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The Untimely Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Tragic and Consequential More than Any Before Her

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The iconic Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, otherwise popularly known as RBG passed on last evening and you can almost touch the sense of loss felt across the nation.

This is because RBG was not only the iconic justice she was and an inspiration for many, especially women across the world, she was one of four justices in the Supreme Court appointed by Democrats or “liberal” justices as they are commonly referred to.

Her passing means one of the most hated, if not the most hated president in US history will have a chance to appoint a third justice therefore having his stench remain with us for a long time. Never mind that Trump and Republicans will try and shove down our throats a conservative justice when voting has started for 2020 general elections.

When I first saw the news of RBG’s passing, I felt both sad for the loss of this wonderful human being and sick at the prospect of having the man whose secretary of state never denied calling a moron having yet again another opportunity to appoint another justice of the Supreme Court.

So much so such that I woke up and couldn’t sleep anymore thinking about this so I decided to do the only thing I can do under these circumstances and that is just to write and share my thoughts about this.

I have several thoughts that have been in my mind since I had the sad news and these are jumbled in my mind and I have privately shared some of them with family and friends but let me try and organize them here.

To begin with, I hope the greatness of this wonderful woman will not be overshadowed by the elephant in the room and that is, her vacancy. I hope the media, including those of us who blog will take time at least the next few days before she is buried to focus and highlight her accomplishments.

To this end, let me just quote verbatim what former President Barrack Obama said about RBG and this sums up very well what everyone is saying about her:

Sixty years ago, Ruth Bader Ginsburg applied to be a Supreme Court clerk. She’d studied at two of our finest law schools and had ringing recommendations. But because she was a woman, she was rejected. Ten years later, she sent her first brief to the Supreme Court — which led it to strike down a state law based on gender discrimination for the first time.

And then, for nearly three decades, as the second woman ever to sit on the highest court in the land, she was a warrior for gender equality — someone who believed that equal justice under law only had meaning if it applied to every single American.

Over a long career on both sides of the bench — as a relentless litigator and an incisive jurist — Justice Ginsburg helped us see that discrimination on the basis of sex isn’t about an abstract ideal of equality; that it doesn’t only harm women; that it has real consequences for all of us. It’s about who we are — and who we can be.

Justice Ginsburg inspired the generations who followed her, from the tiniest trick-or-treaters to law students burning the midnight oil to the most powerful leaders in the land.

Michelle and I admired her greatly, we are profoundly thankful for the legacy she left this country, and we offer our gratitude and our condolences to her children and grandchildren tonight.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals. That is how we remember her. But she also left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored.

I fully concur and echo these sentiments and may RBG rest in peace.

On the political end, there is no denying RBG’s passing and who replaces her will have great impact and determination on which direction the court takes. Again, Obama summed it up very well and let me quote him again, he said,

Four and a half years ago, when Republicans refused to hold a hearing or an up-or-down vote on Merrick Garland, they invented the principle that the Senate shouldn’t fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in.

A basic principle of the law — and of everyday fairness — is that we apply rules with consistency, and not based on what’s convenient or advantageous in the moment. The rule of law, the legitimacy of our courts, the fundamental workings of our democracy all depend on that basic principle.

As votes are already being cast in this election, Republican Senators are now called to apply that standard. The questions before the Court now and in the coming years — with decisions that will determine whether or not our economy is fair, our society is just, women are treated equally, our planet survives, and our democracy endures — are too consequential to future generations for courts to be filled through anything less than an unimpeachable process.

The former president is right on.

Republicans in the senate led by Mitch McConnel will commit an unforgivable political blunder if they ram down our throats anyone Trump nominates—even if the justice is a known liberal. This is simply because the principle Republicans themselves enunciated is you cannot have a president appointing a justice to the supreme court during an election year.

We are not even talking about nominating someone during an election year in this case but nominating and ramming through the senate someone when elections are already underway, and people are voting!

Were McConnel to be reckless and tone-deaf enough to do this, then this is what I foresee happening, or is what Democrats must do as a response.

First, use the thuggery as a rallying cry to mobilize even more voters to take out vulnerable Republican senators and take over control of the Senate while increasing their majority in the House. It of course goes without saying the same efforts should and must produce a landslide victory for Biden and Harris at the polls.

