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Thursday, July 30, 2020

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM.

Like so much about America, its core democratic pillars are far less concrete than advertised. Three equal branches that oversee each other...bla bla...

The painful and obvious truth about the "genius" of the founding fathers was the system they put together only worked well when no one tried to test the system. The three pillars of the American Constitutional system stood tall and brutish, until asked to bear weight. Once asked to stand up to task, the system was only as good as the intention of the people entrusted with it. The honor system that held American federal governance together collapsed, immediately when Donald Trump took advantage of Republican leadership's complete lack of honor.

The truth is, no system will ever be immune to the intention of its operators at any given moment. What's more, the current collusion between Trump and senior GOP lawmakers is just the evil twin of the collaboration that is required for any system of government to operate on even the most basic level. The notion that there has to be a constant adversarial relationship between the branches and parties in any governing system holds us back from our potential. There has to be discussion and even disagreements in order to interject new ideas and approaches to dealing with our wide array of current issues. The McConnell model though, is a relic of American corruption. NÒ BRANCH, or chamber, should ever have, or perceive itself to have, the authority to deny the others the right to carry out their duties under the constitution. The job of the Senate is to confirm appointments by the executive not deny the executive its authority under the constitution. McConnell's refusal to look at any appointments Obama was constitutionally entitled during his final year was a racism driven abuse of power. That being said, the current abuses by the executive in the DOJ and state department point to the need for joint authority over vital government safe guards. This though takes us back to the current collusion between Trump and the GOP. Answers to preventing this in the future are elusive,  because again the system is at the mercy of the intention of its operators.

So where to go from here? First a reality check. I'm not an American constitutional scholar. I have simply been observing what is going on with dismay if I am to be honest. I also can't claim to be unbiased. Comments regarding the GOP and their lack of honor are clearly conclusions not observations. 

The safe guards to stopping a dictator from rising in a democracy is ultimately the people who own that democracy. In America the right of the people to assemble is being eroded where those people are not showing support for the wannabe dictator. There is a growing understanding that Trump is laying the groundwork to contest a Biden victory in November. Sowing conspiracies about mail in voting and outside nations is clearly intended to give excuses for not conceding the election and taking the results to unqualified judges he appointed. 

American freedom and global stability hang in the balance. A Trump election coup is Putin's biggest potential win ever. It will give him a nearly free hand to move into Europe. 

With Trump now playing his hand and trying to make a case for delaying the election because of a crisis he is cultivating it is more important than ever to have an alert and responsive American public. 

Sunday, July 19, 2020

TRUMP'S PUZZLING INACTION.

It really is, especially for someone who is as desperate as Trump is, easy for him to be a hero. Millions of his people are becoming sick. Tens of thousands are dying. What does he have to do to be the hero? 

Something 

ANYTHING 

Yet Donald J. Trump, President of The United States of America, with the power of the American Republic available to him, does even worse than nothing, he actively obstructs the response. He could have been THE HERO that saved America and GUARANTEED his re-election by simply acting on the advice of the experts. But he couldn't; can't. He couldn't admit to not knowing everything about a communicable disease that experts with decades of school and experience can't yet wrap their heads around, and be the hero, only he has the power to be.

So instead of being the hero, Donald has turned America into an international disgrace. A infectious pit that is shunned by the industrialized world eager to avoid turning back the clock on the sacrifice they have borne to control the spread of the virus causing COVID-19. Is there a scheme behind the stunning madness? Is he following orders from outside actors eager to take advantage of the unparalleled chaos within America's protective institutions? Or is Donald Trump just that deranged and STUPID?

Equally baffling is the GOP and their drop off the moral abyss. To be clear, they have, for a long time now, only been on the narrowest ledge when it comes to moral judgment. Now though they have completely given up on the notion of even appearing to care about the state or fate of America. Closing in on ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSND DEAD AMERICANS, and the GOP can't pull away from Trump and save their nation. 

The American republic is on a figurative and literal ventilator right now and November 3rd looms large. Trump and his Republican lackeys may be the most important illness to shake.

Monday, June 29, 2020

ARE THE REPUBLICANS PRACTICING A SCORCHED EARTH APPROACH TO THE 2020 ELECTION?

Just straight out of the gate the question has to be asked. Are Republicans letting Donald Trump do so much damage that a Democrat in the White House and in control of both chambers could not possibly succeed leaving easy wins in 22 and 24? The pattern of Republican/Conservative governments mismanaging the government leaving others to clean it up then getting back in promising the moon, is pretty common. But this feels different, and for sure is extreme in a way only 2020 could offer up.

Most have struggled to explain how and why the Republicans have become so bent down before an inexperienced obviously outclassed and incapable person. At times, only blackmail makes sense and it seems foolish to believe the Russians only hacked the Democrats. There is lots of material available to coerce Republicans who have a long history of yelling virtue while doing the opposite.  Jeffery Epstein's demise is not without questions, but evidence on it is in the conspiracy theory realm. All of that to the side, Americans are dying by the thousands due to an inexcusably negligent government response to COVID-19, evidence of corruption is obvious and apparently legitimate, and the Republicans November fortunes appear to be going up in flames.

