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Disclaimer:  These are articles and excerpts of interest by a variety of great journalists, and much lesser talented ones like myself are about topics I care about with an abundance of occasional personal comment thrown in, to add some humor, insight, disagreement, predictions and I make no claims to be the author of the articles, but I will defend their thoughts and mine with my being and insight. I am privileged to know some great writers and bring their insight and thoughts to you. 

My two favorite authors and writers are Fareed Zakaria, Eugene Robinson, and there are many, many others.  Their written word supersedes speeches, lies, rumors, party propaganda, any words expressed by TV talking heads who are labeled “ strategists” which is basically slang for bullshitters.  It also includes those who belong to a one person think tank,  or social media I call “ twits by twats".  

Note: The word twat is widely used as a derogatory epithet, especially in British English, referring to a person considered obnoxious or stupid. Since the present administration is infused with stupid people, we used the plural acceptable word “twats”.

The writers I like do however fly the same flight plans I have flown.  My map is a love of country and freedom for which many have made the ultimate sacrifice and a distinct approach to those who would desecrate those values.  Truth, Honesty, Honor, Commitment and Valor are not the buzzwords of the current administration.  

Lieing, deceit, corruption, stupidity, egotistic unsafe values, lack of talent, bravado and sheer bullshit are the hallmarks of this administration, and worse, many ignorant followers believe in Donald Trump. . .  I have nothing but compassion for you, you not only will hurt yourself, you will send hurt on the rest of America, eventually your kids and even the world who also does not believe in him.  And...

If you can’t handle truth and still are a believer after the facts, you need help.  I hope you find it before the country really goes further down the toilet.  Its bad enough you voted wrong, but not admitting a mistake is then worse. The Sioux Indians had a saying, “Which is worse, the liar or the one who tells his lies”.   

In the case of the president, press code name known as Donald the Dork, he is both, he lies and then denies it the next day and calls it fake news, since he is the fake, can we not argue that he is the source of the lies?  

Then comes VP Mike Pence and others invoking GOD more than the other TV preachers.  We call Mike the A-Men-er and he as boring and politically correct as anyone in Washington.  Godly rhetoric, prayerfully sad, bully pulpit boring, aspiring as a wet towel but covering the Presidents ass by praising him with song and lyrics.  The Sioux were right, the teller is as bad.

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FAREED ZAKARIA

Trump is in deep with Saudi Arabia. That’s dangerous.

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

President Trump gave a speech this week grading his Asia trip. Not surprisingly, he thought it was a “tremendous success.” “Our great country is respected again in Asia,” he tweeted. All recent polling data from the region suggests the opposite. A core focus of Trump’s trip was Japan and South Korea, but only 17 percent of South Koreans and 24 percent of Japanese express confidence in him, down from 88 percent and 78 percent who expressed confidence in President Barack Obama during his second term. Trump’s rhetoric of self-interest and “America first” was seen by Asians as a sign of retreat, in contrast to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s more open, outward-looking and ambitious agenda.

However, Trump’s foreign policy faces a new challenge that could further disrupt the Middle East, already the most unstable part of the world. Trump has given the green light to an extraordinary series of moves in Saudi Arabia that can only be described as a revolution from above. Some of them suggest real and long-needed reforms. But all appear to have the risk of destabilizing Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has moved to consolidate power in all directions, jailing conservative clerics on the one hand and advocates of political reform on the other. His most recent targets have been some of the kingdom’s most powerful princes, including the head of the National Guard as well as the billionaire investor Alwaleed bin Talal, on allegations of corruption. A senior Arab statesman and businessman told me the reasons given seem suspect. He said, “Every prince in Saudi Arabia has partaken in the institutionalized corruption that is embedded into the system. If this was really about corruption, Alwaleed is the last Saudi prince you would go after.”

If fighting terrorism were a paramount concern, you would not humiliate Mohammed bin Nayef, who was crown prince until he was replaced by Mohammed bin Salman in June, and whose bank accounts have now been frozen. For the past decade, Mohammed bin Nayef worked closely with Washington in prosecuting the war against al-Qaeda and similar terrorist groups and was routinely and lavishly praised by American officials. But far from speaking out for this longtime ally, Trump actually tweeted his support for the purge, which has so far been carried out without specific charges or due process.

Saudi Arabia has historically rested on three pillars of stability. There’s the royal family, a large loose group with 15,000 to 30,000 members, which has intermarried with a second pillar of Saudi society, the tribes. These two ally with the final pillar, the country’s ultra-orthodox religious establishment, whose power has grown over the past four decades. Mohammed bin Salman has been saying the right things about religious moderation and has taken on all three pillars. In doing so, he is altering the very structure of the Saudi regime, from a patronage state based on consensus to a police state based on centralized control.

Time will tell whether it will work.

But the greater puzzle and danger is that while following this bold and risky domestic agenda, the crown prince has made a series of aggressive moves abroad. He has escalated Saudi intervention in Yemen, with bombing strikes and air, land and sea blockades. He has tried to quarantine Qatar, hoping to turn it into a submissive satellite state. He has apparently forced the Lebanese prime minister to resign, hoping to destabilize the Shiite-dominated government. All these are part of an effort to fight back against Iran’s growing regional influence.

These are blunt tools for the complex challenge that is the Middle East. The Saudis are attempting to dislodge the Iran-backed Shiite group Hezbollah from its position of power in Lebanon and punish Qatar for its alleged ties to the group. But for several years, the Saudis and Americans have been in an unspoken alliance with Hezbollah against the Islamic State, which is being defeated largely by U.S.-backed Kurdish forces and Iran-backed Shiite militias. Iran’s influence has been nefarious in some areas and helpful in others.

In any event, the Saudi strategy does not seem to be working. The war in Yemen has turned into a disaster, creating a failed state on Saudi Arabia’s border that is seething with anger against Riyadh. Qatar has not surrendered and doesn’t seem likely to anytime soon. So far, the Shiites in Lebanon have acted responsibly, refusing to take the bait and plunge the country into civil war. But everywhere in the Middle East, tensions are rising, sectarianism is gaining ground and, with a couple of miscalculations or accidents, things could spiral out of control. With Trump so firmly supporting the Saudi strategy, the United States could find itself dragged further into the deepening Middle East morass.

(c) 2017, Washington Post Writers Group

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FAREED ZAKARIA

The cancer of Islamist extremism spreads around the world

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 - This week’s tragic terrorist attack in New York was the kind of isolated incident by one troubled man that should not lead to generalizations. In the 16 years since 9/11, the city has proved astonishingly safe from jihadist groups and individuals. And yet, speaking about it to officials in this major global hub 10,000 miles away, the conclusions they reach are worrying. “The New York attack might be a way to remind us all that while ISIS is being defeated militarily, the ideological threat from radical Islam is spreading,” says Singaporean Home Minister K. Shanmugam. “The trend line is moving in the wrong direction.”

