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Oct
17

In the past year I have had many conversations with both Christians and non-Christians regarding the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States.  Comments made during those conversations tend to follow along two separate lines of thought.

  1. Was the election of Donald Trump an event that was 100% controlled by the God we serve?
  2. Was the election of Donald Trump an event that exemplified the “free will” so often mentioned in Christian thought?

This might be another way to characterize those two lines of thought.

  1. Was Donald Trump elected because it was the will of God?
  2. Was Donald Trump elected because the electorate used their “free will” and voted for a man whose character was in direct contrast to every Biblical imperative that the faithful hold dear.

It is clear that we live in a divided country.  Red State, Blue State, Purple State, we are all over the place politically.  The question I want to explore is how those of us who identify with the claims of Christ and Biblical revelation can be so diametrically opposite in our thinking about the last election and the state of the Presidency at this time.

To be clear, there are those that believe that Trump was placed in this position because it was the will of God.  On the other end of the spectrum there are those that believe that God would never place a man like Trump in the most powerful position on the planet.

I fully understand the “God is in charge” group.  This group quotes scripture centering on an all-powerful God who is in control of everything.  Again I understand where they are coming from.  I just disagree with that line of thinking.

Then there are those of us who believe that God would never honor a man of such low character by placing him into the position Donald Trump now holds.  We point to the fact that we have been given the “free will” to make decisions on our own and with those decisions come consequences.

The “God is in charge” group tend to stress the Biblical imperative to pray for our leaders to be successful, the result of which will be leadership actions that bring glory to God.

The “free will of the people” group tends to stress that the current leadership of this country is an embarrassing disaster that needs to be rectified by removing those who aren’t qualified to lead.

I will be clear on what I believe about our current President.

  1. He is a serial womanizer and adulterer.
  2. He is a serial liar, one that we may never have experienced in our lifetime.
  3. He is a sexual predator whose actions should have resulted in prison time.
  4. He is a bully who has gotten by in this world using verbal and legal threats against weaker opponents.
  5. There is nothing about him that indicates he is a Godly man.
  6. His fixation on the nations’ nuclear arsenal signals a lack of true understanding of its real purpose.
  7. He isn’t near as smart as he thinks he is, and his words and actions are proof of his lack of real intelligence.
  8. I could go on, but suffice it to say, these characteristics make him unqualified to serve as President of the United States.

The question I ask here is simple.  Knowing that these things are true, how could a Christian vote for a man who is so anti-Christian in his behavior and thinking?

Some possible answers to that question.

  1. You believe all of the things that people have said over the years about Hillary Clinton and think that the things that turn you off about her make her less deserving of a man with the characteristics I just listed.  In other words, all things being equal, he was more qualified in your eyes than she was.
  2. Your political ideology as a Conservative Republican is more important in your thinking that the spiritual imperatives that you identify with.
  3. You believe that the Republican Party will adhere to more of your spiritual beliefs about topics such as abortion, gay marriage, transgender issues, immigration, and other issues that are more in line with your conservative ideology.

Those who know me well, and there are few, know that I have never been one who disguises my beliefs about political issues and for that matter spiritual issues.  Here is another question I have.  If Trump was a Democrat, would you have voted for him?

I am not trying here to undermine your thought processes or your vote.  I am trying to start a legitimate discussion about a subject that doesn’t seem to have any simple answers.

Feel free to comment and state your case.  This is a discussion worth having.

 

 

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Aug
05

“Leave him alone and let him do his job!”   I can’t tell you how many times I have heard Trump backers utter those words.   Interestingly enough, they are almost the same exact words we heard during the Watergate Investigation, and the Whitewater Investigation.  My answer to that is…”NO, NOT UNTIL WE KNOW THE TRUTH!”   By “truth” I mean fact-based evidence that is the result of a highly professional investigation led by one of the country’s most distinguished and decorated men.

Bottom line, the team of 16 lawyers and their staffs have done an outstanding job of eliminating leaks to the public.  This is totally unlike the Kenneth Star team that investigated Whitewater and the Clintons.  The leaks about their work were strategic and ongoing throughout the process.  They were designed to inform the public and feed the frenzy that was in full bloom.  There is none of that with this investigation.  That is a testament to the professional ethics of this group.

That being said, after the first few months this is where I see this investigation going.

