#TrumpRussia is Interfering with America’s Real Business

One of the saddest things about #TrumpRussia beyond the obvious and very real insults and injuries of having traitors, spies, liars, crooks, demons, and delusionals in the White House and senior levels of the GOP is how having to deal with this hot mess is keeping America from attending to its real business.

The real business America needs to be attending to, but cannot because Trump is a traitor and a liar and a crook is:

  • jobs
  • education, and
  • infrastructure.

It is the same story all over America, and all sane Americans understand what I am saying in a heartbeat. These are the fundamentals we cannot address as a nation because we have to clean out the nest of traitorous vipers which has infested the White House and Congress.

America knows we need more jobs in this country: jobs that pay more than a living wage, jobs that do more than keep someone standing on their feet for 10 to 12 hours a day picking crops or pushing cash register keys. When people have jobs that move our country forward, all of America wins. When people have jobs that give them the power to move up in the world, all of America wins. When people have jobs that empower them to change the world, all of American and all of the world wins.

America needs to become the world leader in 22nd century manufacturing but needs to do it in the 21st Century. This is a lofty aspiration, to be sure, but we can do it! Together we can put people to work while at the same time using the best of what automation can offer. Not only can we do this, but we must do this.

We cannot do this with a traitor in the White House who talks about jobs, lies about jobs, and talks about how much of a entrepreneur he is but everything he sells is made in China! 

Decades ago America embraced public education for all children. It is the foundation upon which our freedoms and our opportunities for the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd centuries will be built. Without education for all, regardless of financial circumstances, without education for all which invests in all of our children, regardless of race, creed, color, or financial circumstances, without education which calls for the best in our children, our country will suffer not just in the next decade but also in the next century and beyond.

We cannot move forward by moving backward. We cannot afford to have a dabbler heading up the nation’s efforts to give every child in this country the best education possible. 

And, America also knows a different kind of fundamental system, an underpinning of a different sort, is in desperate need of attention. All over this country our roads, our bridges, tunnels, water systems, and electrical grid are crumbling, decaying, and failing. Drive down any road in America, talk to any long-haul trucker in America or any bus driver, talk to anyone in Flint, Michigan.

Estimates vary, but everyone who has studied the issue in depth says we need to invest more than $40 billion in America’s infrastructure immediately. Immediately! And this figure does not even begin to cover the amount of money we need to invest in upgrading our transportation and electrical systems.

For years the Republican-led Congress has balked at spending anywhere near that kind of money. Yet, now, suddenly, the entire Republican Party has agreed spending $20 billion dollars to build a wall at America’s southern border is not only a good idea, it is a brilliant solution. No, absolutely not! Trump’s wall is a monument to racism, a brick and mortar sign of the hate in this man’s heart. And, it is a telling sign of the depths of depravity to which the Republican Party has sunk.

So, America, we must move forward and move relentlessly to remove the traitors, the spies, the liars, the crooks, the dabblers, the destroyers from our White House and Congress. That is, clearly, Job One. We will get it done. Then, we must, as a nation, move on to the real business at hand.

 

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Betsy DeVos: If You Truly Want to Help America’s Children You Should Resign Immediately

My mother had to drop out of school when she was 14 years old. Back then, only a few decades ago, really, only the well-to-do and wealthy go to go on to high school because you had to pay to attend. My grandmother and grandfather, poor working class people living in the Deep South, could not afford the fees. My mother, one of the smartest women I have ever known, deeply mourned that lack, that loss the rest of her life.

Had I not had a public school education, I could not have become a National Merit Scholar and Valedictorian of my high school class. I could not have attracted the attention of Bryn Mawr College, and the institution would not have offered me the generous scholarships and grants which allowed me to obtain a Bachelor’s degree.

Education changes lives. Education changes families. It changes neighborhoods, cities, countries, and the world. Not one penny spent on educating a child is wasted.

America embraces public education. It is the foundation upon which our freedoms and our opportunities for the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd centuries will be built. Without education for all, regardless of financial circumstances, without education for all which invests in all of our children, regardless of race, creed, color, or financial circumstances, America knows our children will always be left behind by the best and brightest of other nations.

You, Betsy DeVos, bought the job you have. All of America knows this. You are not, in any way, shape, or form fit for the job. Again, all of America knows this. I have no idea what you thought you were buying, but the real job of heading up America’s efforts to educate its children, all its children, is not a rich woman’s part-time play toy.

