The End is the Beginning – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

01.22.2021

The End is the Beginning

It was with a great sense of relief that I watched Joe Biden and Kamala Harris take their oaths of office, watching in real time as the powers of the executive branch were taken up by a team of people who appear to be genuinely interested in helping our country through the multiple crises that have manifested themselves over the past year.

I was delighted to watch Donald Trump leave the White House and Leave Washington D.C. in keeping with his utter lack of respect for the office he held, and the traditions we hold so dear. I am glad that he didn’t try to pull some last-minute Trumpery to salvage his dignity…he has none.

There is not much more to say about the orange menace, now the toothless tiger except to express my desire to see him wither up and fade away. His legions of fanatics have already begun to turn on him, as well they should, he never deserved their loyalty, he never believed in their causes (not that their causes are worthy of believe and not that their loyalty was anything to covet), the man believes in nothing…not even in himself.

I would like to believe that we have learned a lesson from the past four years, but the election proved otherwise, the enemies of our republic, the foes of democracy have actually been empowered by Trump’s loss. The Trump presidency has given them a blue print, a tested set of tactics and stratagems to use against the American people in the next round…and they have already begun.

There are millions and millions more of us who look to the future of the country with hopeful eyes, and desire to participate in a plan that has us all working together for a better future, but there are still tens of millions of people who are lost in the fever swamps of conspiracy theories and alternative facts, people who get juiced when they participate in the big lie as they walk around in their fantasy world.

Most of us have the instinct to treat these lost souls with some degree of empathy, to feel sorry for them and even try to help them, and that is a good thing we should not stop feeling that way; we should hope for the best but prepare for the worst, because those Proud Boys, and boogaloos Q-publicans see the world in starkly different terms. They see their opponents as demonic, and themselves as the heroes of some kind of apocalyptic conflict, they are willingly being fleeced by a host of conmen and politicians who do not give a jot, not one tittle for their well-being.

The end is the beginning.

We have thrown out the trash but the landfill has become a superfund site and the waste is a toxic mess.

We have to stick together, all people of good conscience, we cannot let our guard down or allow ourselves to be caught up in petty squabbles that divide us from one another.

We have to rebuild America, turn the American dream into an American reality, fulfill the promise this grand experiment…we must.

A successful Biden administration, beginning with a successful first two years are essential to this prospect. If two years from now we have stymied ourselves with internal bickering, allowing the perfect to be the enemy of the good, if we let the opposition stalemate us and frustrate our progress, we will lose the argument, the momentum and the opportunity to realize our goals.

We need the people to embrace a new mythology for the twenty-first century, a triumphal mythology of progress and liberty and justice for all, a mythology that denounces fear and embraces opportunity, a mythology that looks toward the infinite horizon with hope and purpose, a mythology that is built on a firm foundation of accomplishment, and the American people must be the focus of this work.

Fake President XVII – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

12.19.2020

Fake President XVII

It seems like almost everyone has moved on from the election…it seems like it, but the orange menace occupying the oval office has not moved on, the fake president wants to continue on as the fake president and he may be willing to do just about anything in order to have his way.

When the electors of the electoral college met in their respective states and cast their votes for Joe Biden, it seemed like there would be no more serious question about his bearing the title President-Elect, even Mitch McConnell gave him that respect on the floor of the senate, but Donald Trump hasn’t accepted this, and it’s not a joke.

Donald Trump held his first cabinet meeting in month and in that meeting, together with his senior advisors an argument broke out, the reporting is that the argument became heated, because Donald Trump wanted to discuss the option of declaring martial law and redoing the election in the so-called swing states that he lost.

Everyone needs to pay attention because there are only thirty-one days until the inauguration.

This is not a joke, if it were a joke, if it were just some kind of reality T.V. ploy people would not be spending political capital on the proposition, one hundred and twenty members of the House of Representatives would not have signed on to a lawsuit asking the Supreme Court to throw out the votes in those swing states.

If it were a joke his cabinet and his senior advisors would all be in on it, there wouldn’t be anything to argue about. Some might feel that it was a joke in bad taste, but they wouldn’t squabble.

Be aware Trump will do anything to stay in power, and if you think it is impossible, think again, it is merely improbable.

Listen, if the path to Trump pulling off his coup involved a complicated political and legal strategy that had to be executed flawlessly over an extended period of time, then I would say there is no chance of Trump succeeding or even staying interested in it long enough for him to pull it off.

But, if dumb Donald thinks he can succeed simply by breaking shit…he is going to break everything in his way, smash it to bits, create chaos, leave the country vulnerable in his bid to retain power.

Be mindful, I am not trying to be an alarmist. This is just how it is, that is who the Donald Trump is.

