Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Indulge me: In our perilous time The Battle Hymn of the Republic calls us to

remember the essence that drove our nation, to those who sacrificed their lives for it and the millions that sailed and trod through danger to get to it to see Lady Liberty's light.

My love for our union and the magnificent president Lincoln who saved it will never die as long as I live. I hope it is passed to the next generation who in turn will pass it to the next.

This Battle Hymn of the Republic has never had more meaning then it does today.  We must remember and never forget that light that lights our nation and has lit the world!
 
 


NBC News poll: American attitudes toward Russia worsen under Trump -- Story + My Comment

I paste the link to these stories below.  Heed them for you, your children and your grandchildren!

My Comment: ELECTION DAY TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018 -- MARK THIS ON YOUR CALENDAR AND BE 100% SURE TO GET OUT TO VOTE
FOR DEMOCRATS ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018 TO RETURN THIS NATION TO A SEMBLANCE OF SANITY.  REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF
EVERYTHING MEANS THIS NATION'S DEMOCRACY IS AT GRAVE RISK BECAUSE OF TRUMP.  REPUBLICANS OF OLD ARE NO MORE. 
REPUBLICAN MEANS TRUMP AND TRUMP MEANS AN ERADICATION OF OUR DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCES ABROAD INCLUDING NATIONS
IN THE 70 YEAR OLD NATO ALLIANCE.  SINCE WWII NATO HAS WRAPPED ITS PROTECTIVE ARMS AROUND NATIONS TO PROTECT THEM FROM RUSSIAN AND TOTALITARIAN ENCROACHMENT.  IT HAS IN MODERN TIMES HELPED KEEP THE EASTERN EUROPEAN NATIONS FREE.  WITHOUT IT RUSSIA IS PREPARED TO RETURN TO SOVIET ERA STRONGMAN TACTICS AND RETURN TO A TAKEOVER BY AUTHORITARIAN RUSSIA OF EASTERN EUROPE. 

WORSE IT MEANS A RESURGENCE OF FASCISM IN EUROPE.  TRUMP IS TOXIC TO WORLD STABILITY AND ALL THE FREEDOMS THAT DEMOCRACY PROVIDES TO IT.  YES, YOUR VOTE IS THAT IMPORTANT.   WE AS A NATION MUST VOTE THIS TOXIC REPUBLICAN
PARTY OUT OF OFFICE SO BOTH FREEDOM ABROAD AND JUSTICE AT HOME WILL PREVAIL.  REMEMBER NOVEMBER 6, 2018 -- VOTE AND VOTE DEMOCRATIC!

DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT.  TAKE JAMES COMEY FORMER FBI DIRECTOR A LIFE LONG REPUBLICAN'S WORD  FOR IT: 

James Comey, Longtime Republican, Tells ‘All Who Care’ To Vote Democrat In November

“History has its eyes on us,” the former FBI director said after Trump’s remarks in Helsinki.  




SEND THIS EMAIL TO ANYONE YOU CHOOSE AND ESPECIALLY TO THOSE IN RED REPUBLICAN STATES AND SWING STATES.  TRUMP REPUBLICANISM MUST NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN!!

Monday, July 16, 2018

If this be treason -- Hell in Helsinki

I have, as many others have, suspected for a long time Trump's connection to Putin and the Russian meddling, indeed, swaying of the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor.  Why would Trump not believe his own most trusted intelligence agencies -- the FBI, the CIA and the NSA -- choosing rather to believe Putin when he says simply Russia did not subvert the 2016 presidential election because Putin told him so. We know Russia did because we believe the crack American forensic intelligence agencies unequivocally through facts and evidence said Russia did.  With all the ugliness that Putin has committed from downing an airliner killing hundreds of innocents, occupying the country of Ukraine and taking over another, Crimea, why would Trump choose to wrap his arms around a thuggish Putin, believe all he says, never criticize him so Putin can crack the champagne on his journey home and toast his GSU intelligence agency for a job well done?

This allegedly America first nationalist in front of our western European allies, in front of NATO, in front of the world and in front of all our democratic republic holds dear sides with the autocratic Putin believing him whenever Putin tells him to.  Putin, the mendacious Trump says, had no reason to sway the 2016 election in Trump's favor.  Really, Mr. Trump, really?