1. There is a real possibility that members of the Trump team will be indicted for money laundering activity over the past several years at least.  Whether or not this leads directly to Trump or his family is an unknowable issue at this point.

2. There is a real possibility that members of the Trump team will be indicted for failure to disclose their financial ties to individuals residing in the Kremlin or otherwise involved in Russian affairs.

3. There is a real possibility that Trump will face charges regarding obstruction of justice.

4. The FBI will probably “flip” Paul Manafort or Michael Flynn during the investigative process.  This will be due to the fact that one or both of them are facing jail time and they will negotiate some sort of deal to lessen or eliminate their potential prison terms.

5. Charges will be leveled by either one, or both of the Grand Juries currently in operation.

6. Russia’s efforts to impact the election will be documented thoroughly but many in this country will either deny that it happened, or make efforts to make it seem trivial.

7. If Trump is charged with Obstruction of Justice, or money laundering, Republicans in Congress will eventually realize that they have hitched their wagon to a falling star and the leadership will make the late night visit letting the President know that he faces impeachment.

8. Trump will probably not resign, and will claim that the whole issue is fake news.  A large number of Republicans will still agree with him.

9. Impeachment will proceed.

I have no proof that any of this will happen.  They are just “informed opinion”.

As one who studied the Watergate affair heavily, there are parallels here that are uncanny in their similarity.   I don’t think we can expect a different result than what we faced in 1974.  It will be interesting to go back and look at my list when this thing is complete.

 

Agree?  Disagree?   Feel free to respond!

Jul
14

“They are rapist and murderers”

He proclaimed with glee

Don’t let them cross our border

Like the ancestors of you and me.

 

“Lock her up, lock her up”

His minions agree

As they shouted their vile epithets

And inflamed you and me.

Chorus

Poor Donald, poor Donald

His mind isn’t clear indeed

What can we expect

From a man who doesn’t read

 

Rocket Man, Rocket Man

His mind filled with litter

The Donald proclaims

As he proves his ignorance on twitter

 

Climate Change, Hurricanes

And fires in the West

 “Its’ a hoax, it’s a hoax”

The Donald knows best

 

Chorus

Poor Donald, Poor Donald

Facts mean nothing you see

Only one thing counts to him is

“It’s all about me”

 

His conquests are many,

Malania, Stormy, and many others agree

He can get away with anything

A serial abuser is he

 

Brietbart, David Duke

And the Alt-Right agree

 Donald gets his wisdom

From Shawn Hannity

 

Children In Cages

Their Parents Seeking to Be Free

As They Flee Murderers & Rapists

To The Land Of The Free

 

Guliani, Stone, and spineless Republicans

Profess Their Fielty

To a man in the tank

For the Russian community

 

Chorus

Poor Donald, Poor Donald

True Facts Never Click

For he is the only one in the room

Who doesn’t know he’s a dick

May
29

A recent poll of Republicans living in States that backed Trump in the election showed that 68.7% think that the President exaggerates or intentionally lies but don’t care that he does.

Read that statement again.   Try and understand what it means.  Another way of stating this is that less than one out of every three Republicans living in those States care about the fact that the man they voted for, lies.   You might ask how that could possibly be.

Political scientists have determined that once “misinformation” is initially encoded in a persons mind that is very difficult to change that persons’ perception through credible correction.  In other words, once the lie takes root in persons’ mind, there is not much you can do to change that mind no matter how many legitimate facts you give them.

Let’s look at some of the more obvious and provably false statements made by the President.

  1. President Obama was not born in America and thus his Presidency was not legitimate.  Trump spread this provably false notion for several years and used every possible lie to confirm that belief.  In 2016 he finally admitted that Obama was born in the United States.  However, a large percentage of Republicans still believe otherwise.
  1. Trump claimed that he saw a large number of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Again, this was a blatant, calculated lie for the purpose of turning people against Muslims in this country.   It worked, as it always does with thousands of his followers backing his attacks on Muslims through the campaign and into his Presidency.
  1. He claimed that he would have won the popular vote if millions of illegal aliens had not voted in the Presidential election of 2016. There never was, and never will be any factual confirmation that this was even remotely true.

 

  1. Trump claimed that the United States unemployment rate was 42% when it was only 5%.  Many believe this statement was true and it was not.   Yet, to this day, he still spouts the same garbage and his followers believe him.
  1. He claimed that President Obama tapped his phones in Trump tower. Never was true.

