The Left is Not Extreme – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
02.22.2020

The Left is Not Extreme

If you listen to the right-wing politicians and pundits spout their invectives against the policies of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and their supporters who number in the tens of millions you would come away thinking that the progressive wing of the Democratic party are raving lunatics.

Even some of those people who are contending for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president from time to time slip into this irrational fervor.

Universal Healthcare, otherwise known as single-payer or Medicare for all, this is not a radical idea.

Free college or trade school tuition, this is not a radical idea.

Forgiving people their student debt this is not a radical idea.

We have to be careful not to get swept up into heated arguments with those who oppose these policies, because these are not radical positions, and we are not extremists for wanting to see them enacted. Democrats in particular need to hold the line against other democrats who are made nervous by these policy proscriptions, we have to normalize them, and this should not be too difficult because they are normal policies.

Universal Healthcare: There are eighteen countries that offer true universal health coverage: Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

These so-called “first world” countries are all our allies and our biggest trading partners, if they can do it so can we. They have figured out the problem. They all have different systems tailored to the individual needs of their societies. They are leading the way, and it is long past time we figured this out for ourselves.

What is extreme is to promote the belief that universal healthcare is not doable by the United States, that is the extreme position. The we can’t do it position is the position that flies in the face of so-called “American exceptionalism.”

We need to confront the naysayers with the truth, and just tell them to relax. We believe in America, we can do this.

Free universal college tuition is less common than universal healthcare but there are seven industrialized countries that offer this to their citizens: Norway, Finland, Sweden, Germany, and France, Ireland and Australia. If America is going to continue to promote itself as first among equals in the so-called free world, it is time that we move past the nay-sayers, and hold fast to the position that America can do, because America can do anything.

These countries have different ways of funding these programs, but here is how Australia does it.
If you are accepted to a college or university, and you complete your degree program, and you subsequently become employed in a job where you earn more than 50k per year, then you are subject to a tax that funds the entire program.

If you do not complete your degree, or do not become gainfully employed, or if your circumstances change and you lose your earning power due to some unforeseen circumstance than this tax does not apply to you.

If you go to college, and your degree pays off, if you are earning well then you pay in.

This is simple, it is not radical, this should be easy to normalize.

Some people balk at the idea of forgiving the current load of student debt, they get really incensed by it, as if this proposal involves some kind of crime.

The current load of student debt is 1.5 trillion dollars.

The 2017 Trump tax-cuts cost the country 1.9 trillion dollars.

The second round of proposed Trump tax-cuts are projected to cost the country another 1.4 trillion.

The difference between the tax-cuts proposed by the Republican party and the proposal to eliminate student debt is this.

The tax cuts benefit the wealthiest Americans, allowing them to keep more of their money, without requiring them to put it back into the economy, the stimulative effect to the economy is negligible.

The 1.5 trillion dollars in student debt, is held by Americans who are solidly in the middle class, from the working poor to the upper-middle range. Almost forty-five million Americans are carrying student debt. The average monthly student loan payment (which includes principle and interest) is $393 dollar.

Americans spend 17.5 billion dollars per month servicing their student loan debt. If those revenues were freed up to be used by middle class Americans, it would go directly into the economy. It would be the biggest single economic stimulus for our economy that you could possibly imagine.

This is not radical; it is sound economic policy.

The left is not extreme, we just make sense.

Keep it Positive – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
02.15.2020

Keep it Positive

This has been a dismaying week in politics for me as a Democrat.

As the political contest has gotten real, and because support for the field of candidates is split three to five ways, things are getting ugly.

It can’t go on like this or there is no chance we will achieve anything resembling unity in the months ahead.

There is a good chance that at least a third of democrat voters are going to feel like the nominee of the party does not represent them, if they refuse to support that person, for whatever reason, because he or she is a democratic-socialist, or because he or she raises money from super-pacs, because he or she might be worth a billion dollars or more, because she is a woman or he is gay, because they are too young or too old, or Jewish or whatever, then we will have ceded the field, and engineered our own defeat.

