone unfilled. This is touted by Trump as a positive achievement, but the result is felt by every American in the incompetence and outright ignorance that governs our lives.

Covid is endemic in American society. After the botched rollout of the insufficiently tested initial vaccines in 2021, few American trust or believe in Trump’s CDC or FDA. As soon as the initial vaccine failures started, Trump blamed the scientists and fired the leadership of both the CDC and FDA. His handpicked replacements were quickly discredited by their incompetence and devotion to Trump over truth. New vaccines have been developed, but with public distrust at a high level, few are willing to take them. And because the vaccines only last a year, herd immunity is impossible to achieve. There are no Federal mandates regarding mask wearing, testing, or social distancing, so 100,000 Americans are still catching Covid every day, and over a thousand are dying. Total deaths are over two million. Unemployment is over 15% but the Trump Administration reports it as half of that.

After the Supreme Court wiped out the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare system virtually collapsed. Because of Trump’s manipulation of the Tax code, Social Security has gone bankrupt, resulting in a 50% reduction in benefits for beneficiaries, and Medicare has reduced payouts by an equal amount. Over 50% of the hospitals in the US closed, and most who remain are barely hanging on. A secondary healthcare black market has emerged for the few people who can pay cash, but for everyone else its very hard to get care. The US healthcare system is now ranked lower than most of the undeveloped countries in the world.

Most other Federal agencies have abandoned their stated missions: The Education Department exists solely to funnel Federal dollars to for-profit and religious schools and colleges; the Department of the Interior regularly leases any and all Federal lands to ranchers, loggers, and especially energy companies for mining and drilling; the USEPA has softened its rules and enforcement so much that the air and waterways have become polluted in ways not seen since the 1960s; Departments of Energy, Commerce, and HUD are rife with barely concealed graft and produce reports that bear little resemblance to the truth.

The Department of Defense is a special case. Defense contractors regularly run up huge overruns and are making millions – for them life is good. But given Trump’s continuing and public disdain for their service, the frontline troops are demoralized and military leadership is very unhappy. Trump understands that the military is the one force that threatens his long term plans, so he regularly purges its leadership. New leaders are appointed every three to six months to keep the military in turmoil.

But the biggest change has come about in the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice. They have effectively combined into a superagency that has turned America into a militarized Police state. Most of the Senior leadership of the Democratic Party has been arrested on various charges: Obama on spying, Biden on corruption, Hillary because of her e-mails, and many others on bogus charges. Numerous other Democratic (and a few Republican) leaders have been kidnapped and/or assassinated by various right-wing militia groups. Trump’s Justice Department and FBI, are both now under new, loyal leadership. They are more than willing to arrest and imprison political opponents, and have been so successful at doing so that the GOP loyalists control both the House and Senate. The few Democrats in positions of power are sufficiently cowed or have become Trump supporters to survive. By now, Trump has appointed five members of the Supreme Court, and his court finds a way to approve everything he does.

Militia groups thrive and, in many areas are a defacto police force. Much as the Revolutionary Guards did in Iran, white supremacist militias enforce their own rules with guns and the support of the Homeland Security apparatus. Blacks, Jews, Muslims, immigrants, and non-whites are routinely beaten and killed with no recourse.

Life is especially difficult for women. Positions of leadership in government, industry, academia, and science are now virtually closed off to women. Although laws have not changed significantly, behavior has changed dramatically. Abortion is of course completely illegal nationwide, as are most forms of birth control.

One key change to the law – implementing a position held by Trump as a candidate – was to criminalize all past abortions by declaring them to be first degree murder. Since the records of past abortions were so easy to gather, millions of women have been jailed, decapitating the leadership of the women’s movement.

Although huge numbers of women protested as these changes were occurring, so many were jailed, beaten, and raped that protests died down after a year.

So its been nearly four years since Donald Trump was elected to a second term. The Presidential election of 2024 is in full swing – but its different than any previous election. The Supreme Court agreed with Trump’s assertion that he deserves a third term because of what the Democrats did during his first term, so his name is on the ballot in all 50 states. But, due to Republican challenges and intimidation, no Democrat is running a national campaign, and in many states there is no Democratic candidate on the ballot for President or any other major office. Donald Trump’s third term is about to become a certainty. This time, he has a new Vice Presidential running mate – her name is Ivanka. The dynasty will become reality. The President of the United States will henceforth be a Trump. ______________________________________________

Let’s come back to reality. Its actually October 2020. You have the power to choose your own ending to this story. You can vote for Joe Biden, and Democratic members of the House and Senate, and none of this will come true.

