Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Impeachment: What Are High Crimes and Misdemeanors?

Article II, Section 4 says: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors. [NOTE: Members of Congress are not subject to impeachment but either house can expel a member for cause.]
There is little debate about the meaning of the terms “Treason” and  “Bribery.”
Treasonis defined in the Constitution.
Article III, Section 3 defines Treason as follows: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”
Briberyis not defined in the Constitution, but as the non-partisan Constitutional Rights Foundation, notes Bribery is a crime that has long existed in English and American common law.  “It takes place when a person gives an official money or gifts to influence the official’s behavior in office. For example, if defendant Smith pays federal Judge Jones $10,000 to find Smith not guilty, the crime of bribery has occurred.”  https://www.crf-usa.org/impeachment/high-crimes-and-misdemeanors.html
What did the framers mean by High Crimes and Misdemeanors?
As the Constitutional Rights Foundation says, most people, including many in Congress today, take the phrase to mean “any crime” either a serious crime like a felony or a lesser crime or misdemeanor.  In other words, if no crime is committed then a person cannot be impeached for “High Crimes and Misdemeanors.”   
That is not what the framers meant.
The framers were in agreement that treason and bribery should be grounds for impeachment plus something else.  One committee proposed “treason, bribery and corruption.”  George Mason of Virginia proposed “treason, bribery and maladministration.  
The framers finally settled on “Treason, Bribery and other High Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
There was almost no discussion in the Constitutional Convention about the meaning of the term “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” since the framers KNEW what the term meant since it had been used in the English parliament for over 400 years as a grounds to impeach officials for crimes and non-crimes.  These impeachable offenses included such things as:
·     misappropriating government funds, 
·     appointing unfit subordinates, 
·     not prosecuting cases,
·     not spending money allocated by Parliament, 
·     promoting themselves ahead of more deserving candidates,
·     threatening a grand jury, 
·     disobeying an order from Parliament, 
·     arresting a man to keep him from running for Parliament, 
·     losing a ship by neglecting to moor it, 
·     helping “suppress petitions to the King to call a Parliament,” and
·     granting warrants without cause.”
Some of these “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” were actual violations of law but others were not.  Officials did not have to be found guilty of a crime to be impeached.
Perhaps Alexander Hamilton defined the meaning of the term High Crimes and Misdemeanors as understood by the authors of the Constitution best in Federalist NO. 65. He wrote that High Crimes and Misdemeanors were those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.” https://www.congress.gov/resources/display/content/The+Federalist+Papers#TheFederalistPapers-65

What is a "High Crime or Misdemeanor?
Any action by a President, Vice President or civil Officer of the United States that is 


Friday, October 4, 2019

The Real Reason We MUST Impeach Trump AND Remove Him From Office

Our Constitution creates three co-equal branches of government-the Legislative, Executive and Judicial.  The Executive branch is the only branch in which the co-equal power is invested in a single individual, the President.

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

What Really Happened During Trump’s July 25th Call to Zelenskyy?

The following is based upon the summary of the call approved and released by the White House with Trump’s approval on September 24..  You can read the full summary as released by the White House here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uyWKAGgHIqDEORgjOyo0uq7JOXzhxOQf/preview  

Let’s walk through what Trump said in the call step by step.

1.  Trump begins by congratulating Zelelnskyy on his election 
President Trump: Congratulations on a great victory. We all watched from the United States and you did a terrific job. The way you came from behind, somebody who wasn't given much of a chance, and you ended up winning easily. It's a fantastic achievement. Congratulations.