 

  1. He claimed that the United States murder rate was the highest in 47 years. The truth is that the murder rate has been decreasing since the 1990’s.

 

  1. His latest debunked lie involves the thought that the FBI planted a “spy” in his campaign. The truth of the matter is that the FBI used common practice of having an informer meet with a three of the individuals in the Trump circle during the beginning of the legitimate investigation.   He has admitted that he is using the word “spy” to identify the individual because it will make more of a negative impression in the minds of his followers.

 

These are just a few of the over 3000 lies that Trump has used since elected as identified by the New York Times.  I don’t need to go through each one.  However, they all have been proven to be lies and uttered to serve a purpose.

The truth is that Donald Trump has been a horrendous liar for decades because it has worked well for him.  Trump knows that his lies, planted in the unknowing or unsuspecting minds of those who would follow him, remain there and accomplish his purposes for the lie.  Trump is a liar because it is what works for him and what has brought him to his position of power.  He lied to get there, he lies to stay there. He will lie long after he is gone.

We have gotten to the place where truth is defined as that which is screamed the loudest and most often.  The result is that the President of the United States lies to maintain the power which he lied to accumulate.  Do you believe him now?  Did you believe him in the past?   Lies planted in trusting minds tend to keep those minds from being able to discern the difference between truth and lies, between what is real and what is not.

Apr
22

Democrats looked upon Donald Trump’s recent pardon of Scooter Libby with complete disdain.  We howled.  We screamed. We complained.  We used the pardon as an example of Trump’s dishonesty.  All of the reactions occurred almost immediately without regard for some basic facts.  Once the facts are known, maybe we howl without legitimate cause.

Scooter Libby was serving as Vice President Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff during the last Bush Administration. A few months after the invasion of Iraq, a reporter, Bob Novak revealed the name of a covert CIA employee. This revelation came after the employee’s husband wrote a scathing article about one of the Bush Administrations main rationale’s for going to war, namely that Saddam Hussein was trying to acquire nuclear material.  At that time, many individuals believed that the Bush Administration or someone within it, was trying to retaliate after the negative article.

Scooter Libby eventually admitted that he had been one of the individuals who “outed” the CIA officer.  However, he lied about his source.   He lied to the FBI.  (Sound familiar?)   A Special Counsel investigation was involved in the process.  It took three years for the outcome.  Scooter Libby, a Columbia Law School graduate, was convicted of making false statements in a federal investigation, perjury, and obstruction of justice.  Libby was sentenced to prison.  However, President Bush commuted his sentence.  The guilty verdicts were not removed from his record.   The fact that he was not pardoned by President Bush, caused a chilling effect on the relationship between Vice President Cheney and President Bush.  Cheney, for the most part had his wings clipped within the Administration and his power and sway over President Bush was reduced markedly.

Democrats were overjoyed with the verdicts but not happy with the commutation of sentence.  Interestingly enough, Democrats howled when President Clinton was impeached for lying to the FBI.  These same Democrats basically lost their minds when a Republican did the same basic thing.  There is no greater evidence of the tribalism that has invaded our political discourse.

The story gets more convoluted as you are about to see.  On the last day of his Presidency, President Clinton pardoned a man named Marc Rich, a very rich oil trader who was a fugitive of justice.  His crimes included income tax evasion, wire fraud, racketeering, and trading with an enemy of the United States, (Iran) while it held American hostages.

Rich fled the United States and took refuge in Switzerland where there was no extradition treaty.  The thing that makes this pardon look even worse than it seems is that the normal process for determining pardons within the Administration was never followed.  According to the New York Times, the pardon was “a shocking abuse of federal power.”  Republicans became absolutely unhinged about the pardon.

There was an investigation into whether or not Rich’s ex-wife was donating large sums to the Clinton Presidential Library. We would do well to understand the reality of the political discourse regarding pardons.

  1. A Democrat President, Bill Clinton pardoned a fugitive from justice without using normal protocols.
  2. A Republican President, Donald Trump pardoned Scooter Libby without using normal protocols.
  3. Democrats bark at the moon about the Libby pardon.
  4. Republicans bark at the moon about the Rich pardon.

Political amnesia by both tribal communities results in incoherent arguments, screeching, howling, and barking at the moon. None of those actions change the facts involved.  Before howling, both tribes would be better served if the FACTS and the TRUTH about the situation was known.

