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It's past time. Everyone, even Trump's base can see the writing on the wall (though some of them can not read it).
When a respected member of the Department of Justice (Sally Yates) is fired for trying to defend the rule of law and when the Attorney General is a member of Trump's presidential campaign, everyone---even Trump's base---knows that the nation must go outside the Department of Justice for Justice in this case.
When long term, faithful members of the Republican Party like Lindsey Graham and John McCain break ranks, it's a sign that behind all the smoke there is a roaring fire. Republicans are never unfaithful to one of their own. Ever. Which means that the Republican Party does not consider Trump one of its own. Their attempts to delay the inevitable are for show----so they can tell Trump's gun toting base "We tried. We really did."
When every major news organization is all over this story like Trump's base on met-amphetamine---when even Morning Joe and Fox News have to hold their noses because of the stink---it is a sign that there is a story here. A huge one. Bigger than Watergate. Bigger than any presidential news story this country has ever seen. And big news makes big ratings.
When the Vice President seeks to distance himself from his own president by declaring that he will "hold Russia accountable" that can mean only one thing---Trump's presidency is the Titanic and it is going down. They can't prop his administration up any longer. All they can do is try to minimize the collateral damage. And so, in the end, they will beg for a special prosecutor. Because a special prosecutor can be bought and intimidated and blackmailed. Or so they hope. And hope is all they have left. A pathetic kind of hope, not unlike the hope of Trump's base that the con artist-in-chief would do something to improve their sorry, drab, hopeless lives.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Mon Feb 20, 2017, 02:04 PM (0 replies)
Yes, I know that no one wants to read one of my wordy pieces. But this is too important to trim to a sound bite. This is about you and your kids and your job and your church and your community. No matter how law abiding or well-connected or hard working you are, they are coming for you. If your browser history (which Putin has) indicates that you are a Democrat or Democrat sympathizer, you are in the cross hairs.
“But I’m guilty of nothing!” You may be tempted to reply.
Too fucking bad. Russia, in its infinite greed has declared that we now live under martial law. Most of us just do not know it yet.
“But what about the Constitution?”
What about it?
You think the Constitution protects you from discrimination on the basis of gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity or sexual orientation? Pardon me while I pick myself up from the floor where I am laughing my ass off. That’s better.
Are you thinking about the Constitution that was in place when Blacks, Jews, Catholics and Immigrants across the nation were lynched by mobs of cheerful whites who smiled for the camera? The one that was the rule of the land when minorities were told “We don’t serve your kind here.” The one that protected the victims of McCarthy’s communist witch hunts? The one that did not stop Emmit Till's murderers from going free?
The Constitution is only as fair as the law enforcement that enforces it and the courts that rule upon it. That’s why the New Federalists want to stack the courts with old school jurists—think Jim Crow and Separate but Equal. Think virtual slavery and white rule. The New Federalists do not want to erase everything that FDR did and take us back to the days of the Founders. They want to undo the work the Founders did. They want us to become a monarchy again, with a king---Trump--- who answers only to a handful of oligarchs.
Wanna know how bad things will get under Trump with Sessions in charge of the DOJ and Comey at the helm of the FBI? Ask Martha Stewart, Don Siegelman, Eliot Spitzer and Georgia Thompson. In case you have forgotten Thompson, here is a visual from my old political cartoon site, Grand Theft Election Ohio:
Alberto Gonzales was targeted by the newly Democratic Congressional majority the moment they took control of Congress in 2007 for this kind of political prosecution. What’s to stop Sessions and Comey and all their federal prosecutors and all the local Republican prosecutors across the country from resuming the W. campaign of terror? Nothing. Except our judges, who are under attack from the POTUS himself. Republicans have a rock solid majority in Congress for the next two years.
The state of Texas is already getting ready to start a witch hunt. In response to a court challenge to their draconian Voter ID Law, the state allowed registered voters to sign an affidavit declaring that producing a photo ID presented a barrier to casting a lawful. Now, Texas law enforcement has signaled that it plans to selectively prosecute those who used this process. And guess where they are going to start? That’s right, the Democratic stronghold of Houston.
In August, Paxton warned that voters could be criminally prosecuted for signing an affidavit during the election if they had been issued driver's licenses or other IDs in the past. But a Paxton spokesman was far less harsh this week, saying "only local prosecutors can pursue those who perjured themselves by wrongfully voting with the reasonable impediment declaration."
There will probably be some cases forwarded to prosecutors in Texas' largest county, which includes Houston.
Stan Stanart, who oversees Harris County elections, said he believes some people who signed affidavits committed perjury and lied about forgetting their photo ID.