Second, if Republicans ram through Trump’s nominee at this time when elections are underway instead of waiting for voters to have a say who appoints RBG’s successor, they will only do so by invoking the so-called nuclear option, meaning, doing away with the filibuster rule in the senate requiring 60 votes for important votes like this.

Third, doing away with the filibuster rule that protects the interests of a party out of power may enable Trump and Republicans to do what is convenient for them now, but they will leave to regret it because with Biden as president with both houses under Democratic control—and this must be the outcome if a nominee is rammed down our throats—Biden and Democrats will be able to, and they must quickly ram through far-reaching and impactful legislation to put in check with the Supreme Court can do.

For example, Biden and Democrats can increase the number of seats in the Supreme Court from 9 to 12. This alone will negate all appointments made by Trump and even though there was not much appetite to do this previously, it will be imperative that this happens, if this is how dirty Republicans want to play with power.

All that points to Republicans not being foolish enough to do this and this not even about Trump but the Republican’s own remaining relevant after November.

Say what you can about Americans and leaving aside the Trumpians for whom neither logic nor facts apply, a vast majority of Americans and I would even venture to say upward of 70% are thoughtful and favor fairness and justice for all.

If Republicans who denied Obama a simple up or down vote for his nominee to the Supreme Court Merrick Garland on grounds it was an election year and now flip their position to say Trump can appoint his nominee not just during an election year, but when voting has already started, they will pay dearly at the polls as this will anger and drive many voters to the polls who would otherwise not bothered to vote.

There; that is my analysis, so I am not concerned whichever way it goes. If McConnell knows this will be the scenario and doesn’t bring up the vote, then he might stand a chance the Senate remains Republican majority though barely; he forces the vote, the Senate flips to Democrats by as many as 5 seats majority.

I have read a statement Senator Mitch McConnel has issued saying he will allow a vote on Trump’s nominee notwithstanding his blocking Obama from appointing one under even less dire circumstances. To put it mildly, the statement and reasons given is as moronic as you would expect a tone-deaf Trump sycophant to do.

He must pay the political price for it and that means let’s use the only power we have against him and all other Republicans in the Senate and that is to vote overwhelmingly for Biden and give him a landslide and help those challenging Republican senators, including McConnel in any way we can, including contributing money to their respective campaigns.

God help us.

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2020 in Law

 

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Trump Squandered Opportunity to “Pivot” and Become the Leader He Has Never Been

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After posting news about the latest book on Trump dropping bombshells about the man, someone responded saying “[Trump] was not voted in based on good character or astitute (sic) leadership credentials and these revelations won’t affect his core base.”

Let me whisper here something many of us know and would like to keep to ourselves by way of responding to that comment: nobody cares about Trump’s cult-like core base that he bragged he can shoot and kill someone and they’ll still adore and support him.

What we were concerned with after Trump shocked everyone, including himself losing the popular vote but being sworn as president in 2016, is that he would abandon his racist and mad stances to “pivot” and go on to win a second term more traditionally.

Going into late last year, however, that had not happened but he had proven plenty he was and still is the very inept and unfit person to be president he proves each day that goes by.

We therefore felt good as we went through the primaries, worried only that the Democratic Party doesn’t buckle and be divided in choosing its flag bearer and leave the party damaged to hand Trump an undeserved victory.

Thank God things went smoothly and Joe Biden emerged and remained the frontrunner and now the flagbearer.

Then in the midst of that Democratic primary came the pandemic which I will confess I told people I talk to about this that this was a second chance for Trump to “pivot” and show leadership no different than George W did following 911 and ride that to a second term much as W did.

Never happened and won’t happen in the less than 60 days left to election day, with early voting already underway.

I can’t say thank God for that but Trump’s inept and total failure to provide leadership during this pandemic is the last nail that nailed completely shut his political coffin, with all other nails being his now proven record of failure after failure, when he was not busy dividing the country, shredding norms, attacking institutions and abusing his office, complete with giving Putin a pass unlike what any other president would have done–and that is to say nothing about Putin having helped in his election in 2016 and is still trying in 2020 to no avail.

