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.

Humiliation – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
10.26.2019

Humiliation
Another week and another humiliation perpetrated on the United States by the Fake President, Donald J. Trump.

This week he declared victory again in Syria, even while the defense department explained to us that United States troops would not be leaving Syria after all.

It is humiliating, not because we are being lies to, but because we are being asked to accept the lies which the orange menace spews for the sole purpose of placating his fragile ego.

He declared victory over The Islamic State, even while we are being told that one hundred or more ISIS fighters have escaped from the prisons they were being held in by our former allies, the Syrian Kurds. At the same time we have also been told that Turkey is using irregular troops, mercenary units comprised of former ISIS and Al Qaeda fighters to engage in the pogrom of ethnic cleansing against our Kurdish allies.

T-Rump blithely told the Kurds that they should leave their towns and cities, places where they have lived for centuries, he said that they should give up their homes, abandon them to the Turks, and move south in to the desert where we will protect them if they protect some scanty-little oil fields T-Rump mistakenly believes are of strategic interest to us.

It is humiliating for this pretender to the presidency to foist these irrational choices on a people who have given –up over ten thousand men, lost in battle, supporting our cause against ISIS.

T-Rump suggests that we should not actually care about them or their sacrifice because “they are not all good people.”

Well nobody is “all good.”

Pity us, we have bad actors in the White House, the chief of which is the Fake President, we have bad actors in congress, all of those Senators and Representatives who get up on the microphone every day and lie to the American people in order to curry favor with that wannabe tyrant.

It is humiliating that our government can be so low…

Nostalgia – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
05.25.2019

Nostalgia

I was watch the news yesterday morning. I was sitting at my desk writing with the news on, as is my routine.

A segment came on the TV featuring President Obama.

He made an appearance at a school, it looked like he was talking with older elementary school and middle school boys and girls. They were out on the field together playing baseball, throwing the football, having fun.

President Obama can do it all. He threw a long spiral pass, he knocked a softly thrown baseball over the fence.

They kids adored him.

I miss having a person like him in the Oval Office.

The way he spoke to the children was uplifting. It wasn’t just that he was inspiring, a rhetorical skill which he can turn on and off at will. It was the genuine caring in his voice and manner, his humility, his respect for them.

I miss that in our president.

The Last of the Old Order – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
12.01.2018

The Last of the Old Order

I am sad to see George H. W. Bush pass.

He represents a time when the Republican Party still made sense.

I did not agree with him on much, but I voted for him in 1988, I never regretted it.

He had dignity, and that is something we are sorely missing. He had a sense of right and wrong, though I am quite positive his moral compass did not always register as true.

He committed crimes throughout his life of public service; as President, Vice President, and as Director of the CIA.

Every president is called on to do the same, in the case of Presidents like Bush Sr., and Obama, I am relatively certain that their motive was not exclusively a matter of personal gain.

He was an “Eisenhower Republican,” one who believed in public works, one who was engaged in service for the public good.

It seems that for the sake of politics he followed his party into the insanity of the religious right, but it was clear he never bought their diatribe.

I served in the Navy during his time in office. He visited my base in North Carolina, but I never met him. In 1992 I voted against him.

I am certain that Bill Clinton was not any more just or good, but he and his team were the ones to bring us into the 21st Century, a task George Sr. was not up to.

I admire the friendship he struck with the Clintons after they were all out office.

It is an example of how our politics should be, and could be, if we could select politicians who cared more for America, for the common good, and for truth, than they do for themselves, their party, and their ideology.

I am already missing George Bush Sr., the last of the old order; warrior-pilot, diplomat, President.

America was stronger when you left office than it was when you began.
You left it a better place.

Blame It On the World – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
11.24.2018

Blame It On the World
“Blame it on the world,” the fake President said, in reference to the murder of a journalist, a man who wrote for the Washington Post, a newspaper the fake president has decried as a purveyor of fake news, which according to the fake president’s rhetoric makes them the enemy of the people.

“Blame it on the world, the world is a nasty vicious place,” the fake President said, about the murder of this man who lived in Virginia, who was a permanent resident of the United States, who was lured to Turkey, by the government of Saudi Arabia on the grounds that he needed to visit the consulate there to acquire the paperwork that would allow him to marry.

Mr. Khashoggi was a citizen of Saudi Arabia, and a vocal critic of the House of Saud, the Crown Prince, his government and their horrible record of human rights abuse.

