There’s not much to be optimistic about concerning the impeachment of


Donald Trump. The contemptuous dismissal of the Senate Republicans to the impeachment proceedings is meant to show to the general public what little regard they have for impeachment. They also want to send the signal they will stick to their original plan of getting this over with as quickly as possible. Trump’s disruptive remarks about what’s going on in the Senate, how this is a hoax as if a constitutionally approved remedy for dealing with corruption is made up or his continued disparaging of his opponents in this process only muddies what should normally be a solemn, dignified act of government and turned it into a circus. However, the way Speaker Pelosi has dealt with the proceedings and the members of her caucus and the selection of the impeachment managers have been nothing less than stellar and inspiring. I’m almost afraid to mention the appearance her managers have with what one assumes would be appointees under Obama, but the diversity of the House’s managers is inspiring and more reflective of 21st century America. Unlike the group of 13 Republicans who managed their case against President Bill Clinton, who were all white men, this group of seven managers consists of three women and four men. Two are members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and one is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Once again Americans of all stripes and colors can look at any one of the House managers and see themselves; they can feel proud that capable and competent people were selected for a task as great as reinforcing the Constitution of the United States.

Impeachment Managers

These are the House Impeachment Managers. You should know their names (from left) Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo.

If you are not a white male and you are looking at the impeachment proceedings


and particularly at the GOP and how they manhandle the law you might have a feeling for what it was like for people like you who were around during the founding of this country. Granted the folks who were responsible for making the laws in the 18th century were unanimously from the same tribe, unlike today’s Republicans who are 81% white males. The heavy-handed way the Founding Fathers wielded power looks and feels like Mitch McConnell’s US Senate.

In spite of overwhelming evidence, the head of his party is corrupt McConnell et co choose to interpret the Constitution in a way that uniquely suits their purpose for power. I submit that same document was created with the same goal in mind…to lock down power for a segment of the American population even if it meant dehumanizing some and completely ignoring the rights of all but those who were lucky enough to have correct pigmentation and the “Y” chromosome that ensured their default qualities of superiority.

So callous is today’s GOP to the American population they are willing to legalize criminal behavior, codify it in a way to keep hold of the reigns of power and stave off the rule of law from Trump’s corrupt administration. America’s Founding Fathers denied the vote to more than half their citizens, women and made more less than human. What saved America was the likes of Adam Schiff today’s John Brown and Nancy Pelosi, today’s Quaker abolitionist Lucretia Mott who irritated, upset the conscious of the Founding Fathers and challenged their notions of American patriarchy.

How Donald Trump injected politics on MLK day


The convergence of white supremacy all came together this MLK Day of 01/20/20. A Virginia gun rights organization that was formed in the mid-90s during a Republican Virginia governor’s administration decided to have a gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia former home of the American secessionist and traitorous group known as the Confederacy on Martin Luther King day.


In today’s heightened political environment guns and politics are a volatile mix. Race an ingredient never far removed from current events in America makes that mixture explosive. Elected and “legitimate” authorities decided to treat this event with the seriousness it deserves. The governor of Virginia banned firearms in an area around the state capital building and declared a state of emergency. The FBI, despite being emasculated by Trump and his Department of Justice was diligent enough to arrest white supremacists who were members of a racist organization, The Base that is provocative and well known to federal authorities. Virginia’s House Republican leader warned attendees “Any group that comes to Richmond to spread white supremacist garbage, or any other form of hate, violence, or civil unrest isn’t welcome here.”

America, however, is in the throes of the criminal enterprise known as the Trump administration and it didn’t take long for its boss to weigh in and inflame passions. Trump is racist and he knows the buttons that push his racism and he has no problem pushing them to engage his base to do things he wants doing but can’t do himself. So he acted irresponsibly and dangerously and tweeted:
“Your 2nd Amendment is under very serious attack in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia…That’s what happens when you vote for Democrats, they will take your guns away.”
The laws Virginia’s governor and legislature instituted DON’T take away citizens’ gun but Trump is the most lying politician in American history and facts never matter(ed) to him. What the absence of facts do is show America who is a fantasist and who is responsible when approaching the affairs of state.

Virginia gun rally, 01/20/20

America has been made worse with Trump being in office. One thing he did was open up, exacerbate the wound of the confederacy and America’s treasonous behavior that has since been excused and institutionalized by Americans. Trump turned a day of celebration into a day of politics meant to further the American divide, create animus among American citizens while ensuring his own political ascendancy. This is the Trump way; he believes in a scorched earth policy of clearing away any and all opposition to his way of rule no matter the cost to the American body politic. Employing lawlessness or unsavory characters to achieve this end is not a problem for him. If he escapes removal from office via the vehicle of impeachment America has to hold on for 10 months before they get the chance to rid themselves of him permanently and that should be the goal; get rid of Donald Trump within the constitutionally mandated way forever.

Loyalty to Donald Trump


via Loyalty to Donald Trump

The Mueller Report


mueller reportIt finally arrived; it’s here.  The Mueller Report the world has been waiting for hoping it would tell us once and for all the truth about Donald Trump.  Is he as corrupt as it was reported or is all that was written about him a hoax the fake news Trump always claimed it was? No matter where you fell on the political spectrum everyone put their faith in what Mueller would produce because of his sterling reputation as a Washington institutionalist, his integrity, and experience as a soldier and federal prosecutor, the head of the FBI and his bipartisan appeal.  