Trump’s defeat will be as historic as his accidental election as president because it will prevent the United States from crumbling and ceasing to be a world superpower and leader as Biden’s election means a mostly United States, but Trump’s reelection means an end to America as we knew it and one going full throttle to one led by a lawless dictator no less harmful than Putin or Kim Jung un.

Indeed, Biden’s victory will mean the country as well as the rest of the world breathing a sigh of relief and returning to a better place to live when this nightmare leaves the White House.

In sum, Trump’s base and those who voted for him can dismiss all these character flaws and still vote for him but this time around he will see dust for two reasons:

First, Democrats have a far much better candidate who has not only united the party, he has love and support from Never Trumpers and other Republicans actively campaigning for Biden as opposed to simply not voting for Trump and

Second, a large number of those who held their noses and voted for Trump have now confirmed the very things we were saying about his unfitness to be president and inability to lead and, included in that, is his now confirmed attacks on the military he no doubt hates more than he already had out there in the public as to his disdain for people who serve or have served and sacrificed for the country.

Barring the extraordinary, Biden is our next president and what a good riddance shall that be of this nightmare, along with the swamp the man his secretary of state never denied calling a moron brought to Washington, starting from the man himself and members of his family, especially his son-in-law that is doing damage to the country than people know.

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2020 in Politics

 

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Trump Is A Danger to Our National Security and November Stakes Couldn’t Be Any Greater

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On any given day prior to Trumpianism descending on this country, this incredibly sourced story by the New York Times would have had the subject president packing and out of White House as president.

We are in the accidental 4-year presidency of the accidental President Donald J Trump so the story lands to a cacophony of noises that constitute the Trump presidency and in a sea of drama and antics involving Trump the press and social media can hardly catch-up, let alone dwell on any for any length of time before moving to the next drama.

Some of these dramas are delivering real harm to the country that may be irreparable, while others are pointing to something more gloomy, if not worse such as Trump’s announcement that he is going to Kenosha [to incite violence].

It’s a long article but here is the short of it: Then Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein prevented David Mueller from investigating Trump and his personal connections in Russia, including women that were deemed by leaders in the Intelligence Community to be a threat to national security.

Indeed, this was the basis for appointing Special Counsel David Mueller to investigate but it is now coming out that Mueller was, in fact, hamstrung and not allowed to fully investigate Trump.

It therefore may still be the case that Trump is compromised as was previously suspected and his open adoration of Putin, his peddling Putin’s talking points on Russia’s intervention in US elections in 2016 and in direct contradiction of our own US intelligence services, his refusal to take any action against Russia for their offering bounties to kill American soldiers all point to Trump being compromised.

Again, no other president serving at anytime before Trump would have survived such a suspicion without a full-blown investigation and likely being hounded out of office by it, even if not much was established, especially if voters were given the opportunity to be heard as will be the case come this November.

However, these are strange times, indeed, not just because of the pandemic that is still raging on, but Trumpianism which predates it.

Trump’s cult-like followers may not give a hoot and would be just fine even if Trump outright gave away American top secrets to the Russians but my belief is there are sound, rational independent minded Republicans and others who are not Democrats that will say this is where a line is crossed beyond which they cannot be behind Trump.

Those are the voters who shall help make a difference come November 3rd.

The good news is they are there and coming out publicly in increasing numbers and their influence is already being felt, at least in helping those sitting on the fence to come to grips as to how crucial this election is unlike all others before.

Some of the groups organizing these voters and channeling their financial and strategic assistance to the Biden/Harris campaign include:

The Lincoln Project

Bush W Alumni for Biden

Republican Voters Against Trump

The people behind each one of these groups are American patriots putting country first, not party and certainly not the cult leader many are wont to do for no rational reason other than their own, myopic reasons and those who offer appointment of judges, moving US embassy to Jerusalem and the like are just as lethal to the health of the nation as are these cult-followers who have no reason at all other than sheer admiration of the man—something we’re accustomed to see among cults and despotic regimes such as North Korea.

These are the people that must be defeated come November 3rd lest they fully usher in a dictatorship no less despotic than that of Kim Jung Un.