Here is the most interesting part of the story.  Guess who the lawyer was that represented Marc Rich in his bid for a pardon?

SCOOTER LIBBY!

 

Feb
15

Not that I am against people praying for people.  But the “Thoughts & Prayers” comment has become the required response by politicians, well-wishers, and “thoughtful” individuals every time there is an incident like we watched in Florida yesterday.  This comment, though potentially thoughtful, has become a way for individuals who could make a difference to seem concerned while taking little or no action that will make a difference in the lives of those suffering from yet another mass murder.

I am a gun owner.  I am an outdoorsman, and one who was raised with weapons in the house.  Some of my fondest memories are of time spent with my father, and his brothers, hunting, dove, quail, ducks, geese and pheasant.  My weapons include rifles that belonged to my father and 12 and 20 gauge shotguns.  I have never fired a handgun.  I have never fired a semi-automatic weapon.  I was raised around individuals who believed in the NRA and learned early in life that if someone takes our guns only criminals will have them.  (Standard NRA Doctrine from the 60’s).

I believe that semi-automatic weapons such as the AR-15 and similar weapons are often purchased by individuals trying to increase their “manliness” and toughness. I always recall the comment from the character Frank Costello in “The Departed”.  “Bringing guns to a business meeting don’t add inches to your dick.”  I believe the purchase of an AR-15 falls into that category.  The design of these weapons is for killing people, lots of people, in a short period of time. Bullets leave an AR-15 at 3000 ft. per second.   This is 3 times faster than from a handgun.   I do not find that they have a legitimate place in a hunter or sportsman’s arsenal.  Living in Las Vegas, home of the most deadly mass shooting in history means that I have come to know how the horror of that event affects a community.  The day after that mass-murder, I watched in person, as FBI agents went in and out of the crime scene, documenting the death and destruction of 58 people.  It was a sobering afternoon.

Back to “thoughts and prayers”.   I believe that political leaders should be made to enter these crime scenes before the bodies are removed.   Then and only then, would it be possible that they may need to take real action about the problem and that their “thoughts and prayers” were useless for those whose bodies and lives have been torn apart by 3000 ft. per second projectiles.  Only then will they realize that their “thoughts and prayers” will not lessen the torment of the families who will be burying their children this week. I event, 17 graves, disgusting.  In Las Vegas, 10 to 15 minutes of fire, 58 graves.

In Florida, an 18 year-old can’t purchase handguns.   However, they can purchase an AR-15.  There isn’t much that explains the ignorance of Florida politicians any better than that fact.  After the Aurora mass murders, a CNN on air personality went to a gun store and purchased an AR-15.  The whole process took 15 to 20 minutes.   It takes longer to get a drivers’ license than it take to purchase a mass-murder machine.

94% of the American public believes that the background check system needs to be overhauled and made more effective.  When I purchased my 20 gauge shotgun, I waited several days for my background check to come through.  I was not offended by the process and, in-fact, had no problem with it.  There are holes in that system that could be closed easily.

It is my belief that there should be a limit to the amount of ammunition an individual can purchase at any one time, or any given time period, and that clips for these murder machines should be limited in size.  (People escape the wrath of a killer while he changes clips)   My point is that there are things that can be done regarding this country’s love-affair with the murder machine.  None of the things that can be done will in any way affect my use of my guns.  It’s fairly obvious why that is.  I don’t hunt people.  I don’t hunt children.  I am not waiting in hiding to ambush government agents who are coming.

Instead of “thoughts and prayers” the leadership of this country needs to come face to face with this carnage.  Only then will they understand that “thoughts and prayers” has not been an effective response to children whose lives have been snuffed out while politicians thought about it and prayed about it.

Please save me the trouble of having to hear the ridiculous excuses and explanations for this problem.   We don’t need AR-15’s to protect ourselves from a “runaway government” that is coming for our guns.  We don’t need AR-15’s to protect ourselves from the criminal element.  Those tired and useless proclamations that emanate from the NRA crowd do nothing to solve the problem.  The government is not coming for your guns.  It never has, and it never will.

Do I expect the leadership of this country to respond in ways that make a difference?   Any logical individual who knows the history of this problem knows it isn’t going to happen.  We will hear the music assigned to the event played on CNN every time they talk about it, and in a week or two, it will disappear from our thoughts.