One does not have to be the stable genius Trump thinks himself to be to realize why Russia would want a useful idiot in the presidency allied to him and not have a hard nose sophisticated smart former secretary of state like Hillary Clinton in the oval office.  Clinton would have held Putin's feet to the fire for downing Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Boeing 777 shot down by a surface-to-air missile from a region controlled by Russian-backed separatists, invading and taking Crimea as part of Russia, invading Ukraine, radioactive poisoning Alexander Litvinenko who lay in a London hospital bed in November 2006 and identified the man responsible for his impending demise: Vladimir Putin, murdering two other English citizens in England, supporting the monster Assad killing 10,000 human beings in Syria using poison gas, weakening stable democracies of western Europe, weakening NATO and swaying a US presidential election.

Instead Trump refuses to condemn Putin over Russian election hacking: " ‘We’re All To Blame’, Trump insists, for poor relations with Russia." The U.S. president continued to aver there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow using his well worn epithet of "witch hunt" to describe it.

One does not have to believe Democratic voices critical of the Trump/Putin meeting in Helsinki.  One should read a statement just issued by Paul Ryan, Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, when he says:


"There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world. That is not just the finding of the American intelligence community but also the House Committee on Intelligence. The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally. There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals. The United States must be focused on holding Russia accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy."



We who have a modicum of intelligence know well there is a rationale behind Trump's refusing never to wax critical of Putin instead supporting Putin no matter what he says.  This carries with it a rationale which has yet to be revealed by Special Counsel Mueller in his pristine investigation of the 2016 election collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.  Be patient, though it is hard to do, because it will soon be known.  I suspect, although I have not seen the evidence yet, that Putin must have something on Trump which Trump is so afraid to confront lest his presidency, his career, his family, even his life will be in legal and mortal jeopardy.  I suspect it has something to do with Rubles and billions of them held over Trump's fake orange head like the sword of Damocles.  We know no bank, at least no American bank, would loan money to Trump but Russian banks and oligarchs would and I suspect did.  Trump never pays money lent to him back.  It is one thing to do that in this country and declare bankruptcy but to owe Russian oligarchs and/or banks billions I suspect carries a much steeper penalty Trump simply cannot confront.  Mix a little sex in the stew and I suspect Russia could destroy Trump in a heartbeat and Trump knows Russia would.  

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, if this be treason make the most of it and expose the high crimes, misdemeanors and treason this president has allegedly and seemingly obviously committed.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Walkaway from the Democratic Party? Hell NO -- the Only Game in Town!!!

There are bots and real human beings in techno land that have their essence within the Republican Party.  They are trying to shutdown or damage the  Democratic party.   I do not trust anyone who bad mouths the Democratic Party trying to convince one to leave it. For those who care about not only economic issues but the all important civil liberties issues do not be swayed by those who want to destroy the Democratic Party from within.  They are often Trumpian loyalists.

Do we want abortion made not only not impossible but illegal for those who seek it relegating women -- often poor women -- to back alley abortions that will kill them? Do we want politics infused with religion abandoning the separation clause of the US Constitution? Do we want persons of color to return to 1850, 1870 or to 1950 when separate but equal was legal and Jim Crow laws were a black person's fate; his only crime to have been born black? Do we want gays to return to the days before Stonewall when they could not love openly whom they choose and marry as everyone else who gets the legal benefits of marriage? Do we want to return to the lunch counter politics of exclusion this time for homosexuals that will allow public businesses to discriminate and tell one to go somewhere else.  Do you want insurance companies to deny you health care because you had/have a preexisting condition of MS, muscular dystrophy, cancer, allergies and more as a child? Do you want everyone to be continually denied healthcare as a right? Do you care if people die because of a health care policy everyone should have but does not?

These are things on which Democrats will vote how most of us want but Republicans will vote money for the top 2% and war instead.  Republicans have not, do not, and will not give a damn about human rights. These are important differences between the Parties. Democrats vote humanely on them which is why I have stuck for decades within the Democratic Party.  In essence the Democratic base and Party despite its flaws vote for necessary human rights.  Republicans vote against them for the top 2% richest and for war.

We must do all we can to keep within Democratic Party structure because it is the one we have to get a minimum of what is just. Would Democrats commit the horrors that are happening now on our borders to powerless people? Would Democrats want to expunge Social Security and Medicare? HELL NO they wouldn't!! Republicans under Trump have zero heart and even less ethics. Be careful what you do with your vote. Do not throw it away.  VOTE and vote Democratic.  No, the Democratic Party is not perfect but for people of humanitarian conscience it is the ONLY game in town!!

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Life You Save

I could not agree more with Elizabeth Allen's July, 7, 2018 MetroWest News opinion "Threats to Reproduction"  (Linked below.) Upon learning of Justice Kennedy's retirement I could not believe this reliable swing justice who at times put that which was fair over ideological obstinacy and extremism giving a variety of political beliefs a fighting chance retired unable to wait a few months until after the November midterms when Congress may change its color. 

