Part 1 – Trump Crimes & RBG
We only have a few articles on Trump’s illegal activities in this first section, but under that are commentaries & links including the huge news of this past week, the passing of Justice RBG & all the ramifications that are sprouting from that. It’s got Americans all riled up with the election season already underway & the abortion issue arousing passions on both sides. But we’ll begin with more criminal updates which are definitely credible, with this bombshell story landing today that should get more play if the overload of news headlines weren’t so overwhelming (which is why we have a lot to say in our post today): https://www.yahoo.com/news/manhattan-prosecutor-urges-enforcement-subpoena-185240410.html & also see https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/21/nyregion/donald-trump-taxes-cyrus-vance.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage. We had always anticipated Trump could be charged with tax fraud & other financial crimes, so it looks like they’re closing in. With this White House, having the president being credibly investigated for a felony is just another day at the office.
Furthermore, Russia is going full-bore again by interfering in our election, seeking to aggravate the bitter divides in our nation while smearing Trump’s political opponent much like they did in 2016. Isn’t it ironic the Trump team of stooges, featuring Barr, Rudy & Sen. Johnson, are looking to pull off the same type of collusion crimes with foreign powers for this election as what happened in the last election. So if we happen to see a phony Durham report sprung on us as an October surprise, rest assured it’s the current version of the Russia-Trump coordinated WikiLeaks email dump or the Trump attempt at bribery/extortion with Ukraine. Cheating defines who Trump has always been. That new 2020 collusion story is explained inside these links along with other reports of crimes that point straight towards Trump & his crime syndicate, plus there are details why the Mueller Russian probe was absurdly incomplete:
RBG & the Fallout
She was a powerful presence, a powerful intellect & a trailblazer, who even became a pop icon in recent years. She was also extremely tough & resilient in her long battle with cancer. This new news may dominate right up through the election & beyond, so isn’t it amazing how the main issues holding our attention can turn on a dime. When I first heard the news of Justice RBG’s passing, my instant reaction from a political standpoint was a keg of dynamite just exploded right before this most bitterly contentious & critically important election. My first thought was how this will really amp up the deceived Trumpist side of his evangelical base who only vote based on one issue, but then I rationed how at least as many voters on the Dem side will also be inspired to vote. This will be a base election more than any other in that turnout holds the key, which this one is destined to have a sky-high turnout on both sides. Polling suggests the interest in this election is at the highest levels on record, which is indeed likely to play out in record turnout, while the prospects of a coming imbalanced conservative court is sure to ignite the pro-choice crowd: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/the-gop-is-usually-more-fired-up-over-scotus-now-polls-say-democrats-are/ar-BB19eErv?ocid=msedgdhp.
I was encouraged right after the news of RBG’s passing broke, David Gergen on CNN said he felt the backlash would help Dems win this election. I agree the GOP senate is likely toast & I’m optimistic Biden will win, especially if he holds his own against Trump during the debates. With the abortion issue ratcheting up passions, it could well be most of the Trump-worshiping pro-life evangelicals & even like-minded Catholics were going to vote anyway, whereas those on the left who had been complacent about voting Biden have now been inspired to vote in far greater numbers. I really hope that happens: https://www.newsweek.com/voters-3-battleground-states-prefer-biden-over-trump-pick-next-supreme-court-justice-recent-poll-1533082. Personally, I’ve always been pro-life within reasonable limits, but my conscience can’t let a singular issue over a Supreme Court vacancy cloud my judgement over the true character of the man currently holding the office. Remember, this is a direct vote for a president, not a justice. And abortion is a lone issue, Trump is screwing up on 100 others! So for me, no matter whether his opponent is Joe Biden or Donald Duck, voting for Donald Trump is not an option.