[Zelelnskyy won 73% of the vote to become Ukraine’s 6thPresident in April, 2019.   See: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/5-ukraine-presidential-vote-winner-190422063051756.html

2.  Zelenskyy compliments Trump by saying that he learned from Trump and that he used a lot of Trump’s skills and knowledge.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky: You are absolutely right Mr. President. We did win big and we worked hard for this. We worked a lot but I would like to confess to you that I had an opportunity to learn from you. We used quite a few of your skills and knowledge and were able to use it as an example for our elections 

3. Trump reminds Zelenskyy that the U.S. does a lot for Ukraine, much more than the European countries. He says the U.S. has been “very very good to Ukraine.”
Trump: Well it is very nice of you to say that. I will say that we do a lot for Ukraine. We spend a lot of effort and a lot of time. Much more than the European countries are doing and they should be helping you more than they are. Germany does almost nothing for you. All they do is talk 

4. Zelenskyy agrees and says all the Europeans and says Europeans are not doing as much as they need to be doing.
Zelensky: Yes you are absolutely right. Not only 100%, but actually 1000% and I can tell you the following; I did talk to Angela Merkel and I did meet with her I also met and talked with Macron and I told them that they are not doing quite as much as they need to be doing on the issues with the sanctions

5. Zelensky tells Trump that Ukraine is very grateful for the help the U.S. has provided it in defense and that they want to buy more Javelins from the U.S.

[Javelins are anti-tank missiles.  Ukraine had obtained these missiles from the U.S. going back to at least 2018.  See: https://www.rferl.org/a/javelin-missile-delivery-ukraine-us-confirmed/29200588.html
Ukraine had asked to buy more missiles in August 2019.  See: https://www.rferl.org/a/us-ambassador-ukraine-asks-to-buy-more-javelin-missiles/30093162.html]

Additionally, Zelensky is aware that Trump had put a hold on $391 in military aid to Ukraine about a week before the telephone call.  https://www.wsj.com/articles/president-trump-repeats-criticism-of-biden-in-impromptu-u-n-appearance-11569254230  and here: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/24/donald-trump-ukraine-military-aid-1509070

6.  After they have both agreed that U.S. aid is important to Ukraine, Trump immediately makes a request for a favor.  Trump is saying in effect, “We agree that you need the U.S. and that you want to buy more Javelins and I know that you know I’m holding up nearly $400 million in aid.  Now, before I agree to give you more aid, I need a favor.”  This is the “quid pro quo.”  Quid Pro Quo is “a favor or advantage granted or expected in return for something.”  See:https://www.google.com/search?q=quid+pro+quo+means&oq=quid+pro&aqs=chrome.3.0j69i57j0l6.8732j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Trump: I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say CrowdStrike ... I guess you have one of your wealthy people... The server, they say Ukraine has it

[Trump mentions CrowdStrike.  The New York Times notes“Mr. Trump appeared to be referencing an unfounded conspiracy theory that Ukrainians, not Russians, were behind the D.N.C. hacking, and the Ukrainians framed the Russian government to make it look like that country was working with Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign. Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s personal attorney, has been among those pushing this theory.”  Part of this conspiracy theory is that CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity firm that investigated the DNC hacking has hidden a server in the Ukraine that contains information that could prove that the conspiracy theory is right.  See: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/25/us/politics/crowdstrike-ukraine.html]

7.  Zelenskyy assures Trump that Ukraine very much wants to cooperate and links this discussion to the earlier discussion of U.S. help to Ukraine.
Zelensky: Yes it is very important for me and everything that you just mentioned earlier. For me as a President, it is very important and we are open for any future cooperation… I just wanted to assure you once again that you have nobody but friends around us… I also plan to surround myself with great people and in addition to that investigation, I guarantee as the President of Ukraine that all the investigations will be done openly and candidly. That I can assure you.

8.  Trump brings up Joe Biden and his son and another conspiracy theory that Joe Biden forced Ukraine to fire a prosecutor because the prosecutor was investigating Biden’s son for corruption. He asks Zlensky to talk to Giuliani and Barr about the Biden issue.

