If Mueller Report doesn’t finish off Trump, House Dems can assist in bringing out All the Facts, which could Finish the Job…That’s assuming Trump is guilty, which I’m quite confident he is. Unlike anything else we’ve seen in our history, this is a presidency built upon & operating on lies. It’s at the very core of the president’s being. Facts are irrelevant to this administration, their messaging only promotes whatever narrative that can make the prez look good. And with the help of the echo, they’ve convinced roughly 1/3 of Americans to join them in their post-truth world based in an alternate universe. How long is the GOP base willing to put up with this continuing avalanche of falsehoods, corruption & lawlessness? They still look at Trump through their rose-colored glasses, but as all the lies & evidence of Russian collusion/conspiracy keep piling up, will the bloom finally come off the rose? We must count on Mueller & House Dems to save the day.
Saving democracy & preventing our slide into fascism may come down to just two numbers, 40 & 20. These recent midterms may go down in history as our nation’s most important election, with the Dems gaining 40 seats & the majority in the House. It ensures even if Trump usurps control over the courts, intelligence community, Senate, media & the Mueller probe, he still won’t command all the institutions of governing. House Dems stand in his way. And if solid proof comes out of Trump crimes & the House votes to impeach, we’ll need 20 GOP Senators to do the right thing, preserving the rule of law & our constitutional democracy by voting to convict. The first number (40) has already been accomplish, with the second number (20) still to come & remains to be seen.
House Dems will have 230+ members, plenty to be able to walk & chew gum at the same time. They can try to collaborate with the prez & reasonable House GOP members on important initiatives/legislation, while also investigating the numerous infractions from Trump that have screamed out about the need to be looked into. But for the prez, playtime is about over: trump-michael-cohen-robert-mueller. The future of our American democracy may now rest in the hands of Mueller’s team & House Dems, because crimes & illegally stealing an election cannot go unpunished. Otherwise, that would set a disastrous precedent trampling on our laws & Constitution, where it’s OK for a president to be a criminal, & presidential candidates can be allowed to cheat to win the White House. America must rise above this!: democrats-start-impeachment-process-check-trump-corruption.
Among the numerous improprieties House Dems on the various committees will be looking into include this; was that Trump’s blocked number sonny-boy jr. kept calling around the time of the Trump Tower meeting? If so, that would indicate more signs of Russia collusion in that Trump knew of the meeting with Russians to get the dirt on Hillary: house-democrats-will-target-donald-trump-jr-first-thing-in-january. Those House committees can also review the previous testimonies of key witnesses (expect some perjury charges) & turn those transcripts over to Mueller, while bringing the witnesses back to finally get at the facts: thats-what-he-said. The opening to the article democrats-trump-corruption offers a glimpse what we can expect come January from House Dems & why it’s so important to dismantle the corrupt crony-capitalist system we have now:
Democrats are now preparing to assume control of the House. This offers many possibilities for oversight and investigation. For one, the House Ways and Means Committee has the right to inspect the president’s tax returns, and Democrats are sure to swiftly call on the Treasury to hand over President Trump’s tax records. “They can do whatever they want,” Mr. Trump replied when asked whether he was worried about House Democrats going after his tax returns, “and I can do whatever I want.” What he wants, of course, is to keep beating the rap — and he might take down the whole system to do it. Newly empowered Democrats need to be ready to hit back, and not just at the president. Mr. Trump is the living embodiment of a spiraling crisis of American corruption, but the problem is far bigger than this one rotten guy and his family. An exploitable tax code, blithe indifference to rampant white-collar crime and failure to require financial transparency of those who would lead our country and fix our fates have combined to spawn a class of rich and powerful miscreants who profit by gnawing away at the rule of law and the system of public finance, critical pillars of functional liberal-democratic government.