For all of us out hear in the audience, now is the time to listen, and if you are going to speak up, so it to demand that the candidates, all of them, remain positive.

Admonish your friends if you hear or see them running down the candidates they do not prefer. There is no place for this. It is not the time to be pandering to those people who love to put forward the notion that democrats and republicans are all the same, we are not.

That kind of false equivalency is poison, and the more often it is repeated, the more people believe it, and the more likely it is that the orange menace will be reelected.

Do not play into it.

Keep it positive.

Why I am Supporting Bernie Sanders – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
02.08.2020

Why I am Supporting Bernie Sanders

With all of our eyes on the presidential campaign, and the nominating process in the Democratic Party, with all of the interested parties taking up positions and staking out ground in loosely organized “caucuses,” such as the so-called “progressive-caucus,” we have to be mindful of the fact that there is a lot more at stake in 2020 than the presidency.

We need a Democratic president to sign Democratic bills into law, but if we seriously hope to get any of our bills to the signing desk, we need to keep control of the House of Representatives, we need to increase the majority of the democratic caucus in the House and we need to take control of the Senate, we need to send Mitch McConnel packing.

This is why it matters who we pick for our standard bearer.

Even if we lost the presidency, taking control of the Senate would put more power behind progressive causes and give us more effective oversight over the executive branch. We need a candidate who can generate that enthusiasm and get people to the polls, and we need to stick together.

It is not just the presidency that is on the line in this election, it is Congress, and it is not just the 2020 Congress that is on the line, it is the make up of Congress for the next five elections.

The most important thing the legislature will do in the next congress is redistricting, following the apportionment of Congressional seats after the census. If we are serious about pursuing our progressive agenda for the long term, we must control this process. If we want the government to respond to the will of the majority on any number of things: from taxation to gun control, from executive oversight to a woman’s right to choose, from criminal justice reform to the War Powers Act, from…you name the issue, if we want to be governed by the will of the majority we must control this process.

The apportionment of electoral college votes follows the apportionment of congressional districts. We cannot eliminate the electoral college unless we are able to pass constitutional amendments, I will address these numerical challenges shortly.

If we want to see more equitable representation of the majority in the electoral college right now then we must control congressional apportionment and redistricting. If we have simple majorities in congress, and a democratic president who is willing to act, we can make the apportionment process fairer. Even if we don’t have a president willing to change the apportionment laws in US Code Title 2, simple majorities in congress will help us to create congressional districts that represent the people on a more equitable basis.

Keep this in mind, until we get the number of votes in congress, in the House and the Senate, and in State Houses across the country, unless we get a sufficient number of Governors and a President willing to pass a constitutional amendment there won’t be any constitutional amendments and the struggle for justice and equality will have to take place through the legislative process.

There are two ways to amend the constitution: the process either requires that two thirds of the members of both houses of congress vote to approve it, and then it must be ratified by two thirds of the states, or that two thirds of the states call for a constitutional assembly to amend the constitution in which proposed amendments must be ratified by three fourths of the states.

People talk about passing constitutional amendments all the time, but this is a very difficult process and if want to see it happen, to do this we would need:

1. 290 votes in the House of Representatives, the house is currently divided 233D to 197R, there is one independent (who typically votes with the republicans, and there are four seats currently vacant.
2. 67 votes in the Senate, the Senate is currently divided between the democratic and republican caucuses 53R to 47D (this includes independents who caucus with the party most closely aligned to their values) with a tying vote going to the republican voce president.
3. 34 States to ratify, State governments are currently divided between democrats and republicans 26R to 24D, while their legislatures are divided 67R to 37D

These numbers represent the numerical hurdles the people would have to cross in order to affect enduring changes to the structure of our democracy. We cannot pin our hopes on this, it is pie in the sky thinking.

If we intend to do this then we are back to where we began this essay, the absolute need to control the redistricting process after the census, we must have a willingness to change congressional apportionment if we win both chambers of congress and the presidency in November.

