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McCamy Taylor

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When Citizens United Met Trump, Plus Bonus Connect the Dots to Putin

Part 2 in my retrospective “Whatever Happened to Our Democracy? Oh, that’s right. Citizens United Happened.”

Meet David Bossie, just your average Republican dirt digger who sharpened his teeth working for Dan Burton during the Clinton administration. In 2010, his group, Citizens United persuaded five members of the Supreme Court to rule that corporations—all corporations, Russian and Chinese as well as U.S.---had a Constitutional right to pour as much money as they wanted into U.S. elections. I wrote about this last night.

Tonight, I am going to tell a story that is even stranger and more shocking. Donald Trump was involved in Citizens United.

“The relationship between Bossie and President Trump began around the time of Citizens United v. The Federal Election Commission. Trump was reportedly very interested in the case and was told about Bossie by a fellow casino magnate, Steve Wynn. Trump was mulling a run for president in 2012 and Bossie piqued his interest.

"When Trump did run for president four years later, he remained in contact with Bossie, and in September of 2016, made Bossie’s involvement in the Trump campaign official, naming him deputy campaign manager. Trump himself asked Bossie to join the campaign, tasking him with running the day-to-day operations and field operations, in addition to participate in debate prep, jobs that had become neglected by campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, as her media availability had started to take precedent.

"In announcing the hiring of Bossie, Trump referred to him as “a friend of mine for many years,” saying that Bossie was “solid. Smart. Loves politics, knows how to win.””

http://heavy.com/news/2017/06/david-bossie-trump-war-room-russia/

I’ll give you a moment to get your head around this. The man who orchestrated Citizens United---selling the American people into servitude to any foreign power willing to spend enough money---was best friends with Donald Trump. And it was Citizens United that allowed Russia to pour the cash into the Trump family campaign coffers.

More on the Bromance between Trump and Bossie:

“Only a handful of people close to Mr. Trump understood the depth of his interest in the presidency, and the earnestness with which he eyed the 2016 campaign. Mr. Trump had struck up a friendship in 2009 with David N. Bossie, the president of the conservative group Citizens United, who met Mr. Trump through the casino magnate Steve Wynn.

"Mr. Trump conferred with Mr. Bossie during the 2012 election and, as 2016 approached, sought his advice on setting up a campaign structure. Mr. Bossie made recommendations for staff members to hire, and Mr. Trump embraced them.”


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/4/12/1514319/-Peeking-into-Trump-s-Black-Box-David-Bossie-and-Citizens-United

Wild, right? But wait, the connect the dots gets even wilder. Bossie recommended Corey Lewandowski to Trump, according to the above article. And guess who Corey Lewandowski brought on board.

Give up? Carter Page.

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/corey-lewandowski-introduced-russia-linked-carter-page-to-the-trump-2016-team-report/

“Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski acted as conduit between Carter Page and campaign policy director Sam Clovis, the Daily Caller reports. Lewandowski’s introduction eventually led to Page joining the campaign as a foreign policy adviser.Despite once insisting he has “never met or spoken to Carter Page in [his] life,” Lewandowski actually introduced Page to Clovis in New York City “in late 2015 or early 2016,” the Daily Caller reports.”


In case you’ve been living in a cave for the last six months, Carter Page’s claim to fame is that he is a bone fide traitor to his country.

“Page is also plagued by a 2013 meeting with a Russian spy, where the former Trump campaign adviser reportedly passed documents to the secret agent. An FBI lawsuit against three Russian spies revealed the espionage ring attempted to recruit Page.”


There you have it. Five (not six) degrees of separation, Russia (Putin) to Carter Page to Corey Lewandowiski to David Bossie to Citizens United. With Trump in the middle.