"I suspect there were a number of people purposely breaking the law," he said. "Can you prove it in a court? Probably not without a serious investigation or a lot of legwork."
Who will get the “serious investigation” and “leg work”. Black voters. Latino voters. Muslim voters. And, if you happen to be a Democrat with a Hillary bumper sticker on your car, white voters.
There is supposed to be one law for everyone in the United States, but that’s not what Trump and his supporters think. For example, last summer Newt Gingrich raised a shit storm when he called upon the House to recreate an Un-American Activities Committee.
His comments on Monday echoed Trump's, as the billionaire businessman suggested "Muslim communities" should be held to greater account for the actions of their neighbors.
"They know what is going on," Trump said during a speech Monday in New Hampshire. "They know that (the Orlando killer) was bad. They knew the people in San Bernardino were bad. But you know what, they didn't turn them in, and we had death and destruction."
“Greater account”? Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that one group shall be held to a “greater account” than another. That’s from the GOP/Trump playbook.
The only thing standing in the way of political witch hunts are our nation’s judges. But now even they are under attack. The Republicans illegally blocked Obama’s nominee to the SCOTUS. And Trump has declared open season on judges who oppose his racist, hateful, illegal executive decrees.
“’If something happens, blame him.'”
You hear that judges? Trump and his jack booted automatic rifle toting met-amphetamine abusing base know where you live. And they are now under orders from their President to “blame you.” No wonder Trump got so flustered when asked to denounce anti-Semitic violence. The proponents of anti-Semitic violence are his foot soldiers in the battle to Make America Great Again.
“If something happens, blame him and the court system.”
No Trump. I blame you. And so does every true American. And as long as we have freedom of speech and of the press, we will call you out for your Un-American Activities. Loudly. In the streets. On the Internet. Yes, we know that you could select any one of us at any moment for "serious investigation" and more "leg work." Bring it on. We are the true spiritual descendants of Tom Paine who wrote in his Common Sense:
Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests, and when they succeed to the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions.
He wrote it about King George, but he also wrote it about you, Donald Trump.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sun Feb 19, 2017, 01:35 PM (1 replies)
The thread header says it all. But if you missed the story, read about it here.
Defensive. Guilty. Scared. Trump knows that all that stands between him and impeachment is the David Dukes wing of his party. A bunch of racist, violent sobs who enjoy a fun night out burning crosses and bombing mosques---and synagogues. His base lumps Jewish Americans right in there with all the other "non Aryans." And while they will come for the Muslims first and then the Latinos, they will get around to Jews sooner or later.
Under Sessions, no home grown antisemitism spouting terrorist will ever be prosecuted---because that terrorist votes for Trump. And so, Trump acted with fear and outrage over the easiest of questions: what is his administration's stand on anti-Jewish violence.
The correct answer, the easy answer was "I'm against it."
The fact that Trump could not say it tells us a lot. it tells us how absolutely pissing in his pants scared he is of losing even a single Neo Nazi vote. And maybe the approval of Bannon.
Note to Trump. BAndit kings are not ruled by fear. You are no Reagan. Hell you aren't even W. You are pathetic.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Fri Feb 17, 2017, 07:33 PM (4 replies)
There have been lots of political scandals, many of which have involved the POTUS. But this is the first Watergate IIa sequel bigger, badder, more likely to increase the sales of popcorn and poster board (for signs) than the original.
Why? Because we have all the key ingredients.
1. A Dick for a President
2. An election full of dirty tricks
3. A criminal conspiracy that goes all the way to the top and spills over into another country
4. An enemies list
5. A DOJ official fired as part of a coverup
But, most important of all we have
6. The normally complacent and timid mainstream media out for blood.
It takes a lot of Dickery to get the press mad enough to attack those in power. Even Dick Cheney did not rise to the level of Dick Nixon--though he tried. Not paranoid enough.
Donald Trump should be renamed Dick Trump, because he has all Nixon's paranoia and nastiest--without any of his brains!
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Wed Feb 15, 2017, 07:51 PM (8 replies)
Period. There is no other reason for people like Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell to protect Russia/Flynn/Trump unless they are also protecting themselves. Note that McCain is calling for an investigation. As a former presidential candidate he has been vetted. I am betting that there are a lot of kinky secrets in the GOP Congressional closet and Putin knows them all.
You hear that journalists? Get to work uncovering the dirt. You already know where to look. Start with every Republican who has loudly defended Russia and Trump in the last few days. I will bet that they all got secret calls from the Kremlin telling them "Do what we tell you or else."