Trump: Good because I heard you had a prosecutor who was very good and he was shut down and that's really unfair… A lot of people are talking about that, the way they shut your very good prosecutor down and you had some very bad people involved. Mr. Giuliani is a highly respected man. He was the mayor of New York City, a great mayor, and I would like him to call you. I will ask him to call you along with the Attorney General. Rudy very much knows what's happening and he is a very capable guy. If you could speak to him that would be great…There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it...It sounds horrible to me

9.  Zelenskyy that Ukraine will work on the investigation and asks for any additional information 
Trump can provide.

Zelensky: I wanted to tell you about the prosecutor. First of all I understand arid I'm knowledgeable about the situation. Since we have won the absolute majority in our Parliament; the next prosecutor general will be 100% my person, my candidate, who will be approved, by the parliament and will start as a new prosecutor in September. He or she will look into the situation, specifically to the company that you mentioned in this issue. The issue of the investigation of the case is actually the issue of making sure to restore the honesty so we will take care of that and will work on the investigation of the case. On top of that, I would kindly ask you if you have any additional information that you can provide to us it would be very helpful for the investigation

10.  Trump says he will have Giuliani and Barr give Zelenskyy a call about the Biden issue.

Trump:… I will have Mr. Giuliani give you a call and I am also going to have Attorney General Barr call and we will get to the bottom of it. 

11.  Zelensky tells Trump he stayed at the Trump hotel in New York on a previous visit and brings up a visit to the U.S. and specifically Washington DC.

Zelensky: I would like to tell you that I also have quite a few Ukrainian friends that live in the United States. Actually last time I traveled to the United States, I stated in New York near Central Park and I stayed at the Trump Tower. I will talk to them and I hope to see them again in the future. I also wanted to thank you for your invitation to visit the United States, specifically Washington DC. On the other hand, I also wanted to ensure you that we will be very serious about the case and will work on the investigation. 

12.  Trump says again that he will have Giuliani and Barr call. He invites Zelensky to call about arranging a visit to Washington.

Trump: Good. Well., thank you very much and I appreciate that. I will tell Rudy and Attorney General Barr to call. Thank you. Whenever you would like to come to the White House, feel free to call

13.  Zelensky thanks Trump and invites him to visit Ukraine.

Zelensky: Thank you very much. I would be very happy to come and would be happy to meet with you personally and get to know you better. I am looking forward to our meeting and I would also like to invite you to visit Ukraine 

14.  Trump says they can work out visits and ends the call the way it began with a congratulations.

Trump: Okay, we can work that out. I look forward to seeing you in Washington and maybe in Poland
Zelensky: Thank you very much Mr. President.
Trump: Congratulations on a fantastic job you've done

 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 Trump’s call to Zelensky all about?

We now have a summary of the content of the call Trump made to the President of Ukraine.  You can read the summary here.

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?

Your call.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

An Agenda for America

Often, in this country, we debate solutions without every agreeing on the problems we are trying to resolve.  What is wrong with our country or not as right as it should be?  What should we be striving to achieve to make our collective lives better?  We need an Agenda for America.  

What do we want our country to stand for and look like five years for now or 10 or 20?  What would it take to make America, not just great again, but truly GREAT!  

I propose eight things as an agenda for our future.  Think of these as eight worthy goals.  There are many paths to these goals and we should debate which paths we should take.  But first, we should agree upon our goals.  Then, let’s have a discussion about what we need to do, starting now, to realize OUR goals.  

Here are 8 Goals I propose for our future.  I invite you to add your own and/or suggest how a goal I suggest should be reworded. 

  1. 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.  
  2. 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.  
  3. Healthcare-No American should ever die or suffer needlessly because they cannot afford access to quality healthcare.  
  4. 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.
  5. 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.  
  6. Clean Air and Water—No American should ever become ill from the air they breath or the water they drink.
  7. Pure Food and Drugs—No American should ever suffer ill effects from the food they eat or the legal drugs they consume.
  8. 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