The country needs reminded how blatantly hypocritical the GOP is being: https://www.mediaite.com/tv/cnns-toobin-mitch-mcconnell-and-gop-replacing-rbg-would-be-the-greatest-act-of-hypocrisy-in-american-political-history/. Because Trump & his cult party have so thoroughly repulsed the majority of the American people on their overall governing tactics which may bring us Dem rule for the foreseeable future, if the GOP does hypocritically force through a conservative justice after denying Garland his seat for more than 9 months in 2016, expect the Dems as payback to actually add a couple new seats on the court: https://news.yahoo.com/op-ed-democrats-secret-weapon-051959324.html. A Hail Mary might be Trump getting indicted for tax fraud in NY when he loses the election, prompting impeachment & a delay in the Supreme Court justice confirmation. Any possibility may well play out with the court ready to transition over to a decidedly conservative bent along with Trump’s selections being relatively young & likely to serve for decades, so the Dems will not be wallflowers or patsies when they win the election or come January when they assume power. Dem congressional leaders have said all options are on the table. It’d be nice if bipartisanship suddenly appeared in finding middle ground, but it’s highly unlikely cooler heads would prevail: https://thebulwark.com/save-the-vote-save-the-court/.
The vacant court seat likely gives evangelicals license to again align with a totally immoral & dangerous earthly leader, reflecting horribly on them. Those of us who haven’t signed on with that cult of Trump but are nonetheless pro-life, we should not let that situation overlook that a vote for Trump really is still a vote for a corrupt, lying, bullying, unprincipled, chaotic, clueless & reckless demagogue who’s an aspiring dictator! It’s not worth the risk, since I’d rather save our democracy over having a conservative court! The bottom line is, this singular issue does not justify electing a president who is such a threat to bring down our country. Inside this next link, can I get an AMEN!: https://www.yahoo.com/news/christian-conservatives-not-let-abortion-080003581.html. So I personally would never base my vote on a singular issue like abortion alone, especially with all the other dire concerns America has & the GOP choice for president being god-awful.
I’ve always contended a lopsided conservative court can do more harm than good, as revealed by decisions supporting gerrymandering, Citizens United, voter suppression, removing environmental standards, favoring big corporate interests over workers & various other destructive conservative causes. An extremist far-right court would also likely kick millions off their health care, as we’d lose Obamacare & coverage for preexisting conditions: https://www.theweek.com/articles/938734/supreme-courts-looming-obamacare-ruling. If those Trump voters were truly pro-life, why would they throw 20 million Americans off health coverage or support a president whose inaction on COVID contributed to the deaths of 200,000 Americans? And why should fetuses be given a higher priority over established human lives?
There’s no refuting that people behind any movement can’t change hearts & minds when others perceive them as hypocritical & morally duplicitous buffoons. Promoting a sustainable pro-life stance could have only been made possible through an ethical, unifier-type president with an argument based on compassion & not forced edicts. With the GOP tone-deafness & hypocrisy sending their own unpopularity to outrageous proportions, any temporary victories would end up being obliterated should voters usher in Dem domination for a generation or more. Also consider a pro-life court that repeals Roe v. Wade could come with a caveat the reelection of Trump may find America slipping into fascist tyranny (I’m not kidding, see the analysis & articles in Part 2). Just from the perspective of pro-lifers whether they realize this or not, the ideal scenario might be one term of Trump giving them the conservative court they’ve always longed for, but denying him a second term could prevent permanent irretrievable damage to our nation, their party & their evangelical church: https://thebulwark.com/but-no-one/. To my evangelical friends, don’t just trust friends who sit in your pew, look at Trump for who he is! Explained here are the ramifications of the sad news that landed on Friday evening like a sledgehammer:
Part 2 – The Dangers are Real
In every Part 2 we always expose the risk of dictatorial fascism, of which President Trump is a unique threat in American history. More than any other menace we’ve ever encountered, this is what the election comes down to: https://www.yahoo.com/news/authoritarianism-not-just-trump-election-120004018.html. Also for my evangelical brethren out there, perhaps my rant here might enlighten them to the folly of only voting strictly based on their anti-abortion stance. Some out there think I’m always being alarmist, but in revealing the dangers we are better equipped to defeat the forces of tyranny: https://www.salon.com/2020/09/19/think-american-democracy-is-ending-youre-not-alone_partner/. And my warnings always come with tons of links to articles from real media sources based on actual facts. So please don’t dismiss, slough off or ignore my commentaries & continuing massive lists of link titles, since when the patient (America) is having a heart attack, the medical personnel (the American people) cannot just nonchalantly prescribe an aspirin & bed rest. We’re facing a real emergency that demands the attention & urgency required to match the threat! I can envision a century ago the citizens of Italy or Germany also having a complacent attitude as Mussolini & Hitler rose to power. Most Americans still seem to be sleepwalking while our Constitution, rule of law & democratic institutions are being steadily dismantled!