Should we start a contest to see what Mitch McConnel's secret will be? I think he likes to get tied up and beaten by a hot chick in leather. But it could be diapers.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Wed Feb 15, 2017, 07:40 PM (47 replies)
Dudes, the GOP is never ever gonna investigate Trump. They will bury the whole thing for fear that any dirt they uncover will stick to them. The only way to get rid of Trump is to apply economic pressure to the folks who stand to gain from his treason.
Exxon is number one.
I call upon all concerned Americans to boycott Exxon until we have a president and secretary of state not in the pocket of Putin/Exxon. No Democrat should be caught dead at an Exxon station. No woman who respects herself should fill up at Exxon.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Tue Feb 14, 2017, 10:52 PM (8 replies)
Yes, I am talking to you. All of you. You all want to write the book and be portrayed in the movie. You all know that Trump is corrupt as hell and guilty as sin. You just have to find the Deep Throat or the Smoking Gun.
Right now, the members of the press are engaged in a scavenger hunt. Who will be the one to pull the linchpin that brings the tower down? They are looking under every rock, talking to every disgruntled former and soon to be former Trump staffer, courting the members of the intelligence community. It is just a matter of time....
....which some Americans do not have. In the weeks to months that it could take to get the carpetbaggers out of office, sick people will die without their health insurance and mosques will be torched by NeoNazis and our water and air will get dirtier and refugees will be sent home to die at the hands of death squads.
So, in an effort to speed things up a bit, I am going to offer a little advice. Think Citizens United. Trump was never supposed to win. On election night, when they told him, he looked scared. For just a moment. Why? I am fairly sure that he took a lot of money from various special interests. One of them was Russia. That's why an Exxon executive is now our Secretary of State. Every cabinet position was sold to the highest bidder during the election. The same for the SCOTUS seat. That is why he was quick to name so many obviously unsuited industry insiders to positions where they were going to cause nothing but grief for the country--and make a few rich people even richer. The quid pro quo may be disguised behind a shit storm of right wing ideology. But keep your eyes and ears open, and you will figure out who paid to be given the right to control each branch of the federal government. That person or corporation or industry or even country will make a bundle of money in the very near future----near future because Trump does not look like he will last out the year, and these folks intend to get their money's worth for their legal bribes.
The easiest one to spot will be whatever lucky construction company wins the right to take home billions in pork for building the stupid wall between Texas and Mexico that no one wants (except the construction company that paid Trump to have it built). There will be a pretend open bid process and then the company that paid the bribe will get the contract--maybe making the bid through another company to muddy the waters a bit. So, whoever collects the money to build the wall is guilty as hell. We already know that. Unless Trump wants to give back the money. And if he was in any position to give back any money, he would not be clinging so hard to his business empire.
And thanks to the Supreme Court of the United States for making the job of running for president so lucrative that one of the nation's biggest con artists could not resist giving it a try.You idiots have destroyed your own party and possibly even your own country. Maybe next time the so called New Federalists come up with some bright idea to improve upon what the Founders did, they will think back to Citizens United.
PS I found a link to a copy of an old DU Journal I wrote Feb. 2010. We all remember what happened in early 2010, don't we? I called it Democracy in America (1787-2010) RIP It closes with:
Bought and sold, that describes our Congress, our president, our Supreme Court. Welcome to the New Federalist United States. If it seems strangely familiar, that might be because it resembles Mussolini’s Italy, a land where corporations ruled and everyone else paid.
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini ...
Sometimes I hate when time proves me correct.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sun Feb 12, 2017, 10:21 PM (5 replies)
“I’m not exaggerating, 100% of the clients that come to me who are undocumented said that their abusers would constantly say, ‘I’m going to have you deported if you don’t behave,’” said Hollingsworth.
This is why the United States grants special visas to victims of crimes including victims of rape and domestic violence. This is why we need "sanctuary cities" where parents can report the statutory rape of their daughter or son without worry that their own families will be torn apart. This is all that stands between Trump's self-styled "outlaw" base and intimidation/violence/rape and murder of innocents who are easy targets because they are "illegal."
In Maricopa County, Arizona, the Justice Department has been investigating the sheriff’s office for engaging in unconstitutional policing, in particular how it treats Latinos in the community. Amid the investigation, the DOJ said the sheriff’s office admitted that it had failed to properly investigate more than 400 cases of sexual assault and child molestation over a three-year period in 2007. In many of the cases, the sexual assault victims were undocumented Latinos or their children.
Trump does not even have to change policy. The recent rise in deportations of immigrants is enough to send a powerful message to their community. And if immigrants--documented or not--are afraid turn to local law enforcement for help when they are victimized, it will be open season on immigrants. The NeoNazis and KKK and all their sympathizers will deliberately target hand working undocumented Americans---and there will be nothing the immigrants (who pick your crops and bus your tables and clean your Trump Tower hotel room) will be able to do about it. When you close the sanctuary, you enable criminals--born in the USA criminals, the kind that love Trump so much--to do what they love to do, bully the weak to make themselves feel more powerful.