The country is in danger.

Now, I do think his path to success in this endeavor is so improbable as to be impossible, but I also think the fake president doesn’t care…I think he is going to break things.

Fake President XVI – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

12.12.2020

Fake President XVI

The orange menace may be losing in court but he is not going to stop trying to foment chaos in the vain hope that an opportunity will present itself for him to put an iron grip on the reigns of power and stay in the Whitehouse.

The Supreme Court of the United States has rejected his claims, again, but there are still venues will to give him a hearing. His team is pressing a suit forward in the radical Wisconsin Supreme Court as we speak.

Nevertheless, Trump is going to keep trying to steal the election regardless of the fact that the votes have been certified against him, regardless of the fact that he could not find a judicial remedy. He is now looking for a political solution and he has eighteen state attorney general’s willing to back him, along with one hundred and twenty sitting members of congress. He has his stoogies in Texas calling for secession from the Union, and a new confederacy of states to join them.

We have a choice to make.

We can pretend that this is all a farce, a big-bad joke and that this cabaret of fools is just blowing off steam, or we can take it seriously.

We need to take it seriously. This is not a farce. Just as Donald Trump’s first bid for office in 2015 was not a farce; people failed to take him seriously then and look what happened.

These congressmen and women need to be charged with sedition. They have to be held accountable for the things they say and do. The speaker of the house should refuse to seat them, they have no business pretending to represent the people when they do not respect the vote of the people.

Stay vigilant America, the Fake President will do anything to stay in power, he is a fraud and a cheat and a villain, he knows that the Manhattan District Attorney has the goods on him, he can see the road to prison lying right in front of him. His only hope of avoiding that is to stay in office.

The man is capable of starting a war to distract us, he is capable of arresting our President Elect to try and prevent him from taking office.

Dumb Donald is desperate, and he will do anything.

America Undone – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

12.05.2020

America Undone

When I was on my walk yesterday I encountered an old-lady who had fallen on the side walk. She was sitting on the ground halfway between Lake Street and 31st Street on Bryant Avenue, just a few houses away from her home, maybe fifty yards at most, but she was unable to get up on her own.

I noticed her just as soon as I crossed the street. When I got closer, she was looking at me, and though she didn’t say anything I could tell that she needed help. I stopped to ask her if she did.

She told me she had fallen, and I could see that she was scraped up, her knuckles were skinned and there was a little blood. There was a hematoma forming above her right eye at the temple, quite a good sized knot, quarter-sized in diameter and raised up just as much.

I asked her if she wanted me to call 911 for her, but she told me she lived just a few houses away. She could see her dog, a little brown haired malamute looking mutt, who was watching her from the yard.

I could see him too.

Her name is Susan and she told me that she had been sitting on the sidewalk unable to get up for about ten minutes while people passed by her, walked around her, and nobody offered to help. I saw that with my own eyes as I was approaching her. I watched a younger couple cross the street rather than come near her.

She told me that she is eighty years old, and that she had been living on the block for fifty years with her eighty-two year old husband. She was slightly in shock and she was crying as I helped her to her feet and walked her to her house.

I carried her bag and held her hand as we went, and I stayed with her until her husband came to the door.

I have to admit that I could understand and even empathize with anyone who had some trepidation about approaching her. While I was closing the distance between the corner of Lake and Bryant to where she was sitting on the sidewalk, I asked myself some questions, and considered some possibilities:

  1. I had to ask myself if I wanted to come in contact with her because of COVID, I was masked but she was not.
  • I had to wonder if she was just a crazy person, because there are many of them around, and if that was the case, how would I be able to help.
  • I had to wonder if it was some kind of grift going on, if she wasn’t going to try to scam me.
  • I had to wonder if it wasn’t some kind of prelude to a mugging, because, well there has been a lot of that going on (though it didn’t seem likely).

I get it, there are lots of reasons to be wary, but what a sad commentary it is on the world we live in, on my city and my neighborhood that people would pass on old-lady by and not even ask her whether she needs help.

She cried all the way back to her house.

I am ashamed of America, if that kind of indifference is what passes for normal…what the hell.

Set your fears aside and do the right thing, if you see someone in trouble, young or old, if you see that they need help…help them.

The Fake President XV, Sabotage – Editorial, The Week in Review

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11.28.2020

The Fake President XV – Sabotage

The fake president is still pretending he did not loose the election, and he is still hoping to steal it. If he has his way he will disenfranchise eighty million voters, and destroy our democratic republic in the process.

The fake president and his supporters claim that there was voter fraud, but they cannot show any proof of it in court, in fact they are not even trying. When in court they cry about the election being unfair, but the sad truth is that the incumbent could not get out of his own way and the American people are through with him.