The Crown Price is on record for stating that he wanted this journalist silenced. The Crown Prince ordered that they lay a trap for Khashoggi in Turkey. The Crown Prince sent fifteen members of his personal security detail to Turkey to murder him, including a doctor equipped with a bones saw to oversee the dismembering of his corpse, and a man who played as a body-double posing as Khashoggi, wandering around Istanbul in the murdered man’s clothes, after the killing had been done.

“Blame it on the world,” the fake President said, “the world is a nasty vicious place.”

I know that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia is nasty and vicious. T-Rump is nasty and timid, he is a coward, but he delights in the viciousness of others, that much is clear.

The CIA, and numerous other intelligence agencies around the world, among our allies have reviewed the evidence of this murder provided to them by the Government of Turkey, they have authenticated it and concluded the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia is responsible for ordering Mr. Khashoggi’s murder.

T-Rump has opted to take the word of the murderer instead, accepting his denials, even though they were preceded by numerous other lies, which the Crown Prince walked back, he accepted those denials for some murky reason we have yet to discern.

It is reminiscent of his acceptance of Vladimir Putin’s lies and denials about interfering with the 2016 election.

The fake President cannot help himself when he thinks there is a dollar to be made, and he is hungry for those dollars.

“Nature is red in tooth and claw,” Saint Augustine said.

Thomas Hobbes wrote his seminal work Leviathan, as a reflection on this premise. “We live in a Hobbesian World,” Thomas Jefferson wrote, and that is why the founders took such pains to draft our constitutions with its extensive system of checks and balances in place..

The recognition of this reality is not a cause to excuse it. Rather, the recognition of this reality is what requires us to adhere to the dictates of our social compact. It is why we need a government derived from the consent of the governed, and this is the principle motivation behind the American experiment in self-government.

Without this social compact the strong will always tyrannize the weak, in keeping with the nature of the world, as a nasty vicious place. We cannot allow this to be the way of our world. We cannot look away from the face of brutality. We cannot excuse the tyrant.

It is the duty of the American President, of whoever holds that office, their legitimacy notwithstanding, to represent the American ideals to the world. We cannot abandon American principles for cheaper oil, for an arms contract, for a fistful of dollars, or a pocketful of lies.

Facebooking – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
10.27.2018
Facebooking
A mentally disturbed, emotionally stunted wing-nut and fervent supporter of Donald Trump launched a bombing campaign last week. He targeted two former President’s of the United States, a former Vice President, a former Secretary of State, who was also T-Rumps opponent in the 2016 presidential campaign, which he won even though he lost the popular vote, and only because he had the help of a foreign adversary.

The bombing campaign also targeted a former Attorney General of the United States, two sitting United States Senators, one sitting and one former member of the House of Representative, one of whom was also a former head of the Democratic National Committee. He targeted a former Director of the CIA, and a former Director of National Intelligence, both of whom are critics of the T-Rump, and three other critics of the president, all of whom are prominent citizens but none of whom have ever held elected office.

This man espoused his love for T-Rump, and his vicious hate for the critics and opponents of T-Rump on Facebook Pages. One of his pages was called Kill George Soros, and another was called Kill all Socialists.

On the pages the man posted his hate speech and images of himself following T-Rump around the country, attending rallies, and basking in orange glow of the fake president.

It is utterly disgraceful that Facebook allowed this man, or any to operate pages with names like that.

What is wrong with Mark Zuckerberg?

We all know that this man is completely amoral, the story of how he stole Facebook from his classmates who originally developed it is well documented. Through his theft he has become one of the richest men in the world, and he continues to steal from Facebook users every day. He steals our content, our pictures, our posts, our vital information, our identities, and he allows government agencies, foreign powers, big data mining operations, to take what they want of ours, with the benefit redounding to him, Mark Zuckerberg.

It is shameful and disgusting.

Facebook sent technical analysts to the T-Rump campaign, embedded themselves in it, to help T-Rump exploit the platform and eck out a victory, over and against the will of the American people.

Mark Zuckerberg gets cozy with oppressive governments and dictators all around the world, so that they can use his platform to suppress dissent, and propagate lies, all in Mark Zuckerberg’s quest for $$$.

Mark Zuckerberg is shameful and disgusting.

Facebook is more concerned with the suppression of photographs that might contains an image of a nipple, than they are with protecting our user data, promoting the responsible exchange of ideas, and civil discourse.