The military battle against Islamist extremist groups in places such as Syria and Afghanistan is a tough struggle, but it has always been one that favored the United States and its allies. After all, the combined military forces of some of the world’s most powerful governments are up against a tiny band of guerrillas. On the other hand, the ideological challenge from the Islamic State has proved far more intractable. The terrorist group and ones like it have been able to spread their ideas, recruit disaffected young men and women, and infiltrate countries across the globe. Western countries remain susceptible to the occasional lone wolf, but the new breeding grounds of radicalism are once-moderate Muslim societies in Central, South and Southeast Asia.

Consider Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, long seen as a moderate bulwark. This year, the governor of Jakarta, the country’s capital and largest city, lost his bid for reelection after he was painted by Muslim hard-liners as unfit for office because he is Christian. Worse, he was then jailed after being convicted on a dubious and unfair blasphemy charge. Amid a rising tide of Islamist politics, Indonesia’s “moderate” president and its mainstream “moderate” Islamic organizations have failed to stand up for the country’s traditions of tolerance and multiculturalism.

Or look at Bangladesh, another country with a staunchly secular past, where nearly 150 million Muslims live. Founded as a breakaway from Pakistan on explicitly nonreligious grounds, Bangladesh’s culture and politics have become increasingly extreme over the past decade. Atheists, secularists and intellectuals have been targeted and even killed, blasphemy laws have been enforced, and a spate of terrorist attacks have left hundreds dead.

Why is this happening? There are many explanations. Poverty, economic hardship and change produce anxieties. “People are disgusted by the corruption and incompetence of politicians. They are easily seduced by the idea that Islam is the answer, even though they don’t know what that means,” a Singaporean politician explained to me. And then, the local leaders make alliances with the clerics and give platforms to the extremists, all in search of easy votes. That political pandering has helped nurture a cancer of Islamist extremism.

In Southeast Asia, almost all observers whom I have spoken with believe that there is another crucial cause — exported money and ideology from the Middle East, chiefly Saudi Arabia. A Singaporean official told me, “Travel around Asia and you will see so many new mosques and madrassas built in the last 30 years that have had funding from the Gulf. They are modern, clean, air-conditioned, well-equipped — and Wahhabi [Saudi Arabia’s puritanical version of Islam].” Recently, it was reported that Saudi Arabia plans to contribute almost $1 billion to build 560 mosques in Bangladesh. The Saudi government has denied this, but sources in Bangladesh tell me there’s some truth to the report.

How to turn this trend around? Singapore’s Shanmugam says that the city-state’s population (15 percent of which is Muslim) has stayed relatively moderate because state and society work very hard at integration. “We have zero tolerance for any kind of militancy, but we also try to make sure Muslims don’t feel marginalized,” he explained. Singapore routinely gets high marks in global rankings for its transparency, low levels of corruption and the rule of law. Its economy provides opportunities for most.

Asia continues to rise, but so does Islamist radicalism there. This trend can be reversed only by better governance and better politics — by leaders who are less corrupt, more competent and, crucially, more willing to stand up to the clerics and extremists. Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince spoke last week of turning his kingdom to “moderate Islam.” 

Many have mocked this as a public-relations strategy, pointing to the continued dominance of the kingdom’s ultra-orthodox religious establishment. A better approach would be to encourage the crown prince, hold him to his words and urge him to follow up with concrete actions. This is the prize. Were Saudi Arabia to begin religious reform at home, it would be a far larger victory against radical Islam than all the advances on the battlefield so far.


FAREED ZAKARIA

JC RAMO APPROACH

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017  -  The confrontation between the United States and North Korea is in a more dangerous zone than at any point in decades. Each side has announced tough positions, issued threats and underscored that its positions are nonnegotiable. Each side is now boxed in, with little room to maneuver. How to get off this perilous path?

The Trump administration has made a huge mistake in ramping up its rhetoric without any solid strategy to back it up. It remains unclear as to why it has done this. Partly, it seems this White House wants to reverse every Obama-era policy. Partly, it is the undisciplined approach that characterizes so many of this administration’s policies, with top people freelancing and showboating. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, for example, appears to take a hard line in order to outflank Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, effectively auditioning for his job.

But perhaps most fundamental is that President Trump likes to be the tough guy. Previous presidents reacted with sobriety to the bellicose statements of leaders such as Nikita Khrushchev and Mao Zedong. The United States was always disciplined and cautious; it was the other guys who did the crazy talk. But Trump seems determined to have the last insult.

We need to tone down the rhetoric and formulate a strategy. North Korea has one — indeed, it has had one for decades. It has determined that given how isolated and threatened it is, it needs a nuclear deterrent. And Pyongyang has made astonishing strides in getting there. Nuclear weapons are all that is keeping Kim Jong Un from suffering the fate of Saddam Hussein or Moammar Gaddafi. The regime will not give up this insurance policy. If you were in Kim’s position, would you?

The denuclearization of North Korea right now is a fantasy. It will not happen unless the United States is willing to wage a war on the Korean Peninsula. Everyone knows this, but no official in Washington is willing to publicly admit it. So the United States has adopted a zombie policy, one that has no chance of success but staggers along nonetheless. It means that we cannot make any progress on what is in fact an achievable and desirable goal — to freeze the North Korean arsenal, end further tests, and place the weapons under inspection.

A way out of this paralysis would be to reframe the issue and broaden its scope. Joshua Cooper Ramo, co-chief executive of Henry Kissinger’s consulting firm, has devised and shared with me a plan — one that has been circulating among officials in Washington — to convene an international conference on nuclear proliferation. 

All existing nuclear weapons states would agree not to test or expand their arsenals for some period of time — say, 36 months. Inspectors would verify that these limits are adhered to. All other nations would affirm that they do not intend to acquire nuclear weapons. Crucially, North Korea would be invited to sign onto this agreement as a nuclear weapons state, with the idea of freezing progress for now and aiming to later denuclearize the country.

Ramo says that the advantages of this approach are that it lodges the North Korean problem in the broader context of global proliferation, giving everyone an exit ramp so previous nonnegotiable statements don’t apply. It creates a global coalition that could be marshaled to sanction North Korea if it were to renege or cheat on its commitments, giving cover to China to truly clamp down on its ally. The plan also deals with Beijing’s core security concerns: preventing the collapse of North Korea and keeping South Korea and Japan from acquiring nuclear weapons. (Ramo, who has a deep knowledge of China, believes that this broader approach would allow the Chinese government to change its position.)

The specifics of such a plan could be adjusted. Perhaps the conference could be an effort to update and expand the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty itself, which is somewhat dated. (The treaty, crafted in 1968, assumed a clear line between peaceful nuclear energy and weapons, but that distinction is much harder to detect these days.) Perhaps it could be done as a regional forum, emphasizing the participation of Japan and South Korea, so that their commitment not to acquire nuclear weapons is seen as key — as is the implicit threat that if there were to be no agreement, they would in fact be free to move in that direction.

There is no good — let alone perfect — policy for the North Korean problem. But the Trump administration needs to stop the insults, get serious and try to find some way to stabilize the situation. Otherwise, we are on a road that will force Washington to either go to war or tacitly admit defeat to the Little Rocket Man.

FAREED ZAKARIA
THE UN-SPEECH
President Trump’s speech to the United Nations was well delivered. But it was a strange mishmash of topics and tones, in parts celebrating realpolitik but then also asserting the importance of freedom and democracy. There was, however, one overriding theme — the embrace of nationalism. And in striking that chord, Trump did something unusual, perhaps unique for a US president: He encouraged, even embraced the rise of a post-American world.