Having lost the vote, and having lost in court, they are now looking for a political victory. They are seeking to sew enough confusion to provide their allies with political cover so that the election ends up in the house of representatives where republicans have a numerical advantage and could theoretically invalidate the will of the majority.

This is despotism and we must stand against it.

There was good news this week; the General Services Administration has officially ascertained that Joe Biden is the President Elect, which is allowing the formal transition to begin, but at the same time Donald Trump has said that he will not leave the White House unless Joe Biden can prove that the eighty million votes he earned were legitimate.

The truth of it is this: Joe Biden doesn’t have to prove anything. Each of the fifty states will certify their own election, send electors to congress where their votes will be counted, and if the law is followed Joe Biden will become president.

We must be diligent. If we care about our country we must ensure that this process takes place as it is intended to.

Time is of the essence and everyone who has ever sworn an oath of service, whether in the armed forces, or because the were elected to office, whether they were appointed to serve or hired to do a job, everyone must stand in the way of tyranny, in service to the constitution, ready to protect it and defend it from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Those were not empty words we spoke.

Donald Trump has begun to sabotage the government, he threatens to embroil the United States in armed conflict out of spite, because he is a sore loser, or because he has taken a bribe…who knowns, it could be all three.

Stay watchful America, the orange menace has plenty of time to us American’s further harm.   

Fake President, Part XIII – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

11.14.2020

Fake President – Part XIII

The fake president is pretending he did not loose the election, and he is going to try to steal it.

Donald Trump is terrified of what will happen to him when he is finally removed from the White House, he is afraid of winding up in prison for years of fraud he committed while applying for loans, and while filing his taxes, inflating the value of his assets on his loan application while deflating the value of those same assets on his tax returns.

Like everything he does, his crimes are artless, obvious and will be easy to prosecute.

He is terrified of what this will do to his brand, Dumb Donald, the biggest loser in the history of the world.

His fear for himself threatens the fabric of our society. He is fomenting violence, chaos, disorder refusing to recognize our president elect, losing case after case in court because his attorneys cannot provide any evidence, not even the barest hint of proof to substantiate the claims of fraud he makes day in and day out on Twitter and every time he opens his mouth to speak.

Donald Trump is a criminal at the head of a criminal regime, a one-term president who never had any legitimacy in the first place. He is a man who has refused to govern, and by the time he is forced out of office approximately 400,000 Americans will have died from a pandemic that the Fake President has refused to manage, a crisis he lies about every single day, even to the point of denying that it is actually taking place.

Be vigilant. The democracy is in danger.

This fake administration, the fake president and vice president, his Secretary of State, the press secretary and other sundry advisors are all saying publicly that there will be a second Trump administration.

Don’t laugh, they mean it. They mean to steal it. They are looking for a pretense to hang on to power. They may not succeed but they are going to try, and they are doing great harm to the nation in the meantime.

Stay focused.

Be ready to hold the electors in your state accountable, your governors, your secretaries of state, your elections officials and your state assemblies.

Be ready to support a general strike, be ready to bring this country to a screeching halt if the Fake

President attempts to thwart the will of the American People.

We voted, now we have to make sure that the vote is respected.

Vote XV – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

10.31.2020

Vote XV

There are three days to go before the votes begin to be counted.

Have you voted yet?

Do you have a plan?

Do you need someone to help you with your absentee ballot, or get to the polls?

If you need help, ask.

There is a good possibility that November 3rd will only mark the beginning of the struggle to free the country from the grip of this malign actor, this fake president, and the criminal regime occupying in the White House.

Stay vigilant America!

Widespread voter suppression, and GOP legal tricks and tactics aimed at not counting the votes of the American people that have been legally cast, these cannot be allowed to define our democracy and shape the structure of a government that is meant to be of the people, by the people and for the people.

Vote!

Exorcise the orange menace, and be ready to hold your local government accountable, do not let them frustrate the will of the people.

What can be said about the dire predicament we are in, except that if we allow Donald Trump and his minions to remain in power, the COVID-19 pandemic will end up claiming the lives of millions of Americans, the worst case scenario will obtain. Donald Trump has no idea how to manage the situation, and he has decided to do nothing at all, worse than that, he is actively working against the scientists and health care providers who are risking their lives to keep us safe.

Donald Trump has betrayed the public trust. He is a traitor at the head of traitorous administration.

Vote him out now!

Vote XIV – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

10.24.2020

Vote XIV

There are ten day to go before the votes begin to be counted.

Have you voted yet?

Do you have a plan?

Do you need someone to help you with your absentee ballot, or to get to the polls?