A nipple slip is bad, but why not Kill All Socialists?

I use Facebook to stay in touch with friends, but its algorithm does not really keep me in touch with them, it only connects me to a select group of them and this is not for my benefit, it is for the benefit of Facebook, it is what they think will most optimally monetize my activity.

I use Facebook to stay in touch with friends, to promote my writing (such as it is), but do I need it?

Can we do without Facebook?

I think we can.

Somebody needs to make a new platform, and leave hate and fear mongering Mark Zuckerberg to the wing-nuts and tin-can, two-bit dictators of the world.

Jefferson B., I am talking to you!

Destroying the Truth – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
09.12.2018

Destroying the Truth

Twenty years ago the Republicans in the House, many of them, like South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, still serving in congress, impeached President Bill Clinton, for the crime of perjury.

They impeached him for lying under oath. They failed to convict him in the Senate, but all of the republicans in the Senate at the time voted to convict, many of them are still there now, like the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, the Senator from Iowa.

These hypocrites pretended that fidelity to the truth was so important that they would throw the duly elected President out of office, because he lied to federal investigators, under oath, in the context of a hyper partisan investigation that began by looking at some real estate deals and ended up focusing on a consensual sexual relationship between him a white house intern

The Republicans in the Senate do not care for the truth, not one jot, the truth is a thing to be parsed for political advantage, they themselves are sworn to uphold the law and to protect and preserve the Constitution of the United Sates of America, now they are willing to turn a blind while Judge Brett Kavanaugh, lies to their face, not once or twice, but repeatedly.

My opinion is not the judgment of a court of law, I do not have hold back from expressing it until I wait for evidence to be presented that convinces me beyond a reasonable doubt.

I am just a private citizen, and I have seen enough from this guy and his apologists in the Republican Party, the President and the Senate, the members of the house and all of their paid pundits, to know that this man lied in his testimony before the senate.

He lied in these hearings related to his candidacy to sit on the Supreme Court, and he lied in his testimony when he was first made a federal judge.

He lied.

He lied about his activities in the Office of Legal Council for President George W. Bush.

He lied about his receipt and use of stolen e-mails from the Democratic members of congress.

He lied about his connections to the law firm of the current President of the United States.

Now he is lying about his sexual assault of a fifteen year old girl when he was in high school.

Everyone knows he has lied about these things and is lying. The President knows, the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky knows, every member of the Judiciary Committee knows.

Everyone in the world who has paid any attention to his nomination hearings knows that he is willing to commit the crime of perjury, the crime they impeached Bill Clinton for, he is willing to commit that crime over and over again, just so that he can get a life time appointment to the Supreme Court.

He knows he is a lying liar, and he just does not care. For him, and everyone who is supporting him, the adherence to the truth is a matter of convenience.

They are like the old man in Tom Wolf’s novel, Bonfire of the Vanities, who tells his son, “If the truth won’t set you free…then lie.”

I prefer the wisdom of Merlin, who tells King Arthur when he asked what the greatest quality of knighthood is, Truth he says, it is Truth, “because when you lie, you murder a part of the world.”

Step back for a moment and have some perspective. I know we are not going to stop the lying liars from lying, and every politician lies, republicans have not cornered the market on it, and the democrats in office, even the most virtuous of them prevaricate.

This is different, there are nine members of the Supreme Court, the sit there for life, they have the power to interpret law in such as way as to make sweeping changes in our culture. They are no elected, they are nominate and then confirmed by the Senate.

This conservative Republican Party can find someone else to take the seat on the highest court. They can and they should find someone who does not have to lie to get past his hearings, who isn’t guilty of the things he is guilty of, and he is guilty of them.

He is guilty of sexually assaulting that girl when he was in high school, and he is guilty of lying about it now.

And that is where we are.

Hurry Up and Wait – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
07.14.2018

Hurry Up and Wait

Hurry up and wait, I learned that phrase when I was in the Navy, in boot camp, where every day was an exercise in patience, standing in long-lines for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and every other little thing we had to do.

Hurry up and wait.

This is the phrase that guides my feelings about the T-Rump administration, and every single one of the social and cultural disasters that are stemming from it.

Hurry up and wait, it will come to end, but America will be different when it is over, and the world.