Do you ever get the feeling that a whole lot of people have been involved in one great big conspiracy for a very long time? And that maybe when they persuaded John Roberts and the Supreme Court to make it easy for a foreign country to take over the United States, they were already thinking ahead to Russia?
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Wed Jun 7, 2017, 10:59 PM (3 replies)

How Justices Scalia, Thomas, Alito, Kennedy and Roberts Brought the Russia Bear to Our Door

Never forget what branch of the U.S. government decided that unlimited corporate spending---from any corporation, not just U.S. corporations---was a good idea. Justices Thomas, Scalia, Alito, Roberts and Kennedy--fuck you, the way you fucked your country. You were warned that your ruling in Citizens United opened the door to a hostile take over of our country by a foreign power. Did you care? Not a bit. You are not jurists. You are the lapdogs of the wealthy. If you had any shame, you would all resign---after Trump and Pence are impeached.

https://theintercept.com/2016/08/03/gop-lawyer-chinese-owned-company-us-presidential-politics/

http://billmoyers.com/story/getting-illegal-foreign-money-us-campaigns-easy-experts-say/

https://raskin.house.gov/media/press-releases/rep-raskin-introduces-get-foreign-money-out-us-elections-act


"At bottom, the Court's opinion is thus a rejection of the common sense of the American people, who have recognized a need to prevent corporations from undermining self government since the founding, and who have fought against the distinctive corrupting potential of corporate electioneering since the days of Theodore Roosevelt. It is a strange time to repudiate that common sense. While American democracy is imperfect, few outside the majority of this Court would have thought its flaws included a dearth of corporate money in politic."

Last line of Justice Steven's dissenting opinion.

Russia and countries like Russia will be slobbering all over us like a pack of hungry wolves every election until we close the unlimited foreign corporate money in U.S. elections loophole that the Supreme Court deliberately created in Citizens United.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Tue Jun 6, 2017, 10:50 PM (2 replies)

Vet to Trump: "Taking money from me to give to profit-making medical providers is wrong"

How does Trump/Putin plan to keep his promise to improve health care for our nation's veterans? He is going to take away disability payments for a quarter of a million veterans. These are military men and women who suffered such extensive injuries that they can no longer work. Part of their contract with the federal government that employed them to keep the nation safe was that if they were injured, the nation would take care of their injuries. If they died, the nation would take care of their loved ones. And, if they suffered injuries that made it impossible for them to work, the nation would provide for them rather than just dumping them onto the streets where they would have to scramble for themselves in a world which increasingly has little to offer the poor, homeless and disabled.

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/06/01/proposed-va-benefit-cut-angers-elderly-disabled-vets.html

""Taking money from me to give to profit-making medical providers is wrong. You are screwing me and my wife," said a former Marine sergeant who served with the 26th Marines at Khe Sanh. "It makes no sense for [the Department of Veterans Affairs] to have to fund the Choice program.

"We did our part by serving, and so many gave their lives. Maybe some of those supporting the bill should visit the VA hospitals with veterans suffering and just waiting for their final call. Then tell their families, 'He was a good man,' " said the sergeant.

Major veterans organizations slammed the budget proposals as soon as they were issued and also questioned Shulkin's push to expand the Choice program.

"We are very concerned the administration's request to make the Veterans Choice Program a permanent, mandatory program could lead to a gradual erosion of the VA health care system," the Veterans of Foreign Wars said in written testimony to a hearing of the House Veterans Affairs Committee last month."


The "CHOICE" program is designed to get veterans who do not live near VA medical facilities accessible, timely care. It was never meant to take the place of the Veterans Administration--except in the dreams of orthopedic surgeons like Secretary of Health Tom Price, who takes money from the artificial joint industry to promote their product. And it was never, ever intended to take the food out of the mouths of hungry, disabled veteran so that a private sector surgeon somewhere could make a Lexus payment by putting an artificial knee in a patient who does not need one. Or performing unnecessary back surgery, sinus surgery, hysterectomies---

But let's not get into what constitutes necessary medical care. That is something that must be decided on a case by case basis. Instead, I ask you to consider the ethical question---by asking disabled veterans to give up food and housing in order to pay for health care for other veterans, is not the Trump administration creating a sort of Death Panel? As in "You are too disabled to work, therefore your need to eat and have a roof over your head is less important than fixing someone else's knee so he can get back to work. Only those who can work count in Trump's America. Everyone else belongs on an ice floe."