The Trump presidency is the apotheosis of the crooked class, a monster made from our mistakes, and he’s making them worse. Under Mr. Trump, the I.R.S. has been starved of resources, audits of big corporations and the wealthy are down, and big banks and corporations have been given more leeway to rip people off with impunity. If we survive this reign of error, we need to learn our lesson and make it right. We should have seen this coming. The president’s father, Fred Trump, built a real estate empire with the help of government housing subsidies and industrial-scale tax evasion. Donald used this pilfered inheritance to build a myth of capitalist self-creation and rode it all the way to the White House. This trajectory would have been impossible if not for a labyrinthine tax system especially vulnerable to book-cooking scam artists like the Trumps. When it’s easy for a class of people to cheat and get away with it, over time, lots of them will. When their ranks and resources hit a critical mass, their desire for political cover can get traction. Their pooled wealth, much of which has been illicitly withheld from the system, can be deployed to incrementally change the system — to rig the tax code and its enforcement — to keep themselves in the money (and out of jail).
This starves the government of funds for the public goods and social insurance programs that ensure our institutions work to the benefit of everyone, not just a cabal of the well-connected. If the legal and fiscal foundations of the country continue to erode, the rule of law can unravel in a doom loop of corruption, distrust and institutional degeneration. Collapsing public faith in government offers alert demagogues an opening to grab political power by promising to stick it to corrupt elites. As often as not, these will be corrupt elites eager to exploit a populist mandate to plunder with ever greater impunity. This happens the world over, again and again, and it happened to us. Mr. Trump is using the presidency to cover up his crimes, feather his nest and protect the interests of dictators who funnel money to his family. And it started with the tax-evasion tricks he learned at his father’s knee. The continued survival of the American system may turn on shutting down would-be Trumps. In the near term that means limiting the opportunity to use public office for private gain. House Democrats can address that when they take over the chamber. In the longer term, it means cracking down on tax cheats who grow powerful by leeching our polity of its fiscal lifeblood.
Lots of Noise signals more Dangers to come
But even prior to January, the smoke signals seem to be pointing at something big breaking soon. Trump has ratcheted up his attacks on Mueller & his investigation, seemingly prepping his fawning/gullible band of Trumpeters to reject any findings the special counsel releases. Trump has the inside track to what’s going on within the probe, having spies like Whitaker, Manafort, Corsi & who knows who else spilling what they know, & their reports might be the source of why Trump has become so agitated & is lashing out.
And overall there’s so much noise out there lately, the facts behind this scandal could be about to become known at an accelerated pace. It’s possible Mueller is creating a stir to wet the public’s appetite for wanting to find out more, so Whitaker has difficulty hiding the evidence when he’s dealing with so many holes in the dyke. There are also reports Rosenstein still oversees the Mueller probe & that Whitaker has yet to take the reins, although the facts of who’s in control are rather vague. Or all this activity might indicate Mueller has just decided he’s got enough evidence & it’s about time to lower the boom. Stay tuned, the drama is building. As seen in this entire article from trumps-assault-on-the-rule-of-law, America could be on the precipice of a major decision, where as a nation we’ll be forced to choose whether we want to protect our rule of law & constitutional democracy, or not:
The “rule of law” distinguishes democracies from dictatorships. It’s based on three fundamental principles. Trump is violating every one of them. The first is that no person is above the law, not even a president. Which means a president cannot stop an investigation into his alleged illegal acts. Yet in recent weeks Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who at least had possessed enough integrity to recuse himself from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s possible collusion with Russia in the 2016 election. Trump replaced Sessions with an inexperienced loyalist hack, Matthew G. Whitaker, whose only distinction to date has been loud and public condemnation of that investigation. As a conservative legal commentator on CNN, Whitaker even suggested that a clever attorney general could secretly starve the investigation of funds. There’s no question why Trump appointed Whitaker. When asked by the Daily Caller, Trump made it clear: “As far as I’m concerned this is an investigation that should have never been brought. It should have never been had…. It’s an illegal investigation.”