Perhaps the change is only superficial, it would be hard to disagree with that, T-Rump just pulled away the veneer, lifted the veil, pulled the curtain to reveal the ugly face of America….but it more than that, he has empowered the vile and the hateful, he has normalized corruption and ignorance, deceit and divisiveness.

It cannot be over soon enough, I am afraid we will never recover.

We needed that veneer of polite society, the veil of political correctness, we needed the ugly face of America to remain hidden behind the curtain.

No-one benefits from our ugly nakedness, not even the ugly.

Allowing the hateful to lavish in their hatred does not help them. It does no-one any good to let the ignorant remain ignorant, we must teach them. We will never stop corruption, but we cannot let it pass.

We must call a lie a lie and never let it stand for truth. It is our duty; as citizens, and patriots, as human beings.

Hurry up and wait, there is an election coming. Go out and vote, vote for people who will stand against this self-indulgent, criminal regime.

We must take our country back!

We want justice, we are going to have to wait for it, but do not lose sight of it. Justice delayed is not justice denied, it is justice delayed,

Justice will catch up with T-Rump and his corrupt administration, with every single one of his enablers in government, in congress, in the courts, and when it does, justice will be had.

Twelve more Russians indicted yesterday, with clear evidence of collusion being presented in the filings, collusion, coordination, and corruption with the Kremlin, by an American president.

Watch out T-Rump, you are gonna be got.

Presidents Day 2018

Monday, February 19th

 

Presidents Speak for Themselves

A Reflection

 

Presidents are human beings.

 

They have all been men (so far), flawed men, everyone who has ever held or sought the office.

 

Some have had heroic attributes. All of them have had craven moments. There have only been forty-four of them, until now, the 45th. A couple of other presidents have barely made it into office, only a handful have won the office while failing to earn the popular vote. The forty-third was appointed by the Supreme Court, the first time.

 

Nevertheless, they were all legitimate…until now.

 

This president, the occupant of the oval office, the forty-fifth, I was prepared to accept him as the latest president, even though he lost the popular vote, even though there is a cloud of intrigue surrounding his victory; foreign interference (Russia), domestic malfeasance (the FBI), I was prepared to accept him, just as I had accepted Regan, and Bush who were also elected to the highest office, without my support or my enthusiasm or my vote. I accepted them because I believed that they would uphold the rule of law (even though they did illegal things, or illegal things were done in their name).

 

In the end I believed they would support the American system, the separation of powers, the separation of Church and State, the freedom of the press, an independent judiciary.

 

The forty-fifth president will not.

 

He is seeking to undermine the courts, at every turn. He actively undermines our institutions, and works to undermine the rule of law.

 

He has called the free press an enemy of the people.

 

This kind of rhetoric makes him a threat to the Republic. The power of his office makes him a threat to humankind

 

He should listen to the words of these presidents, and we should listen to him, take seriously the things he says and does in our name.

The words of the presidents:

1st George Washington (Two Terms)

“If men are to be precluded from offering their sentiments on a matter…reason is of no use to us; the freedom of speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the slaughter.”

A Real President – April 30, 1789 – March 4th, 1797

 

2nd John Adams

“The liberty of the press is essential to the security of the state.”

A Real President – March 4th, 1797 – March 4th, 1801

 

3rd Thomas Jefferson (Two Terms)

“The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure.”

A Real President – March 4th, 1801 – March 4th, 1809

 

4th James Madison (Two Terms)

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

A Real President – March 4, 1809 – March 4th, 1817

 

5th James Monroe (Two Terms and Last of the Founders)

“Free people seldom intrigue together; because there is no motive for it. Between the leaders however of a free people, and the neighboring monarchs, such intrigues have often taken place, and always will take place, whilst liberty is odious to monarchs, and men can be found base enough to betray her.”

A Real President – March 4, 1817 – March 4th, 1825

 

6th John Quincy Adams (Lost the Popular Vote)

“The freedom of the press should be inviolate.”

President – March 4, 1825 – March 4th, 1829

 

7th Andrew Jackson (Two Terms)

“As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience, and of the press, it will be worth defending.”

