Labor Day – A Reflection

Labor Day

Today is Labor Day, a great national holiday, a day set aside for the American worker and to celebrate the ordinary citizen.

This day is meant to honor laborers, it is a day to honor work. It is meant to be a day of rest, repose and respite, but this year it is a day that we must acknowledge our collective anxiety as there are twenty million Americans unemployed, out of work and uncertain of our future.

I spent most of my life working in the hospitality sector. Now I am self-employed but my clients are mostly restaurants, this year many of my friends and colleagues have had to shutter their businesses, close their doors, cut their hours, reduce their staff change their business model to account for the global pandemic COVID-19.  

There are millions of workers that have the day off this year who would rather be working. We have had too much time off, but the nation is not ready to reopen.

Our chief executive has abdicated the responsibility for managing this crises, preferring to pretend that it will go away on its own.

It will not.

Each of our fifty states has a different plan to handle the pandemic, some governors have followed the president’s example, abdicating their responsibility, putting it off on local governments at the county and municipality level. Some of these governors have taken even more draconian steps and signed orders that limit what local governments can do to protect their people and find a safe way to live, go to school, engage in commerce and move forward.

Today we count the number of dead at 190,000 and climbing.

On Memorial Day we were poised to cross the 100,000 threshold. Ninety thousand more Americans dies over the summer, and it did not have to be this way.

It does not have to be this way, but it will continue to be this way until we have leadership that acknowledges the scope of the emergency, and puts together a plan to manage the crises.

The economy will continue to struggle, the stock market notwithstanding, a million Americans will file new claims for unemployment every week, the unemployment rate will continue to hover around ten percent, Americans will not return to work for as long as the status quo remains the same.

The unemployed American worker needs relief. The House of representatives has passed a bill to provide. The Senate has opted not to address and the president is actively working against it.

We need the Hero’s act to pass to provide this relief, we need to keep those who are still working, working, we need it to help those who are not working return to work. We need it so that American families can keep a roof over their heads, keep the lights on, keep gas in the car, and keep food on the table

We need leadership, or we need a general strike!

Happy Labor Day my brothers and sisters, lets due the right thing!

Strike and Unite!

2020.09.07

Vote IV – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

08.08.2020

 

Vote     IV

 

So Donald Trump is going to sign executive orders today pretending to address the economic woes the working class who cannot work due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

 

Over the past weeks he himself has not participated in the negotiations with Congress. His Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows and the Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin were said to be “not on the same page.

 

The House of Representatives passed their bill months ago, but the republican majority in the Senate is said to not want to do anything at all to help the people by extending unemployment benefits, providing another stimulus to each citizen, providing aid to local governments, shoring up the post office and other critical services.

 

Republicans want to do nothing. Republican mayors, governors, representatives and senators and the orange menace himself. They want to do nothing.

 

They want to pretend like the virus will just disappear, they want to send workers into unsafe work environments, children into unsafe schools, they do not want to test and do contact tracing, they only seem interested in telling the American people lies.

 

Today Trump reveals the bad faith in which he has had his team “negotiating” on the relief package. He is signing an order which he has no lawful authority to sign, spending money that only the congress can allocate, in order to claim that he himself “came through” for the people.

 

It will not work. We cannot cede the power of the purse to the executive simply because the executive and his cronies in the Senate do not want to negotiate.

 

They have to strike a deal.

 

We cannot let this happen. It is another assault on the constitution and the lives of the American people are hanging in the balance.

 

Trump has created the impasse so he can make his false move strictly for political purposes, he thinks it will help him, we must ensure that it damns him, and every single one of the republican lackeys that are complicit in this fraud.

 

Vote, get your absentee ballot and vote. Vote as early as possible. Vote in overwhelming numbers. Check on your friends and family, make sure that everyone votes.

 

Vote as if the Republic is at stake, freedom and Democracy are on the line. The rule of law hangs in the balance.

 

Vote that little tyrant out of office.

Take Out the Trash – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
01.25.2020

Take Out the Trash

You heard the impeachment managers from the House of Representatives, it is time for the Senate to do their work and clean out the oval office.