The NRA spent over 14 million to elect Republican candidates during the 2016 election.  Specifically, they spent $9,721,000 in opposition to Democratic candidates.  $4,327,000 was spent in support of Republican candidates.   They spend more money on advertising campaigns than they do actual donations to elected officials.  Interestingly enough, the NRA contributed the most money to Paul Ryan, the Republican who is third in line to the Presidency.

Maybe our “thoughts and prayers” should be directed towards removing those from office who stand in the way of legitimate progress to this issue.  Obviously, thinking and praying for those affected by these murder machines has not really solved the problem.  And stop the ignorant rants about the second amendment to the Constitution.  It is more than likely that you haven’t read any of it to begin with.  However, picking up a musket like the ones used during the time of the writing of that document is fine with me.   Then you can only kill one person at a time.

 

Jul
17

In the run up to the election I published 10 Reasons why I could not support Trump in my “Independent Investigations” blog.   One of the reasons I discussed was Trump’s use of “strategic lies”.  After his election I made predictions of what to expect once he became President.   My second expectation was that Trump would become “Liar In Chief”.   After six months in office those who knew about his lying and expected him to change his ways are bitterly disappointed.  If you are not, you are not paying attention.  The root of the disappointment is grounded in the basic truth that the President of the United States has made no effort to speak truth to the country.

Many of the promises and claims that he made to solidify his political base were preposterous, ignorant rants that never did have any basis in the truth.  Here are just a few:

  1. We will repeal Obamacare on my first day in office!  (Can you hear the roar from the crowd?)
  2. Mexico will pay for the wall (Shouts of “Donald”, “Donald”, “Donald” ring in our ears)
  3. “I’m putting the people on notice that are coming here from Syria, as part of this mass migration, that if I win, if I win, they’re going back.”  (After 6 months, no attempts)
  4. I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid.” (Have you read the Republicans health care bill?)
  5. “I would bring back waterboarding, and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding,” (Not a chance in hell the CIA or Military would even consider it)
  6. “Instruct the Treasury Secretary to label China a currency manipulator.” (After one visit with the leadership of China he decided they weren’t such bad guys after all)
  7. “I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off.” (How many trips to his luxury destinations have we paid for at this time????)
  8. “We’re going to put our miners back to work.” (A complete lack of credibility, coal is dying and the country is moving away from it)

Research on the President’s statements revealed that he said something untruthful or misleading every one of his first 40 days in office.   Since that time he has done the same thing on 74 of 113 days.  Most of the days where no lies were recorded were days he was off the grid at one of his properties where communications with him were minimal.

I have never been into making predictions, and along those lines have never been any good at it.  However, predicting that Trump would become “Liar In Chief” did not require a great deal of conscious thought.   Once a liar, always a liar.  He is, without questions, the least truthful President of my lifetime.  He is, “Liar in Chief”.

 

The Father Of Lies

I have read some amusing comments from some of my Christian brothers and sisters regarding Donald Trump.  I have learned that Trump was elected by a “miracle of God”.  That God wanted him to rise to power.  That he is one of my brothers in Christ.  I, for one, don’t believe either of those statements.

John 8:44  “Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar, and the father of  lies”

Any human being who consistently lies to establish his credibility has already lost it.  Any person who communicates that which is untrue is behaving in ways that identify him or her with the father of lies.

I ask you, “What about Donald Trump reminds you of Jesus Christ?”  “What about this man demonstrates the nature of a redeemed soul”?

It is a personal struggle to keep from associating him with the father of lies.  Because of that, he is not worthy of my support.

Jun
12

On an evening where we are hearing that President Trump is considering firing Robert Mueller the recently appointed Special Counsel many questions come to mind.   I would love some feedback from any or all of you on these questions?

  1. If firing James Comey was a trigger for the Special Counsel to consider obstruction of justice charges against the President, would firing the Special Counsel fan the flames and bring about more intense scrutiny into obstruction?
  2. Is our President so unintelligent as to consider that option when the evidence of obstruction of justice in the Watergate scandal was solidified by Richard Nixon firing the Special Counsel resulting in his eventual resignation to avoid impeachment?
  3. If Robert Mueller is fired, who in the Justice Department and the Whitehouse has the integrity to resign as those in the Watergate scandal resigned on the night of the Saturday Night Massacre?

 

I would love to hear responses from those who read this!

 

THINK ABOUT IT!  WHY RUSSIA?