March 4th, 1829 – March 4th, 1837

 

8th Martin Van Buren

“There is a power in public opinion in this country – and I thank God for it: for it is the most honest and best of all powers – which will not tolerate an incompetent or unworthy man to hold in his weak or wicked hands the lives and fortunes of his fellow-citizens.”:

A Real President – March 4th, 1837 – March 4th, 1841

 

9th William Henry Harrison

“There is no part of the means placed in the hands of the Executive which might be used with greater effect for unhallowed purposes than the control of the public press. The maxim which our ancestors derived from the mother country that “the freedom of the press is the great bulwark of civil and religious liberty” is one of the most precious legacies which they have left us. We have learned, too, from our own as well as the experience of other countries, that golden shackles, by whomsoever or by whatever pretense imposed, are as fatal to it as the iron bonds of despotism. The presses in the necessary employment of the Government should never be used “to clear the guilty or to varnish crime.” A decent and manly examination of the acts of the Government should be not only tolerated, but encouraged.”

A Real President – March 4th, 1841 – April 4th, 1841

 

10th John Tyler

“The guaranty of religious freedom, of the freedom of the press, of the liberty of speech, of the trial by jury, of the habeas corpus…will be enjoyed by millions yet unborn…”

A Real President – April 4th, 1841 – March 4th, 1845

 

11th James K. Polk

”Thank God, under our Constitution there was no connection between Church and State, and that in my action as President of the United States I recognized no distinction of creeds in my appointments office.”

A Real President – March 4th, 1845 – March 4th, 1849

 

12th Zachary Taylor

“As American freemen, we cannot but sympathize in all efforts to extend the blessings of civil and political liberty, but at the same time, we are warned by the admonitions of history and the voice of our own beloved Washington to abstain from entangling alliances with foreign nations.”

A Real President – March 4th, 1849 – July 9th, 1849

 

13th Millard Fillmore

“The law is the only sure protection of the weak, and the only efficient restraint upon the strong.”

“Church and state should be separate, not only in form, but fact – religion and politics should not be mingled.”

A Real President – July 9th, 1850 – March 4th, 1853

 

14th Franklin Pierce

“While men inhabiting different parts of this vast continent cannot be expected to hold the same opinions, they can unite in a common objective and sustain common principles.”

A Real President – March 4th, 1853 – March 4th, 1857

 

15th James Buchanan

“The country is indebted for the clause prohibiting Congress from passing any law respecting an establishment of religion or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press or of the right of petition. To this we are also indebted for the bill of rights which secures the people against any abuse of power by the Federal Government.”

A Real President – March 4th, 1857 – March 4th, 1861

 

16th Abraham Lincoln (Assassinated, Ended Slavery)

“Whenever this effect shall be produced among us; whenever the vicious portion of [our] population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision stores, throw printing-presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure and with impunity, depend upon it, this government cannot last. By such things the feelings of the best citizens will become more or less alienated from it, and thus it will be left without friends, or with too few, and those few too weak to make their friendship effectual. At such a time, and under such circumstances, men of sufficient talent and ambition will not be wanting to seize the opportunity, strike the blow, and overturn that fair fabric which for the last half century has been the fondest hope of the lovers of freedom throughout the world.”

A Real President – March 4th, 1861 – April 15th, 1865

 

17th Andrew Johnson (Impeached)

“Notwithstanding a mendacious press; notwithstanding a subsidized gang of hirelings who have not ceased to traduce me, I have discharged all my official duties and fulfilled my pledges.”

Impeached President – April 15th, 1865 – March 4th, 1869

 

18th Ulysses S. Grant (Two Terms)

“Let us labor to add all needful guarantees for the more perfect security of free thought, free speech, and free press, pure morals, unfettered religious sentiments, and of equal rights and privileges to all men, irrespective of nationality, color, or religion.”

A Real President – March 4th, 1869 – March 4th, 1877

 

19th Rutherford B. Hayes (Lost the Popular Vote)

“I am not liked as a President by the politicians in office, in the press, or in Congress. But I am content to abide the judgment the sober second thought of the people.”

“But at the basis of all prosperity, for that as well as for every other part of the country, lies the improvement of the intellectual and moral condition of the people. Universal suffrage should rest upon universal education. To this end, liberal and permanent provision should be made for the support of free schools by the State governments, and, if need be, supplemented by legitimate aid from national authority.”

President – March 4th, 1877 – March 4th, 1881

 

20th James A. Garfield (Assassinated)

“In the long, fierce struggle for freedom of opinion, the press, like the Church, counted its martyrs by thousands.”

A Real President – March 4th, 1881 – September, 1881

 

21st Chester A. Arthur

“If it were not for the reporters, I would tell you the truth.”