You are a dabbler, if you do not know what the word means, here is a good definition:

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You are no more suited to, no more qualified for, no more capable of helping America develop a world class education plan for the nation’s children than a toddler wielding a scalpel is of removing a brain tumor.

Betsy Devos, if you really want to help America’s children, then do the right thing. Resign immediately.

 

To All Politicians in the Democratic Party: Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way! America is Coming Through!

This is an open letter to all politicians who label themselves Democrats: you must lead, follow, or get out of the way because America is coming through! 

Donald Trump is a menace to the world. He is an illegitimate President who is in the White House because hate, cowardice, theft, and lies put him there. He must be removed without delay and all his fellow spies, henchmen, and crooks with him. All of them must go!

There are Democrats who get this. Representative Lewis does, for example, but Representative Maxine Waters said it best:

  • “No, I don’t trust him. I don’t believe him. I have no intentions of sitting down with him. I’m going to fight him every inch of the way.” 

The Republican Party has died. It has been replaced by the American Fascist Party in all but name. Walls, registries, lists, killing millions by taking away their insurance, Medicare, Medicaid.

And not a single Republican has stood up to Trump. Not one single one. They equivocate, they stammer, they excuse, and worst yet, they applaud! They line up to follow this would-be dictator.

But America is mighty, strong, intelligent, savvy, and unafraid. America is going to clean out the White House, the House, and the Senate. 

So, politicians who call themselves Democrats and politicians who call themselves Republicans who are not Fascists, write the words of Representative Maxine on your heart and gird for battle.

We call upon you to stand up to hate and stand up for America! You can do this by shutting down Washington:

  • Not one piece of legislation gets passed if it does not relate to finding out the details of what Trump the traitor is plotting with Putin.
  • Not one bill is to be considered which does not have to do with removing Trump and his henchmen and band of spies.
  • Not one more Cabinet hearing until he is gone!
  • Not one nod in the hallway! Who nods politely to Fascists?!
  • No appeasement.
  • No giving in. No rolling over.

This may seem like scorched earth policy to you and it is! Defend your country and go on the offensive. And Attack! Your country is worth fighting for.

As for the rest of us Americans, we are going to watch what you do and do not do very closely. Every day. Every hour. If you do not step up, if you do not defend and attack, we will know.

Do not think you are safe until the next election! You are not! If you do not immediately call for Trump’s expulsion, we will be relentless in our efforts to remove you from office.

We will, peacefully, do everything we can to make you do your patriotic duty. We will occupy your offices, we will call you, we will publicize your cowardice in every way possible through newspapers, television, and the Web. We will call upon you to resign. We will look for, find, and seek to cut off your secret funding and your corporate contributions.

So, again, here is your mantra: “No, I don’t trust him. I don’t believe him. I have no intentions of sitting down with him. I’m going to fight him every inch of the way.” 

Remember, America is coming through. If you are afraid to lead, afraid to stand up for what is right, afraid to put Country before Party, then get out of the way!

Six Easy Ways to Stop the Republican Party from Killing Millons of Americans

The Republican Party’s senior leadership (RPSL) in Washington has made it crystal clear they want to destroy the Affordable Care Act (ACA), an insurance program put into place under President Obama’s administration. Currently the plan covers more than 20 million Americans, many of whom could not get insurance in other ways or who would otherwise be forced to pay horrendously high monthly premiums to get insurance coverage. Repealing the ACA would strip away their health insurance completely. As a result, millions of Americas would die because they cannot obtain the healthcare they need.

The rank-and-file Republicans do not have anything to do with this effort. In fact, many of them have insurance through the ACA. Most are unaware they will lose their health insurance if the ACA is repealed. Not only will many be surprised if the RPSL kills the ACA, some of them be dead shortly thereafter for lack of access to basic healthcare.

Why, you may ask, would the RPSL want to kill millions of Americans, including some of the party’s own rank-and-file supporters? 

Good question!

Answer: because the RPSL wants to score one, single, solitary political point against President Barack Obama. Yep, the RPSL is playing a game of political football, and millions of Americans will die if they succeed in killing the ACA.

The RPSL took the first step in its kill campaign yesterday. But, they have to do a lot more conniving and manipulation to kill the robust program.

You, as an every day American, can help the protectors of the ACA stop the RPSL from killing millions of Americans.