QUESTIONS AND POSSIBLE ANSWERS!

  1. Of all of the countries in the world, why is every single forest fire of an issue affecting the Trump Administration related to Russia?

 

  1. Why are so many who had or have had relationships to the Trump campaign and/or Administration claiming that they “forgot” about contacts with Russian individuals

 

  1. Why have so many of the Trumpets like Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Carter Page, Jeff Sessions, Jared Kushner, and even Rex Tillerson had “interactions” with Russian individuals whose goal it is to undermine our democracy?

 

  1. Why is the Administration not doing a thing about Russian intervening in our election? 

 

  1. Why are Republicans not demanding that the Administration forcefully act on new Russian sanctions?

 

  1. Why has the Trump Administration considered relaxing financial sanctions imposed upon Russia as punishment for interfering in our electoral process?

 

I give you some possibilities.

 

  1. The Russians have something that incriminates Trump financially or personally and revelation of that would be a major embarrassment and possibly result in destruction of what is left of the Trump Presidency (such as it is).

 

  1. Some of the Trumpets have financial, political, or personal issues that the Russians know about.

 

  1. Russian financial sources that Trump has relied on for so long know something about him that he doesn’t want the country to know about.

 

  1. Trump doesn’t understand that Russia is a sworn enemy of the United States.

 

If there are other possibilities in your mind, I would love to hear about them.

Jun
08

After James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Committee yesterday we have a clearer understanding of where all of this is heading.  However there are things not yet revealed so don’t draw any conclusions.  Some thoughts on the situation:

  1. There is a palpable impatience brewing in the country.

Some of us remember the way things progressed during the Watergate scandal in the 1970’s.  The efforts to conceal, or reveal the truth of what President Nixon had done was revealed to us in a painfully slow manner and it was maddening.  However, the progress made during the Watergate scandal is not significantly different than what we are experiencing now.  That being said, the advent of 24 hour cable news, the immediacy of the internet, and the proliferation of online sources such as Facebook and Twitter have intensified the interest in the process.  Back then, we waited until the 6 PM evening news or the next morning delivery of the newspaper to learn what was happening.  Today, we see it live.    However, the increased availability of news and commentary will not affect the pace of the revelations that are to come.  The conclusion of the Watergate scandal took several years.  There are no reasons to believe that things will be different now.

Suggestion – reduce your expectations for a quick resolution to this and let things progress in the usual way to reduce the level of your anger and distrust.

  1. We are in an age of incredible investigative journalism.

As I sit and prepare my commentary I am sitting across of a bookshelf filled with political commentary by some incredibly talented journalists.   Among my collection are several books by the journalists that broke open the Watergate case.   “All The President’s Men” by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, “The Secret Man”,  “Plan of Attack”, “Bush at War”, and “State of Denial” by Bob Woodward are all sitting on my shelf waiting for a second or even third read.

My point here is that investigative journalism was critical to the unveiling of the actions of President Nixon during the Watergate scandal.   Investigative journalism in the age of the internet and cable news is going to be just as important to the country as we seek to know the truth of the issue.   The rising and falling of Washington’s power brokers is always an incredibly alluring topic to those interested in the governing of the nation.  There are literally hundreds of potential Woodard and Bernstein’s out there now doing everything they can to unveil the truth.  Journalism careers are going to be established and cemented in the history of this event.

Suggestion – Watch for articles by Thomas Ricks, David Corn, Michael Isakof, Ron Suskind and others who have proven over the years to be talented investigative journalists.

  1. Don’t automatically believe the written and spoken word.

Do you want to know the truth or do you want to fall in with those whose only allegiance is to their political party?  Can you believe everything you hear or read?  Of course you can’t.  That being said you must always take into consideration the past and current allegiances of your news source.  The internet is filled with absolutely ignorant and harmful garbage.   Are you wise enough to discern between that which is trash and that which is truth?   I have come to believe that a large section of the American electorate have a limited ability and even a low desire to learn anything beyond that which is spouted to them through the lens of their political affiliation.

Do you get your information from websites that have been proven to be sources of conspiracy theory and dubious information?   Do you get your information from news sources that have been developed to be the mouthpieces of one political party or another?   Not all news sources are equally adept at presenting facts and truth.   Significant research by reputable organizations has revealed that not all cable news channels present the truth to their listeners.