First, the mishmash. Early in his speech, Trump asserted, “In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone.” But then, a few minutes later, Trump proceeded to castigate North Korea, Iran, Venezuela and Cuba for their undemocratic political systems, virtually demanding that they all become Western-style liberal democracies.

The danger of this kind of lofty rhetoric is that it has been selectively applied, so it is seen cynically by the rest of the world as a way to dress up American self-interest. Trump took this hypocrisy to a new level. He denounced Iran for its lack of freedoms and, almost in the same breath, made favorable mention of Saudi Arabia. By any yardstick — political rights, religious tolerance, free speech — Iran is a much more open society than Saudi Arabia, which is an absolute monarchy allied to the world’s most fanatical religious establishment, where churches and synagogues are prohibited.

The main thrust of Trump’s speech was about nationalism. He celebrated sovereignty and nationalism, choosing an odd example. Latching onto a few words by President Harry S. Truman in support of the Marshall Plan, Trump described that approach to international relations as “beautiful” and “noble.” But can anyone imagine Trump actually supporting the Marshall Plan? It was a massive foreign aid program, administered by government bureaucrats to help foreigners revive their industries — which became competitors to U.S. firms. Washington spent, as a percentage of gross domestic product, roughly five times what it spent during the combat phase of the war in Afghanistan, according to one estimate. To make the Marshall Plan work, Washington encouraged European nations to cede economic sovereignty and create the European Coal and Steel Community, which was the genesis of the European Union.

The most significant line in Trump’s speech was this one, delivered dramatically: “As president of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries will always, and should always, put your countries first.”

But this is what countries such as Russia and China have been saying for the past few decades. For the past 70 years, the great debate among nations has been between those who argued for narrow national interests and those who believed that lasting peace and prosperity depended on promoting broader common interests. The latter stance, conceived by FDR and supported by every U.S. president since, is what produced the United Nations and all the organizations that monitor and assist with trade, travel, disease, crime and weather issues, among a host of others, that spill over borders and can only be handled at a regional or global level.

But Trump is tired of being the world’s leader. He whined in his speech that other countries are unfair in their dealings with the United States, and that somehow the most powerful nation in the world, which dominates almost every international forum, is being had. His solution, a return to nationalism, would be warmly welcomed by most of the world’s major players — Russia and China, but also countries such as India and Turkey — which tend to act on the basis of their narrow self-interest. Of course, that will mean a dramatic acceleration of the post-American world, one in which these countries will shape policies and institutions, unashamedly to their own benefit rather than any broader one.

Trump grumbled about the fact that the United States pays 22 percent of the U.N.’s budget, which is actually appropriate because it’s roughly equivalent to America’s share of global GDP. Were he to scale back U.S. support, he might be surprised how fast a country like China will leap in to fill the gap. And once it does, China will dominate and shape the United Nations — and the global agenda — just as the United States has done for seven decades. Perhaps the Chinese will suggest that the organization’s headquarters be moved to Beijing. Come to think of it, it would free up acres of land on the East River where Trump could build a few more condominiums.

KIM JUNG UN
HE’S NOT CRAZY
By Fareed Zakaria  Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017

I am sometimes asked what world figure I most want to interview. For me, the answer is obvious: Kim Jong Un. The general impression around the globe continues to be that the North Korean leader is crazy, provocative and unpredictable, but I think that he might well be strategic, smart and utterly rational. Because I am unlikely to get that interview, I have decided to imagine it instead.

Q: Marshal Kim, why do you keep building and testing nuclear weapons and missiles, even though they result in massive, crippling economic sanctions?

A: My nation faces a fundamental challenge — survival. The regime is more threatened than ever before. My forefathers had it easy. The Great Leader, my grandfather, ruled with the support of the world’s other superpower at the time, the Soviet Union, as well as our gigantic neighbor, China. The Dear Leader, my father, still had Beijing’s help for the most part. But today, the Soviet Union is history and China has become more integrated with the Western system. And the sole superpower, the United States, has made it clear that it seeks regime change in my country. And yet, we have survived with our ideology and system intact. How? Because we have built a protection for ourselves in the form of nuclear weapons.

Q: But China still provides you with crucial supplies of food and fuel. Don’t you see it as an ally?

A: China is ruthlessly pragmatic. It supports us for its own selfish interests. It doesn’t want millions of refugees — or a unified Korea on its border that is a larger version of what South Korea is now, with U.S. troops and a treaty alliance. But I believe that China no longer considers us an ally. It has voted to sanction us in the U.N. Security Council. The current president, Xi Jinping, cultivates close relations with South Korea. He has never met with me, the leader of North Korea, something that the leader of China has always done. Meanwhile, he has had about 10 meetings with the last two presidents of South Korea. At the grand celebrations in Beijing two years ago commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, he placed the president of Russia and the president of South Korea at his side. In North Korea, we pay a lot of attention to ceremonies and what they signal.

Q: Is that why you seem to go out of your way to embarrass China and Xi specifically?

A: We will not be pushed around. We heard that senior officials in China and the United States were discussing whether to encourage a coup in North Korea to get a more pliable ruler. So I’ve taken steps to ensure that this can’t happen. The man in our government closest to the Chinese, who could have arranged such a coup attempt, was my uncle. The man who would have been my natural replacement was my half brother. Both have been liquidated, as have more than 100 disloyal high-level officials.

Q: So will you come to the negotiating table? Will you agree to denuclearization in return for the lifting of sanctions?

A: Yes and no. We will readily come to the table. But we will never give up our arsenal. We’re not stupid. It’s all that is keeping us alive. Look at Saddam Hussein — and we never forget that North Korea was named as part of the “axis of evil” a year before the United States invaded Iraq. Look what happened to Moammar Gaddafi in Libya after he agreed to give up his nuclear weapons program. Look at what’s happening to Iran right now. After Washington signed a deal and the Iranians have been certified to be adhering to it, President Trump now says he’s going to tear it up anyway. Do you think we would be stupid enough to believe American promises after all this? We are a nuclear power. That is not negotiable. We are willing to talk about limits, test bans, freezes — but we would need to be given something in return, and not just money. We need security, in the form of diplomatic recognition by Washington and guarantees of nonaggression from China, Japan and the United States.

Q: Many Americans worry that you will soon have the capacity and the intention to launch missiles at the United States.

A: We will have the capacity. And it serves my purposes to keep you off guard. But why would I strike America and invite a retaliatory counterstrike that would put an end to my regime? Keep in mind, the whole point of this — my entire strategy, all our efforts and the hardships we have borne — is to ensure that my regime and I survive. Why would I risk that? I believe in assassination, not suicide.


FAREED ZAKARIA 
WASHINGTON POST EXCERPTS

By Fareed Zakaria  Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017
Much of the United States has reacted swiftly and strongly to President Trump’s grotesque suggestion that there is a moral equivalence between the white supremacists who converged last weekend on Charlottesville and those who protested against them. But the delayed, qualified and mealy-mouthed reactions of many in America’s leadership class tell a disturbing story about the country’s elites — and the reason we are living in an age of populist rebellion.

