Is This It?

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You kind of knew that there was something different happening when you first heard about Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian President.  But we have had so many false starts that most of us are hesitant to get our hopes up that anything will happen before the Fall of 2020.

Now, however, after over two and a half years of this guy, the END may be in sight!

The holdout of course has been Speaker Nancy Pelosi who has aggressively refused, up until this week, to even consider impeachment or even impeachment inquiry.

Everything changed with the whistle blower.  (And thank you, whoever you are.  We, the American People, are fortunate that there are still brave souls like you who do the right thing in the face of corruption!)

I don’t see the Republicans holding out much longer.  Cracks are beginning, at least with a couple of governors.  And no House or Senate Republican has actually defended the actions of Trump (they are all smart enough politicians to not go down with him).

My only concern is timing:  Pelosi and the House Committees must move in swiftly and relentlessly!

Trump has, in the past, gotten ahead of those who wanted to stop his corruption.  He did it in New York and, until now, has done it in the White House.

The reason Trump has sidestepped being stopped up until now is his extraordinary manipulation of the media.

Give Trump enough time, and he will spin a story to turn it around on his detractors.  Unfortunately, the media has their cameras and microphones there every time Trump opens up his lying mouth!

It seems that Pelosi and the House Democrats understand this.  That time is of the essence and that this is deadly serious, not a political game.

But the news media now must also be responsible.  It’s not about ratings or sensationalism.  This time it’s about our very way of life.  And the news media must do its job:  cover the news!

Keep up with fast-moving coverage:  Google News: Trump Impeachment

Joe Just Being Joe

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Reports that some Dems are “nervous” about Joe Biden’s flub-ups this weekend are over reactive.  Joe has a long history of speaking before his brain catches up.  It has nothing to do with his age:  rather, it’s more that Joe just likes to hear the sound of his own voice.  And also he has, at least up to this point, built a successful career on meaningless rhetoric and sympathetic-sounding platitudes.  Will he make a good Democratic candidate for Pres if he were to win the nomination?  Up against Trump, he’s far better even with the gaffes, in my opinion.  But read the following article about what Joe did this weekend to see if you feel the same:

Source: Iowa Democrats Are Getting Nervous About Biden’s Trail of Gaffes – VICE News

Puerto Rico Ousts Corrupt Leader: Can We Do the Same?

After days of peaceful, but noisy protests, Puerto Rico’s governor resigned amid scandal, corruption, and disgusting tweets.  Even though the governor resisted, the people of Puerto Rico persevered and ultimately prevailed.  Demonstrators refused to go away; marching, chanting, effectively shutting the island down.

Can we learn a lesson from the people of Puerto Rico in persistence to rid ourselves of corrupt leaders?  After yesterday’s dud on the Hill with Mueller, maybe it’s time to march; peacefully.

Was Yesterday Too Much for Sarah Sanders?

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Press Secretary Sarah Sanders will leave Trump at the end of the month and head back to her home state of Arkansas.  Perhaps it is yesterday’s interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that is finally too much for Sarah?

Watch yesterday’s interview:

Read more about Sarah Sanders’ departure:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/sarah-sanders-leaving-white-house-at-the-end-of-the-month-trump-says/2019/06/13/d2e256e0-8e17-11e9-8f69-a2795fca3343_story.html?utm_term=.b5440f2c3d1c&wpisrc=nl_politics-pm&wpmm=1

Trump Admin Renames Natural Gas to “Freedom Gas”

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From Mother Jones:

The Trump administration has rebranded natural gas with a new, patriotic-sounding name: “freedom gas.” In a Department of Energy press release on Tuesday, Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes talked about exporting US natural gas as “spreading freedom gas throughout the world.”

Keep reading the release, and you’ll find another official calling natural gas “molecules of US freedom.” No, you’re not reading the Onion. All this in a Department of Energy announcement that it’s approving exports from a new liquefied natural gas plant south of Houston.

Source: “Freedom Gas”: The Trump Administration’s Ridiculous New Plan to Rebrand Fossil Fuels – Mother Jones

Absolutely asinine!  If for no other reason, Trump and the rest of his cabinet should be removed from office for sheer stupidity!