The second principle of the rule of law is that a president cannot prosecute political opponents or critics. Decisions about whom to prosecute for alleged criminal wrongdoing must be made by prosecutors who are independent of politics. Yet Trump has repeatedly pushed the Justice Department to bring charges against Hillary Clinton, his 2016 rival, for using a private email server when she was Secretary of State, in alleged violation of the Presidential Records Act. During his campaign, Trump led crowds in chanting “lock her up,” called Clinton “crooked Hillary,” and threatened to prosecute her if he was elected president. After taking office, according to the New York Times, Trump told White House counsel Donald McGahn he wanted the Justice Department to prosecute Clinton. McGahn responded that Trump didn’t have the authority to do so, and such action might even lead to impeachment. Yet Trump has continued to press Justice Department officials – including Whitaker, when he served as Sessions’s chief of staff – about the status of Clinton-related investigations. Never mind that Trump’s senior adviser and daughter, Ivanka Trump sent hundreds messages on her private email server to government employees and aides that detailed government business, policies, and proposals. Or that other Trump officials have used their private email to conduct official business as well. Breaking the rule of law doesn’t require consistency. It requires only a thirst for power at whatever cost.
The third principle of the rule of law is that a president must be respectful of the independence of the judiciary. Yet Trump has done the opposite, openly ridiculing judges who disagree with him in order to fuel public distrust of them – as he did when he called the judge who issued the first federal ruling against his travel ban a “so-called” judge. Last week Trump referred derisively to the judge who put a hold on Trump’s plan for refusing to consider asylum applications an “Obama judge,” and railed against the entire ninth circuit. “You go the 9th Circuit and it’s a disgrace,” he said. He also issued a subtle threat: “It’s not going to happen like this anymore.“ In an unprecedented public rebuke of a sitting president, John Roberts, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, condemned Trump’s attack. “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” Roberts said. “What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.” Trump immediately shot back: “Sorry Chief Justice John Roberts, but you do indeed have ‘Obama judges,’ and they have a much different point of view than the people who are charged with the safety of our country.” This was followed by another Trump threat: “Much talk over dividing up the 9th Circuit into 2 or 3 Circuits. Too big!”
Almost a half-century ago, another president violated these three basic principles of the rule of law, although not as blatantly as Trump. Richard Nixon tried to obstruct the Watergate investigation, pushed the Justice Department to prosecute his political enemies, and took on the judiciary. But America wouldn’t allow it. The nation rose up in outrage. Nixon resigned before Congress impeached him. The question is whether this generation of Americans will have the strength and wisdom to do the same.
Can’t Keep Getting Away with the Lies
Innocent people don’t act like Trump & constantly lie like he does: lies-lies-and-more-lies-this-is-not-how-innocent-people-act. It’s likely accurate to assume all the lying has become increasingly obvious, as any American who’s paying attention should be able to easily see Trump’s statements just don’t add up. This whole article comes from opinions-the-truth-is-finally-catching-up-with-trump:
In the beginning, they proffered “alternative facts.” Later, they told us that “truth isn’t truth.” All along, President Trump and his lieutenants were betting that Jonathan Swift was correct when he wrote more than three centuries ago that “falsehood flies, and the truth comes limping after it.” But after two long years, the truth is finally catching up with Trump and his winged whoppers. In recent days, Trump’s bogus claims about the economy, the Russia inquiry, the judiciary, climate change, the midterms, race and national security have been crumbling, publicly, for all to see. The schoolmarms of the press and the lonely fact-checkers talked themselves hoarse and typed their fingers sore pointing out that Trump seldom spoke the truth — which only prompted Trump to declare any contradiction of him to be “fake news.”
But Americans no longer need trust the media’s word against Trump’s. They can see with their own eyes, if they choose to, that facts are closing in on him from all directions. Trump may say that this is the “best economy” in history, that his “tariffs are the greatest.” But Americans can now see General Motors, facing some $700 million in higher steel prices because of tariffs, announcing on Monday that it is closing five factories and laying off nearly 15,000 workers. They can also see market gyrations, rising interest rates, rising debt and forecasts for slower growth. Trump may say the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is a “hoax” by a “conflicted prosecutor gone rogue.” But, after a half-dozen convictions, Mueller’s prosecutors Monday promised a “detailed” court filing outlining lies told them by Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman. This, as The Post reported, means “prosecutors may know more about Manafort’s interactions than he realized, allowing them to catch him in alleged lies.”