Suggestion – Don’t settle in on one source for your information.  That is a sure fire way to be uninformed.

  1. Not all proclamations from those involved in the issue have equal relevance and reliability.

Take for example, the information presented to the Senate committee on Thursday, June 8th.  The statements by Jim Comey should be subject to close scrutiny.   Lying to Congress is a serious offense punishable by prison time.  There is probably no one in the country more aware of this than Jim Comey.   His entire career has been spent discerning between that which is true and that which is false.   What are the chances that he would appear before the Senate committee under oath and present statements that he knows can be proven to be false?  His written and verbal statements are under incredible scrutiny.  While you may not agree that he handled things properly in regard to his revealing information about the Hillary Clinton email situation, no one can charge that he has not been totally truthful.

Compare that to the proclamations of our current President.  Donald Trump lies without consequence.  He has made a career of doing just that.  Just to give you an example of how unreliable his words are, I learned this morning that in one of his first meetings with Congressional leaders after taking office, he made it a point to claim that he had actually had many more votes than his opponent in the November election.  He also claimed that there were thousands of illegal votes for his opponent and he commented that his claim did not take into account the thousands of illegal votes in California.  Add to that his proclamation that the crowds at his inauguration we larger than those of the Obama inauguration and you can see that our President is a man who has a distant relationship to facts. He is a man who has lied his way to the top and until now it has worked for him.

Trumps surrogates have bought into his fact-free world.   Yesterday his $1500 an hour personal attorney made claims that Comey’s claims about the timing of releasing his personal notes were false indicating that he had lied to Congress.   Further investigation has shown that Comey’s claims were correct and the high-dollar lawyer had it wrong.   At times their claims would be almost amusing if the situation were not so important.

None of Trumps comments have been made under oath.  He has not been subject to perjury penalties.  He is going to be called before either a Grand Jury or Congress in the future and we will see what he has to say under oath.  The problem with a habitual liar is that you never know when he is telling the truth.  That being said, any statements that come from him at this time has to be evaluated as to their truthfulness.

Suggestion – don’t believe everything you hear or read and consider whether or not the claims were made under oath.

 

  1. Contrary to the Presidents claims, he has not even remotely been vindicated.

In the letter used to terminate Jim Comey, the President claimed that Comey had told him 3 times that he was not personally under investigation in the Flynn investigation.   Comey validated this fact in his written statement.   The President jumped all over that fact and is now proclaiming that he told the truth (which he did) and that he is now free to move forward with his political agenda.

That being said, the President has latched on to a tidbit of information and has failed to consider that his actions have placed him under intense scrutiny by those investigating the entire situation.   There is no doubt that the President is under investigation for obstruction of justice.  There is no doubt that his campaign organization is under investigation regarding their incredibly deceitful behaviors involving individuals whose allegiances are to the country’s most serious enemy.   Heads are going to roll in the Russian investigation.  The only question will be whether or not the Presidents campaign underlings roll over on him to reduce or avoid jail time.  The individuals tasked with uncovering the truth have wide latitude to turn over every rock and go where the evidence leads him.

Nixon was forced to resign, not because of the Watergate burglary.  He was forced to resign because of his attempts to cover it up.

Clinton was not impeached over the Whitewater land deal.  He was impeached for lying about completely unrelated events.

I am not sure if President Trump has any clue what awaits him.   Or maybe he does, and that is why he is trying so hard to impede the investigation.   Or maybe there is a “there” there and he knows if it comes out he is done.

Suggestion – Take any claim made by a President who doesn’t know the difference between fact and fiction with a grain of salt.  Proclamations made by one with such a distant relationship with truth are rarely reliable to anyone but those whose job it is to support him.

 

Investigators have barely scratched the surface of this issue.  It will be a while before we fully understand all that has happened.  Take your time, don’t jump to conclusions based upon unreliable sources.

 

Mar
29

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I bet you thought I was going to talk about the type of groping that Donald Trump bragged about before the election!   That was probably a dirty trick on my part.  No, I want to talk about a different type of groping.  The type of grope I want to talk about is on where a person is searching, or reaching out to find something in the dark.  It’s a kind of search that could possibly be in vain, for what we grope for may not actually be there.

Before the last election I wrote a series of 10 blog posts that I used to explain reasons why I could not under any circumstances vote for Donald Trump.   At this point, 60+ days into the Trump Administration, Donald has verified every single fear that I had at the time.  However, the one I want to concentrate on was “Reason Four: Strategic Lies”.

