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.

Pruitt Out!

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EPA head Scott Pruitt has resigned!

The corruption and abuse of power swirling around Pruitt is increasing by the day.  But recent allegations coming from staff members, including those who quit because of Pruitt, put the pressure on for him to step down.

Question is:  will investigation into his dealings continue?  Or will it be Washington as usual, letting him off the hook by resignation?

Time will tell.  And so will the coming elections!

ICE: Not In Our Name

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Children left alone to wander the streets or hide for days inside, too afraid of what may be waiting for them outside.  No adults at home to care for them.  In some homes, the electricity has been shut off.

Outside, the visible decay already of disorder.  Garbage building up and reeking in the summer heat.  Toys left abandoned in untended yards.  When the sun sets is when fear really sets in.

No, this is not a scene from some apocalyptic movie.  It is real life for children in today’s American heartland!

The Washington Post exposed the horrors happening right now in a town in northern central Ohio after an ICE raid separated the immigrant parents from the born-here American children, abandoning the children to find relatives or fend for themselves.

By now, you already know of the “camps” where immigrant children are being detained by themselves, separated from their parents.  You probably also know about the “baby buses” to transport babes in diapers by themselves to detention camps.

Detention camps for kids is an outrage, reminiscent of 1930’s fascism in Europe.  But if this is not enough, ICE is committing more outrage right under our noses.  Literally creating a ghost town in at least one American community, the tragedy is on the lives of innocent young American citizens – children left to find their own way.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, known as ICE, was born from the fear after 911.  Created in 2003, it was designed to be the strong-arm unit of George W. Bush’s new Department of Homeland Security.  (I have always taken issue with W’s use of the word “homeland.”)

ICE replaced Immigration and Naturalization Services and its intent was enforcement and control.  Under every President until now, ICE has been tempered.  But now …

President Trump has vowed to remove anyone here illegally from Mexico and Central America.  He doesn’t seem to understand – or he doesn’t care – that many individuals are not trying to enter illegally, but are following ICE’s instructions to appeal for sanctuary; they are running for their lives from drug gangs and abuse.

But what about those people in central Ohio?  Many of these adults have been here for years, working at minimum wage jobs and living quietly and normally, raising children and doing the best they can for themselves and their community.  This Ohio community, like many others across the country, was created because certain industries, like the agriculture industry in Ohio, needed workers willing to work those jobs; and most born-here Americans don’t want to work hard labor jobs, like in the fields, for minimum wage!

Finding workers willing to work hard, low-paying jobs, is nothing new.  Ronald Reagan signed into law in 1986 an act for this very reason, to encourage employers to at least legally register immigrants who fill jobs that Americans won’t work.  Reagan’s efforts were a failure and illegal immigration has nearly doubled since his time.

But, and this is important, most of these immigrants are not coming here to “invade” our country, as some, including Trump, are saying.  They are coming here to work.  And to live a good life caring for their families.  That’s it.

Trump seems to think that by making immigrant communities into ghost towns, that Americans will rush in to fill those jobs.  But that’s not the case.  The Washington Post reports that in the Ohio case, deporting or detaining the immigrant workers has created a deficit of 15,000 jobs!  No, Americans are not running to work the fields, and if the Ag companies cannot fill those 15,000 jobs, they go out of business!

But back to ICE:

ICE has waited for a President like Trump to operate unchained.  Their tactics are as close to storm troopers as this country has ever come.  And it is time to stop!

The issue of immigration is complex.  It requires a balance of economics, population, and many other factors to solve.  But solve it we must, and we must solve it fairly and equally – for everyone!

Rushing to action, without thought of consequences, which this President has done, is wrong!  And we the American People must hold this President accountable by voting our views in the coming elections.

We must consider candidates who will approach issues like immigration in a rational intelligent way, candidates who don’t name-call or cast blame on others for their own failures.

We must consider the kind of America we want to be.  A light to the world, or a dark place that harms innocent children?  We decide!

Tillerson Warns: “Wobbly” America May Be in “Twilight” Decline

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Emerging from his retirement, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that if Americans don’t put it together soon, and demand truth and integrity from those we elect, then America’s democracy may be over.

Speaking to a military graduating class in Lexington, Virginia, Tillerson took direct aim at his former boss who fired him via Tweet.  Referring to President Trump and the media who support and who enable him, Tillerson warned that if we accept “alternative realities” not “grounded in facts,” then America, and the freedom we cherish, is doomed, according to The New York Times.

Tillerson, an Eagle Scout, said,

If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom…
When we as people, a free people, go wobbly on the truth even on what may seem the most trivial matters, we go wobbly on America…
If we do not as Americans confront the crisis of ethics and integrity in our society and among our leaders…then American democracy as we know it is entering its twilight years.

Tillerson has been quiet since his firing.  The New York Times reports that the commencement address at the Virginia Military Institute was scheduled prior to his termination as Secretary of State last March.  However, one may wonder why the strong words now?  Since the results were the same (Trump fired him anyway, and wouldn’t even give him the courtesy of doing it directly to his face), why was Tillerson such a suck-up to Trump when he was part of the Administration?

Read more:  In Rebuke of Trump, Tillerson Says Lies Are a Threat to Democracy The New York Times