People of all races in America are coming together to shout enough, to the endless parade of police killing people of color, without consequences, the military is being used to threaten US citizens while at the same time being targeted with bounties with no action from the White House. AND Trump's Attorney General is making a concerted effort to destroy the Rule of Law and the DOJ. We completely understand, there is far toò much to tackle at once, but there is a clear, "let it burn and roast a marshmallow" atmosphere coming from the Republicans.

It is more important to be vigilant now than ever, and not make this into a win/win scenario for the party that has stunningly allowed much of this to happen. If there is a cheat in with help from another group then American democracy is finished. If the scorched earth approach is truly what is happening, a return to Republican rule with a president who is not as inept could see a swift return to the road to dictatorship.  The GOP must be soundly defeated in November and then followed up with FAIR and JUST investigations and prosecutions where warranted. If there are no consequences for the last 4 years, the American dream was just a fairytale. 

Thursday, June 18, 2020

THE NRA AND SECOND AMENDMENT ARE JUST MORE AMERICAN RACISM

The astonishing silence of the NRA in the wake of George Floyd's murder at the hands of a white police officer and world wide protests condemning it and the plight of black people in America, speaks volumes. It speaks to the systemic racism in the NRA and to the validity of the NRA as an organization. It also screams volumes about the validity of the NRA's arguments supporting the interpretation of the individual rights afforded by the Second Amendment.

If the argument is, the Second Amendment is designed to ensure the American people have a right to maintain arms as a means of protecting themselves from government tyranny, then surely the NRA should be standing tall with the message that arming black Americans would be the best way to counter police violence. They should also be showing the constitutional protections in place to allow an individual to take action against a police officer or any other government official. They are not making this argument and, rightly, SHOULD NOT BE. It does though, lay bare both the obvious racism of the NRA and the obsolescence of the second amendment as it is currently flogged on Americans.

When multiple shooting incidents happen in the United States, the vast majority are carried out by white men. Each of these incidents spurs the discussion of implementing commonsense policies. You can always count on the NRA to stand up and argue against denying powerful weapons to white men who kill indiscriminately with them.
You can also count on desperate and pointless politicians to use the Second Amendment as a racist dog whistle. Jim Jordan did that on Twitter today when calling out Chief Justice John Roberts for doing his job fairly.

There are no provisions in the Constitution of the United States that allow for an individual to make a determination of tyranny, nor, for certain,  to act on it with lethal force. It's impossible, since one person may see speed limits in a school zone as a tyrannical interference instead of a reasonable rule allowing for the safety of children. Instead, as we are seeing now, the framers allow for "peaceable assembly" to redress greivince.

The NRA'S silence on the second amendment right for black Americans to arm and defend themselves against police brutality is not wrong. No such right exists, nor does it exist for white men arming themselves then protesting at Michigan's state capitol to intimidate state lawmakers, except the NRA pushes it and system allows it, in obvious racial bias. It's time to admit the NRA's racist bias and close it down. The Second Amendment, as it is currently pushed, is a relic that needs reform as well.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

IS IT DESPERATION BY DESIGN?

This one got started before the protests surrounding the curbside execution of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The point was always going to be simple:

YOU CAN'T PUT PEOPLE IN DESPERATE SITUATIONS AND BE SURPRISED WHEN THEY COMMIT DESPERATE ACTS.

It's really easy, people who have hope and a way to make that hope reality will work within the system available to make their situation better. Stack the system against them, kill them randomly without recourse or consequence and they will come up with the consequence on their own, and that is what we are seeing now in the United States. It is particularly evident in the lives of people of colour and first nations people in North America.

Whether it's lack of access to education or testing criteria that is slanted to favor a particular type of person or group. Setting aside the issue of systemic racism which can have some innocent participants; ("it's just how we've always done it...") and consider the way, primarily Republican and conservative controlled jurisdictions keep people on the edge. Programs that can help people survive and move forward have long been proven to help people back on their feet and make society safer. They don't though, offer as much opportunity for control.

The conservative preferences is to keep people desperate, focused on survival, stressing about their day to day, leaving the conservative/Republican power brokers free to continue manipulating the system without thoughtful oversight from an informed public. 

This blog was always intended to shine facts onto discussions all too often dominated by feelings, and far too often misinformation, or as we like to call them LIES. But this goal has become insufficient. The lies and outright fraud being pushed as news and all overtly intended to fraudulently manipulate the choices people are making need to be countered. It is not ever appropriate to 
Outright lie, but we MUST get more aggressive in confronting the tactics being used to take over the world. 

All the campaigns and organizing voters means nothing if obvious REPUBLICAN VOTER SUPPRESSION AND FRAUD are not aggressively countered and exposed. Voter suppression is perhaps the most egregious crime committed against a democracy.