A Real President – September 19th, 1881 – March 4th, 1885

 

22nd and 24th Grover Cleveland (Elected Twice, Serving Two Non-consecutive Terms)

“Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters. Not only is their time and labor due to the government, but they should scrupulously avoid in their political action, as well as in the discharge of their official duty, offending by a display of obtrusive partisanship their neighbors who have relations with them as public officials.”

A Real President – March 4th, 1885 – March 4th, 1889, March 4th, 1893 – March 4th, 1897

 

23rd Benjamin Harrison (Lost the Popular Vote)

“God forbid that the day should ever come when, in the American mind, the thought of man as a ‘consumer’ shall submerge the old American thought of man as a creature of God, endowed with ‘unalienable rights’.”

President – March 4th, 1889 – March 4th, 1893

 

25th William McKinley (Assassinated)

“Equality of rights must prevail, and our laws be always and everywhere respected and obeyed. We may have failed in the discharge of our full duty as citizens of the great Republic, but it is consoling and encouraging to realize that free speech, a free press, free thought, free schools, the free and unmolested right of religious liberty and worship, and free and fair elections are dearer and more universally enjoyed to-day than ever before. These guaranties must be sacredly preserved and wisely strengthened. The constituted authorities must be cheerfully and vigorously upheld.”

A Real President – March 4th, 1897 – September 14th, 1901

 

26th Theodore Roosevelt (Two Terms)

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”

A Real President – September 19th, 1901 – March 4th, 1909

 

27th William Howard Taft

“The intoxication of power rapidly sobers off in the knowledge of its restrictions and under the prompt reminder of an ever-present and not always considerate press, as well as the kindly suggestions that not infrequently come from Congress.”

A Real President – March 4th, 1909 – March 4th, 1913

 

28th Woodrow Wilson (Oversaw the end of Women’s Sufferage)

“Publicity is one of the purifying elements of politics. Nothing checks all the bad practices of politics like public exposure.”

A Real President – March 4th, 1913 – March 4th 1921

 

29th Warren G. Harding

“We must not abridge the freedom of speech, the freedom of press, or the freedom of assembly because there is no promise in repression.”

A Real President – March 4th, 1921 – August 2nd, 1923

 

30th Calvin Coolidge

“The freedom of the human mind is recognized in the right to free speech and free press. The public schools have made education possible for all and ignorance a disgrace.”

A Real President – August 2nd, 1923 – March 4th, 1929

 

31st Herbert Hoover

“Absolute freedom of the press to discuss public questions is a foundation stone of American liberty.”

A Real President – March 4th, 1929 – March 4th, 1933

 

32nd Franklin D. Roosevelt (Four Terms)

“Freedom of conscience, of education, or speech, of assembly are among the very fundamentals of democracy and all of them would be nullified should freedom of the press ever be successfully challenged.”

A Real President – March 4th, 1933 – April 12th, 1945

 

33rd Harry S. Truman (Two Terms)

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”

A Real President – April 12th, 1945 – January 20th, 1953

 

34th Dwight D. Eisenhower (Two Terms – Hero of the Second World War)

“Censorship, in my opinion, is a stupid and shallow way of approaching the solution to any problem. Though sometimes necessary, as witness a professional and technical secret that may have a bearing upon the welfare and very safety of this country, we should be very careful in the way we apply it, because in censorship always lurks the very great danger of working to the disadvantage of the American nation.”

A Real President – January 20th, 1953 – January 20th, 1961

 

35th John F. Kennedy (Assassinated)

“Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed-and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian law-maker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment–the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution–not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply “give the public what it wants”–but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.”

A Real President – January 20th, 1961 – November 22nd, 1963

 

36th Lyndon B. Johnson (Two Terms, Passed the Civil Rights Act)

“Democracy is a constant tension between truth and half-truth and, in the arsenal of truth, there is no greater weapon than fact.”

A Real President – November 22nd, 1963 – January 20th 1969

 

37th Richard Nixon (Two Terms, Resigned)

“You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference.” ~ Last press conference before resignation…

Resigned the Presidency amid Charges of Corruption and Obstruction of Justice

January 20th, 1969 – August 9th, 1974

 

38th Gerald Ford (Un-elected)

“I believe in the first amendment and the absolute necessity of a free press.”

President – August 9th, 1974 – January 20th 1977

 

39th Jimmy Carter

“When people are intimidated about having their own opinions, oppression is at hand.”