If they'll do it to the veterans, they will do it to every one of us. Because Trump actually (claims to) give a damn about the military. The rest of us were put on this earth to make him and his Russian handlers money.

Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sun Jun 4, 2017, 01:44 PM (1 replies)

Every Story in This Forum That is Not About Trump/Putin Is a Waste of Words

That got your attention, didn't it? Good. It was supposed to. Now, while you are considering your response to the tag line, please read on.

The tag line is my opinion. At this moment. Tomorrow, I may feel differently. There is no absolute truth, just relative truth. And at the moment, the truth is that I am ashamed of how easily we allow ourselves to be distracted.

Yes, I know that I am no fun. Yes, I know that we have free speech in this country, and that we are free to write about whatever we want including the way that we want to limit other people's free speech--that is why I can write this post that many will say attempts to quash free speech. Trust me, I would never take away your right to free speech. But I reserve the right to critique the way that free speech is used. And I am pretty sure that "free speech" includes "freedom to criticize"--especially if the criticism is constructive. So, please, stop feeling personally insulted and read on.

This is not a matter or rights or ethics or even manners. This is a matter of expediency.

With a traitor in the White House destroying our economy and our environment and our future, it seems to me that we ought to keep our eyes on the prize and not let ourselves get distracted and divided and conquered. But then, I admit, I am no fun that way. I am always sticking my nose into a perfectly good flame war and declaring it a "divide and conquer". I am sure that those who enjoy a good flame war have a picture of me on a wall somewhere with the words "Enemy of Divide and Conquer" written beneath it in big, bold red Republican letters. Because Divide and Conquer is still and will always be the number one tool of those opposed to the democratic process, i.e. the GOP.

Can I get those words etched on my tombstone? They can never be repeated too often.

Divide and Conquer is still and will always be the number one tool of those opposed to the democratic process, i.e. the GOP.



Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sat Jun 3, 2017, 04:25 PM (34 replies)

Fool's Calvinism Comes Home to Roost

First, a disclaimer----John Calvin would have condemned Trump, the leader of the White House Crime Family. However, the roots of the flaw in United States culture that makes Trump's criminal enterprise possible can be found in a particular brand of Calvinism that goes something like "We are born either damned or blessed, and we can know which we are by weighing God's favor shown upon us in this life." Or, more simply "The rich are better than the rest of us."

What does Trump do every time he is caught lying, criming, conspiring? He boasts "Of course! I did it to make money!" And that makes it alright----if you subscribe to the Christian Coalition's notion that all profitable endeavors are blessed by God, otherwise they would not turn a profit. Call it Fool's Calvinism (for Fool's Gold).

Jarred, the Mob Don's favorite son-in-law did not conspire to commit treason with a foreign power. No, he set up a back channel communication line with Russia to make money.

Trump did not prey upon home owners who lost their life's savings in the mortgage meltdown because he is a "bad dude." He did it because there was profit to be made and only an ungodly man turns away from an opportunity to make money.

Trump accepts bribes for everything from cabinet picks to border wall construction contracts to U.S. foreign policy , because it is a really easy way for a President to make money. And he has placed members of his family in key administration positions, because it is an easy way to make sure that all the bribe money he is making goes into the Trump Crime Family coffers. Because under Fool's Calvinism, money becomes more valuable if it is sitting on top of more money---making it closer to God in Heaven.

Both Citizens United and Bush v. Gore are results of Fool's Calvinism. In Bush v. Gore the court ruled based upon the identity of the parties in the case, because the Bush Family and their Rich (Oil, Energy and Saudi) Backers were obviously right---if not, God would not have made them so damned rich. In Citizens United, the court said that the richest corporations in the world have a god given right to determine the outcome of U.S. elections, because they are rich and the rich have been commanded by their Fool's Calvinist God to make more money.

Fool's Calvinism is the dogma of colonialists. When King Leopold's traders chopped off the hands of Africans in the Belgian Congo so that they could account for every bullet used, when New World settlers gave the natives small pox infected blankets----these atrocities were acts of worship for the devout Fool's Calvinist.