We must elect a president who is willing to sign into law enforceable provisions to restrain presidential power, to enforce the authority of congress to engage in oversight, and to reshape the federal judiciary including the addition of justices to the Supreme Court.

We are in a precarious time, and we must hold together, we cannot attack each other with broad labels intended to vilify one another, we cannot afford to pit so-called democratic socialists against so-called corporate democrats, so-called liberal progressives against so-called pragmatic progressives. There is too much at stake to allow ourselves to be divided this way.

We have to resist it.

I know a lot of people who like to pretend that both parties are the same, and they may have a point, but here is the truth: it is not the parties that are the same, the Democratic party and the Republican Party have radically different platforms.

It is the politicians who are the same, because it is the nature of these politicians, regardless of what side of the political spectrum they are on, it is in their nature to be feckless, cowardly, deceptive, ego-maniacs those are the unifying characteristics of all politicians.

This is not to say that they completely unreliable, that they do not love their families, or that they are all wicked people, but it is to recognize that the power of high office attracts the highly corruptible.

There are two tasks in front of us right now, as voters who care about our liberal and progressive causes, as people who ant to see the Voting Rights Act reinstated and expanded, who want to see structural changes to our representative democracy that takes big money out of politics and returns power to the people, who want to see a woman’s right to equal pay, equal treatment under the law and the right of self-determination to be protected, who want to enforce the separation between Church and State, if we want to curb the rise of white nationalists and domestic terrorists; the first thing we have to do is hold together through the next nine months, and we have to bring more people into the voting process, we have to these things thoughtfully, carefully and deliberately, even if the party does not nominate the candidate we prefer.

With that being said, when I look at the field of candidates running for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, when I look at the size and strength of their respective coalition’s, when I weigh them against each other, I have to conclude that our best bet is to support the candidacy of Bernie Sanders, not because I support all of his ideas, though I am in favor of most of them, it is because he is steady, his support is steady, his message is good, his vision is good for America, and if we all get behind him we will win.

Corruption – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
02.01.2020

Corruption

We have this tendency to want to talk about our American lives in terms if generations, the designations are largely arbitrary.

This trend kicked off in the post war era, when the so-called greatest generation kicked the next era with a baby boom.

This is important; the greatest generation did not call themselves great, but that generation of Americans sacrificed, they put everything on the line to keep the world free from Nazi tyranny, and the threat coming from the Empire of Japan.

After the war ended and all the soldiers came home, a lot of babies were born, and those kids who were a notoriously selfish bunch had to have an appellation in reference to themselves, and they settled on the characteristic that defined them all, the baby-boomers.

Bill Clinton was the first president to come from that group of entitled, shortsighted, greedy generation, then we got George W, Bush, and now we have Donald Trump.

I left Barack Obama out of the mix, because, his upbringing shielded him from the worst of the boomer’s corruption. He was a decent, hard-working a family man, as John Mc Cain said of him, a good president and doesn’t deserve to be lumped in with the other dunces.

Those other guys, and the overwhelming majority of our elected representatives are all boomers, and this is what I have to say, the boomers have destroyed America.

They’ve been in charge for a while now, and they have been driving us to this end ever since they took the reigns of power; they have been gleefully pitting us against each other, selling out the country’s future the same way the sold out their kids.

They demanded their inheritance before their parent’s were dead, they squandered it on coal and oil, poisoning our air, and water, and soil, all to boost their 401K’s their stock market portfolios, they are planning to strip their children of their Medicare and social security to finance a winter home in Arizona or Florida.

The spoiled children of the greatest generation have lived up to the expectations of their parents; corrupt to the bone.

Correct the Record – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
01.18.2020

Correct the Record
Donald Trump like to refer to his impeachment as the “impeachment hoax.”

It is not a hoax. Donald Trump has been impeached. It cannot be undone.

I was listening to one of his lawyers, Alan Dershowitz talk about the “alleged impeachment,” and about his desire to speak up against the unconstitutional impeachment of Donald Trump.