Think about it this way:

When Trump was impeached by the House, his enablers in the Senate aka Republican senators gave him a pass that has emboldened him to engage in even more lawlessness and abuse of office than he had previously this time affirmatively using his enormous office to thwart effort to end the pandemic, leading to now nearly 200,000 deaths, many who no doubt would be alive but for Trump’s failed efforts to lead in combating the pandemic, when he is not busy undermining other’s efforts, including his own government’s experts.

It is said every election is crucial.

This election is more crucial than all others before.

It will be an election to determine whether we have an America as we used to know it before Trump burst into the national picture as the accidental president he is, or one we will not recognize, let alone want to live under its totalitarianism that’s certain to ensue were people not to wake up and stop this man.

My faith and belief is the alliance of Democrats, Independents and Republicans who still hold dear American ideals that are under assault will combine forces to defeat Trump.

The stakes couldn’t be greater for those who truly love and appreciate the uniqueness of this country that has at least for decades striven to be a better union and made great strides in that direction until Trump burst into the scene riding on racism to stir and rubble up it ugliness she was so desperately trying to put in the long past.

These dark forces must be beaten back to wherever they resided before the accidental 4-year age of Trump.

This is our moment to do just that so, register to vote, if you have not and, more importantly, VOTE!

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Trump Dishonors the Late John Lewis

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According to the Hill, President Donald Trump was not planning to visit the Capitol to honor the late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.). “I won’t be going, no,” Trump said before departing the White House for a trip to North Carolina when asked if he planned to visit the Capitol either Monday or Tuesday to pay his respects to Lewis.

For those who don’t follow American politics, Lewis is a civil rights icon who emerged as a key figure of the civil rights movement, having survived a brutal beating by Alabama state troopers during the 1965 march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery that has become known as “Bloody Sunday.” He died at the age of 80 on July 17 after a months-long battle with cancer.

Reading this story about Trump’s decision not to honor John Lewis by visiting the body as it lays in state at the Capitol, my fingers just started typing the following:

Why Mr. President? “Well, I am doing these amazing things to my white people I don’t wish to offend them by appearing to honor a civil rights icon like John was. I mean, he was the best civil rights champion this country ever had.”

“I can’t attend his viewing to honor him. They love me. I said to myself, why go honor John when I can stay away and have all these adoration from my admirers who love that. They were going to come to the convention in their millions but the China virus has stopped us but we can have millions in attendance.”

But, Sir, the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena can only hold a capacity of 15,000 people? Where will the millions be, especially now that you have been forced to cancel the event?

“I didn’t say millions; I said thousands…[inauble] that’s you fake media saying that. I didn’t say it.” [Several reporters audibly sigh in disbelief]

“I am loved by everyone but you’re not going to report that because you hate me” the president goes on, adding, “I have 96% percent approval among Republicans.”

Sir, you’re citing a poll from months ago and one taken before it became obvious you’re incapable of leading in combating the pandemic…

“No I am the pandemic president; I mean I am fighting this pandemic better than George Washington ever did and better than all generals have in the whole world.”

[Room of press empties out but the president continues on rambling, talking directly to the only one camera remaining–One TV, even Fox News clears out as they can’t take the lies anymore]

Oh, and this was about the legendary John Lewis, even though you can’t tell from the rumbling of the master of dissonance. May the great John Lewis rest in peace.

P.S. The foregoing is a parody, for those who didn’t figure it out.

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2020 in Politics, Uncategorized

 

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Trump’s Days In Office Are Numbered

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I have beautiful places and wildlife screen savers that refresh every day on my various devices. I love them all except once in a long while when I see one that’s neither nor as beautiful. In even more rare occasions, I see one that is awful that I don’t like at all.
 
I just saw one such but I quickly reminded myself it’s only there for today, tomorrow there will be a fresh one, which I’ll enjoy seeing as usual, even when not as beautiful or pleasing as some of the best I have seen.
 
Guess why the man his secretary of state never denied calling a moron came to mind as I thought about that?
 
You’re right!
 
He’s awful and sullying the presidency with selling beans from the Oval Office and all but, like this screensaver I don’t like, he’ll not be there tomorrow and a more pleasing successor will be come January.
 