Trump may say that global warming “could very well go back” to cooling, and “I don’t know that it’s man-made.” But his own administration just declared that humans must act aggressively “to avoid substantial damages” from climate change, warning of losses in the “hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century.” (“Yeah, I don’t believe it,” Trump responded.) Trump may say the midterm elections were “close to a complete victory.” But Americans can see (or they will in January) that Democrats have picked up at least 39 seats in the largest popular-vote victory margin in House history: 8,805,130 (in NBC’s ongoing tally), or an advantage of eight percentage points. Trump may claim that “so-called” judges and an “Obama judge” are out to get him. But Americans can see that the judge who ruled against Trump in the CNN press-pass case was appointed by Trump himself — and that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who is no liberal, took the rare step of rebuking the president by saying that “we do not have Obama judges or Trump judges.”
Trump may claim, as he did to an overwhelmingly white audience in Mississippi on Monday, that he has been a great president for African Americans, justifying his campaign pitch to them: “What the hell do you have to lose?” But Americans could see that he was campaigning for a woman who sent her daughter to a segregationist school similar to the one she attended, and also said she would enthusiastically accompany a supporter to a “public hanging.” And Americans could see Rep. Mia Love, the lone black Republican woman in Congress, say on Monday that Trump has “no real relationships, just convenient transactions,” and that “Republicans never take minority communities into their home and citizens into their homes and into their hearts.” (Later this week, Americans can see whether Senate Republicans confirm a judicial nominee who defended a North Carolina law that had been struck down for disenfranchising black voters “with almost surgical precision.”)
Trump may claim that “we may never know” whether the Saudi crown prince was responsible for the killing of Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi. But Americans can see that Republican senators, briefed on the CIA’s findings, flatly contradict Trump. The president’s assessment “is inconsistent with the intelligence I’ve seen,” said Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). If they’re looking closely, Americans may also notice that Trump’s assertions are being contradicted by his own military commanders (on matters ranging from trade to aircraft-carrier technology) and his border chief (who did not share Trump’s assessment that border officers “were very badly hurt” by migrants). And, ominously, Americans may observe that Trump’s assertions of the good intentions of Vladimir Putin are being contradicted by the Russian president himself as he provokes a military confrontation with Ukraine. It is too late to undo much of the damage caused by Trump’s deceptions. But recent days give hope that, though limping and bedraggled, the truth still is the truth.
Let’s Not Go Down That Road!
We’d better preserve democracy now, since the alternative is a world nobody would want. Trump is trying to lead America to the dark side with his narrative built upon fears (trump-the-monster-who-feeds-on-fear) & lies, as seen in these excerpts taken from an interview inside how-fascism-works-donald-trump-jason-stanley:
My book identifies the various techniques that fascists tend to adopt, and shows how someone can be more fascist or less fascist in their politics. The key thing is that fascist politics is about identifying enemies, appealing to the in-group (usually the majority group), and smashing truth and replacing it with power. I think it’s clearly right-wing. Part of the problem is that “right” and “left” are tricky to talk about, and it’s true that there are dangerous forms of extremism on both sides, but fascism tilts pretty heavily to the right in my view. If you think about fascism as a sliding scale, ordinary conservative politics is going to find itself somewhere on that scale — which is not to say that it’s fascist at all, any more than ordinary Democratic politics is communist. But just as extreme versions of communism suppress liberty on behalf of radical equality, so too do extreme versions of right-wing politics, namely fascism, suppress liberty in favor of tradition and dominance and power.