The impeachment of Donald Trump is not a thing that has been alleged, is being alleged, it is a historical reality.

The 116th Congress has impeached the 45th President of the United States.

Donald Trump has been impeached for Abuse of Power, and Obstruction of Congress.

It is grossly irresponsible for the fourth estate, our media, to pretend that this hasn’t happened, or to allow anyone they are speaking to, interviewing, participating on a panel with to issue these kinds of counterfactual statements without challenging them.

Donald Trump has been impeached, he is a disgrace.

The process of impeachment was legal, therefor it was constitutional, Alan Dershowitz is wrong.

We cannot let this criminal regime and its supporters continue to lie on his behalf, muddle the truth, pretend that Donald Trump’s crimes in office do not matter.

They matter.

Correct the record.

Speak the truth.

A.O.C. and the Self-Important Caucus – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
01.01.2020

A.O.C. and the Self-Important Caucus
I heard the representative from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez complaining about former Vice President, Joe Biden the other day.

She offered her insight regarding his candidacy, stating that in another country the two of them wouldn’t even be in the same party. I think that she meant it as some kind of scathing rebuke of Joe Biden, who is running against her preferred candidate Senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States.

Of course Bernie Sanders is not a democratic, he is an independent running as a self-styled democratic-socialist. Ocasio-Cortex is a democrat but she styles herself as a democratic-socialist as well.

There is no Democratic-Socialist Party in America, maybe there should be, but there isn’t, there are a few minor political parties, like the Green Party and the Libertarians, they hold a few seats in local governments around the country. The United States remains a two party system, with the Democrats and the Republicans holding sway.

Like it or not that is the way it is.

It is true, what she said, that in another country she and Joe Biden would not be in the same party. The insight her rebuke lacks is this: in those other countries the party she would find herself in would at best be a minor part of a governing coalition.

Her comments also fail to appreciate how she came to represent her constituents. She was elected to office as a Democrat, had she run as a third party candidate or an independent, it is not likely she would have been successful.

She ran as a Democrat in a democratic primary and unseated the incumbent, who was a member of the Democratic Party leadership. Her opponent accepted his defeat, allowing her to use all of the tools the party had to offer to win the seat for real.

That is the way the Party system works, and it worked for her.

Now Ocasio-Cortez wants to campaign for her pal on the notion that the Democratic Party should have a smaller tent. In this election year we have to stay focused on the positive, talk about the ideas, tell me what you stand for.
If your team is spending political capital telling us why they are against the Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg or Michael Bloomberg it only confirms that your preferred candidate will not be able to come into power with a strong enough constituency to accomplish any of your legislative goals.

We do not need ideological puritans holding office with their precious “integrity” intact, while they sit around out of power with their so-called progressivism stuck in reverse, because the other team has won.

Keep your eye on the prize people, in 2020 its not just the white house on the line, its redistricting, and no matter who wins the nomination we all have to work together if we are going to get past this moment in time.

Assassination – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
01.01.2020

Assassination
We have arrived at this, foreign policy by political murder.

I will not pretend that the United States hasn’t always employed this tool to carry out its agenda, we have been in the assassination game for quite some time, from the beginning in fact. This is not anything to be proud of even though it is something we must acknowledge.

This ass assassination is different. It is in the open, it is public.

It hearkens back to when George W. Bush and Dick Cheney attempted to normalize torture. We had to acknowledge that the United States tortures people, we always have, and it is no good.

Torture is a criminal act, so is assassination, even in a time of war these things are criminal, they must remain criminal, when they are discovered those responsible must be held accountable.

If we turn the corner and move toward accepting these things as a normal way of conducting our international affairs, we are doomed.

Donald Trump and his ilk are lazy and feckless, they want what they want and they want it now. They are no interested in developing constituencies, in building consensus, in forging alliances or long term cooperative effort.

They just want to hurry to the end, cheat and lie, violate our standards, breach the norms, and throw ethics out the window.