Dictators don’t rise to power on their own. Much like Trump is attempting a coup over all the levers of governmental power, his sinister AG Barr is orchestrating a coup over the entire Justice Dept. Barr’s many faults against the rule of law are well documented, but recently he even went so far as comparing Coronavirus restrictions to slavery, a stunning case of verbal diarrhea that’s hard to swallow!: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/barr-coronavirus-lockdowns-greatest-intrusion-on-civil-liberties-since-slavery/ar-BB198Ftx?ocid=msedgdhp. And in recent comments about BLM, the AG expressed he doesn’t really care about black lives. Being as corrupt of a figure as our country has ever seen in the Justice Dept, Barr is the personification of a dirty cop at the highest level. Another 4 years of Trump would allow the prez to further stock the swamp with sycophantic gestapo-like loyalists like Barr in key leadership positions, where he can command total subservience or else they’ll face his wrath & punishment. Just look at every appointment for whatever department Trump has made, especially lately, they’re all slobbering lapdogs, willing to do anything Trump says in order to please him!
Other reports have the FBI Director warning of the most serious threats from ongoing Russian interference & white supremacism, which Trump takes offense to the facts when it doesn’t match his campaign rhetoric. Any official that dares tell the truth is immediately at risk of being replaced by some sycophantic Trump henchman. A second term will surely feature a dramatic increase in putting incompetent, corrupt & blind loyalists in key leadership positions, while the punishment & vengeance against political opponents could rise to a whole new level. A Trump unleashed without the containment of facing another election could make the next 4 years a living hell! And because the prez demands spin over facts, those Trumpian blind spots & his administration’s miserable diplomatic efforts while shunning long-time loyal allies, plus his tepid response to the pandemic fight, all that is badly damaging America’s reputation & leadership mandate throughout the world: https://www.axios.com/trump-america-global-reputation-pew-bc63a946-5ebf-49f9-8991-8c8b0daec483.html. Yep, another 4 years of catastrophic American leadership can only usher in many more disasters!
Primarily thanks to the cult of Trump & echo-narratives that have drifted way out to the extremist right through the years, the modern-day GOP has become a bastardization of conservatism that has abandoned truths, to the point where a real conservative movement is no more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/09/17/why-i-dropped-conservative-my-twitter-profile/. Their crazed fans are fully supportive, so that base is letting the evil in our midst to get away with such horribly destructive intentions. In these many articles below, this week they’re dominated by the actions of the ominous Trump-Barr tag team, who based simply on their words & deeds are engaged in an all-out attack on American democracy. Our nation has never seen anything like this, at least not in more than a century. No, I’m not being alarmist, but I wish I were. It is possible my concerns will turn out overstated, by why take the chance? Until the threat passes, let’s fight the forces who could potentially bring on tyrannical fascism with everything we’ve got! The facts inside these links speak for themselves as our constitutional democracy is in real danger if we let all this sinister autocratic maneuvering go on much longer:
Fox Fake News the Key Propaganda Source Vital to this Authoritarian Regime
An obvious lie from the bamboozled far-right is their unrelenting slogan of fake news when they describe the real media, while they place their unconditional trust in the truth-challenged echo-media. They’ve got it all bass ackwards! The real media with real journalists base their reporting on real facts even though they are quite tough on Trump, but it’s their job to call out the constant lying, bullying, incompetence, cluelessness, corruption & illegal activities that define this president far more than any other. It’s the right-wing echo spearheaded by Fox that is demonstrably & verifiable churning out false info, distortions & conspiracies on a steady basis. Granted, the opinionated talk shows on either side can be entrenched in their partisan politics since that’s exactly what their audiences have come to expect, but another standard mantra from the far-right that’s a lie coming straight from the pit of hell is that both sides have news reporting from the extreme fringe. Again, the real media may mean left but rightly so in this current unique environment, whereas the radicalized echo has become a pure propaganda machine in support of their demagogic leader.