HealthInsurance.org has published a detailed post about how you can do this. To read the independent organization’s post, which is full of helpful hints and useful links, please click this link: https://www.healthinsurance.org/repeal-and-replace/6-ways-you-can-resist-insta-repeal-of-obamacare/

Here, though, are the six simple and easy ways every day Americans can stop the RPSL from killing millions of Americans:

  1. Call your Senators and Congressional Representatives.
  2. Write a letter or send an e-mail to your Senators and Congressional Representatives
  3. Share your healthcare story, especially if the ACA is helping you or your family and friends stay alive.
  4. Ask friends and family to reach out to Republican Senators on your behalf.
  5. Attend a local rally or town hall, even if you don’t stand up and speak, you can hold a sign to make your opinion clear. January 15, 2017 was a key day for this kind of peaceful public protest, and more opportunities will be coming up soon.
  6. Use all of the social media channels you use to make your opinion known. Be persistent, be bold, but be polite. Do not engage with trolls you encounter online. Remember many are paid propaganda trolls paid by Russian money to harass innocent Americans online. Do not let them waste your time. Block them, and keep going.

Thank you for your time, your consideration, your humanity, and your actions.

How Did a Russian Spy Get Elected President of the United States?

Recently on Twitter we received a query from a lovely woman in Canada, let’s call her Betsy to help protect her identity. She asked, understandably, “How in the world did a Russian Spy (Donald Trump) get elected President of the United States?”

I promised Betsy an answer and here it is:

  • Donald Trump was aided and abetted by senior people in the Republican party. These people pushed legitimate, non-Spy candidates out of the way during the Republican primary in order to push Donald Trump forward. In other words, they colluded with a Russian spy against their own party: self before party.
  • Donald Trump was aided and abetted by other traitors who hold United States passports and who have served, or are currently serving, in senior government positions on the federal and state level: greed before loyalty.
  • Donald Trump was aided and abetted by Putin and his henchmen in Russia. They gave him information and money for his campaign. Plus, Russia has been involved in cyber-warfare against every day Americans, including trolling them through social media through the use of paid propaganda trolls.

All of this has been substantiated by press reports and government intelligence.

Plus, it is clear as a bell. Anyone with common sense could understand what happened and is happening. Just look at Donald Trump tweets where he idolizes Putin and demonizes anyone he thinks is against him.

Plus, since that must not have seemed enough to the Trump Cabal to defeat Hillary Clinton, they also figured out a way to hijack the vote tallies in a few big states so as to win the Electoral College vote. The Intelligence Community is still gathering facts and sorting out what happened, so stay tuned for more details. We will report on this again as more information becomes available.

So, Betsy, there you have it. Donald Trump is a traitor, and so are the United States citizens who have worked so hard to put a Russian Spy in the White House.

Putin is just doing what Putin does. He is trying to do it in other countries, including Canada. He is particularly interested in installing other puppet despots (Trump being one) at the head of European countries in an attempt to weaken NATO. He wants to weaken NATO so he can push ahead with military plans to invade European countries.

 

 

America: Please Thank the Women and Men in Congress Who Stood Up for America on January 6, 2017

Although today it seems like it happened a million years ago, it was only a few days ago when some very brave American Congressmen and Congresswomen stood up for America. On Friday, January 6, 2017, the following Patriots stood up for America to protest Electoral College votes:

  • Congressman James McGovern,
  • Congressman Jamie Raskin,
  • Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal,
  • Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee,
  • Congressman Raul Grijalva, and
  • Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

Not a single, solitary United States Senator had the guts to stand and add his or her voice to the protest. Had only one done so, it might have been possible to stop Donald Trump in his tracks. As the Senators know, more than 50 Electoral College votes for Donald Trump were cast illegally. The Electoral College vote was conducted improperly and should have been discarded on January 6, 2017.

Donald Trump must not become President of the United States. He is a Russian Spy and much, much more. Stopping him must be done legally using all the laws at our disposal. But,  he must be stopped. Again, understand I am not condoning or advising the use of illegal means. Nothing illegal, nothing violent. But, he must be stopped.

I would like to thank these six brave men and women for standing up for America. I hope your constituents take note of your bravery and support you in future efforts to protect and defend America.

What in the World Has Happened to the Republican Party?