I know there are those who would look at same screensaver I find unattractive and marvel at how beautiful it is, but most of them will have nothing else to compare it to, not the slew of the most amazing and beautiful ones before and to follow.
 
They are in the minority compared to those who know and would prefer the more beautiful screenshots and if given the opportunity, will advance past this not so attractive one and get to the next which is certain to be more beautiful.
 
We cannot advance November 3rd, but as sure as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west, that day will surely come soon and for those God has blessed to make it there, let’s cast our vote that day and even if it is the last thing we do in life, it will make a world of a difference for good or worse of this country; good if you vote for Biden, worse if you vote for the other alternative.
 
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Posted by on July 17, 2020 in Politics, Uncategorized

 

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Voter Suppression Work in Progress, COVID-19 Numbers Suppression Coming Soon

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In perilous times, facts, expertise, and truth are indispensable. President Trump’s flagrant disregard for the truth and his self-aggrandizing exaggerations, specious misstatements, and bald-faced lies have been rigorously documented and debunked since the first day of his presidency by The Washington Post’s Fact Checker staff.

Tomes will be written about the Trump and the disregard of truth by this man whose secretary of state never denied calling a moron. The Washington Post is doing its part tracking and exposing the untruths and lies in the book above and more to come as these are daily occurrences until this man is soon booted out of office.

Don’t get me wrong; the lies won’t stop even after the man whose Chief of Staff also called an idiot is booted out of office, but they won’t be as harmful as they are now.

I have captioned my blog as above because I see a correlation between what Republicans have always done when it comes to voting, namely, making sure blacks and other minorities who support Democrats do not have access to the ballot and the announcement the other day that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be bypassed henceforth in reporting from hospitals across the country on COVID-19 related data, including number of cases reported and deaths.

As for COVID-19, the data being published daily in the media,, including number of deaths from the virus daily is a reminder of how Trump has not only totally failed in providing any leadership to deal with the deadly virus, he is unbelievably actively undermining efforts by the government’s own scientists to combat the pandemic.

As a solution for the latter, namely, evidence of his failures represented by the numbers going the wrong direction for dealing with the pandemic, Trump has ordered that hospitals now send their data to Health and Human Services Department (HHS) under control of his appointee instead of CDC where such data has always been sent until now when Trump wants to hide it from the public if he could (but he can’t) so the next best thing is to make it difficult if not impossible to access it–and that’s what he is doing here.

Reason: so HHS can cook the numbers or at least make it difficult, if not impossible for media to readily and immediately access the data as it’s made available by the hospitals.

Unless this is stopped through court action, reporters will now have to work double or triple harder to access the data and when they do and accurately report, Trump will dismiss it as “fake news,” his moronic or cult-like followers will buy hook, line and sinker and he lives to tell another lie the next day.

That’s his MO.

Fortunately, more and more rational voters who bought this in 2016 have come to their senses and are saying enough of the nonsense as is reflected in current polling.

It’s not over until the proverbial fat lady sings so, keep alert, remain active, and get ready to vote in November to bring an end to this madness.

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2020 in Politics, Uncategorized

 

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What You Need To Know About the Rarely Used Insurrection Act Trump is Threatening to Invoke

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The Insurrection Act of 1807 is a United States federal law that empowers the president of the United States to deploy military troops within the United States in specific circumstances, such as to suppress civil disorder, insurrection and rebellion.

The man whose secretary of state never denied calling a moron says he will invoke the law and send the military to US cities where there are demonstrations and riots “if a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents.”

The question is, can he do this?

To be sure, and throughout the history of this country, this law is rarely used and the last time it was invoked was back in in 1992 to quell the Los Angeles riots after the acquittal of four white police officers in the merciless beating of Rodney King, a black man.

Before that, the act was used in 1989 during widespread looting in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, after Hurricane Hugo.

So, technically, yes, he can but not as easily as he makes it sound. As I conclude below, certainly not under these circumstances.

Another question is whether the president can do this on his own, without the request of the affected state or states and here legal experts say he can.

However, there is a presumption (and this is my surmise on this) that the president taking this action is doing so for proper, safety and law and order related reasons, not to wag the dog or to impress his base on what a strongman he is or can be, or to distract from his other failures such as disastrous response to a pandemic that is still ravaging the country.