Trump Exhibits Symptoms of a Messiah Complex

Today, Donald Trump looked at the sky and proclaimed: “I am the Chosen One.”  After seeing the video of him saying this, one Trump fan wrote: “He was chosen for the task at hand… I'll go further.  He WAS chosen by God to save America.”  https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/21/i-am-the-chosen-one-trump-proclaims-as-he-defends-china-trade-war.html
Our country is in deep trouble.  The person occupying the White House is becoming more mentally unstable each day. And, some of his supporters are beginning to see him as a God who can do no wrong.
Trump, who is clearly a destructive narcissist, has become even more delusional.  There is a name for the mental disorder is now exhibiting—Messiah Complex. 
“…the symptoms of the(Messiah Complex) closely resemble those found in individuals suffering from delusions of grandeur or that they have grandiose self-images that veer towards the delusional
The messiah complex is most often reported in patients suffering from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. …
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messiah_complex  and. https://flowpsychology.com/messiah-complex-psychology/

Consider this from an article on the Messiah Compex.  The world has seen the damage a politician with a Messiah Complex can do if left unchecked.  
Adolf Hitler is considered to have had an acute case of the messiah complex. This was evident in his preoccupation with himself as a political actor, his meticulous concern for his self-presentation, and his identification with himself as the savior of the German people. Hitler believed that he was fated to lead Germany to a thousand-year-long period of European domination and that he was chosen to rid Europe of undesirable people.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messiah_complex  
Now change this quote to read Donald Trump instead of Adolf Hitler and America instead of Germany and Europe so that it reads:
Donald Trump has and acute case of the messiah complex. This is evident in his preoccupation with himself as a political actor, his meticulous concern for his self-presentation, and his identification with himself as the savior of the American people.Trump believes that he is fated to lead America to a thousand-year-long period of American domination and that he was chosen to rid America of undesirable people
Most people reading the altered quote I just presented would agree that it is an accurate description of  Donald Trump.  If that doesn't bother you, it should.
It is unlikely that Trump will be impeached and removed from office.  But, he is too mentally unstable to be re-elected and given 4 more years in office.  
Vote Democrat in 2020 and ONLY Democrat.  Do it for yourself.  Do it for your country.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Statue of Liberty Poem-A Republican Revision

As the Statue of Liberty Poem Reads Today:
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-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!    The Statue of Liberty

As It Might Read After Trump’s Re-Election:

Give me your tired and your poor white people who can stand on their own two feet, work for slave wages, keep their mouths shut and not become a public charge to me. Better yet, send only the rich and famous from your foreign shore.  Send these, the already powerful in comfort to me, I lift my lamp beside the Republican door.   The Statue of Republican Liberty

Saturday, August 3, 2019

The Facts About Gun Violence—And, how to stop it.

Mass shootings in the United States are epidemic
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

The Most Important Thing We Learned Mueller Testimony Today

The most important thing we learned from the Mueller testimony today came not from Mueller or the Democrats, but from the Republicans.  They made it clear.  They are not at all concerned about Russian interference in the 2016 election.  Nor are they concerned about probable interference in the 2020 election.  Why. They know the Russians will do everything they can to help Republicans, not just Trump, win.  Republicans are primarily interested in winning and they don't care how they win or if they win because a foreign power and enemy of our country helps them do so with dirty tricks.

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

Love It or Leave it? Wrong!

If you love your country, don't leave it.  Stay and fix it.  Make it better. 
Blind love for a country or anything is no love at all. 
The true patriot doesn’t ignore his country’s defects.  The true patriot doesn’t abandon his country because things aren’t right.  The true patriot stays and fights and complains and yells and screams and demands change for the better.  The true patriot recognizes that the path to a better future starts with admitting what is wrong today and having a plan for change.  The true patriot says things that are uncomfortable for the rest of us to hear.  We have problems.  We aren’t’ perfect. We need to change.  The true patriot doesn’t celebrate myths.  The true patriot tells the truth even when it hurts.
Love it or leave it? I hope not.  If you really love this country, don’t leave it and don’t just stay and pretend it is perfect when you know it isn’t.  Make it better.  Make the rest of us make it better.  That’s what love of country is really all about.