Their vision of the social order is not just, there is no compact, there is only might makes right.

The reason why we do not assassinate the leadership of those we face on the battlefield, is so that we have someone to make peace with when the battle is over. If we eliminate the leadership of our adversaries we cannot engage in meaningful negotiations, agreements cannot be arrived at, or if they are arrived at they cannot be enforced.

Donald Trump has brought us to another low, he has made our relationship with the Iranians much more dangerous. American’s will be killed because of what he has done, it he cannot say that his actions have protected anyone.

Assassination is a shameful thing, those who are justifying it are behaving shamefully, the shame does not belong to Donald Trump alone. It belongs to all of us.

Star Wars – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
12.28.2019

Star Wars
I saw Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. I am going to try to tell you how utterly disappointing it was.

Let me begin with this. We have been told through the media that this is the final episode in the Skywalker saga, that this is the ninth and final movie focused on these characters and their story arc; so, why did they name it The Rise of Skywalker. People rise to do something, they donot rise to fade away.

The title itself is just another stroke of cognitive dissonance in a three part series that is replete with it.

Don’t let anyone try to say that the title has some other meaning, that it isn’t related to some future action, that it merely summarizes the story and its conclusion. Don’t believe it, because Rey, the so called last Jedi, takes the name in the final scene, when she takes up residence in the abandoned moisture farm that had belonged to Luke’s uncle on the desert planet of Tatooine.

It is not as if people will not seek her out, she is a Jedi, and she is not going into hiding as Luke did, she is taking up residence on a planet long associated with the Skywalker name. Where Anikan was born, where Luke was raised. These are figures whose names ring out throughout the galaxy. But never mind this, those stories have yet to be written, rest assured that they will.

This is just another glaring example of the cognitive dissonance these movies are steeped in. Remember how in The Last Jedi, we were shown images of children on far flung worlds in whom the force was present and active. How is it that Rey would be the last Jedi if that were the case.

It is just poor writing.

It is kind of like the title of the first film in this trilogy, The Force Awakens; had the force been sleeping? No, the force does not sleep. Obi Wan Kenabi tells us in the original Star Wars film, A New Hope. The force is permeates the entire universe and binds all things together, it touches everyone. The force is not good or bad, light or dark, it is by whom and how it is used that gives it those characteristics.

What is so utterly disappointing about the J.J. Abrams vision of Star Wars, is his utter lack of understanding about what the force is. It is not just the bad story telling.
Let’s dwell on the bad story telling for a moment.

The Force Awakens was merely a retelling of A New Hope, capped off with the destruction of a new Death Star, only a bigger-badder death machine, one with the power to destroy stars and not merely planets.

The Last Jedi was merely a retelling of The Empire Strikes Back, and though they changed the order of the plot, it repeated all of the elements, a long chase through space, a Jedi training camp, a pitched battle with lines drawn up in front of a rebel stronghold.

In the most recent bastardization of the original trilogy we are given a remaking of the great conflict above the Emperor’s throne room, while he attempts to turn the Jedi Rey into a vessel for his own dark power, only to be destroyed in the nick of time to save the rebel armada which succeeds at destroying his massive fleet of super ramped up Star Destroyers, each with their own planet killing gun, mounted weirdly on the underside of their hulls.

The writing was terrible. It was replete with nonsensical cameos, storylines that began from nowhere, and went nowhere. New characters with no back story, old characters returning with explanation of where they had been how they had been found what they had been doing.

There were flying Storm Troopers. There was light-speed-skipping. There was widespread and diffuse knowledge of Sith lore. Including commands built into C3PO’s programming that forbid him from translating the Sith language.

There was the completely unexplained reappearance of the Emperor, stowed away on some hidden planet for decades, living in some dank and dirty dungeon like workshop on some uncharted wasteland of planet.