Otherwise, if there is no basis to invoke the act and one does so for these nefarious or bogus reasons, namely, to impress his base or for personal political gain, then that is clearly abuse of office and some can argue an impeachable offense.

My view on this is #GeorgeFloyd demonstrations have made their point let the action now focus on making sure the anger is converted to votes in November and let’s root out those in elective office that have been enablers of all things bad for the country, starting with the presidency and on down.

This will (a) deny the man opportunity to invoke this law and (b) make sure we need not worry about shameless and reckless shenanigans and antics like this after November.

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2020 in Politics

 

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Trump’s Foreign Policy In Africa

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In Trump’s Foreign Policy in Africa, I summarize views recently expressed in a Conference Call organized by the Washington, DC Think Tank Wilson Center.

Excepts:

Customarily, when dominant parties in mature democracies swap power after an election, one can generally predict the direction of the country policy-wise, given the victorious party’s ideology.

Thus, if the winning party is liberal, one can expect a government friendly to the needs of the underprivileged and the middle-class.

If, on the other hand, the winning party is conservative, one can expect a government hostile to the same groups but friendly to the rich.

Making the situation even more fascinating, the President-elect is someone who has been a life-long member and supporter of the losing party and one, if life depended on it, would readily admit he’s more aligned with the ideology of the losing party than the one he won the elections under its banner. This leads to the question many have been asking and continue to, what kind of President will Donald Trump be?

The short answer is, nobody knows.

Overall, McNamee is of the view that none other than African dictators and others elected under dubious circumstances are gleeful with the election of Trump because they can point to his election and say, “See, it’s not only in Africa people who don’t win the popular votes are elected President: The US too does the same thing. So ignore their lectures about democratic elections blah, blah” — to paraphrase what the good doctor said.

That sentiment doesn’t bode well for democracy in Africa.

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2016 in Politics

 

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Republicans Have Once Again Not Disappointed In Proving Their Tone-Deafness

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Angry that FBI Director James Comey eviscerated their last hopes of derailing or altogether killing the presidential hopes of Hillary Clinton by not recommending her indictment, Congressional Republicans hurriedly called an “emergency” hearing and hauled Comey to Congress to berate him on his intellectually, factually and legally sound decision to not recommend indictment of the Democratic Party presumptive nominee and Republicans’ worst nightmare, the aforementioned Hillary Clinton.

The whole rationale—if one can call it that, for hauling Comey to Capitol Hill was simply to discredit him, which is moronic on so many levels.

For one, Director Comey is probably the only person in government there has been unanimous agreement by everyone that his honor and integrity is unassailable.

Unassailable, that is, until the man made a decision informed by facts and law not to indict Hillary, which suddenly unleashed all manner of derision and unprecedented efforts to discredit the man.

Indeed, every one of these same Republicans now trashing and discrediting Comey have all along said that they had total confidence in Comey thoroughly investigating the matter and making the “right” recommendation to the Attorney General as to his factual findings and conclusions.

The “right” decision that is, if it was a decision to recommend indictment which is the only decision these hapless partisans wanted from day one regardless of what the facts turned out to be.

Now that the decision Comey made was not to indict, the condemnation of both the decision and the man has been swift and severe and more so during the hastily arranged “emergency” hearing today.

I actually delayed a meeting I was to have this morning for two hours just so I can at least watch the proceedings, which I did but had to leave after about two hours fully satisfied the hearing was probably the best thing Hillary could have wished for today, given what I observed and twitted immediately to the Chair of the Committee holding the hearing Jason Chavetz when he finished his questioning Comey, “@jasonthehouse you look shaken perhaps realizing hauling #Comey to testify was bone-headed decision given he has dessimated your rationale.”

Then I heard Rep. Gerry Connolly render one of the best exposure I have heard anyone give exposing what a sham all these hearings have been and shamelessly set up simply to bring down Hillary and each has failed miserably and actually one can argue combined they have actually had the opposite effect.