In the past, fascist politics would focus on the dominant cultural group. The goal is to make them feel like victims, to make them feel like they’ve lost something and that the thing they’ve lost has been taken from them by a specific enemy, usually some minority out-group or some opposing nation. This is why fascism flourishes in moments of great anxiety, because you can connect that anxiety with fake loss. The story is typically that a once-great society has been destroyed by liberalism or feminism or cultural Marxism or whatever, and you make the dominant group feel angry and resentful about the loss of their status and power. Almost every manifestation of fascism mirrors this general narrative. If your belief system is shot through with lies, you’re not free. Nobody thinks of the citizens of North Korea as free, because their actions are controlled by lies. Truth is required to act freely. Freedom requires knowledge, and in order to act freely in the world, you need to know what the world is and know what you’re doing. You only know what you’re doing if you have access to the truth. So freedom requires truth, and so to smash freedom you must smash truth.
Part of what fascist politics does is get people to disassociate from reality. You get them to sign on to this fantasy version of reality, usually a nationalist narrative about the decline of the country and the need for a strong leader to return it to greatness, and from then on their anchor isn’t the world around them — it’s the leader. That’s so interesting. The thing is, people willingly adopt the mythical past. Fascists are always telling a story about a glorious past that’s been lost, and they tap into this nostalgia. So when you fight back against fascism, you’ve got one hand tied behind your back, because the truth is messy and complex and the mythical story is always clear and compelling and entertaining. It’s hard to undercut that with facts. Again, I wouldn’t claim — not yet, at least — that Trump is presiding over a fascist government, but he is very clearly using fascist techniques to excite his base and erode liberal democratic institutions, and that’s very troubling. But the blame there is as much on the Republican Party as it is on Trump, because none of this would matter if they were willing to check Trump. So far, they’ve chosen loyalty to Trump over loyalty to rule of law.
Does Trump have a High IQ Gut, or just a High Need for a Colonoscopy?
In yet another insane interview, this time criticizing the Fed Chair, our prez came up with a real gem of a claim, that his gut is smarter than other people’s brains. Maybe it never occurred to Trump’s gut that slightly higher interest rates reflect higher deficits, trade tensions & geopolitical uncertainty, all things which Trump is directly to blame. Trump also accused Mueller of McCarthyism, which is a term that actually describes Trump himself. In another head-scratcher, Trump sent out a meme this week showing many of his political opponents in jail for what he called the crime of treason (see pics in links at very bottom), which again more accurately defines Trump’s own crimes. As for thinking with his gut, that might be more correctly diagnosed as a severe case of indigestion & constipation, helping explain why his decisions tend to turn out so crappy. And if his brain is really in his gut, he must not have anything in his head under that hair souffle. But his presidency is a punch in the gut for America. Check out the details inside these links:
Here’s another article with excerpts on Trump’s smart gut, taken from why-would-trump-need-brains-when-he-has-a-gut:
It should go down in history as the “I Have a Gut” speech. President Trump, asked Tuesday by The Post’s Philip Rucker and Josh Dawsey about the Fed’s interest-rate hikes, gave a gastrointestinal response. “They’re making a mistake,” he said, “because I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else’s brain can ever tell me.” And what a prodigious and extraordinary gut he has! Trump’s gut does amazing things. Last week, he said there was no need to prepare for trade negotiations with the Chinese president because “I know it better than anybody knows it, and my gut has always been right.” He told the Daily Caller that his decisions about which candidates to endorse are based on “very much my gut instinct.” He told the Washington Examiner his 2016 campaign strategy came from multiple locations in his torso. “Yeah, gut,” he said, but also “from my heart.”
He said in 2011 that “my gut tells me” President Barack Obama’s birth certificate may have been forged. His gut also told him to do “The Apprentice.” He has over the years been a veritable fortune cookie on the primacy of gut: “Go with your gut. . . . You have to follow your gut. . . . Develop your gut instincts and act on them. . . . I’ve seen people that are super genius, but they don’t have that gut feeling.” Obama, during a moment of adversity in his presidency, remarked: “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone.” Now, in a similar moment, Trump has an equally felicitous phrase: I’ve got a gut. And it thinks better than some brains! No wonder his primary physician before coming to the White House — the one who pronounced all Trump’s test results “positive” — was a gastroenterologist. A great gut needs great care.