I have tweeted about this a great deal: the senior Republican Party leadership is about the unleash on the world a President who is a Russian spy and all manner of other unspeakable things. Which leads me to my Big Question in this post: What in the world has happened to the Republican Party? The Party of Lincoln and Reagan has become the party of Tricky Dicky Nixon and Trash Talking Trump the Russkie Spy.

How? What has possessed the senior Republican leaders to allow Trump run for the party? Did they do no background checks? Did they not talk to other people, do some research? Or did they know who and what he is and deliberately supported and abetted him in his efforts to turn America over to Putin?

I voted for Ronald Reagan both times he ran for President. I was a fan then, and I am a fan now. Which makes the current state of the Republican party even more bewildering and incredible to me.

Onward.

President Ronald Reagan, in his 1989 Farewell Speech to the nation left his fellow Americans and his fellow Republicans a marvelous vision for how he wanted America to be as he passed on to his reward. At one point in the speech he said something all Americans need to absorb into their bones:

“We the People” tell the Government what to do, it doesn’t tell us. “We the people” are the driver – the Government is the car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast. Almost all the world’s constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a document in which “We the People” tell the Government what it is allowed to do. “We the people” are free.

By the way, I heartily recommend reading the full text of Reagan’s Farewell Speech. You can read it here: http://www.nytimes.com/1989/01/12/news/transcript-of-reagan-s-farewell-address-to-american-people.html?pagewanted=all

When I read the full text of the speech again last night, this part made tears come to my eyes and drove me to my computer to write this post:

The past few days when I’ve been at that [White House] window upstairs, I’ve thought a bit of the shining “city upon a hill.” The phrase comes from John Winthrop, who wrote it to describe the America he imagined. What he imagined was important, because he was an early Pilgrim – an early “Freedom Man.” He journeyed here on what today we’d call a little wooden boat, and, like the other pilgrims, he was looking for a home that would be free. 

I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind, it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind swept, God blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace – a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors, and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here.

That last part of Reagan’s beautiful speech I have shared above gets to me, right in the gut. In the past few days the Republican Party has reaffirmed its horribly divisive and horribly expensive plan to build a wall to keep Mexicans out. Trump says Mexico will pay for it one day and then another he wants to hand the bill to the American taxpayers. Either way, we know he won’t pay for it. He has a long track record of refusing to pay for the honest labor of others.

The whole wall idea is crazy, it is racist, and, as you can see, it runs 100% contrary to Reagan’s lyric and arresting vision of how he wanted America to be. Reagan wanted this country to be open to anyone who, as he says so well, who has the will and heart to get here. Reagan never told anyone he was going to put together deportation gangs. 

The wall Trump trumpets on and on about has become a fitting symbol for the  hate in his heart. But it does not need to become the symbol of the Republican party.

I started this post with a question: What in the World Has Happened to the Republican Party? I close with two more questions.

#1: How can the Senior Republican Party leaders, especially those who have thrown their support so vociferously behind Donald Trump in the past month, justify what they have done to the party of Reagan by putting Trump forward and continuing to support him?

#2: When will the Republican Party cleanse itself of this corruption from the top down and return to the soaring and inspirational core values and actions which once made this party the party of Lincoln and Reagan?

I, for one, can’t wait to hear the answer to my last question.

What Senator Harry Reid Told Congress About Donald Trump in September 2016

On September 15, 2016 Senator Harry Reid addressed the Senate and told his fellow Senators, and by extension, the entire Congress exactly what he thinks about Donald Trump. We know this because his comments are recorded in the Congressional Record. That’s right, he went on the record.

Among other things, he called Donald Trump:

a human leech;

a notorious con artist;

a swindler who, if given the chance, would “turn America into a big scam just like Trump University;” and

a spoiled brat raised in plenty.

In addition, he had read into the record the full text of an article written by the American journalist Kurt Eichenwald which Newsweek had published in its September 14, 2016 edition. The title of the article is How the Trump Organization’s Foreign Business Ties  Could Upend U.S. National Security. That’s right, the full article. It’s right there in the Record and on the record, thanks to Senator Harry Reid.

And, in summing up, Reid implores Senator McConnell and Speaker of the House Ryan to help protect America from the scourge and the unprecedented threat to America that is Donald Trump.