Justice Kennedy disappointed me. When I read his son  works for Deutsche Bank, from which bank Trump allegedly has extensive financial ties I wondered if there was a connection.  It is said American banks will not lend Trump money because of his failure to pay back loans.  There seemed to me then and now to be six degrees of separation between Justice Kennedy's rapid retirement slightly before of the 2018 midterms, his son's employment at Deutsche Bank giving Trump significant loans and Trump's chance to pick the next all important justice allowing him a "conservative" majority on the Court ready to swing every decision not only right but hard right potentially for decades.  Is this a quid pro quo?  I don't know but it arouses suspicion.

All minorities and all those who care about due process, civil rights and the separation of powers holding even the president accountable for his behavior and the rule of law now are at risk as Special Counsel Mueller's investigation closes the noose around Mr. Trump and his administration's neck.  We who are concerned with human rights, feel for those for whom discrimination is a daily experience, and value justice mourn the hostile era to that in which we live.  It is why the resistance against this right wing extremist unfit-for-the-presidency president is so important.  Resist and never give up. The life you save may be your own!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Kavanaugh was a predictable choice, but could be an unpredictable justice--MY COMMENT: NOT SO SURE

 I believe, in general, Brett Kavanaugh will be the same reliable proponent of right wing extremist policy that Gorsuch has shown and Republicans know it. The Heritage ​Foundation and the Federalist Society​​, ultra conservative organizations, picked him among other ultra right wing justices. After all what does our dear Leader know about the history of the Supreme Court contemporary or otherwise? Answer: Nothing as he knows nothing about most of the ugly inhumane decisions he makes.

Donald J. Trump knows of one issue: Donald J. Trump. ​ ​
All Trump had to do was read Justice Kavenaugh's opinion o​f​
his opposition to inditing a sitting president Trump thought he died and went to prosecutorial heaven. Granted Kavanaugh said Congress is the branch to make law declaring an indictment of a sitting president not possible. When the time comes ​​to rule​,​ ​though, Kavanaugh ​will ignore ​the responsibility of Congress ​and simply rule the presidency above the law​ and that a president should not be indicted while in office​.

Unfortunately, the media, point in fact Morning Joe, even so-called liberals or moderate to left commentators wax oleaginous and unctuous in their praise of a man whose long noted record contains very ominous signs of a reliable social issue conservative justice. He has been an audience of one when the Federal lower courts have been nearly united on declaring certain Trump policies unconstitutional. Kavanaugh acts alone in opposition even to his own court.

I hope Democrats hold Justice Kavanaugh's feet to the fire and not let him off with weak opposition. When the verdicts fly as Kavanaugh becomes the fifth conservative justice on the Supreme Court overturning Roe, ruining the Affordable Healthcare Act, proclaiming this president above the law and protecting him from the massive illegalities he has committed, putting a stake in the heart of gay marriage, placing religion as an acceptable rationale to deny a human being service at a public business the fault dear Brutus will not be in the stars it will be in yourselves!



https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/kavanaugh-was-predictable-choice-could-be-unpredictable-justice-n890091

Friday, July 06, 2018

Just when you think it could not get any worse -- U.S. Army Reportedly Discharging Immigrants Who Enlisted With Promises Of Citizenship


 Just when you think it could not get any worse and that the Beast could not do anything more deadly than the cruelty and misery he has already put forth there is another incredulity lodged. This time Gen. Mattis lied when he said that immigrants looking for citizenship who were willing to give up their life for this country would be sheltered in place. Now we know through the headline above and the link below it was just another lie among thousands the administration has told and tells ALL the time to a base that either is not smart enough to do analysis on what the charlatan says or doesn't want to because they LOVE his racism. Either way there is one word for it: SAD!




https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/us-army-discharging-immigrants-report_us_5b3ed376e4b09e4a8b2b6c58

Thursday, July 05, 2018

"Abraham Lincoln warned us about Donald Trump" -- Daily Kos+ My Comment

My Comment:    July 4th, Independence Day, is the perfect time, I thought, to expound on the meaning of its profundities while we exist now during the time of a depraved administration that separates mothers from their children, denying all Constitutional due process and other actions so base and so ugly I thought once would never happen here. It is, though, happening here and it is the perfect national holiday to perfect a theme that zeroes in on this corrupt of all presidencies; a presidency so malevolent, so mendacious and so evil that it beggars the mind and gives pregnant pause to a writer lest one not write something adequate to express one's disgust of it all. 