How did that happen? Where did the tens of thousands of cheering sycophants come from who filled the theatre where the final conflict with Rey come from? What were they doing on that secret world? What did they eat? Why did they build a fleet of hundreds of starships (perhaps thousands) on the surface of the planet? Where did the crews for that fleet come from? Where did they get their training? How did they keep it all secret?

None of that made any sense. It just doesn’t make sense.

Do you remember how in The Attack of the Clones, George Lucas took some time to tell the story of how the clone army came to be. Obi Wan discovered it while he was on an investigation. He learned how decades earlier a Jedi came to a remote planet in the outer rim whose inhabitants specialized in cloning, and army building, and they were commissioned by that Jedi to build a Grand Army of the Republic.

There a back story, it tied things together, it assisted in the plot development, and it enriched the broader narrative by providing a backstory for the notorious bounty hunter Bobba Fett.

The Attack of the Clones was not a great movie, but at least it did that.

Bad storytelling and plot holes, and plot theft, poor acting and an overreliance on special effects is not what makes this movie such an utter disappointment.

What is so utterly disappointing about Disney’s new Star Wars films under J. J. Abrams so bad is J. J. Abrams total lack of understanding about what the force is.

Abram’s is a moron, and Disney should know better, after all Disney also produced Rogue One, and that film was a masterpiece, it was completely in tune with the ethos of Star Wars, while the J. J. Abrams films are totally destructive of it.

J. J. Abrams seemed to think that the force is all about power, the power to freeze a bolt of laser fire from a blaster in mid-space, the power to stop a ship from taking off until it tears itself apart, the power to teleport, the power to blast a fleet of ships out of the sky, more power, more power, more power.

J. J. Abrams concept of the force is a long way from what Obi Wan told Luke in A New Hope, when he said that the light saber was the weapon of the Jedi, elegant, made for a more civilized time.

Abrams should understand that the force is subtle, sure there is power in it, but its real strength comes in the power of self mastery, the power to understand, and the power to persuade. A Jedi can do amazing things, but it is not their raw power that makes them amazing, it is their commitment to peace and justice.

Remember what Yoda said when Luke referred to him as a “great warrior.” Yoda said, “wars do not make one great.”

You may argue that while this may be true of the Jedi, it is not necessarily true of the Sith. You may argue that but you would be wrong. The Sith were also subtle, just one Lord and one apprentice, ruling from the shadows, manipulating, controlling.

J.J. Abrams’ movies were a disaster for the Star Wars franchise, worse than the prequels, I hope he never gets offered the chance to make another one again.

Impeached – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
12.21.2019

Impeached
Something good happened this week in Washington D.C., it doesn’t matter what the motivation for it was. It was good and it doesn’t matter that the impeachment of Donald Trump was a partisan affair, though it is a stain on our societal-conscience that it had to be. What matters is that the man was impeached and that is good.

It was just.

Donald Trump conspired with a foreign adversary to win the presidency, he has been lying to the American people about that and many other things since before he took the oath of office.

He has committed many crimes since then, including fraud, perjury, abuse of power, obstruction of justice, obstruction of congress, and lying to the FBI, submitting false reports to congress, ordering federal agencies to lie to the American people and to produce false reports, and he is profiting from his office by receiving emoluments both from the States, and from foreign governments.

Donald Trump is corrupt to the core and it is good that he has been called to account.

We must do more.

Donald Trump has been protected from being indicted by a Department of Justice policy that does not have the force if law, He has been protected from being investigated for his crimes by his Attorney General, and so his impeachment in the house was the only path forward to hold him accountable.

Despite the best efforts of the Republicans in the House of Representatives the impeachment was passed. The majority of the American people want this man removed from office, but there are no republicans in congress who support it.

They must be voted out as well. Such feckless people cannot be allowed to have access to power. They have violated their trust and their oath of office.

Donald Trump is unworthy of the presidency. The Senate must hold him accountable, remove him from office and bar him from ever seeking to hold federal office again.

It is time for Republicans in the Senate to do the right thing, to stand up for principle, to stand up as patriots and put the orange menace out.

Tear the band-aid off and do it.