The least respected of today’s leaders are, of course, politicians. The public largely views them as craven and cowardly, pandering to polls and focus groups. And that is how too many Republican officials have behaved in the face of Trump’s words and actions. With some honorable exceptions, men and women who usually cannot stop pontificating on every topic on live TV have suddenly gone mute on the biggest political subject of the day.

I know. They worry about the base, about primaries, about right-wing donors. But shouldn’t they also worry about their country and their conscience? Shouldn’t they ask themselves why they went into public service in the first place? And if they see someone at the highest level trampling on the values of the country, shouldn’t they speak up — directly, forcefully and without qualification?

Where are evangelical Christian leaders on a matter of basic morality? While some have made their voices heard, it is striking how many have not, or have even endorsed Trump’s comments. Do they have a burning moral duty to speak out against transgender bathroom access but not neo-Nazi violence?

Today we have a more merit-based elite, what is often called a meritocracy. It has allowed people from all walks of life to rise up into positions of power and influence. But these new elites are more insecure, anxious and self-centered. Politicians are likely to be solo entrepreneurs, worried about the next primary or fundraiser. 

CEOs live with the constant fear that they might lose their jobs or that their company might lose its customers in an instant. Religious leaders worry that they will lose congregants. These groups may not think they have the luxury to be high-minded, but they do. They are vastly more  secure than most people in America, or in human history. If they cannot act out of broader interest, who can?

ED NOTE:  I simply call them Scumbags.


EUGENE ROBINSON
WASHINGTON POST
We have a president who neither understands nor respects the basic norms of American democracy. Make no mistake: Donald Trump is a true aberration. There is no figure like him in US history, for which we should be thankful.  Trump’s inexperience is unique; he is the only president never to have served in government or the military. 

This weakness is exponentially compounded by his ignorance of both policy and process, his lack of curiosity, his inability to focus and his tremendous insecurity. He refuses to acknowledge his shortcomings, let alone come to terms with them; and he desperately craves the kind of sycophantic adulation that George Washington, a genuine hero, pointedly rejected.

Trump is a # FakeHero. He strings along his supporters with promises he has no idea how to keep. Like many a would-be strongman before him, he defines himself politically by the fights he picks; he erects straw men — faceless “elites,” cable television hosts, Muslims, Mexicans, nonexistent individuals or groups waging an imaginary “war on Christmas” — because authoritarians always need enemies. Yet his ego is a delicate hothouse flower, threatened by the slightest puff of criticism. 

The Founders, mindful of their own faults, ultimately designed a system to contain a rogue president. They limited his elective term to four years, gave checking and balancing powers to the legislative and judicial branches, and designed impeachment as a last-ditch remedy.  The Trump presidency compels all of us to be mindful of our constitutional duties.

Congress must assert its powers of oversight. One reason the signers of the Declaration gathered in Philadelphia to pledge “our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor” to the cause of independence was that they saw the mingling of royal power and British commercial interests as corrupt. We now have a president whose far-flung business empire — which he has refused to divest, and which his family still operates — presents myriad potential conflicts of interest. Trump has deepened the swamp, not drained it; and Congress has a duty to sort through the muck.

Congress must also let Trump know, in no uncertain terms, that any attempt to impede or disrupt special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian election meddling will have the gravest consequences. Trump should be told that firing Mueller would automatically be considered grounds for impeachment.

ED NOTE:  Simply put, he is a Scumbag.


TRUMP TELLS US COAL IS BACK,
CHINA TELLS US CLEAN ENERGY

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

This week, the front page of the New York Times described the Trump administration’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s attempt to slash carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. “The war on coal is over,” declared Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. Right under that article was an article from halfway around the world detailing China’s massive new investment in electric vehicles, part of Beijing’s determination to dominate the era of clean-energy technology. It is a tale of two strategies.

The Trump administration has decided to move into a new century: the 19th century. Coal has been in decline for at least seven decades. In 1950, it accounted for half of all U.S. electricity generation. It is now down to a third. Additionally, massive automation of mining has meant that the jobs in the industry are disappearing, down from 176,000 in 1985 to 50,000 in 2017. Machines and software are replacing coal miners just as surely as in other industries. Demand for coal is weak because of alternatives, chiefly natural gas. In the past couple of years, many of the top American coal companies have been forced to declare bankruptcy, including the largest, Peabody Energy.

Despite President Trump’s policy shift, these trends are unlikely to change. Reuters found that, of 32 utilities in the 26 states that filed lawsuits over the Clean Power Plan, “the bulk of them have no plans to alter their multi-billion dollar, years-long shift away from coal.” The reason utilities are shedding coal is economics — the price of natural gas has plummeted in recent years, and its share of U.S. electricity generation has nearly tripled since 1990. In addition, costs are falling dramatically for wind and solar energy.

And, of course, coal is the dirtiest form of energy in use. Coal-fired power plants are one of the nation’s leading sources of carbon-dioxide emissions, and most scientists agree those emissions lead to global warming. They also cause terrible air pollution, with all its attendant health problems and costs.

That’s one of the reasons China, which suffers more than a million deaths a year because of poor air quality, is making huge investments in clean energy. The country has become one of the world’s leading producers of wind turbines and solar panels, with government subsidies enabling its companies to become cost-efficient and global in their aspirations. In 2015, China was home to the world’s top wind-turbine maker and the top two solar-panel manufacturers. According to a recent report from the United Nations, China invested $78.3 billion in renewable energy last year — almost twice as much as the United States.

Now Beijing is making a push into electric cars, hoping to dominate what it believes will be the transport industry of the future. Already China has taken a large lead in electric cars. In 2016, more than twice as many were sold in China as in the United States, an astonishing catch-up for a country that had almost no such technologies 10 years ago. China’s leaders have let it be known that by 2025 they want 20 percent of all new cars sold in China to be powered by alternative fuels. All of this has already translated into jobs, “big league” as President Trump might say: 3.6 million people are already working in the renewable-energy sector in China, compared with 777,000 in the United States.

China is still heavily reliant on coal, which it has in plentiful supply, and it has tried to find steady sources of other fossil fuels. It went on a shopping spree over the past two decades, making deals for natural resources and energy around the world, often paying at the peak of the commodities bubble in the mid-2000s. But over time, it recognized that this mercantilism was a bad strategy, tying Beijing up with expensive projects in unstable countries in Africa. Instead, it watched and learned from the United States as technological revolutions dramatically increased the supply and lowered the cost of natural gas and solar energy. China has now decided to put a much larger emphasis on this route to energy security, one that also ensures it will be the world’s leading producer of clean energy.

Trump has often talked about how China is “killing us ” and that he’s tired of hearing about China’s huge growth numbers. He should notice that Beijing is getting its growth by focusing on the future, the next areas of growth in economics and technology. The United States under Trump will be engaged in a futile and quixotic quest to revive the industries of the past. Who do you think will win?