In 1776 our nation threw off the shackles of tyranny and powerlessness to become a beacon of light that would in time pave the way for millions of immigrants fleeing the dangers of the hostile lands in which they were born.  They crossed a perilous sea to an unknown place, steeped in a language they could not speak and customs they did not know.  They stared in awe onboard their ships, at Lady Liberty in New York Harbor as they approached their new life.   The inspiring 1883 poem "The New Colossus" written by Emma Lazarus and placed at the statue's pedestal translated to them a sense of awe, hope and freedom to the many who heretofore had none.  Those beautiful tear stained words beckoning the tempest tossed millions to seek safe arrival in Liberty's arms I write indented below.  The poem as many know says:

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
MOTHER OF EXILES. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Happily I was sent an article by the Daily Kos, a progressive publication, climbed Liberty's Everest heights to reflect all that I believe and with laser like precision.  The writer entitled it "Abraham Lincoln warned us about Donald Trump" and says as follows:

"If the corruption and rot currently stinking up the Oval Office has had one salutary effect, it has been to force many Americans to actually think about their civic responsibility towards the nation. This 4th of July as we commemorate our country’s repudiation of British tyranny, many of us have found ourselves wondering what exactly this Holiday represents, and how it can be reconciled with the criminal Buffoon that our fellow Americans recklessly saddled us with in November of 2016.

Our 16th President, widely viewed as our best, explained in clear terms what this Holiday should mean to us, we who have inherited the legacy the authors of the Declaration of Independence sought to bestow upon future generations. It is not simply the rejection of British rule and the desire for self-governance, but the “universal” principles that justified our separation that matter. And as Lincoln warned, fealty to those principles must transcend any individual politician—including the President.

These of course are the precepts set forth at the outset of the Declaration, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Conor Friedersdorf in The Atlantic, resurrects Abraham Lincoln’s words and sees in them a warning about today: 
“Now, my countrymen, if you have been taught doctrines in conflict with the great landmarks of the Declaration of Independence,” he declared in 1858, “if you have listened to suggestions which would take away from its grandeur and mutilate the fair symmetry of its proportions; if you have been inclined to believe that all men are not created equal in those inalienable rights enumerated in our charter of liberty, let me entreat you to come back. Return to the fountain whose waters spring close by the blood of the revolution. Think nothing of me—take no thought for the political fate of any man whomsoever—but come back to the truths that are in the Declaration of Independence. You may do anything with me you choose, if you will but heed these sacred principles.”
***
“Wise statesmen as they were, they knew the tendency of prosperity to breed tyrants, and so they established these great self-evident truths, that when in the distant future some man, some faction, some interest, should set up the doctrine that none but rich men, or none but white men, were entitled to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, their posterity might look up again to the Declaration of Independence and take courage to renew the battle which their fathers began — so that truth, and justice, and mercy, and all the humane and Christian virtues might not be extinguished from the land; so that no man would hereafter dare to limit and circumscribe the great principles on which the temple of liberty was being built.”
"Well that moment has arrived, and with it Lincoln’s challenge to all of us to uphold the country’s principles, now under assault not only by a malevolent autocrat, but by a thoroughly corrupt and slavish political party that sustains him"

The United States is now led by a man––bereft of Christian virtues, his own Twitter account a testament to his dearth of self-mastery or prudence––who extols the supposed strength of the Communists who suppressed lovers of liberty at Tiananmen Square, the authoritarian tyrant who leads Russia, and the thug who leads the Philippines. His political ideals would be a cancer to any body politic. It festers within ours and spreads daily. 

In his time, Lincoln warned that a country that continued to embrace slavery was at risk of damning itself not only because slavery in and of itself was a horrendous evil, but because by doing so it would necessarily abdicate the values set forth its own creed, exemplified in the Declaration. A nation that does this forfeits not only its legacy, but its right to any respect from the rest of the world. Of course, Donald Trump’s public embrace of corrupt, murderous dictators and disdain for our closest allies, those not only economically or militarily allied with us but also our ideological kin, has the same corrosive effect on this country as slavery once did: 


Citizen Trump’s entire public life was predicated on the unapologetic pursuit of self-interest, through lust, greed, lies, bankruptcies, and sordid behavior besides. The ethos that he carried into the White House is sufficiently similar as to risk America’s friendships with democratic peoples, whatever remains of its reputation for sincerity, and the moral character of its people in just the ways Lincoln warned, even if the particular injustices before us today are different.

On a 4th of July in which we find our Democratic norms under constant, unrelenting assault by an Administration that pays no heed or shows any interest in our country’s most cherished beliefs, it is an ideal time for the majority of Americans who do care about the country’s future to listen to the warning of a real President, one who through his words and deeds truly deserves the respect of all.