After two hours of watching, I left for my meeting knowing as I note above this was a good day for Hillary for several reasons, not the least of which is, by hurriedly holding the hearing, the hapless Republican partisans gave Comey an opportunity to explain his decision in manner that took the sting away from what he said in his presser in which he announced his decision but in a manner so painfully excoriating for Hillary it would have taken a long time to heal but the wounds are quickly healing thanks to the stupidity of these hapless Republicans.

I have now watched the entirety of the hearing and reconfirmed what I earlier concluded, namely, Republicans once again have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory largely owing to their bone-headedness or political ineptness, whichever you fancy.

I am not just saying that; it’s actually the case.

For example, thanks to the hearing, we now know several facts that completely undermine what case the Republicans were hoping to make against Hillary, based on what Comey said the other day.

There’s no need to go through all of these facts and explanations Comey provided that actually lessen the sting on Hillary from his presser the other day but here are just the highlights that go to the core of the case the bigoted Clown and therefore Republicans were going to make or will still make against Hillary.

First, Republicans and their right wing media echo chambers have been shouting to hoarseness since Comey gave the presser that what he said proved that Hillary lied and has been lying about the emails.

Indeed, the hapless Republicans went further today and accused Hillary for lying under oath when she testified about these issues during the sham Benghazi hearing.

To their chagrin, Comey, in fact, expressly said Hillary did not lie!

Stunned, Committee Chair Chavitz asked Comey if he was aware that Hillary had lied to the House and whether he was going to investigate her for that.

By asking the question, Chavitz demonstrated in seconds how incompetent he is as Comey slapped him back, “there has been no referral made by the House.” “Oh, you mean we need to do that—well, we’re sending one today,” Chavitz shot back almost giddy about yet another investigation of Hillary!

Small problem and one of the many reasons why hauling Comey to testify was moronic: Comey in his testimony tore to shreds the basis for such referral because he offered an explanation why what Hillary said under oath is not perjury even if it’s in contradiction of what he said!

Comey also provided testimony and new facts and information in response to several questions that make the other charges of lying under oath the tone-deaf Republicans have referred equally moot.

In other words, once the DOJ receives the referral to investigate Hillary for “lying under oath,” the Attorney General will reject the referral with a one sentence explanation anyone other than a moron would understand which means only a moron would have made the referral to begin with but, as we have seen, Congress is not without a shortage of them.

Time allowing, I will soon post a more detailed analysis as to why but take it to the bank despite what you’ll be hearing ad nauseam to the contrary from the right wing and by some ignorant reporters and pundits in MSM parroting the same, it just won’t be the case the facts are as follows:

One, Hillary did not lie about not sending or receiving classified email despite Comey saying she did receive or send about 100 emails that were classified among the 30,000+ emails she sent or received because she didn’t know at the time she sent or received them that they were classified. Comey says a reasonable person should have known that they were but he also says he didn’t find any evidence that she knew they were classified and sent or received them anyway (lack of intent).

Two, Hillary did not lie when she said she did not receive or send emails “marked” classified even though Comey initially said and repeated today that a “small portion” were so marked. She did not lie because Comey explained today that there were only 3 emails that were so marked out of the 30,000+ that she sent or received but they were not properly marked such that when asked, Comey acknowledged a reasonable person could have concluded they were not marked.

Even better for Hillary, 2 of those 3 emails were mistakenly marked as classified and they’re no longer classified, leaving only one marked classified but even that one is improperly marked therefore, with Comey’s explanation and DOS clarification yesterday, it’s true as Hillary has been saying and testified to that she did not send or receive emails marked classified.

Three, you’ll hear that Hillary “falsely testified under oath” that she returned all official emails to DOS when Comey says they found “thousands” of emails that were not returned. However, as Comey said in his stinging presser, he did not find any intentional withholding of these emails and offered there were a number of plausible explanations as to why these emails were not captured and returned.

Comey also found in a related finding that he did not find any criminal wrongdoing by Hillary or her lawyers deleting emails they deemed personal.

In sum, once again Republicans have found a way to overreach and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by hauling Comey to Congress to discredit him only for him to make an even stronger case he made the other day why he made the recommendation not to indict and in doing so, provided enough new information and facts that removed the sting of his excoriating presser.

No one could be happier about this than Democrats in general and Hillary in particular.