Fool's Calvinism is the dogma of environmental terrorists. The man who dares strip mine a mountain for the riches it contains, the company that dares destroy our world's climate in order to increase its quarterly returns---these are the faithful, the chosen. The earth is transient, but (to the Fool's Calvinist) money is forever. On the great cosmic ledger that God keeps at His side, the more zeros that follow the number beside your name, the closer you will be to the front row of the heavenly choir. And, as the Spanish Inquisition and Crusades taught us, All's Fair in War and Religion.

Under Fool's Calvinism, God will not be satisfied until all the world's wealth is piled up in two or three giant stacks of gold that reach all the way to the moon--and the rest of use bow down in awe and supplication to the beauty and majesty of God's creation. Because humanity, according to the Fool's Calvinist, is a pyramid scheme, and the guy at the top is at the top because God's wants it that way.

Praise God and pass the collection plate.


Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sat Jun 3, 2017, 01:31 PM (13 replies)

Statement from Al Gore

There is no earthly reason for Trump to join Syria (too close to violent death to care about global warming) and Nicaragua (thinks the Paris Accord is too weak) in dumping the Paris Accord----

Unless he is hoping to get Al Gore so angry that he decides to run for re-election.

https://www.algore.com/news/statement-by-former-vice-president-al-gore-on-today-s-decision-by-the-trump-administration-to-withdraw-from-the-paris-agreement

“Removing the United States from the Paris Agreement is a reckless and indefensible action. It undermines America’s standing in the world and threatens to damage humanity’s ability to solve the climate crisis in time. But make no mistake: if President Trump won’t lead, the American people will.

Civic leaders, mayors, governors, CEOs, investors and the majority of the business community will take up this challenge. We are in the middle of a clean energy revolution that no single person or group can stop. President Trump’s decision is profoundly in conflict with what the majority of Americans want from our president; but no matter what he does, we will ensure that our inevitable transition to a clean energy economy continues.”


Run, Al. Run. Re-elect Gore in 2020

Posted by McCamy Taylor | Thu Jun 1, 2017, 07:37 PM (11 replies)

Trump Supporters: How to Tell the Haters from the Hopeless

There are two kinds of Trump supporters and in the weeks to come, it will become increasingly easy to tell them apart.

The Hopeless are folks in places like West Virginia with no jobs, no health insurance, no hope for the future. Trump promised them everything they needed, and so they took a leap of faith. Now, as his promise to provide free insurance to all Americans turns into stripping 23 million Americans of their existing coverage, and his pledge to make coal great again turns into "coal is dead", the Hopeless will lose hope once again--and they will turn on Trump. They are already turning on Trump. Their great enthusiasm is turning into watchful waiting. And soon, it will be outright disgust.

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/donald-trumps-base-is-shrinking/

Unfortunately, the Haters are going to love Trump even more. By Haters, I mean those who hated Obama for having a father from Kenyan. When they hear about 23 million Americans losing their health insurance, they will picture Black people losing their health insurance and they will rejoice. They will also cheer to see legislation passed during Obama's tenure overturned. The Haters will be too busy enjoying their hatred to care that some of them will lose their own insurance. Haters are like the scorpion that stings the fox as it is ferrying it across the water. "Why did you sting me?" the fox asks as he slips under the water, taking the scorpion with him. "Because I am a Hater," says the scorpion. "It's what I do."

Embrace the Hopeless. It is not their fault they could not imagine that someone running for president would lie the way that Trump lied. And steer clear of the Haters. You can't help them. You can only hope that one day they realize that there is something better than the Hate to which they cling.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Wed May 31, 2017, 07:14 PM (1 replies)

Trump deliberately targets successful immigrants for deportation

Because his base can not stand the fact that "dam' furriners" have more than they do. Never mind that the immigrants worked hard for what they have. Never mind that they have spouses and children who are U.S. citizens. Never mind that they were brought to the country as children. Never mind that they are veterans. Trumps lazy, undereducated, methe addicted base hates the fact that someone whom they consider "inferior" is doing so well, when their own lives are such a mess. This is the real reason that Trump's immigration department targets hard working immigrants. Trump will never deliver on his promises of jobs and healthcare, but he can carry out an ethnic purging that will make the base forget that they are still under employed and under insured.