The Only Way We Can Lose is if They Cheat

Trump has said that: “The only way we can lose is if they cheat.” But like so much of what he says, it is the exact opposite of the truth. The truth is that the only he can win is if he cheats, and he knows it. And he has many methods of cheating the true will of the people.

Trump has spoken and tweeted almost daily against mail-in voting. Why is he so against it? Not because it will lead to cheating – exactly the opposite. Trump is afraid of mail-in voting because it reduces his chance to interfere with in-person voting on November 3. He and his Republican enablers have multiple efforts in place to intimidate and reduce the number of in-person voters that are unfavorable to him:

  1. Using his Russian friends, spread as much dis-information and fear as possible to discourage people from voting for Joe Biden or voting at all.
  2. Purge as many voters as possible, especially from areas that are not friendly to Republicans.
  3. Reduce the number of polling places so as to discourage voting, and concentrate those who do show up into the least number of locations.
  4. Do everything to the risk of exposure to Coronavirus, further reducing the willingness of those from vulnerable communities to show up.
  5. Recruit vigilantes to “protect the polls” which is code for showing up with guns so as to intimidate Blacks, Hispanics, or anyone else who doesn’t seem Trumpian.

Trump is also against mail-in voting because it minimizes the possibility of physical cheating – which is his secret plan that nobody is talking about. With in-person voting, all the votes are registered and tallied by thousands of individual voting machines. Tamper with enough voting machines in key locations and you can change the election in real time without anyone being aware of it. But, you say, the machines keep a permanent record of each vote. That can be also tampered with in the middle of the night by anyone who has access to the machines. Think it can’t happen? Read David Pepper’s book “The People’s House”. He describes just how easy it is to steal an election by tampering with a few machines in a few districts. And there are plenty of Districts in the key battleground states that are controlled by Trump loyalists – and available for the Russians to manipulate. Trump’s government says that the Russians tried to tamper with voting machines in 2016 but failed. Does anybody believe them? We know that the Trump Administration dragged its feet on funding to protect the integrity of the vote. That was done to make it easier to subvert this election.

But vote-by-mail is different. Each ballet is a clear, permanent, paper record which is counted in the presence of multiple people, making it virtually impossible to skew the count. Mail-in paper ballots also make it easy to perform a 100% accurate recount. Yes, some mail-in ballots will be lost, some will be thrown out, but the more mail-in ballots, the more this election will reflect the accurate will of the people. So Trump is doing all he can to suppress mail-in voting. And its working.

Trump believes he has a reason to be confident. When he combines these techniques with all the voters that have been removed from the rolls, suppressed, marginalized by redistricting, or otherwise disenfranchised, he has the means to win the election with only 40% of the population on his side. He doesn’t need more voters, he needs voters who are so committed to him that they will do anything to vote. This is why he has made no attempt to broaden his base of support, but instead has done everything to deepen the devotion of his followers to his cult.

Trump knows that the Electoral college gives him a built-in 3-5% advantage over the Democrats. If he can subvert the will of the people by another 3-5%, he wins. That is why Trump and his people are so confident. National polling that shows a Biden lead of 6-8% is in range of Trump’s ability to cheat his way to victory.

Trump has made no secret of his backup plan in case the cheating doesn’t work. In demonizing the mail-in vote, he has already made the pre-claim that the election was illegitimate. He will never concede, no matter the result. He will likely declare victory sometime on election night even as mail-in ballots are slowly being counted. And, no matter how much he loses by, he won’t leave the White House unless he is physically forced to.

The call to action could not be more clear:

  1. All eligible voters MUST vote for Joe Biden. Trump is a danger to Democracy. He will unleash more violence before the election. No one can withhold their vote because its too hard, or because it won’t matter, or because Joe is not the perfect candidate. The people of the United States must vote for Joe by such a large majority that all the Republican cheating won’t be enough to overcome the will of the people.
  2. Once the election is over and Joe has won a convincing majority, sadly, and unlike ever before, the work will not be over. Trump will do everything in his power to hold onto the Presidency. And many Republicans will assist him. Americans must rise up in massive protests, and with massive acts of civil disobedience to preserve our Democracy. There will be more violence as Trump and his allies refuse to obey the will of the people. For 250 years, Americans have done what needed to be done to preserve our Democracy. Now we will be called upon to preserve it once again.

America is at stake. And we will have to fight for it as never before.

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.

 

 

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.