(c) 2017, Washington Post Writers Group





PRESIDENTIAL SCUMBAG or
REALITY STAR SCUMBAG, SAME DIFFERENCE 

Donald Trump, professional wrestling aficionado at left, in this April 1, 2007, file photo, with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, center, held by “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, prepares to have his hair cut off by Trump, and Bobby Lashley, right, after Lashley defeated Umaga at Wrestlemania 23 at Ford Field in Detroit. 

A doctored video of Trump tackling a person with a CNN logo for a head, posted on Twitter July 2, has caused a lot of discourse online.   (Great Photo: Carlos Osorio, AP)

Vince McMahon is the husband of Linda McMahon who was selected by TRUMP after contributing lots of money, millions to become the Secretary Cabinet member in Small Business Development. 

She occasionally made on-screen appearances, most notably in a wrestling “ Staged feud” with her husband which climaxed at WrestleMania X-Seven.  She won by kicking him in the testicles.  She commented it was easy, “ He’s got big balls”.

McMahon and her husband became wealthy through WWE’s success, and the McMahon family name is now synonymous with the professional wrestling industry.  An industry, called “ Sports entertainment”  is a steroid and stunt driven world and as phony and degrading as our political spectrum.   She should fit right in. Between her and Betsy Devos, business and education are in trouble.  Both Donald picks and both incompetent to lead.

In 2009, Linda McMahon left WWE to run as a Republican for a seat in the United States Senate from Connecticut, but lost to Democratic Party nominee Richard Blumenthal in the general election of 2010.  She tried again and was the Republican nominee for Connecticut’s other Senate seat in the 2012 race, but lost to Democratic Representative Chris Murphy. 

In Senate races, she loses twice.  It tells you the good citizens of Connecticut didn’t want anything to do with her, but TRUMP thought otherwise.  Might have to do with donations (Millions) and the McMahon’s commonality of being a fake fraud and reality star just like Donald, the fake President.  A match made in heaven via the ring. (pun)

ED NOTE:  The perfect Scenario, two Scumbags, one picture.


MENTALLY ILL PERSON
RUINING THE WHITE HOUSE 

SYMPTOMS AND INDICATIONS OF NARCISSISM  AND VERY HITLERISH

  1. They make it clear they know everything  -  Narcissists don’t hesitate to educate lawyers about the legal system, doctors about medicine, intellects to enlighten.    
  2. They insist on being the exception to the rule - Rules are for people who aren’t smart enough to make good decisions on their own.
  3. They project an image of superiority -  Narcissists care greatly about their image. 
  4. They make a great first impression, but quickly wear out their welcome -  Narcissists’ charming personalities tend to win them favor with new people—at first. 
  5. They boost their egos by implying others are inferior - Not only do narcissists need to establish how superior they are; they also tend to imply that everyone else is less intelligent, experienced, or not as likable. 
  6. They assume everyone adores them - The narcissist truly believes that everyone from former co-workers to past lovers holds them in high regard—and assumes that anyone who doesn’t like them must be jealous
  7. They put their own feelings ahead of other people’s needs -  A lack of empathy is the most telling characteristic of the narcissist. They don’t care what other people need or how they feel. 
  8. A  war with the press?   This is only the beginning chapters of Hitlerology 101.  The only thing Donald T-RUMP can say about the press is that they are mean for reporting the truth, all they do is  simply echoing his lies.  There is so much off the cuff lies he can’t remember day to day what he said because most of it isn’t real or the truth.


AUTHORITARIANISM
SIMPLE TRUMP MENTALITY

Authoritarianism is a form of government characterized by strong central power and limited political freedoms. 

•  Individual freedoms are subordinate to the state and there is no constitutional accountability under an authoritarian regime.

•  Limited political pluralism; that is, such regimes place constraints on political institutions and groups like legislatures, political parties and interest groups;  

•  Prohibit free speech or wreck the other opinion, Fake news etc.

•  A basis for legitimacy based on emotion, especially the identification of the regime as a necessary evil to combat “ Easily recognizable societal problems” such as underdevelopment or insurgency;   

•  Jobs and the crooked government, which will be cured by swamp cleaning... will never happen.  He is the swamp GOD.  

•  Minimal social mobilization most often caused by constraints on the public such as suppression of political opponents and anti-regime activity; 

•  Informally defined executive power with often vague and shifting powers.   He simply slaughtered all his opponents with lies and fake accusations, still does. This is a very sick man.


THE GOP CHALLENGES
N. KOREA TO A DANCE OFF
There is one thing the GOP does right!   Obstruction Dancing... The GOP attacks on all levels, the pitch is to the same drummer, with the same beat and after numerous talking head interviews on the TV, it’s the same coordinated rhetoric.  Vile and attacking, all on the same script, no solutions, no answers just attack, sometimes personally.  Thats how scumbags fight.  The only thing the GOP does right is they LOCKSTEP and know how to attack because they offer nothing but previous failure.  

They quote they are the party of Reagan, a great actor, a great compassionate man and statesman.  But a lousy economist, Reaganomics failed bad. The GOP SS ( Sorry Scumbags)  miss the mark, they are more like our friends in North Korea and a failure to follow the party line can lead to excommunication.  A GOP politician started every conversation blaming Obama and never answered the question asked by the interviewer.  Because they had no answers or solutions.   Goose steppers.  Where do they come from?


DANCING SOLDIERS - CANNON FODDER
The GOP really reminds me of those fabulous dancing soldiers you see in all Chinese, North Korean, Iranian soldier formations.
 The goose step a modification of Hitlers Storm troopers have made it worthy of appearing on  “ Dancing with the Red Stars”.

The North Koreans have developed a pacy, highly stylized form of the infamous military march, which is said to have originated in 18th-century Prussia.  It’s a little bump they added, quite nice, worthy of a ten in Red Star productions, international dance competition.

Favored by leaders of totalitarian regimes ever since – including Hitler, Mussolini, Mao, Castro and Stalin – 

📢  The “ Stechschritt”  is intended to intimidate the enemy by demonstrating both discipline and devotion”.   In the West however,  it was determined the step is used to get the person in front of them to go into the minefield first. 


SWELLED HEADS AMONG THE GENERALS
But the other anomaly is the style of the hats they wear.  Higher the rank, the bigger the hat to accompany the huge amount of technical information and populist cranial crap that Kim Jung Un wrote about himself.  Praise, worship and self adoration en-mass so they can write them down in their little books they all take notes in.

The little family killer questions them the next day and if they are without notes, they will be with-out heads.   It was also noted the men wearing these toilet bowls on their heads must have epoxied them to stay in place or they would blow off during sandstorms or rallies the little Hitler throws.

Technical:  The toilet bowl hats are expansive to allow the crap really stupid, idolatry they are fed to expand and not injure their thin braincells. They also serve as Porto-lets when needed.  Since crap flows downhill, they can stand on their heads, the larger surface making it easier like chess pieces.  Lower ranking soldiers shown above are earning their big hats.  

The higher the rank, the larger the bowl and General Fumd Duk Shon literally went air-born for miles when a huge gust of wind lifted him off the ground after using super glue to hold it in place. It broke loose and he fell to the ground and survived. 