Donald J. Trump must go!

Sadly it is not likely to happen. The GOP has turned into a cult of personality, it is not the Grand Old Party anymore, it is now the Great Oligarchichal Party of America, completely unmoored from its founding as the party of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Eisenhower.

It has become the party of anti-intellectual no-nothings, totally corrupt, self-dealing self-serving garbage, and we have to throw the bums out.

We all know that the republicans in the Senate are faithless, craven cowards. They have abandoned their oath of office, which they never meant to uphold, and they are planning to sell out the constitution for their personal short term political gain.

We must hold them accountable. If they are unwilling to hold Donald trump accountable, the rest of must hold them all accountable, take our country back, and uphold the rule of law.

This means we have to stick together.

We have to stay unified, all the way through the campaign season which is now in full swing.

We have to get behind and stay behind the candidate who captures the momentum, we have to stop letting our idealism get in the way of progress.

Let the republicans have their moment over the next few days, because it is their moment, and there is nothing we can do about it. Let them have it, they can stew in their garbage until the next election when we clear them all out in a clean sweep.

Remember people, this election year is a census year, and whoever control congress controls redistricting, if we let that slip away we give up the whole game for the next ten years.

Trump is getting to be acquitted, not in the interest of justice, but because fifty four Republican Senators are not able to bear witness to Trump’s corruption through the filters they have set up to blind themselves to their own.

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.

Impeach Donald Trump – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
12.06.2019

Impeach Donald Trump
The fake president is going to be impeached!

Thank goodness, nevermind the naysayers, those who want to decry this development as an act of partisan politics. It is partisan, but that is only because the democrats in congress are showing a genuine concern for the rule of law, our national security, and the integrity of our elections.

It is true that there are some partisans that have been calling for the impeachment of the president since he took office. You can complain that they were being presumptive, but it does not mean that they were wrong. Donald Trump conspired with a foreign power to win the presidency in the first place, and he is set to do it again if nobody stops him.

He is corrupt to his core, and his corruption is spreading to every branch of government.

Those who were calling for his impeachment from t=day one, they may have been presumptuous but they were right.

Donald Trump is a criminal and he must be removed from office, if the Senate won’t do it when he stands trial there, then the people will have to do it November, but either way history has to record that his conduct is unacceptable, will not be tolerated, and cannot continue.

It is the duty of all Americans to stand behind this impeachment.

The day he ordered a government agency to lie about the size of the crowds attending his inauguration was the first instance of an abuse of power that showed us what we could expect during the course of his term.

It was a small thing, and completely in keeping with his character; people laughed and made light of it, but I was reminded of Master Ittei’s words from the Hagekure: “Matters of great concern should be treated lightly.” Master lttei commented, “Matters of small concern should be treated seriously.”

This is more than just a bit of strategy, it is a philosophy for life.

Donald Trump cannot be trusted to execute his oath faithfully, and censuring him is not enough.

Congress must let the world know that his presidency is not acceptable to the American people, and every single one of his supporters in the House of Representatives, and the Senate must be put on the record that they approve or disapprove of his actions, whatever the case may be.

They must be put on the record and held accountable for their vote by the judgement of their constituents, and of history, ultimately.

Let come what may!

Impeachment – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
11.02.2019

Impeachment
It is about time, and not soon enough. The impeachment of the orange tyrant has begun.

I am grateful for it.

All people of good conscious must get support it. Donald Trump’s criminal pursuit of the presidency began before the 2016 election, and he has continued his criminal enterprise throughout his tenure in office.

The American people must demand his impeachment and removal from office, and his disqualification from seeking the office in the future.

Listen!

This is not a court of law, we are in the court of common sense, the people and our representatives in Congress and the Senate must act to protect to protect the country and the constitution from the corrupt machinations of an impulsive, illiterate madman.

Speak up, make yourself heard, tell the pundits in the media, the news anchors and analysts, tell everyone who speaks and writes on public affairs that we have had enough.