If you need help, ask.

This year has shown us in ways most of us never imagined we would experience, it has demonstrated a truth about the nature of society itself that is basic few of us ever questioned it or thought to test it, in clear and distinct terms it 2020 has shown us that we are all in this together.

For good or ill, we are all in this together, and now we have to vote like we are all in this together. The future of our republic and the fate of democracy depend on it.

We must act together to pull through this pandemic or we will all experience the worst of it…together.

Yesterday we posted a record number of new COVID-19 cases, over 80,000. WE also posted a record number the day before, and there is no end in sight.

We need leadership that will take this matter seriously and not lie to us, to rally our economy in response to it, while expanding the social safety net to manage the worst of the fallout.

We need to send Trump and his enablers packing, and put rational, civic minded policy makers in charge.

There are only ten days to go before the votes begin to be counted, fifty million people have already voted. The pandemic is only the most pressing concern we face, we have many other issues to deal with in the weeks and months and years ahead.

We need an American Awakening, we need to reengage the principles of the enlightenment that inspired the founders of our nation, and blow the trumpet for the new dawn of the age of reason.

Vote!

Your country is depending on you.

Vote XIII – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

10.17.2020

Vote XIII

If you have been paying attention you would already know that Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, is a Russian asset, a willing asset in Vladimir Putin’s campaign to undermine our republic, and our democratic way of life.

This week the Washington Post revealed the Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s personal attorney was the target of a Russian Intelligence operation and has been for a least a year. Our intelligence services warned the White House that this was happening, and instead of intervening on behalf of the republic, the Trump administration let it continue, they even encouraged it.

Giuliani has been the target of a disinformation campaign, and has repeatedly passed the Russian disinformation on to Donald Trump, who takes the disinformation and amplifies it.

Be mindful, I am not suggesting that Donald Trump’s criminal acquiescence to the Kremlin has to do with anything other than the fact that he is in debt to Russian oligarch’s (read Vladimir Putin) something to the tune of 450 million dollars, but that is enough. It is happening and it is real.

Donald Trump is a traitor.

Listen!

I am not a prosecutor, and this is not a court of law. I have looked at the evidence that is publicly available and drawn my own conclusion. If we are ever able to bring him up on charges he should be entitled to all of the protections our legal system offers any defendant, but this is the court of public opinion and I am telling it like it is.

I want you to consider this:

Donald Trump’s refusal to manage the COVID-19 pandemic defies reason.

He is the most well informed person on this subject and it was revealed in Bob Woodward’s that Trump knows how deadly the virus is, and that he has been lying to the public about what he knows from the outset.

Some people suggest that his refusal to deal with the pandemic, to put forward a rational plan for managing it has something to do with his narcissism, his inability to admit that he was wrong, or simply a completely backward political calculus.

I am suggesting something that I have not heard anyone else propose, but which I think merits serious consideration. I am suggesting that his failure to manage the pandemic is deliberate, that he is taking orders from Vladimir Putin, and the result has been the death of 220,00 Americans, projected to be 400,000 by February, with no end in site.

This negligence has to be more than a manifestation of ignorance, it is malfeasance and he must be held accountable for it.

Vote XII – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

10.10.2020

Vote XII

There are twenty-four days to go until election day.

Stay alert, the struggle to preserve our republic and our democratic way of life begins on November 3rd.

Last week Mike Lee, the Senior Senator from Utah said that the goal of the election is not to preserve democracy, but to secure and preserve a certain standard of living.

Mike Lee has forgotten that the United States of America is governed by the people for the people, and that government derives its power from the consent of the governed, and that even if a majority desire to curtail the rights of the citizens to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, they do not have the authority to do so, because those rights are inalienable.

As Americans we must face the hard truth that we have never lived up to the idealism set forth in the declaration if independence, the constitution, the bill of rights and many of the later amendments. Out government is imperfect because human beings are inherently flawed, but that does not mean we will acquiesce to our flaws and allow a criminal regime and its sycophants to drag us backward.

We are moving forward, we must stand ready to hold the orange menace accountable for his crimes, and everyone who has committed a crime in furtherance of the tyrant’s objectives.

If you have not voted already, vote now.

Make a plan and vote.

Go to your early voting site and vote early, vote by mail, vote absentee, vote in person on election day but do not abstain from voting.

People of good will, stand by and stand ready, the struggle has begun but it will only intensify in the days and weeks ahead, and the real fight begins after the polls close on November 3rd.

Make a pledge to support the basic commitment that every vote which has been cast will be counted.

Be ready to support the count in person and your county elections offices, and by a general strike if need be.

The time is fast approaching, your voice is needed, the future of America and hope for justice depend on it.