The supreme leader Kim Jung Un had new special glue to hold Fumd Duk Shon’s hat in place. The glue did hold...  But he had to shoot him down using his favorite 23 mm anti-aircraft machine gun because when Fumd went airborne the second time he was headed for South Korea and possibly asking for refugee status... problem solved,  and the new glue used for missile solid fuel casings remained a state secret.


OLD AGENDA AGAIN 
RONALD REAGAN 
The Reagan fairy tail.   Then TRUMP came along and when he won the ball-less GOP refused to stand up against TRUMP.  Cowards, they do nothing, same thing they did the last eight years, nothing. The GOP attitude is other than the grace of GOD, we’ll decide how you live by privatization which puts more money in the coffers of the owners and the rich and less for the individuals needing services.  And the rich donate to us and we sing KUMBAYA around the stock market table.

At times think of them as the land owners in the old south.  And you just might be the slaves, you just don’t know it.  We call that ignorance. When the federal monies go back to the states, you the private individual actually will lose rights, privileges and those entitlements only surviving because they are federal to cover all Americans and cannot be played with like gerrymandering is.

The stock market at 22,000 points is incredible and shows specifically the health of our richest fellow Americans.  Not the everyday screaming citizens who sold their country out for a hat and free signs at TRUMP meetings.  And I have compassion for those naive folks in West Virginia praising TRUMP for the 2000 coal miners that went back to work,  (A deal in the working way before he took office)  have basically received nothing new in benefits a few leftover hats maybe.  Same factory that sells TRUMP hats on line.  

When they totally lose their insurance and get sick, when facilities like Planned Parenthood can’t provide services for their wives, don’t look for the rich guy who just got a million dollar raise and is trading his 120 foot yacht for a 145 foot yacht. I know someone who did.  He has his priorities.  I’ll say it again, he has his priorities, and he could care less about you.  

Trickle down tried twice never worked and won’t work, the classes are too separated.  In any other place in the world, treason would be on the menu, not here, the GOP party has no balls, they are nothing but greedy eunuchs, ball-less serving the kings harem.  

The good things that president Obama fought for ( protection for the poor) are going to be wiped out by a Madman and the GOP who couldn’t care less about you with a plan that failed even Reagan’s dreams.  President Reagan, possibly one of the most popular Presidents had the attributes of compassion, strength and likability, something missing today other than in lies told by a man who loves you all.  If you believe him, you truly are gullible.

REAGAN WAS GREAT BUT NOT AN ACCOUNTANT
It’s the oldest GOP tool, a mantra of deceit and naive people believe the lies they promote.  It’s the tinkle in trickle down. The “R” was Reagan, beloved and concerned but a lousy economist. Love him for strength, but weak in economics.

Reaganomics,  is a theory of economics by President Ronald Reagan and the name given to it by Paul Harvey.  It refers to the policies promoted during the 1980s. These policies are commonly associated with supply-side economics, referred to as trickle-down economics, or voodoo economics by political opponents, and free-market economics by political advocates.

Somebody wake up that moron as speaker of the house, Mr. Paul Gutless and explain his program almost identical to Reagan’s won’t work.   The program does not include nor give consideration to the greed program which essentially makes the rich richer and the poor poorer.  That’s fact. Anything else you feed it,  is bullshit.

The four pillars of Reagan's economic policy were to reduce the growth of government spending, reduce the federal income tax and capital gains tax, reduce government regulation, and tighten the money supply in order to reduce inflation.  It did more harm than good and only hard core GOP lemmings swear by it. Simple they have nothing else to offer, they care little or nothing about the poor.

Trumps goal is simple, he wants to run the country like he ran his business. 
TRUMP used you and your future, the hatred he brought out of you was similar to the citizens of Germany before the second World War and the divisiveness you promulgated will come back and haunt you just as it destroyed Germany and was the basis for the birth of the Soviet Union. 

He is a populist, it simply means he tells you what you want to hear, makes promises he can’t keep and in time his policies will do more harm than good. 

The worst part is the GOP doesn’t have the balls to stop him, they are what they have been, a party of complainers with nothing in the rhelm of good social change, ideas or programs. They are takers not givers.   The GOP waltzed itself or goose stepped itself into a box basing eight years of obstructionism against the first Black President.



EDUCATION SECRETARY 
SHE IS THE SWAMP
His selection of the educational secretary Betsy DeVos, a rich GOP supporter with failures in educational programs makes me believe she will destroy school systems and convert them to charter or private schools only the rich can afford.  More Republican tax credits for the poor.  Not to mention again and again when you earn nothing a tax credit is useless.  

In June, the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, announced plans to dismantle a set of Obama-era policies devised to protect students and taxpayers from predatory for-profit colleges.  Yet data released in the final days of the previous administration shows that the existing rules have proven more effective at shutting down bad college programs than even the most optimistic backers could have hoped.

The rules that Ms. DeVos wants to repeal are called the gainful employment regulations. For all for-profit programs, and any nondegree employment certificate programs at public or nonprofit colleges, the education department compares how much the typical student borrows versus how much they earn after graduation.

If the ratio is too high — if students borrow lots of money and can’t get well-paying jobs — the program is deemed “failing.” A program that fails in two out of three years becomes ineligible for federal financial aid.  Since many for-profit programs get up to 90 percent of their revenue through the Department of Education, the penalty will almost surely shut them down.

Before it could complete the rules, the Obama administration had to spend years fighting through a thicket of lawsuits filed by the for-profit college industry. Eleven days before President Trump’s inauguration, the Department of Education released the first list of failing programs. Ms. DeVos has extended the original deadline for appealing the findings, and recently announced plans to rewrite the rules. Simple lots of her friends own those diploma colleges.  And they make money and get federal tuition grants.

But a close analysis of the more than 500 failing programs that haven’t appealed their status reveals something interesting: A substantial majority of them, 300 or so, have already been shut down — even though colleges are not yet required to do so. The gainful employment test turns out to be an accurate way of identifying programs that for-profit colleges themselves don’t think are worth saving, as well as identifying programs run by colleges that are on the brink of bankruptcy and dissolution. It shows these Diploma Colleges are as fake as the numbers and policies DeVos puts out.

The gainful employment results suggest why. Students who earned a bachelor’s degree in fashion design at Sanford-Brown College’s now-defunct Chicago campus left school with over $45,000 in federal and institutional loans. But they earned less than $21,000 per year, before taxes, food and rent. That’s barely above the minimum wage for a family of three. Only 29 percent of students who started the program graduated on time.



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BIRDS OF A FEATHER
SCUMBAGS FOREVER
In case no one told you... TRUMP and the GOP Republicans will oppose all that stuff like medical care, it’s what they do best. They already have scared the Insurance companies to pull out, in an effort to kill OBAMACARE.  Thats what drove them out and if you are too stupid to understand that, you will when you get cancelled.  

Hey stupid,  you just helped them raise your rates with no program to save you.  Wear that TRUMP hat down to the hospital and tell the medic personnel TRUMP will handle the bill, Mitch McConnell will pay for your meds, Paul Ryan will change your dressings.  And Mike Pence will pray for you, it’s what he does best , praising the LORD, Jesus and Trump.  Sometimes not in that order.  Then watch what little savings you had will vanish.