We cannot fret about the political fortunes of our preferred political parties, we cannot give any weight to those who tell us “let the voters decide.” We cannot let this man remain in office one day longer than we have to. On any given day Donald Trump’s rash and impulsive character has the potential to do irrevocable harm to the country, the American people, and our allies. Witness the pain and suffering he has visited on our allies the Syrian Kurds, as proof of this claim.

He sold them out.

He sold them out to benefit Turkey and Russia, and by extension murderous Regime of Bashar al Assad in Syria and his benefactors in Iran. The man cannot be trusted to make decisions on behalf of the broader interest of the American people. He only sees his future economic interests at play, his Twin Trump Towers in Turkey, his long standing desire to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

It did not and still does not matter to Trump that our allies the Kurds are being subjected to ethnic cleansing by the Turks, squeezed between them and Russians, having to turn to Syria for help. It does not matter that two weeks before he sold them out our Kurdish allies provided us with the intelligence that allowed us to take out the leader of ISIS. The Fake and Corrupt President has no loyalty to anyone or anything but his own narrow self-interest.

Impeach him, remove him now, disqualify from holding any federal office.

He employed illegal extortion and bribery tactics against our ally Ukraine, he did it to benefit his 2020 presidential campaign, and his benefactor Vladimir Putin, the Russian dictator. Donald Trump will do worse if we do not hold him accountable.

It is the duty of all American patriots to stand against him.

Every single day the man is profiting illegally from his office, taking money from both State governments and foreign powers, in violation of the emoluments clause of the constitution.

He has been exercising an abusive and criminal influence over every branch of his government from the first day he took office, lying to the American people directly, and through his political appointees in government.

We cannot trust anything he says.

Impeach him now.

Censure all of his allies in and out of government, those feckless apologists and cowards who pretend that the things he is do are normal and okay; vote them out of office.

Get rid of them, they are no good.

This is a time for all American people to act. To be outraged. Our republic is in danger of going off the rails.

America, we deserve better than this.

We cannot suffer a man who courts the support of dictators, strong-men, and tyrants around the world, who asks them time and time again to interfere in our democracy, we cannot allow him to destroy our republic.

He is not worth your support! Drop him like a bad habit! Let’s move on!

Traitor – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
10.05.2019

Traitor
A lying, cheating, thief, that is the character of the man that occupies the white house: the fake president, the orange menace, the little baby tyrant.

As a veteran who swore an oath to protect the constitution of the United States, to protect it from all enemies, foreign and domestic, I am sickened by the lack of moral probity that half of the United States Congress is demonstrating as they make apologies and excuses for Donald J. Trump, I am sickened and disheartened and fearful for the republic, because they swore the same as of service as I did, and they are treating it so cheaply.

The president is a traitor to the country, it is fully apparent. Donald J. Trump is operating a rogue regime and an enemy of the state.

This week that bloated bloviating blowhard called for civil war, not to protect the people, but to protect himself.

He is actively threatening a repeat of the deadliest war we have ever fought, he would sacrifice all of those live to line his own pockets.

He is seeking the aid of our adversaries abroad to strengthen his political position, he is petitioning them, and attempting to extort them to do so.

As he is being called to account for his criminal deeds he is out on the stump lying to his followers telling them that he is being subjected to a coup de etat.

Do not let it stand!

Listen; a coup de etat is an illegal, extra judicial, violent overthrow of a duly elected government. What congress is engaged in right now through its impeachment inquiry is a constitutional, process designed to safeguard our democracy.

Anyone who takes up the language of coup, and civil war, is giving aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States of America.

We cannot trust them, they need to be voted out of office, and taken off the air waves.

Donald Trump belongs in prison, along with his sons and his daughter and his wife, along with any person who has knowingly gone along with his schemes to undermine the rule of law or the separation of powers between the three branches of government.

His crimes cannot be ignored.

The sycophants who praise him and protect him in congress, those fools in his administration they need to stop. Their constituents need to ask themselves what is wrong those people that they do not have the common sense that would afford a normal person the ability to tell when they are being lied to, or to discern when they are being conned.

Republicans in congress, especially in the Senate they need to stop running from the man’s crimes, acting like they are powerless to do anything about it. They have to make a principled stand to fulfill their oath and defend the Constitution.