In a few days, this will be largely forgotten even though as some of us always say, never underestimate these hapless Republicans to outdo themselves in their bone-headedness elections are in still a few months away so be on look-out for their next overreaching but meanwhile enjoy the circus from their leader if he survives the coup currently being plotted against him.

Again, no one could be happier than Democrats in general and Hillary in particular given all this, especially given who her opponent is—yes, the bigoted clown who must and shall be defeated come November to return to wherever he came from.

 

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2016 in Law, Politics

 

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Trump Hijack of the Republican Party Is Complete

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It’s a cliché already to say nobody saw this coming but the now all but assured nomination of Donald Trump as the Republican flag bearer in the upcoming general election against Hillary Clinton who’s also all but assured her nomination as the Democratic Party flag bearer raises the unlikeliest of prospects in American history and that’s Americans will have a liberal president come next year regardless of who between the two they vote for.

This is because Trump has been a life-long supporter of liberal causes via his supporting liberal Democrats such as Senator Chuck Schumer of New York and Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, not to say anything about Hillary Clinton herself who she not only gave political contributions, they were close enough as friends he invited her and her husband former president Bill Clinton to his latest wedding.

In fact, Trump, who’s 69 and a lifelong New Yorker, registered for the first time in New York as a Republican in July 1987, only to dump the GOP more than a decade later for the Independence Party in October 1999, according to the New York City Board of Elections.

In August 2001, the man many have always dismissed as a joker switched parties and registered as a Democrat only to return the Republican Party eight years later, according to The Smoking Gun.

After only two years as a registered Republican, Trump left the Republican Party again but this time he marked a box that indicated, “I do not wish to enroll in a party,” according to the Smoking Gun.

The Smoking Gun reported that Mr. Trump returned to the Republican Party in April 2012 where he remained put through last year when declared his candidacy.

Since declaring his candidacy, Trump has made it known to all he doesn’t really care about the party at all and he certainly doesn’t care about its conservative ideology but his mission has been to simply hijack the party and use it as a vehicle to get elected president, something every rich person of his pedigree dreams about not for the sake of having the job and actually working to do what is required but to check the box of things dreamed of that have been done which for Trump must have been the box right above the box “Dump Marla, Marry New Younger Hottie.”

It’s precisely for this reason that most Republicans, and true conservatives in particular have been so against Trump and even starting a #NeverTrump movement which is more than a hashtag but an effort to stop Trump from becoming the Republican Party’s nominee, a task more daunting than ever now that Trump has knocked off the last remaining hope they had in Ted Cruz who dropped out last night after being walloped in Indiana, a state he had to win if the #NeverTrump movement were to have any luck.

To be sure, those behind this effort may as yet play their last card, including even recruiting someone to vie as a Republican rendering credence to the notion and now reality that Trump has, in fact, hijacked the Republican Party and the total take-over is all but a formality left for the party’s Convention in July.

That being the case, we will have in November this non-Republican sympathizer and supporter of liberal causes leading the Republican Party against Hillary Clinton, a lifelong Democrat and liberal leading to this intriguing outcome no one would have expected and that is, having a liberal in the White House regardless of which party wins the presidency.

However, given the dynamics of this year’s elections and, in particular, given Trump has managed to offend almost every major group other than white men without college education, a fete which has driven his negatives through the roof, the next occupier of the White House as president is in all likelihood going to be Hillary Clinton this despite her own high negatives and other flaws which pale in comparison to what many see in a Trump presidency—scary stuff.

So, congratulations Mr. Donald Trump for your success in hijacking the Republican Party but this could only come at the expense of the party losing in a landslide as it’s surely poised to and for that, Democrats thank you for handing over the presidency to them, something that would not have happened were a Republican nominated—any Republican except Ted Cruz who’s hated even more than you.

Now, the question that remains is, how low are you going to go in your efforts to destroy Hillary even as you go down as the most unelectable candidate the party you’ve hijacked has nominated since Barry Goldwater in 1964?

As Hillary herself has noted, she has experience dealing with men like you who have no boundaries in what they say or do so she’s ready and so are voters who care more about this country than your narcissistic quest for the presidency and will resoundingly reject your style and tactics.

 
 

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