And, what have these two men and the rest of their Republican cohorts done to protect us? The answer to the question is clear, but I will tell you anyway: nothing. Absolutely nothing. And that epic, historical failure is going to be in the record, too, gentleman and ladies of the Republican Party. History will read it into America’s history and into the World’s history. When the American People needed you to put Country Before Party and Do the Right Thing, you caved. You cowered. You ran for cover.

I have pulled from the full Congressional Report entry for that day the four pages which contain Reid’s remarks and the full text of Eichenwald’s article by clicking on the link. what-harry-reid-told-the-senate-about-donald-trump-in-september-2016. I added some yellow highlighting to the file to make it easier to see some of Reid’s remarks.

 

Political Thriller Pitch or History in the Making? You Decide…

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Michael opens the curtains in his hotel room and looks out at the brighter than blue morning sky in Hollywood. But, budding movie mogul Michael is not in Hollywood to sit by the pool or stare at the sky. He has one goal in mind—to sell his idea for a political thriller movie to the world renown and very rich movie producer, Harvey Gump.

Every time Michael thinks about this opportunity, which took him forever to land, he has to swallow hard. Michael is nervous, men like Harvey Gump can make or break a guy in this town. So, Michael is nervous, really nervous. He knows his story idea is great, but wonders if he can tell it right. Michael walks in the bathroom and finds himself standing in  in front of the hotel bathroom mirror. He adjusts his tie and goes over the pitch one more time. Although he knows what he’s going to say by heart, he wants to make sure to get it right when he starts talking. He may only have one chance to make his pitch to the right people.

Remember the key words, he tells himself: billionaire, software, frustrated… Start it out like this, “Imagine if you will, a reclusive billionaire with a degree in computer science and decades of experience in computer programming. But the guy’s real money came later,  from the stock market. The jury is still out on how he made that money, but he’s got billions, plenty to pull of his schemes. Or so he thinks.”

Clear, it has got to be clear Michael goes on to his next bit, “This guy, this eccentric, crazy billionaire, is getting old, doesn’t know how many years he has left, and he’s frustrated. So frustrated after years and years of backing political candidates who just can’t get the job done. He should have run for office himself, but it’s too late now. Now, in the waning years of his life he is desperate to make something to happen, something that will be his legacy to the world he’s grown to hate, and he’s got plans, big plans. So, first he hires himself some hackers and then he buys a company or two that makes the voting equipment he wants hacked. Then he buys himself a few Web sites and starts spinning out the vilest of the vile stories and lies. A lot of the writing he does himself because, you see, this guy does not trust many people.” And, thinks Michael, “I need to mention while this guy is very secretive, but once in awhile he wants people to know he’s the mover, the shaker, the puppet master.”

“Everything has got to change,” Michael says to himself as checks his iPhone for his latest messages, is how this guy thinks: “First we have to have our man in the White House or at least a man we can manipulate. Then we can move on to making the big changes, like changing the way things happen in Washington, getting our people elected, making sure our rule goes on for decades. Then we can move on to the real heart of the billionaire’s mission: getting rid the infirm and the diseased and it will be quick because we can’t draw this out. The virus will be a targeted one. So, he buys himself a few scientists, and they set up some labs. Maybe a third of the people on earth will die, his scientists tell him,  but it will be the third he chooses because the virus only targets people with certain DNA profiles, and then the burden they represent to the earth will be gone. Robots can take over for the ones who die, and the billionaire thinks that will be just fine. Those who remain will be easily managed and manipulated.

Right, Michael thinks, as tightens his tie, here’s how the story itself goes: the billionaire finds his candidate and tries to manage him well but he can’t risk too much exposure so he can’t manage every detail. Everything seems goes along fine and they’re almost to the finish line. Soon they will have the access to everything the billionaire needs to carry out his plot. But, to his horror, the billionaire finds out the candidate is rotten to the core and has been making illegal deals the world over for decades. He is in with the Russians deeper than deep. But, the billionaire hates Russians, and so he finds himself in a bind. Remove the candidate and move on to the VP (also his pick) sooner rather than later? Or retire to his lair and try again later?

Time’s up, and Michael has to get moving to make that lunch pitch date. Time to tighten the tie and get moving. His idea is great, he knows this to the core of his being. The only thing is, Michael asks himself, is how the producer will want the thriller to end. Does the puppet master win? Is the world destroyed and millions die? Or does sanity prevail and the billionaire and his minions lose?

“I guess,” says Michael to himself as he heads to his meeting, “we can film and screen both endings and let the people decide.”