In other words, Fox is in a league of their own for lying compared to CNN or MSNBC. Just like Trump can lie to his base all he wants because they believe him irregardless, the same applies to Fox fake news & their viewers. They actually feed off each other & coordinate the crazy spin: https://www.motherjones.com/media/2020/09/cnn-brian-stelter-trump-fox-hannity-book-podcast/. I’ve never said Fox regular viewers were imbeciles, but the brainwashing relentlessly emanating from the lying network they follow has effectively turned them into political idiots. Until we can somehow turn the false rhetoric around to where some inside the echo-bubble finally perceive the critical errors in their thinking, America will continue in its decline by being weighted down by bitter divisions when most in the conservative base live in a conspiratorial fact-free world. I admit to being a Fox viewer for a couple decades until it became apparent they started lying to me, so I can’t watch any more, especially the wretched prime-time shows. If only my fellow conservatives were equally discerning, America would be in a far better place. Here are recent updates calling out Fox:
Crazy Train Section
Just look at what the messaging from Trump & his echo have unleashed! These dim nudniks described in these articles are mentally disturbed beyond measure, certifiably being several watts short of an illuminated light bulb. Every day they routinely dismiss reason & common sense, oblivious to how nonsensical & destructive their view of life has become. Yep, those fanatics are flat-out nuts & here is the evidence!:
Evangelicals & Their False God
In the perpetual battle between good vs. evil, here’s hoping & praying evangelicals can start getting on the righteous side. I can’t believe there’s any doubt over such obvious truths, but the loony mentality seen at Trump’s rallies are certainly not of Christ: https://www.salon.com/2020/09/18/where-qanon-meets-jesus-christ-inside-the-upside-down-fantasy-world-of-trump-rallies/. The evangelicals who are caught up in this cult are actually doing their best to drive people away from the Christian faith whether they know it or not. So to the many faithful who have this undying devotion to Trump, demonstrably among the most immoral persons to ever hold an elected position in American government, the words of Jesus come to mind as he was hanging from the cross: Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do. Make no mistake, if America makes another yuge mistake by electing this guy again, evangelicals will get the bulk of the blame. Here’s the updates since last Monday:
Part 3 – The Economy, Virus & Campaigns
200,000 & Counting which that High Number was only brought about through Incompetence
Plus how can the states set up the distribution channels for the vaccine before the election like Trump had insisted, when we don’t know which vaccine it might be even if one were ready by then. Among the candidates are vaccines that would require two doses & need to be stored at very low temperatures such as -70F. A big reason why we’re in the mess we are in is because we’ve never gotten universal compliance on wearing masks: https://www.newsweek.com/u-s-voters-poll-coronavirus-never-wear-mask-public-transport-coronavirus-one-six-1532815. Those brave tough-guy Trumpeters feel masks are for sissies, so they boast being mask-free & mock others who wear them, not knowing how many people they might infest or even get killed. Even in his cult rallies we hear booing at the mere suggestion of wearing masks. They’re following their leader’s lead, as Trump refuses to encorage mask wearing while making fun of those who do. Meanwhile, Trump actually tried to blame Biden for why people don’t wear masks. Huh?
Our response was so inept it’s become a worldwide joke: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/9/20/1977926/-Team-Trump-s-pandemic-response-is-now-a-worldwide-embarrassment. Of course, with Trump’s penchant for always blaming others, he blamed the blue states. But our president’s non-leadership is primarily why America has more infections & deaths than anyone else: https://www.yahoo.com/news/much-worse-off-america-covid-163258111.html. Trump apologists would point out our 200,000 deaths are overreported because hospitals are incentivized to report COVID deaths while most of the victims did have other preexisting conditions, but that’s more than offset by lots of other deaths being underreported since many who’ve passed were never tested for the virus. Another claim is we have more deaths since our population is more than most countries. OK, so let’s factor in mortality rates compared to other prominent developed nations.