There are, of course, other life forms that do their “thinking” with parts other than brains, but these tend to be sponges, scallops and the slime mold that re-created a map of the Tokyo subway system — not exactly a desirable cohort in which the president has placed himself. Or perhaps he is claiming to be an evolutionary throwback. Anthropologists’ “expensive-tissue hypothesis” posits that as animals’ guts got smaller, their brains got bigger. If Trump’s gut remains so prominent, might his brain be smaller than his hands? But Trump isn’t wrong to say his belly has brains. Researchers have found that bacteria in the gut send signals to the mind about what to eat, for example. I undertook a gut check on Trump with Braden Kuo, a director of the Center for Neurointestinal Health at Massachusetts General Hospital, and he told me the large number of neurons and neurotransmitters in the gut make it a sort of “second brain.”
This is why people eat comfort food when sad or get butterflies when anxious. “A lot of our emotions, how we feel things, comes from nerve endings in our gut,” he says. The problem is the gut, intelligent though it may be (and no offense to any guts that are reading this), does not know how to run a country. “Even though it has a lot of neurons and can do a lot of things, it doesn’t think a lot about nuclear policy or climate change,” Kuo says. Nor is the gut well schooled in the nuances of monetary policy — the matter on the mind of Trump’s gut most recently. (Although Trump’s anxiety over rising interest rates “may be exerting influence in his gut, making him queasy,” the doctor says.)
Fox Lies have gotten Worse
Not only does Fox fake news consistently lie or distort the news, they often totally ignoring the real news, steering their viewers way off course. But what can be most maddening of all is the way they flippantly dismiss Trump’s disgraceful black marks, especially when it’s so blatantly obvious much of what the prez does or says are a disgraceful black mark. And as the Fox evening shows continue their relentless lying & tamping down any news damaging to Trump, they’re bending over backwards to avoid reporting on yesterday’s Cohen plea & all the enormous implications that brings.
With the news over the Russia scandal dominating headlines again, Trump & his echo tend to return to their favorite bogey-person by blaming Hillary. Problem is, Hillary has already been investigated for a full decade between the late 1990’s & more recently, with no criminal conduct that could be pinned on her. Believe me when I say within just a couple years (or less) of investigations, we’ll likely see plenty of proof soon implicating Trump in multiple criminal activities.
As Fox News & Fox Business Network keep dumbing down their viewers, now the Fox audience has an option to do permanent brain damage on themselves by subscribing to an online streaming service, a propaganda platform presented by dingbats for dingbats. It’s explained in the links fox-nation-fox-news-fox-life & also fox-nation-public-access-quality-tv-for-just-dollar599-a-month & also god-help-me-i-ve-watched-10-hours-fox-nation-heres-what-i-learned. And in a Florida governor debate a month ago, I recall Andrew Gillum said of his corrupt opponent Ron DeSantis, that even racists consider DeSantis racist. Well, racists, bigots & neo-Nazis also have their favorite TV show host: tucker-carlson-neo-nazi-favorite.
This might get real bad for Trump & his family
Only real criminals belong in jail. As the wheels are starting to fall off with the Russian scandal & more of the puzzle pieces are put in place, it’s highly probable we’ll soon discover our president should exit the White House & might belong in the big house. To present this meme showing his political opponents in jail, including even his deputy AG & the special prosecutor, this is banana republic stuff typical of a dictator. Trump is trying to create a diversion away from Russia, while smearing the DOJ & Mueller investigation to save himself. Outside of the echo & doting Trumpeters, these deplorable tactics aren’t working, but see that absurd meme inside donald-trump-treason-meme & also trump-retweets-meme-suggesting-rod-rosenstein-committed-treason & also john-kasich-blasts-trump-for-sharing-graphic-of-dems-imprisoned. The real crimes are increasingly pointing at Trump. If it can be proven Trump is a criminal, he’ll have only himself to blame.