Monsanto Compiled List of GMO Opponents, Journalists, in EU Countries

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Prior to its buyout last year, Monsanto kept a list of those opposed to GMO’s throughout the European Union.  The list included journalist and activists.

Bayer bought the Roundup maker in 2018 and released the details of Monsanto’s list in an effort to appear transparent.

Individuals in at least 7 European nations are on the list.  Legal efforts are underway to contact those who are on the list.

Many European countries have GMO labeling requirements.

READ MORE HERE:

  1. https://www.european-views.com/2019/05/bayer-reveals-monsanto-had-watch-lists-of-gmo-opponents-in-7-eu-countries/
  2. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto

Warren Goes To “Ground Zero” of Opioid Epidemic: Unlike Other Candidates, She Has A Plan

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Tug River Valley with the town of Kermit on the right side of river, top of photo.

Presidential Candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren went to Kermit, West Virginia, which is called “ground zero” of the opioid crisis.  But unlike many of her fellow candidates who speak in political rhetoric, Warren actually has a plan of action:  hold big pharma execs accountable.  She’s talking hitting them where it hurts:  taking money out of their greedy hands to fund treatment and prevention as well as jail time for corporate execs who criminally dump thousands of opioids on America’s communities.

Speaking of which, the small town of Kermit, West Virginia, had over 12 million opioid tablets dumped on it.  The town has a population of only 406 people, according to the  2010 census.  So that is roughly 30,000 tablets for every man, woman, and child in Kermit.

Here’s Warren speaking to residents of Kermit (Source:  Daily Kos):

We need to hold those executives personally liable. I’m talking handcuffs and perp walks,…People didn’t get addicted all on their own, they got a lot of corporate help. … They got a lot of help off of corporations that made big money on getting people addicted and keeping them addicted….My view is you’re not the ones who should pay for it, it’s the people who made the profits who should pay for it,…

Read More:

  1. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/5/10/1856778/-Warren-brings-opioids-message-to-West-Virginia
  2. https://www.wvpublic.org/post/opioid-epidemic-kermit-wva#stream/0
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kermit,_West_Virginia
  4. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/5/9/1856330/-Warren-s-opioid-plan-Billions-for-treatment-criminal-prosecution-of-the-corporate-profiteers

Pathetic or Dangerous?

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Attorney General William Barr’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee was a demonstration of what a totalitarian takeover will look like if allowed to continue.

Barr shirked his duty as AG.  He outright lied.  He stalled, wasting time, on certain questions, pretending not to hear the question or quibbling over simple words.  And refused to answer other questions.

He has truly become Trump’s fixer.

The question is:

Is Barr just a pathetic weak man, broken by Trump?

Or, is Barr a dangerous torch-bearer to usher in a tyrant?

Although it is possible that Barr is just a weak broken man who became dazzled by the supposed wealth and power of Trump & Family, we must remember that Barr is not a newbie to the position of Attorney General:  he served as AG under President George H. W. Bush.

Barr knows how to be Attorney General, he knows the Law, he knows about serving in Government.

Rather, it’s possible that Barr may see himself as “hero of the Trump tyranny” – twisting our system of law and order to suit his strongman leader.

Right now, we must consider that Barr is dangerous.  Barr has pretty much destroyed his previous reputation.  Those pundits who assured us that he would uphold the institution of our laws are now disappointed and sorry.  These same pundits tell us that Barr will now go down in history as infamous with an asterisk next to his name.

But these pundits may be wrong again if we’re not careful because Trump and his followers are already rewriting history by turning lies into an aberrant truth through social media.

Barr may be looked at as a hero in Trump’s distorted version of history.

It is now time for all members of Congress, both parties, to take this seriously and impeach Barr.  We can’t wait for 2020 to play politics and sort this out.  Barr is corrupting the very core of our Democratic Republic – our Law.  No more time for politeness or playing politics or looking to polls for the next election.  Before it’s too late, Congress must begin impeachment, starting with Barr!