“We live in a time of transition, an uneasy era which is likely to endure for the rest of this century. During the period we may be tempted to abandon some of the time-honored principles and commitments which have been proven during the difficult times of past generations. We must never yield to this temptation. Our American values are not luxuries, but necessities – not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself.”

A Real President – January 20th, 1977 – January 20th, 1981

 

40th Ronald Reagan (Two Terms)

“The First Amendment was not written to protect people and their laws from religious values. It was written to protect those values from government tyranny.”

A Real President – January 20th, 1981 – January 20th, 1989

 

41st George H. W. Bush

We know what works: Freedom works. We know what’s right: Freedom is right. We know how to secure a more just and prosperous life for man on Earth: through free markets, free speech, free elections, and the exercise of free will unhampered by the state.”

A Real President – January 20th, 1989 – January 20th, 1993

 

42nd Bill Clinton (Two Terms, Impeached but not Removed)

“The road to tyranny, we must never forget, begins with the destruction of the truth.”

A Real President – January 20th, 1993 – January 20th, 2001

 

43rd George W. Bush (Two Terms, Lost the Popular Vote in the First)

“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy…that we need the media to hold people like me to account. I mean, power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere.”

A Real President – January 20th, 2001 – January, 20th 2009

 

44th Barack Obama (Two Terms)

“We have to uphold a free press and freedom of speech — because, in the end, lies and misinformation are no match for the truth.”

A Real President – January 20th, 2009 – January 20th, 2017

 

45th Donald Trump (Lost the Popular Vote, Elected with the Aid of a Foreign Adversary)

“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, AABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”

 

A Fake President, Failing – January 20th, 2017 – One year and one month in, and it cannot be over soon enough.

 

These words speak for themselves. One of these quotes is not like the others.

 

The despot uttered it should be removed from office, not because he made this statement, but for this sentiment and his many other crimes.

 

Impeach!

 

Remember This:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

– U.S. Constitution, First Amendment

Fake President – Part VII

Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

04.01.2017

 

T-Rump has been sitting in the oval office for seventy-two days.

 

He has been occupying it, that is, when he is not playing golf at one of his country clubs, or flying around the country giving speeches, empty, free from policy, full of lies.

 

There was a ray of hope this week, a glimmer of hope breaking into the American disaster, it does not come from the many serious investigations that are ongoing, developing, growing in scope. It would be great to have hope in those investigations, but one of them, the investigation run by the House Intelligence Committee has come completely undone, its chairman Congressman Devin Nunez, has proven through his words and actions that he is a shill for T-Rump. His committee is no longer even holding hearings. It ended the week by blocking witnesses from testifying in open session.

 

The Senate investigation, and the FBI investigations seem to be moving forward in a responsible manner, but, it does not matter what they uncover, even if the uncover hard evidence of real crimes. It does not matter if the House of Representatives does not have the political will to file charges of impeachment, and refer those charges to the Senate for a trial.

 

There is no way to remove T-Rump from the White House, and put an end to the fake presidency without those steps being taken.

 

T-Rump is breaking the law every day, regardless of what you think about the way in which he was elected, whether crimes were committed by the T-Rump campaign, or by T-Rump himself, crimes that should disqualify him, regardless of what you think about that, or what the ongoing investigations reveal, T-Rump has been in violation of the constitution from the moment he took office, he has been in violation of the emoluments clause, he is taking money, he is enriching himself by taking money from foreign banks, foreign governments, royalty, and alien powers.

 

He is in violation of other federal statutes, such as the anti-nepotism clause, employing members of his family to work in the government, and none of them are divesting themselves of their assets.

 

The T-Rump presidency is not just fake, it is a criminal enterprise, established through a criminal conspiracy.

 

This week a small ray of hope emerged. T-Rump threatened to “go-after” a group of republicans who did not support his failed effort to get a health care bill passed into law. T-Rump threatened to campaign against them in retaliation, through his proxies at Fox News he threatened to go after the Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House.

 

His political ham handedness is causing fissures to open up between the fake president, and the rest of the phonies in the Republican Party, and therein lies the hope. He needs them, if those house republicans begin to turn on, the way he has turned on them, that could prove to be the end of his agenda. Those investigations could take on a different aspect, and articles of impeachment might be considered.

 

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

 

We have to keep the pressure up. Those political creatures will turn on T-Rump just as soon as they perceive it to be in their political interests.

That much is certain.