The fact the immigrants have stable, happy non methe addicted families, the fact that they served their country and started businesses--- to Trump' s base this is just salt in the wound of their self hatred.

Anyone out there cheering as hard working immigrants are deported--- you are a loser and you will always be a loser. Your ancestors probably had their photographs taken during lynchings and mailed them as postcards for all to see. To you, what Trump is doing to immigrants is the next best thing to a good old fashioned lynching, and you and your kind make true Americans sick.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Tue May 30, 2017, 09:51 PM (5 replies)

No, Trump Fans, Putin Is NOT Your Friend

Memorial Day, when we remember those who gave their lives to defend our country and our Constitution. On a day like today, the truth of how Trump got where he is---by accepting the aid and money and espionage of a foreign power, Russia--is enough to make a true American sick.

A lot of people will tell you that Putin is more like them than---say--Obama ever was. That's because they look at Putin and see white and male and Christian. But I have news for anyone who thinks that Putin or his puppet Trump is going to restore their white, male, Christian privilege---you have been conned. Out of your vote. Out of your health insurance. Out of your Social Security.

Putin does not look at you and see a fellow white,male, Christian suffering under the tyranny of Welfare Queens. He sees a Christian heretic---unless you are Russian or Greek Orthodox, you are not free to practice your religion in his country. He does not look at you and see a fellow white. "White" has no meaning in Russia. "White" can be French, British, Irish, Norwegian. Putin looks at you and sees a non-Russian---and therefore a lesser human being in his world view. And---this is what ought to really make you shiver--- he sees a traitor, someone who--if Russian-- would be arrested, tried and thrown into a prison for a long, long time if he did what Trump did. Putin does not have your back. Putin has you by the balls. And when he is done with you, he will leave you even worse off than before.

Putin/Trump came to power in this country thanks to a massive mistake made by the Supreme Court. In Citizens United they ruled that any corporation--even a foreign corporation had free speech rights and that foreigners could exercise their free speech in this country by throwing massive amounts of money into U.S. elections. And now that Citizens United has exploited the Free Speech Amendment in ways that the Founders never imaged, Putin's puppet Trump wants to restrict your Free Speech. Angry that Trump and his party are about to take away your health insurance when Trump promised that all (white) Americans would get free health care? Keep it to yourself. They are trying very, very hard to make criticism of the government---of the Russian government of the United States--illegal.

Putin/Trump came to power by promising to send the immigrants "home", so there would be lots of great jobs for Real Americans. But Putin's Russia is actively recruiting immigrants to fill out its work force. That's right. While we are told that we must be willing to leave fruit rotting on the vine and roads unpaved and houses without roofs for the sake of "racial purity", Putin's Russia is welcoming workers from former Soviet territories--some of them Muslim, some of them non-white, many of them non Russian speakers. Putin knows that a country can not grow without immigrant workers who are willing to do more for less in the hopes that someday they too will be citizens. When Putin tells us that we must send home hard working immigrants---some of them business owners, some of them mothers, some of them veterans---he is eliminating the competition. He is making it easier for Russia to say to third world workers "Hey, the United States does not want you. But Russia does."

Putin has a few other plans--and none of them will increase the health and well being of the U.S. working class. He wants oil prices to rise again. Russia's economy is still based on oil, and until they can steal our immigrant labor and take over our role as a manufacturing powerhouse, Russia needs gasoline prices high, high, high. Meaning all of you who moved into the suburbs so that your kids could attend "better" schools, you are screwed. You will eat up a big chunk of your salary commuting to and from work each day, just like you did under Bush/Cheney. And this time there will be no "trickle down" prosperity, because the profit will all be going to Russia. And Saudi Arabia and Iran. With a little bit left over for Texas.