In that post I brought out the fact that researchers had determined that almost 3 out of every 4 statements made by Donald Trump was either completely false or contained false information. After 60+ days in office, the pattern continues.  Those of you who voted for him, knowing about his lies, were probably hoping that the mantle of the Presidency would somehow magically cause him to realize that lying from the oval office is just not something a President would do.  No such luck here folks!  He lies without consequence.  At least so far, his lies have no consequence. Unfortunately, lies that come from the President of the United States are far more serious than lies that come from a candidate for the Presidency.

Donald lies about things that most of us would consider “stupid”.   A perfect example of a “stupid” lie is the one he told about the size of his inauguration day crowds in Washington.  Why would anyone lie about something that is so easily proven to be false?  The crowds photographed on both of Obama’s inauguration days were significantly larger than those on Donald’s inauguration day.  In fact, it wasn’t even close.  But here is the real issue.   Why would he lie about that?   The answer is, because he has always gotten away with lying without real penalty.   He lies because he can, and because there has never been a penalty.  Another reason is that the size of the crowd could be an open window that reveals his lack of popularity with anyone but the group described by the Washington Post as the “Breitbart cheering section”.

Now that Donald resides in the White House, his constant lying is taking on a more ominous tone. About a week after one of his ignorant and ill-advised lies about Obama “wiretapping” has been debunked in Congressional testimony, he continues responding with more lies.  That testimony I will remind you also revealed that the Trump campaign is under FBI investigation for potential “coordination” with Russia.

How does his constant spouting of fact-free utterances affect the country and more specifically, his Presidency?  To put it clearly, any credibility he had in this world is now concentrated in the 36% of Americans who still view him favorably.   Of course that means 64% view him unfavorably.  My friends, that is a record for a sitting President.  No one I know is surprised by that.

Donald Trump did not come into his office with any real credibility.  He didn’t have a mandate for legislative action.  The majority of Americans did not vote for him.  However, with all of the ignorant and childish behavior and lies, he has lost what credibility he had.  When one lies for a living, one can’t expect others to believe him even if he is telling the truth.  He lied to all of us who listened throughout his campaign.  Remember the wall that Mexico was going to pay for?  No one in their right mind would believe that one. Now, we are paying for that with our taxes.  Remember repealing Obamacare on the first day of his Presidency?  Remember the promise to insure all Americans.  More lies.   Remember the promise to return coal miners to their jobs?  Not possible, and has never been possible.  He can’t help himself.  He is, above all, a liar, the likes of which we have never seen.  His constant lies make him a disgrace to the Presidency.

So now, America literally gropes for leadership!  You read that right.  The country is reaching out and trying to grasp onto the hope that a leader will emerge in the Whitehouse.  He has even less legitimacy now than the day he took office. No one can trust him, or believe him.  Americans can’t trust him.  Foreign leaders can’t trust him.  The result is that our country is rapidly becoming a cruel joke on the rest of the world.   American leadership in the world community is declining rapidly.  Sadly, we have only ourselves to blame.  We elected a lying, cheating,  childish, unqualified person to lead the country.  We elected a man who is so full of himself that he sees no reason to grow up and be an adult.  He is at best, a despicable human with no qualities that would make anything but a horrible impression on the country, and the world.  Sixty days into his Presidency, he has not fulfilled any of his promises.  To those of us who did not, and will not, ever support him, he has behaved exactly as we knew he would.  He doesn’t seem to be bearing the weight of his actions.  That can not be said of the country he is incapable of leading.

Now at a time when we literally grope for leadership, we grope in the dark without any hope of finding it in the Whitehouse.  If you expect that it will get better you are fooling yourselves.   When one gropes for something that is not there, one comes up empty every time.  The saddest part of this story is that most of us knew it would be that way long before he was elected.

It is maddening to watch his surrogates do everything they can to foolishly cover up his ignorant rants.  The truth is, they know he is lying, and for the sake of their jobs, they say “Yes Mr. President, I will do as you say!”   In the beginning (60+ days ago) I wondered if there was ever going to be someone in the Administration that would stand up to him.  Sadly, it is obvious that person doesn’t exist.  Anyone looking for consistent truth coming from the Trump Administration is groping in the dark.  Sadly, Donald is making America Grope Again!