 

Supreme Court Seems Ready to Stack the Deck in Favor of Future Republican Control Beyond Trump

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Presidential elections have consequences.  And one of those consequences is the presidential power to name Supreme Court justices.

When balanced by a robust and independent Senate, the efforts to stack the Court in fulfillment of a president’s radical agenda are suppressed.

But when the Senate becomes an arm or extension of that president, then the president gains the authority of emperor, using the Court to distort the law to carry out and fulfill any whim at will.

Unfortunately, the later scenario is where we are now.  And it is threatening the very foundations of our democratic republic with the potential to throw thousands of people into danger, and to deny certain states due representation in Congress.

Trump has successfully nominated and installed 2 Supreme Court justices, the latest Brett Kavanaugh whose confirmation process was a rush job.

Today’s arguments before the Supreme Court reflect Trump’s successful efforts to stack the court in his favor.  Trump insists on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census in his administration’s efforts to decrease Congressional representation in Hispanic and other immigrant districts.

The dividing line was clear today that conservatives on the Court are now ready to stand with Trump and grant him his wish.

Question:  Will this be the first of many Court decisions to favor Trump and distort our Law?

Read More:

  1. https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/23/politics/supreme-court-census-question-oral-arguments/index.html
  2. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/04/supreme-court-census-case-citizenship-question.html

To Impeach or Not To Impeach?

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a conference call with Democrats to discuss the way forward after the Mueller report.  It appears that Dem leadership is skittish about even using the word “impeachment” because they’re afraid of how voters will react and also the very real possibility that the Republican-controlled Senate will stand with Trump and further impact the Dems’ chances for reelection.

Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer are scared that impeachment proceedings will backfire with the voters in 2020.

Really?  Why should they be so afraid?

The Mueller report clearly demonstrates that there was, and still is, criminal behavior in the Trump White House.  It is also clear that the only reason that Trump was not indicted is because of a Nixon-era DOJ memo that a sitting president cannot be indicted.

Mueller left a “roadmap” for Congress to follow if Congress is willing to look at it and do its job.

So let’s take a look at what would happen if the House Dems decide to move forward with impeachment.

First of all, it’s the right thing to do. Even if you can make a case that there was no criminal behavior that meets the threshold of the law, there was and is at the minimum widespread corruption in Trump’s White House.

Impeachment, according to the Constitution, begins in the House.  They file the Articles of Impeachment.  And then send these Articles to the Senate who will then vote on whether or not to impeach.  Impeachment is actually a trial, which is held by the Senate.  If convicted by the Senate, the President is removed from office.

So let’s say the House goes through with filing Articles of Impeachment.  It’s likely that the House will approve Articles of Impeachment, that’s if Democratic leadership decides to go for it.

But then what happens when it goes to the Senate?

The Senate Republicans will more than likely stand with Trump and reject the Articles of Impeachment.

And this potentiality is what seems to scare the hell out of the House Democratic leadership.

Why should it though?

If the only solution to criminal and corrupt activity by the President is impeachment and removal from office, the House will be doing the right thing by filing the Articles of Impeachment which lays out the charges against the President.  Then it’s up to the Senate.

If the Senate doesn’t do the right thing and stands with a criminal President, how does that adversely affect the House Democrats?  Answer: it doesn’t, it instead makes the Senate Republicans look bad.

And every voter will know the names of every Senate Republican who votes “no” on impeachment.

If the Democratic leadership in the House cowers and overthinks this and just looks the other way, deciding not to file impeachment articles, this will be what will hurt the Dems in the next election.

Trump is not changing for the better while in office.  In fact he is getting worse.  Right now he is doing a victory lap; he is relying on the Democrats being fearful (Dems have a history of overthinking things and backing away from doing what’s right).  He will only feel more powerful the longer this goes.

Waiting for the next election is not the answer either, as some Dems are weakly saying.  There might not even be an election as Trump gains more and more power.  Trump is already talking about staying in office for decades.

While we still have a Constitution and the Law in place, it is time for the Democratic leadership in the House to step up and do the right thing!  Politics aside.