Keep in mind that Putin, Trump's master, lives in a country that recently decriminalized domestic violence, and you can see where this country is heading. Back to the days when immigrants were openly lynched. Note the faces of the men in the photo below. Today we would call them "white". A century ago they were "Italian" immigrants.
Trump’s supporters do not fear immigrants. They hate them. They hate them because they hate themselves, and it is easier to take out all that rage and frustration on someone else---an “other.” And they love Trump, because he is giving them carte blanche to victimize immigrants as long as they do not upset the apple cart that makes rich Americans even richer. Fascism 101.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sun Feb 12, 2017, 12:06 PM (5 replies)
Alec Baldwin was great. Melissa McCarthy was wonderful! Bowling Green Massacre is timeless. But in between chuckles, if you really want to understand what is going on rather than just being entertained by it, Eric Hobsbawm is still your man. Read his book "Bandits" available at Amazon and you will understand why Trump's gaffe "You think the U.S. is so innocent?" is worse for him politically than all his lies, tax dodging, angry outbursts and bigotry. There are very few things that a self styled Bandit King is not allowed to do. The list includes Cowardice (Think Stephen King's "The Dead Zone."), Rape (of an innocent, not promiscuity which is a virtue in a Rebel King) and Disloyalty to his village, his clan, his family or country. So, if you want to do more than generate laughs, if you really want to drive a wedge between the man and his base, focus on these three crimes. If you don't want to read the book, think about every mobster as public hero number one movie and ask yourself "If a mob boss did this in a movie, would a Hollywood writer have to kill him off before film's end to keep the audience happy?"
"You think the U.S. is so innocent?" is the kind of thing that lefties will hesitate to focus on, because many of them know that U.S. is not innocent. No one is innocent, especially not those who are rich in a world full of poverty. But, Trump crawled into power and stays in power by pretending to be Don Corleono. Mob bosses and Revel Kings hold onto their power by painting the world in black and white---Us versus Them.
How will you know when Trump steps out of characters in a potentially politically damaging way?Ask yourself "Would Al Pacino say this?"
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sun Feb 5, 2017, 12:44 PM (0 replies)
The New York Times headline spells it out in plain English "Trump Attacks Judge."
In an early-morning Twitter post from his waterfront Florida resort, where he is spending the first getaway weekend of his presidency, Mr. Trump wrote, “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!”
"Overturned" by whom? Not the Courts. Every court so far has ruled against Trump and the 8 member SCOTUS will be no different. So, how does Trump, leader of the executive branch plan to "overturn" a ruling by the judicial branch which has been empowered to oversee the Department of Justice and the nation's police?
History spells it out. Hitler, outraged that the German Judicial system failed to serve as a kangaroo court for the defendants in the Reichstags Fire, created a special "People's Court."
Hitler determined to increase the political reliability of the courts. In 1933 he established special courts throughout Germany to try politically sensitive cases. Dissatisfied with the 'not guilty' verdicts rendered by the Supreme Court (Reichsgericht) in the Reichstag Fire Trial, Hitler ordered the creation of the People's Court (Volksgerichtshof) in Berlin in 1934 to try treason and other important "political cases." Under Roland Freisler, the People's Court became part of the Nazi system of terror, condemning tens of thousands of people as "Volk Vermin" and thousands more to death for "Volk Treason." The trial and sentencing of those accused of complicity in the July Plot, the attempt to kill Hitler in July 1944, was especially unjust.
Political reliability. That's what Trump wants. He has the Legislative Branch in his pocket and now he is going after the Judiciary. What will he do? Have Congress reduce the judges' salaries to $1? No, that won't work. There is only one way he can achieve his goal--- declare war so that he can set up special military courts and secret prisons to dispense politically reliable justice.
I humbly suggest that we skip over the part where millions of people die in a senseless war, our national debt goes up by ten trillion and a bunch of military tribunals replace our nation's judiciary and condemn thousands of Americans to suffering and death before being disbanded after a crushing military defeat or revolution. Maybe we should act pro actively, instead, to preserve our very sound, very sensible, very judicious judicial system and our democratic form of government.
War is coming. Be alert. Watch for the early warning signs---like Trump declaring himself to be "our country" and above the law. We all saw in 2002-3 how easy it is to sucker Americans into war. Do not be fooled again. When they show us "yellow cake uranium" tell them where they can put their "yellow cake uranium."
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sat Feb 4, 2017, 03:34 PM (7 replies)