Mueller amassed a team that worked for almost two years on the ‘Report on Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election’.  During that time his team produced scores of indictments against people surrounding the Trump administration and beyond. He also produced several convictions that hit very close to Trump proving to all his investigation was not a hoax and reports of Trump corruption were not fake news. More importantly during the entire time preceding the publication and release of the Report, there were no leaks from Mueller’s office.  There weren’t any rumors or speculations about what would be in his report which emanated from his office which was further testimony to the integrity of the process and its results.

Now that the Report is out and available for all to read it presents America with a problem that only has ONE solution.  Mainstream media, especially print media did a pretty good job of detailing a lot of Trump’s corruption and criminal behavior but what it printed could always be dismissed by Trump supporters with the appellation “fake news”.  Mueller’s report, however, put a stamp of authenticity on some of the reports that had been previously dismissed and exposed an even more brutal truth that the President of the United States was actively attempting to obstruct investigations into his criminal behavior. Names, dates, places were given the imprimatur of Mueller and his team with an irrefutable precision that can leave the government of the United States but one choice in response.  Impeachment.

How can the largest most powerful democracy have its standard bearer, its president constitutionand the titular head of the free world remain in office with sins so exposed and obvious for all to see and not make any moves to remove him from office in ways that its own system of governance say it can pursue. The Constitution of the United States has provided a mechanism to legally remove a corrupt President from office without violence while maintaining the continuity of governance.  What excuse can be legitimately offered NOT to impeach a president who has shown such disdain for the law and the legal process of governance that Trump has demonstrated so clearly and blatantly? What signal does it send to the world now and in the future to have someone who has been exposed to be engaged in criminal activity against his own government to allow that type of behavior to continue unchallenged when a legal remedy exists to stop and remove such a leader. What does America think will be the response of the world community that looks upon this predicament and sees a country impotent?  Doesn’t that diminish the stature of America in the eyes of the international community? America has to begin the process of impeachment. Whether it will lead to the removal of Trump from office is irrelevant; the legislative branch of government must claim the authority the Constitution has given it and assert its power in the face of an over-reaching executive otherwise the Constitution will have become an inert document that cannot save America from itself.

The GOP is no longer relevant


The dinosaur known as the Republican Party

I’ve been tweeting since 2016 and the election of Donald Trump that the Republican party is no longer a legitimate, relevant opposition party in American politics. The descent into the abyss of moral decadence lays squarely at the foot of those Americans who support the candidacy of Donald Trump, the most morally bankrupt and ignorant person to occupy any political office in American history. I am willing to give people who voted in the Republican primary for Trump because perhaps they were not up to snuff on who he is but in 2019 after all the media exposure Trump has had as a candidate and as President should leave no doubt how bad a candidate he is and how much worse the Republican party that props him up has become.

Personal responsibility used to be a bedrock of GOP ideals. Theirs was a  notion that honorable politicians propose a policy they think will benefit the American body politic and if things go upside down those same politicians will own up to their mistake and try to make things right. The buck stops here an expression used by Democrat Harry Truman was turned on its head by Trump whose incompetence means nothing he does will work but who’s smart enough to pass the buck and claim ‘the buck stops with everyone’.  In practical terms a government shutdown solely of his making which had disastrous effects on America is not his problem or responsibility at all…..it’s everyone’s fault.

The law and order mantra of Republicans in the ’60s barely got out of their mouths before it was defamed by the Nixon/Agnew ticket. It stands to reason Trump has even more egregiously made that idea meaningless. He ran a criminal enterprise as a real estate businessman and he’s carried that criminality into the White House. In the process, he’s laid ruin to bureaucracy by firing competent career public servants and putting in his cronies whose only priority is to protect him from the rule of law. Oh, and a benefit of their doing a good job is they are able to plunder the government largesse available to them as long as they don’t get caught. Republicans now find themselves making excuses for criminal behavior and they do so with a vigor that makes you wonder whether they ever really held on to the belief that law and order, the rule of law is important in civil society.

Family values of the Reagan years are out the window. Do we need to talk any more about pussy grabbing and extramarital affairs that were withheld from the public that Trump paid to make disappear or by corporate friends of his who paid his paramours for their silence? In days gone by such dalliances would keep an office seeker out of office but today’s Republican has no problem with a president who cheated on his wife BEFORE he assumed office, just don’t do it while in the White House. However, that vice is not for mere mortals only for Trump or those who surround and defend him; all others are held to the standards of morality that usually come with family values in sometimes very comic ways. This is today’s Republican Party; you’d be wise to avoid it. When you see it coming towards you get the hell outta the way!

This is what strength looks like in the face of adversity


president-barack-obama-talks-with-russian-president-vladimir-putin_a-g-14703664-8088923 We always heard from @realDonaldTrump about how strong a leader Vladmir Putin is and how weak a President Obama was, yet the evidence and the historical record shows just the opposite. Obama was confident, comfortable, prepared and domineering during his encounters with  Putin. Can the same be said of Trump?