Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Friday, October 4, 2019
The President, as head of the Executive Branch, has a number of roles to play and in performing those roles has power equal to, if not in some cases, beyond those of the other branches. For example, he alone has the power of enforcement through the military and the Justice Department and FBI.
The President of the United States is responsible for:
1. Being the Commander in Chief or the Armed Forces of the United States, the General above all General;
2. Running the vast federal government as the executive in charge of all of the departments of the U.S. Government;
3. Proposing policy and legislation and working with the Senate and House to resolve differences and reach agreement on public policy;
4. Upholding the Constitution and protecting the rights of every American for fair and equal treatment under the law;
5. Providing inspiration to the American people, speaking for the people as a whole and appealing to our best natures and our common interest-helping us to put aside our differences and do the right thing; and
6. Speaking for the United States, representing our country on the world stage, projecting the image of America that we celebrate in our memorials and historical documents.
Above all, we expect, or should expect, the President of the United State to perform these roles and exercise the great powers we have given him or her in the best interest of the people of the United States as a whole and NOT in his personal interest.
He is Commander In Chief, but the Armed Forces of the United States are not his personal army. He runs all the departments of the Executive Branch, but he is not suppose to use the regulatory and other powers of these departments to enrich himself or serve his personal interests. The legislation he proposes and works to achieve should be legislation designed to serve the interests of the country as a whole and not just his personal interests or that of wealthy friends or donors. The foreign policy he pursues should benefit us, the people, not his personal interests. In short, we expect and should demand that the occupant of the White House subordinate his personal interests to that of the people, us, all of us.
Donald Trump has put his personal interest first. That is the impeachable crime. That is why he should be impeached. That is why he should be removed from office.
If we fail to hold Donald Trump and all Presidents to the standard of putting public over personal interest, then we will no longer have a democracy.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Question: Did Trump ask a foreign country to open an investigation against a potential opponent in return for American aid? Is that an impeachable offense? You decide.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
What was this call all about? Think of it this way. The
You get a call from someone whose support is very important to you. Maybe you run a small company and this person is the CEO of the company that accounts for half of your sales. Maybe this person is your boss and mentor who helped you get the position you have and whose support you will need in the future. Maybe the person is a very close friend who has given you emotional support that allowed you to get through a major crisis in your life and that you hope will be there for you in the future.
In the first part of the conversation, the person calling congratulates you on some achievement. Your company has had its best quarter ever. You have garnered praise and a big bonus for your performance in your job. You finally seem to be getting your life together. You gratefully acknowledge how much help this person has been to you and how much you appreciate their continuing support.
Suddenly, the conversation changes. The person calling says, “I would appreciate it if you could help me out..” and goes on to ask you to do him a favor.
How do you interpret this request in light of the phone conversation up to that point? Is the person suggesting that his/her future support is somehow contingent on you honoring his/her request for “help”? Is this a quid pro quo?
Now, what was Trump doing in his call to the President of Ukraine? Was he trying to use the power of the Presidency to get dirt on a possible opponent? If so, is that acceptable or should Trump be impeached for abusing the powers of his office?
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
- Income Fairness—If an American works 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, at a minimum they should be able to earn enough to house, clothe, and feed themselves and care for their minor children including arranging for quality childcare while they work.
- Gun Violence—Too many people die or are seriously injured in this country because of gun violence. No American should fear that their life or the life of a friend or loved one could come to an end or that they will suffer life altering injuries as a result of gun violence.
- Healthcare-No American should ever die or suffer needlessly because they cannot afford access to quality healthcare.
- Education—Every American should have free access to a quality education that prepares them for the jobs of today and tomorrow. No American should be unemployed or underemployed because they can’t afford the education to qualify them for employment.
- Equal Rights Under the Law—No American should ever be denied the rights and privileges of U.S. Citizenship because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or national origin.
- Clean Air and Water—No American should ever become ill from the air they breath or the water they drink.
- Pure Food and Drugs—No American should ever suffer ill effects from the food they eat or the legal drugs they consume.
- Every Vote Should Count-Every American qualified to vote in a national, state or local election should be able to cast their vote at a time and place that does not require extraordinary efforts on their part to vote and should be confident that the voting process is secure and that their vote will be counted as cast.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Thru July of this year, there had been 248 mass shootings in the United States with 246 Americans killed and 975 wounded. Now the El Paso shooting will add to those terrible statistics.
Republicans are in the pocket of Pro-Gun groups
Pro-Gun groups (the NRA, gun manufacturers, and others) spent 10 times as much on campaign contributions as Gun Control advocates. All of the top 20 recipients of Pro-Gun campaign money from 1988 thru 2018 were Republicans. All of the top 20 recipients of Gun Control campaign money were Democrats.
Republicans are blocking gun control
Whenever Democrats propose reasonable gun control legislation, Republican block it.
If you are concerned about mass shootings (and you should be), then you should NEVER vote for a Republican. Period.
We will never make progress on ending gun violence in this country as long as Republicans are in power.
As long as Republican are in control and under financial obligation to the Pro-Gun groups, there will never be any reasonable effort to end mass shootings. And, as long as we are not taking steps to end these mass shootings by making it difficult for potential mass murderers to obtain guns, you and your love ones can never be safe in a shopping mall, in a movie theater, at a concert, or anywhere where people gather, shop or go about their daily lives.
We may not be able to end the killing given how many guns are in circulation in this country.
But, shouldn’t we at least TRY?
End the violence. VOTE DEMOCRAT.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
That's it folks. That's what we learned. If the fact that the Republican Party has now officially joined hands with Russia and who knows what other enemies of the U.S. to cheat to win doesn't bother you, it should. This is how a democracy is destroyed.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019
Instead, Pelosi should appoint a special House Committee to throughly review the non-redacted Mueller Report together with evidence Mueller collected and other available evidence with the purpose of recommending whether the House should, based upon the Mueller investigation and other reports of wrong doing by Trump provide sufficient justification for the imitation of formal impeachment proceedings.
This committee should be bi-partisan and should be given a short deadline, say four to six weeks, to report back to the Speaker and House as a whole. To the maximum extent possible, the work of the committee should be public with due consideration to protecting national security secrets and evidence that might interfere with ongoing criminal investigations.
Note: The mandate of the Committee is not Impeachment but rather a determination of whether or not there is a bi-partisan agreement that serious charges have been raised concerning Trump behavior that justify the consideration of possible impeachment.
This approach accomplishes several things. First, the Democrats do not rush to impeachment, nor do they just ignore the findings of the Mueller report. Second, the Committee can educate the public on the content and viability of charges against Trump to avoid having the Impeachment process being viewed as a partisan exercise. Again, the consensus being sought is NOT whether Trump should be impeached but whether sufficient evidence exists to justify the start of formal impeachment proceedings. Third, Impeachment is a very serious matter. If advocates of impeachment, of which I are one, can not convince the American public and, at least some, Republican that formal impeachment proceeding are called for given what we know about Trump's behavior revealed by the Mueller Report and other sources, then it is foolish to move forward since we will be giving Trump a powerful weapon to deploy against Democratic candidates in 2020.
Let's be smart folks.
Friday, March 1, 2019
MEDICARE FOR ALL FACT SHEET
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Could Trump use his power to convene both Houses so he could deliver his State of the Union Address? Maybe. Truman did it.
Monday, November 26, 2018
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Almost 60% off statements made on Fox and Fox guests are either Mostly False, False or so out of the realm of reality to get a “Pants on Fire” rating. If you add in statements that are misleading or only half true, Fox viewers are lied to or misled nearly 80% of the time.