Putin also wants to see heroin prices rise. What? You did not know that the Russian Mob that backs Putin is a huge player in the world heroin industry? The Russian mob could sell a lot more heroin in this country at a lot higher price if fewer Americans had insurance that allowed them to see a doctor for legal opiate prescription and (especially) if fewer of them had health insurance that paid for addiction treatment. Trump and the GOP are working on that. Trump and the GOP have been working for Putin for quite a while--since 2016 at the very least, when Republican Congressmen including Paul Ryan laughed among themselves that Russia owned Trump---and then swore each other to secrecy. When prominent Republicans started taking lots of money from Russia. When they started valuing Russian "intelligence" over that of their own CIA, NSA,military. When they decided that opening secret channels of communication between Moscow and the Trump transition team was somehow a good thing. In what universe is it ever "good" for the president to have secret dialogues with a foreign power that the military and intelligence agencies are not allowed to hear? We have a military and we have intelligence agencies in order to keep our country safe and strong. Meaning that anything you do not want them to hear is likely to make our country weak and vulnerable.

Trump is a traitor. Putin is his foreign master. If Trump and his cronies go to jail, Putin will laugh himself silly. Even if he does not get higher oil and heroin prices, even if he does not get more immigrant labor for Russia, he will have set back our country a decade. And as the dictator for life of another nuclear armed country specializing in oil, fuel, weapons and technology, he is not our friend. He is our rival.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Mon May 29, 2017, 06:55 PM (9 replies)

Trump: Making America (as) Great (as West Virginia)

Trump loves West Virginia. And by that, I do not mean that he loves West Virginia for its coal. When he said he planned to “get those miners back to work” he was not talking about getting them back to work as coal miners. Coal is dead. Trump’s economic adviser just said so.

Trump has big plans for his supporters, but those plans do not involve a decent job for a decent wage with decent benefits. After Trump deports all the immigrants who pick the crops and clean the toilets and build roads, someone will have to do the backbreaking, minimum wage, no benefits work—and that someone will be a born in the USA proud Trump supporter. And if none of them want to do the work voluntarily, Attorney General Sessions will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law for smoking weed or using meth. They will be sent to federal (for profit) prison where they can do the work formerly done by immigrants for less than the immigrants were paid. Or Congress will make those who are on Social Security Disability--you know, people who are too sick to work---take over the back breaking jobs. Because being in a wheelchair does not mean you can not pick crops. It just means you have to work longer hours to make up for your poor productivity.

Is this a great country or what? And Trump is about to make it even greater---by making it more like West Virginia, the state with the highest rate of working age adults on disability, the state with the worst rates of diabetes, cancer and obesity, the state drowning in drug abuse, the state that gave Trump 68.7% of its vote in last fall’s election.

Trump does not want the American electorate to be educated, healthy, happy, prosperous. Trump wants us frightened. Desperate. Drug addicted. Undereducated and underemployed and angry about it. Trump planned all along to take away the insurance of twenty plus million Americans. Sick people are desperate people. They go into debt. They lose their homes. They lose their jobs. They have to take minimum wage jobs flipping burgers—and in Trump’s America, 99% of us are supposed to be flipping burgers, cleaning toilets and polishing shoes for the 1%.

W. got the ball rolling with the mortgage crisis and the recession of 2008. But that was small beans compared to what Trump has in store for us. Trump plans to bring us an actual honest to god Great Depression---because Depressions are a great opportunity for real estate moguls like him to snatch up real estate for a song. He admitted it during the debates.

In Trump’s perfect world, every state will become as “great” as West Virginia. Because fascism does not do well when the people are educated, healthy, well fed. Fascism takes root when people are desperate. And right now, no state is as desperate as West Virginia, which threw its support behind Trump, because he promised to bring back coal jobs....

Listen to the words of this West Virginia coal miner as he predicts that Trump will keep promises to bring back coal jobs and deliver free health care. Listen and weep for West Virginia.

http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/wv-coal-miner-on-why-he-voted-for-trump-896833603809




Posted by McCamy Taylor | Fri May 26, 2017, 11:13 PM (0 replies)
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