Senator Carl Schurz, Wisconsin
“I confidently trust that the American people will prove themselves … too wise not to detect the false pride or the dangerous ambitions or the selfish schemes which so often hide themselves under that deceptive cry of mock patriotism: ‘Our country, right or wrong!’ They will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: ‘Our country—when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.’”—Schurz, “The Policy of Imperialism,” Speeches, Correspondence and Political Papers of Carl Schurz, vol. 6, pp. 119–20 (1913).

Friday, April 19, 2019

Impeachment-Not Yet.

Should the House begin Impeachment proceedings against Trump based on the Mueller Report?  Not yet.

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

Democrat Progressives Medicare For All--The Facts

You may have heard that Democratic Party Progressives have introduced their version of Medicare For All-a single-payer health insurance system for America like most other countries have.  A lot of what you have heard is inaccurate.  Here is a link to a Fact Sheet that explains what the Democratic Party Progressives are proposing.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

State of the Union-Can Trump Demand a Joint Session to Hear His Address? Maybe.

Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution says:  “He (The President) shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper…”

Two points:

1. The Constitution DOES NOT specify HOW the President shall give information about the State of the Union to Congress.  With the exception of George Washington, all Presidents until Woodrow Wilson issued a WRITTEN REPORT.  Thomas Jefferson adopted the written report because he thought a formal address would make the President appear more like a King.

2. The President can “on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them…”  Trump could announce that the “crisis” on the border was an “extraordinary Occasion” requiring that the State of the Union be delivered by him in person to a joint session of Congress.  That’s happened 46 times to recall the Senate and 28 times to recall both Houses.. For example, Truman called a special Joint Session on inflation, housing and civil rights on July 27, 1948.  See: https://history.house.gov/Historical-Highlights/1901-1950/President-Harry-S--Truman-s-special-Joint-Session-on-inflation,-housing,-and-civil-rights/

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

Doofus Donald wants the U.S. to have its own World Wide Network..We got Five Already

Donald.  We already have our own Worldwide Network to show the World the way we really are.  In fact, we have five networks, you dufus or doofus (if you choose).  

So foolish.  So inept. So uninformed.  So DUMB.  That's Donald.
....and false way. Something has to be done, including the possibility of the United States starting our own Worldwide Network to show the World the way we really are, GREAT!

In 1942, the U.S. created the Voice of America (VOA) to tell the world about America.  Today VOA is one of five U.S. civilian broadcast networks including Radio Free Europe and Radio Free Asia as part of the U.S. Agency for Global Media. 

Look it up Doofus Donald. Or, how about just asking someone, anyone in the White House or U.S. Government.  

U.S. Agency for Global Media

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


If you watch or listen to Fox  Fox News and Fox News Personalities, most of what you learn about any topic is Mostly or Completely or Outrageously False according to Punditfact.  

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.

Fox News is almost as bad at spreading misinformation as Trump.  According to Fact Checker, Trump averaged 5 lies or misleading claims per day during the first nine months of his presidency.  In the run up to the mid-term election, he increased his lies to a breathtaking 30 a day on average.  He topped a thousand lies in October alone. 

And you wonder how Trumpians can believe such weird stuff.  

Check out a list of the lies here:

Friday, November 9, 2018

Good Sign for 2020—States Key to Trump’s Win in 2016 Went Blue on Tuesday.

Yesterday in an article in The Nation, John Nichols made an excellent point about the significance of the 2018 Blue Wave to Democratic Party prospects in 2020.  Nichols notes in his article that Trump won in 2016 largely because he sneaked out extremely narrow victories in three traditionally Democratic states—Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.  His victories were narrow—0.7 points in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and just 0.2 points in Michigan.

Now fast forward to 2018.  There were six major races in the three key 2016 states Trump in 2018.  Democrats won ALL of these races.

“Three Democratic senators—Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin, Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow, and Pennsylvania’s Robert Casey—all won with ease. Three Democratic gubernatorial candidates—Tony Evers in Wisconsin, Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan, and Tom Wolf in Pennsylvania—were also winners.

Additionally, progressive Democrats won the races for Attorney General in both Michigan and Wisconsin.

If Democrats have similar success in these three states in 2020, Trump is going to find it very hard to win a second term.