Strip Mitch Mc Connell of his office while you are at it, appoint a new majority leader, appoint someone committed to justice, to America, and to protecting our constitution.

Reject the tyrant and his minions, do it now.

Every day that Donald Trump remains in office he poses a threat to the security of the United States. Inauguration day 2021 is to far away.

Donald Trump has sold us out to our adversaries, weekend us on the world stage and he threatens to set the American people against each other in something like a civil war.

The time for action is now.

The Great Oligarchical Party of America – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
12.14.2019

The Great Oligarchical Party of America
Watching the impeachment hearing in the House Judiciary Committee this week led me to conclude that the Grand Old Party, the GOP, has shed its final pretense to republican values.

We cannot call them republicans anymore.

The GOP has abandoned its commitment to the rule of law and constitutional government. It has succumbed to a cult of personality, they are cheering on an autocrat, clamoring for a dictator, trumpeting the rise of a tyrant.

The GOP now stands the Great Oligarchical Party of America. It has forgotten Lincoln, Teddy.

We watched this week as member after member of the House of Representative screamed in protest about the Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump; he will be the third president in our history to be impeached, impeached for: abuse of power and obstruction of congress.

After soliciting foreign interference in 2016 to aid his campaign in his first bid to become president, after conspiring with Russia to help him over the finish line. After his personal Attorney went to prison for crimes he committed on Donald’s Trump’s behalf, to cover-up hush money payments to playboy models and adult movie stars, payments which amounted to campaign contributions that went undisclosed and unreported, after Tramp’s lawyer went to prison, pleading guilty to charges in which Donald Trump was named as “individual number one” in the indictment, and after his campaign chairmen went to prison as well, and his deputy campaign chairman, and his National Security Advisor and so on all went to prison; some pleading guilty some being found guilty at trial after all of that Donald Trump will now be impeached for soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 campaign. He is doing it again.

Donald Trump is a loser, bankrupt, a fraud and a criminal. He cannot win if he campaigns fairly.

Even with the help of the Russian government he still lost the popular vote by millions of votes cast. On his first day in office he began breaking the law, ordering government agencies to falsify reports and lie to the American people about such trivial and mundane things as the size of his inauguration crowds.

He could have been impeached then, he should have been.

The FBI continued its investigation of the Trump administration after he was elected. The orange tyrant sought to interfere and intervene, he abused his power and authority by firing the director of the FBI, he admitted to it on national TV, and to the Russian Foreign Minister in an oval office meeting.

Donald Trump suborned perjury, intimidated witnesses, ordered executive branch officers and staff not to testify before congress, he did it all to please his Russian masters, he did it in the vain hope that he himself could become an American oligarch, styled after them.

He should have been impeached then. His GOP minions let him off the hook.

Now he is being held to account.

He used duly authorized foreign aid to extort the government of Ukraine, to solicit their interference in the 2020 campaign, and once again he did this to the benefit of his Vladimir Putin and his other Russian Masters.

Now he will be impeached!

However, Mitch McConnell, lovingly referred to as “Moscow Mitch,” The senior Senoator from Kentucky, and the current Senate majority Leader has promised to defend Donald Trump. The Fake President on the floor of the Senate at his trial. Mitch McConnell has promised to work hand in hand with the White House attorney’s to ensure that Donald Trump will not be held to account.

Mitch McConnell and the entire GOP have decided that it is okay to solicit foreign interference in our elections, to place the national security of the United States in jeopardy while doing so; that it is okay for the White House to refuse to respond to lawful congressional subpoenas, to withhold testimony and documentary evidence of his wrong doing, to stall investigations in perpetuity so that the American voter never has a chance to judge for themselves the rightness or wrongness of the tyrant’s deeds.

Moscow Mitch is taking the Great Oligarchical Party of America over the cliff, and if they succeed we will no-longer be living in a constitutional republic.

This is it my fellow citizens. We must oppose them. Put them out of office, Send them all home before they can do more harm.