By our calculations, if we had the same mortality rate as Canada, we’d have 117,000 fewer deaths. If we had the same mortality rates as Israel or Russia, we’d have 157,000 fewer deaths. If we had the same mortality rate as Germany, we’d have 163,000 fewer deaths. If we had the same mortality rate as Japan, we’d have 196,000 fewer deaths. If we had the same mortality rate as South Korea, we’d have 198,000 fewer deaths. If we had the same mortality rates as Singapore or New Zealand, we’d have 199,000 fewer deaths. And if we had the same mortality rates as Vietnam or Taiwan, we’d basically have almost 200,000 fewer deaths. Does anyone see a pattern here? Naturally, the delusional & narcissistic Trump just graded his performance fighting the virus as an A+. Maybe he’ll need to downgrade his score to A- if the number of deaths double by year’s end. It seems like our prez needs to refresh his memory by reading the Woodward book.
A big part of the problem is a White House political strategy that barely acknowledges COVID or pretends it’s already past us, forfeiting his leadership authority to rally the nation around much-needed measures to effectively fight the virus. The prez isn’t responsible for all 200,000 deaths, but the families of every one of those victims can rightly wonder if Trump’s botched response did cost them the lives of their loved ones. It’s an unmitigated tragedy President Trump’s incompetence & failures have undoubtedly killed countless thousands of Americans! As Bob Woodward correctly stated about Trump’s unprecedented mismanagement contributing to the deaths of 200,000 Americans & counting, it was a monumental, catastrophic leadership failure: https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/516631-woodward-trumps-downplaying-of-virus-a-monumental-catastrophic-leadership. Some of these link titles would be hilarious if they weren’t so tragic, so none of us should be laughing as we puruse this list:
What a Wild Election Season
Some people say I gripe a lot in these messages. But that’s how we can identify our problems so we know what needs fixed. Everything basically needs fixed after suffering through Trump’s leadership soince 2017. Looking at life through rose-colored glasses can be counterproductive when surrounded by misery. And let’s face it, for most of us 2020 has been a miserable year. It’s far better to strive towards tackling our multiple challenges rather than sticking our heads in the sand while our problems fester & multiply: https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/lifestyle-buzz/what-is-toxic-positivity-here-s-why-it-s-not-always-healthy-to-look-on-the-bright-side/ar-BB194OJL?ocid=msedgdhp. My philosophy is we can go back to being positive & cheery only after we correct the core factors causing our current multiple crises. The first essential mandate to fixing our multiple issues & restore hope is to change presidents from now through Nov. 3rd (hear the song at the bottom).
The Trump campaign is realizing based on consistent polling that their best & perhaps only chance to win is to cheat. Not just giving the Russians a free pass again on tainting the election, but also through various means of voter suppression, voter intimidation & disqualifying votes in urban/minority areas. It ranges from throwing out ballots based on signatures & ensuring long lines within the inner cities on election day, hobbling the post office & curtailing mail-in voting, plus encouraging partisan Trumpeters to patrol election locations on Nov. 3rd. The president’s cronies are also colluding with Russia again which will be revealed in the coming conspiratorial Durham report. So when our current prez falsely barks out how the Dems will rig the election, he’s projecting onto others the wrongs he’s committing himself. And if he does lose, Trump may resort to the courts in declaring him king, or incite his white-supremacist Trumpeters to start a civil war in taking back power. This stuff sounds crazy & it is crazy, but don’t put anything past this guy!
With less than 1-1/2 month to go & voting starting already in some places, Dems have united around this being the most important election in our lifetimes with Trump being an existential threat to our democracy. Joe Biden has got to win since the alternative is unthinkable! These links indicate we can be optimistic without taking anything for granted, so please get involved with us in helping spread the message. I probably shouldn’t say anything that might bring on complacency, but at this point I believe a Biden landslide is more likely than another Trump narrow win. Be mindful a lot can still happen. Let’s finish strong since the stakes are enormous, so there is nothing more important the next few weeks than helping to inform & warn our fellow citizens, which is why we need & welcome your participation as collectively we can avoid a catastrophe:
Lookin’ for a Leader