The time to act has come!

Keeping it Real – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
07.20.2019

Keeping it Real
Please remember, all the racial animus that T-Rump is stirring up is meant to distract from the testimony Robert Muller will give before congress next week.

All the back and forth, every despicable word, every outrage is a calculated designed to dominate the news cycle.

This is true of his warmongering with Iran as well.

Reports are coming out that T-Rump is privately more hawkish than he has let on, he wants us to be thinking of anything other than him on the day Muller sits down to testify.

Keep it real.

The man is a monster, he is a criminal, he is utterly contemptible, he needs to be removed from office.

Listen.

There is no rationalizing with T-Rump or those who support him. They do not care about reason, rationality, truth, or facts. They are guided neither by ethos or principle. They are not conservatives, they are not libertarians, like T-Rump they have no convictions, there is only this moment, and the demands of the ID right now.

Keep the energy focused on T-Rump and his crimes, the crimes of family, his campaign and his administration. His lifetime of criminal fraud in business. Do not let them offer a defense, they have none, let’s not pretend they do.

Do not pretend that in any place other than a court room do we have to give T-Rump the benefit of the doubt and respect the presumption of innocence. T-Rump is not in a courtroom, he may never stand trial for the things he has done, therefore he must be convicted in the court of public opinion, where no-such presumptions exist.

He is a liar, call him out on his lies, do not give him any credence, do not even speak to him.

Keep his mouth shut.

The Wrong Way – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
06.08.2019

The Wrong Way
Nancy Pelosi let her frustration with Donald Trump, on the one hand, and her caucus on the other hand, get away from her.

It was shameful. It is the wrong way, that is the Trump way.

In a private meeting the Speaker of the House said that she does not want to see Donald Trump impeached, she wants to see him in prison.

Take no comfort in that.

Donald Trump is a criminal. His administration is illegitimate, but he must be removed from office before we can put him on trial for his crimes.

Apologists for the speaker are saying that there is no harm in her words, she is playing the same card e plays when Donald Trump calls for the prosecution and imprisonment of his political opponents.

That is not how America is supposed to work. We cannot let our leaders speak that way about their rivals, that road leads to the undoing of our representative democracy, and the dissolution of the republic.

We cannot leave a criminal in office. He must be impeached.

Open the inquiry now. Hold each member of congress accountable for their vote.

Put Donald Trump on trial in the Senate, hold each senator accountable for their vote.

Expose the fake president for the criminal that he is.

Do it now; duty demands it.

Let it play out as it will.

Show courage, this is not the ginned up impeachment of Bill Clinton, this is something else.

This is what your oath of office demands.

Impeach Him – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
03.16.2019

Impeach Him

I am not sure what is going on with the work that congress has undertaken to exercise oversight on the Trump administration, to investigate his lies and crimes, both before he took office and after.

There is a lot of ground to cover, and it makes no sense for the Democratic Party’s leadership in Congress to take impeachment off the table.

Clinton was impeached, though he was not removed from office he was impeached, and that is a permanent part of the record of his presidency.

Trump deserves no less.

Impeachment without removal from office is still impeachment, and the things this man has done, mark him as the most corrupt president in the history of the United States. The house of representatives needs to impeach him, regardless of whether the senate will toss him out of office.

The man has lied, suborned perjury, cheated, stolen, obstructed justice and abused power. He will into be indicted for his crimes while he occupies the oval office. Therefore he must be impeached.

Impeachment hearing must be held, it must be debated on the floor. Every congressperson must be forced to vote on it, and everyone in the senate has to be put on the record, stating unequivocally how much the value the principles of our democracy.

Speaker of the House Pelosi, and the rest of the leadership who are hedging, the just need to learn how to tell the story. Impeachment does not need to end with the Trump being expelled from office.

Impeaching Trump is step one and it is the responsibility of the House of Representatives. Expelling him from office is the responsibility of the Senate. If he is impeached and the senate elects to not throw him out, that is on the Senate. He will still have been impeached.

Do it now.