I have no compassion for you, you didn’t have the guts for reality, you voted for the TV Reality, you actually supported the rich and screwed your fellow plebeians.  

In case plebeians is a new word for you, it means the commoner, the working class people, mostly me and you, us, lovers of hamburgers , pulled pork, spaghetti with Marinara and an ice-cold Budweiser.  We toast with a beer or a wine off the shelf.  We don’t have wine cellars, with 500 dollar Chateau Le Fart 1932,  we have a fridge with Barefoot and Mogen David... and we don’t have 250,000 dollars and a credit check for entry into MAR-A-LARGO.  Hopefully one of the hurricanes will clobber that bastion of elitist bovine end products and destroy it.

What the GOP calls entitlement, the Democrats called compassion.  You just screwed yourself.  The schmucks with hats who screamed “Make America Great” should have screamed “Tell the truth”  when in six months almost 220 days now basically nothing has happened except the lies and corruption that has surfaced.  According to Politico and The Washington Post his lies and untruths have exceeded 1000.

What he did do was get rid of some of the checks and balances and gave more money to the rich. So a corporate big wig instead of getting 20 million a year in salary, will get 25 million due to more profit and pay less taxes on that amount.

One of his biggest supporters (In more than one sense of the word) at 300 plus pounds was the Republican Governor of New Jersey Chris “Krispy Creme” Christie.   They have several things in common.  Trump is the lowest scoring president in job approval at 33%, about the size of the GOP base.  

And Christie is the lowest ranked Governor approval numbers of all the governors at yesterdays poll indicated 15%.  After this weekend with the beach closures in NJ and he was the only one who got access to use the beaches, that did drop.  Politically Christie will die of self-inflicted wounds.  Of course TRUMP dumped him, but it still relates to one of natures strongest calls, “Birds of a feather, flock together”.  In this case, they deserved each other, “Flocking up” is their common denominator.  



THERE IS NO SUCH THING
AS THE  “Liberal Media"
Are you lacking common sense and understanding how the government and the media have to work together.  Or are you too naive, maybe even poorly judgmental to understand the media and the judiciary are the real checks and balances of the Presidency and his [TRUMP) attacks are to prevent the truth from really coming out and it is the media that is protecting you from T-Rump.  

Trump gets picked on by the media because he is a very sick individual, who lies, distracts, cheats and is not worthy of the job or position. Thats the cornucopia of what he tweets and represents and it is not good for the country , you, me and the world.  

This is why we have a press corps, it is their job, the papers and press report what he says and does.   He makes the news and then denies it. He is the “Fake News” he challenges.   His mastery of shifting stories, distractions, and counter-distractions comes from a long time realty star scripting.  He is a fake as his hairdo. He is dangerous.  It took Obama eight years to get something done and clean up George Bush’s horrid performance and  get some relief to people. It will take fifteen years to fix TRUMP and the poor and middle class, the immigrants will all suffer.

I was blessed, not with wealth, fancy cars, expensively rich homes, nor diamonds and gold.  I was blessed, being self taught as one who questions things.  I am a researcher, sometimes on a quest... I look for the truth, anomalies, solutions and creativity is my carrier. 

I see nothing good in this relationship between the Trumpster, and the country.  He uses the media to make accusations of the things he is guilty of, its an old tactic used in politics.  Some of the clowns on FOX call him great with an ability to read the audience.  My friend said same schmucks different day.  

He calls Hillary a liar and starts the chant. Truthfully he has the lowest score in all of Politicos records for telling the truth. He is a liar and bullshitter.  Maybe Hitler was better but we’ll never know.  He calls it FAKE NEWS and he is the one saying it.  He just in 200 days topped 1000, thats one thousand verifiable lies by POLITICO.

I predicted this the day he announced his run two years ago.  Some thought him a clown, the fools, there are all kinds of clowns he is not one who makes you laugh. His cabinet is all the rich, the wealthy, the prominent and none of whom lived paycheck to paycheck like some of their made up resumes presume and to impress you.  

Trump is for Trump and a few others.  He should be in jail, not the Whitehouse or as some call it...”Kremlin East”.  His dealings in the past with 3500 lawsuits and investigations should have clued an idiot into the fact that there is something wrong with this man. 

His tirades and Nit-Twits were indications of a destroyer not a builder and you fell for it.  Read the Leninist papers and you will see the real plan behind all this charade as president. 

Why has he really not come out against Putin because he admires him and wants the same controls Putin has.  And the Leninists did the same thing decades ago. Get rid of the press, the judiciary, and the media, and create the fourth part of the system we have.  

You promoted and aided a hatred of the establishment, just like the Brown Shirts did in the thirties, you chanted wore hats and applauded the leader.   Your medical relief you damned at every rally with chants of “ Down with Obamacare” will be gone and 12-24 million of you will have no medical care.  You will get what you asked for.  I wish you well, he doesn’t give a crap.



THE PSYCHOLOGY OF
WHY LOSERS LOSE 
THE T-RUMP has brought lying , cheating, divisiveness, prejudice, hatred and incompetence to reign higher than ever, and surprisingly few (very few, less than 3%) of the GOP voting base are asking, “What did we do?”   Those folks with the hats and T-Shirts and smart-ass chanting and applause follow a psychological premiss that dictates their loyalty regardless of how much they simply followed unsupported (false) thinking.  

It’s a normal human reaction to defend your decisions.  Stupid people do it all day long.  And not having to admit to your neighbors and friends (who you eventually will help screw) that stinking thinking prevailed is not an option.  Thats why TRUMP never apologizes.

The base will defend their own decisions.  But when they find out in the coming months and years how much, what little they had, they lost at the hands of the T-RUMP and the GOP,  they will go ballistic.  If the Senate does repeal all of  Obamacare and they find out they now have no coverage, or bad coverage or under coverage, it will get nasty.  

Almost a third of the folks in the ares who voted for Trump are on some form of assistance from the government and a lot of that will vanish.  The guess is 24 million will lose health coverage down the line.  An additional 12 million might be in jeopardy by unemployment.  In one mans case it became too much, I don’t condone what he did at the ballpark but see it as a sign, some folks see the Presidents approval at 34% and Congress in the low teens as an awakening and this was just round one.

And when violence is the only way to accomplish ones cause or statement, it will become more prevalent.  Obviously the other methods of change like voting don’t work.  Our system and unchecked lies and unsupported remarks (LIES) prove that words do matter. Unfortunately bad words do bad things, and people are naive and gullible not smart enough to verify.  The untruths and unverifiable statements by TRUMP and his cohorts tainted an election.

I said the coming years,  since they are too naive to realize they have been had by a con and by then it will be too late to fix things, thats the real harm and stupidity of it.  They blamed Congress and then elected it to make it worse for themselves not better, no thats not naive, thats stupid.  

In history lesson years from now, it will be remembered it was fear and hate by the GOP which brought it down and left 24 plus million people out in the cold. But the insurance companies will be handing out millions in bribes to our Congressmen and Corpo-Guano executives getting multiple million dollar paychecks and the poor will slowly deteriorate.

I remember something Stalin said.  Hated, he was no better than Hitler, and one statement he made was if you shoot the person complaining, you get rid of the dissident and the complaint at the same time. I won’t list that under frugality, but TRUMP makes a personal attack very apparent on the complainer and does the same thing Stalin did. His mimic of the reporter with a disability showed who TRUMP really is.  Scumbag is too good a word.

Tax credits are useless with no income, that ruse has been used by the GOP for years and it’s useless.  See what happens when the clerk says we don’t take tax credits for bread. Even if Obamacare doesn’t get replaced TRUMP has poisoned the well.  I feel for you, there are no easy solutions to the damage he has done to this country and to our relationships in the world which are more severe.

If they survive the broken promises and lies, they might be able to redeem themselves by not getting anywhere near a voting booth again.  Frankly they have screwed up enough, they are the ones I blame for the forthcoming desecration, of values, personal freedoms and caring for your fellow man.  I blame them as much as I blame the GOP, it takes cons and crooks and self serving politicians (the GOP) and a voter base who weren’t smart enough to realize the GOP obscuration was what caused half their problems.  

It is the base that has to wake up before they become the victims.  The rising against TRUMP, is imperative before any more damage is done by this phony and liar.  The Town halls, marches, and gatherings reflect a force that is tired of the politicians they elected. They are building a force that will change things in 2018 and 2020.  

Herr T-RUMP has awakened and championed the dark side,  anti-semitism, prejudice, attacks on the transgender community, voting rights, women’s rights pollution, even Sweden somehow got dragged in.  Nothing is sacred anymore except the self adornment he promotes on himself through his nit-tweets and daily doses of bullshit and regurgitation.  Just follow his business dealings for decades.  Lying, cheating contractors who couldn’t pay legitimate earnings to their workers, his numerous bankruptcies which avoided payment to others, and a self-indulgent picture of grandiosity.  He truly deserves a place on the page of the ScumBaggers with an industry high of 3500 plus lawsuits.

And the folks who fear the most will react and the horrific attack on the Republican baseball team sending five to the hospital was just the beginning of the repercussions against a party and a really sick person in the Whitehouse.  He brought his hatred to the forefront and divided a country.  People can stand just so much.  The attack was a statement, albeit not the right one but after bi-partisanship and the KUM-BA-YA speeches have been made, business will go back to normal.

And then came Charlottesville and another innocent has died.  




SMART POLITICIANS
NOT SO SMART VOTERS
Fareed Zakaria once said, “ The American voter is the least informed voter relying mostly on name recognition”.  He simply believes what he sees on the TV and doesn’t challenge anything promulgated by the likes of FOX news and other tabloid stations.

Using his tweets as what he terms “The New Presidential Media” to get his lies and corrupted messages out to his base, thoughtfully only his base believes him.  They also believe in Santa, the Tooth Fairy, UFO’s and McDonalds is really good food.

Trump is a capable liar, a changeling melding into other forms as needed.  He will say whatever it takes to get off the spot and tweet other outrageous statements to distract from yesterday’s bad news.  He has violated his oath of office "To Protect And Defend the Constitution of the United States"

T-RUMP was not the answer and for those who don’t care as to how they are really about to be treated and do not see this man for who he really is, you will one day when it is your time to get crapped on.  He is a fraud. The international crisis merely underscored one closer to home.  Trump’s first almost 230 days in office have become a leak-filled mess, with the fortunes of various aides rising and falling in rapid frequency.  The next sixty days have become an international nightmare and his bragging of middle east solutions merely accelerated attacks on England and France.  

The great issue of today is lying — constant lying in public. Lying is the ally of faction and, since President Trump’s rise to power, it is the greater danger. Yes, the word is lying — not negotiation, salesmanship, bluster, attention-getting, delusion, deception, braggadocio, exaggeration, bullying, alternative facts, or any other euphemism. He simply lies about everything backing it up with more lies. He is a field day for the press. 

And secondly backed by his senior blowhard that is around and kisses ass so wonderful. Mike Pence, the Holy Roller in the Whitehouse who doesn’t believe in the part of the constitution about Church and State.  He thinks we should be the United States of Jesus.  Fine, when Mike Pence refers to the strength of Trump, with his perpetual phrase ad nauseam comment on strong leadership, he’s playing it cool, he knows if Trump falls, he will be the next president. 

Mike, I know you are an evangelical, but please hide those voodoo dolls on you desk, the ones with needles in them hoping T-Rump has the biggie. You are as big a phony as he is, kinda birds of a feather symbiosis.  He lies, you swear to it. You need each other. I admit you are much smoother then Donald but I learned a long time ago when investigating the TV preachers someone who wears their religion on their sleeve, as much as you do, what are you hiding? 

The great Sioux  Chief Sitting Bull asked, “Which is worse the liar or the one who tells the tales of the liar?  


IMPEACHMENT - YES
OPERATION DUMP TRUMP
The House of Representatives basically decides what constitutes impeachment, and it could be any violation of the public trust, whether or not it’s a crime. And it lays out, believe it or not, eight different grounds on why Donald Trump could be removed from office.

Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House. Why would House Republicans impeach their own guy?   

•  They’re not going to unless the American people demand it. Yes, the power of impeachment is lodged in the US House of Representatives, but they are the people’s house, and they are responsive to the people.

 The Republican Congress could conceivably move to impeachment if they believe Trump is a liability to them, and remember, every member has to stand for reelection in 2018. 

•  And Trump has no long-standing relationship with these members of Congress. He hasn’t really been a mainstay of the Republican Party.

•  And there is also the possibility that in 2018 you have a wave election, which gives Democrats control of the House and completely changes the political dynamic. 

•  Not all Republicans have to be in favor of impeachment.  If Democrats want it, and two dozen Republicans, approximately, switch, you have enough votes for impeachment. All it takes is a simple majority.

•  And finally, remember: Republicans really don’t trust Donald Trump. He’s a loose cannon. But they love Mike Pence. He’s a down-the-line Christian conservative dream president for the Republicans in Congress.

•  Trump should not be impeached because he’s an unconventional president, because he’s breaking the molds of tradition, or even because he’s unpopular.  When he attacks the other branches of government and the media he becomes a threat to the core of this country, rather, Trump should be impeached as a threat to our freedoms and liberties, and to the national security of the United States.  Frankly, he should be jailed as the most dangerous man in America

•  He has repeatedly, as a businessman, flouted the law. He kind of began his career by getting in trouble with the Department of Justice, which had a very strong case against him that he’d broken the Fair Housing Act. 

•   Reporting indicated that he’d broken the Cuban embargo in the 1990s, when that was a serious crime. 

•  Reporting also indicated that he had broken laws with respect to the employment of illegal immigrants, ironically contradicting his own campaign, and there are certainly laws that he could now break, for example, laws that ban torture.

•  Over the course of his entire business career, he has a pattern of playing fast and loose with the law, and letting statutes of limitations run out, settling cases, protracting lawsuits, walking away from failed deals. 

•  His overriding pattern is Donald Trump first, and nothing else matters nearly as much. And when you’re not president, you can get away with that, you can walk away from things. But as president, you can’t. You are accountable for what you do and for what you say. And what is the ultimate accountability for a president?  That accountability is impeachment.

 


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