Is Trump’s “Good ‘ol Boy”, Jeff Sessions, Getting Ready to Bail?

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Is Trump’s “Good ‘ol Boy”, Jeff Sessions, Getting Ready to Bail?

It looks as though there is a rift developing between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump. It seems that President Trump is very pissed off because Jeff Sessions chose to recuse himself from the Trump/Russia investigation. Apparently, “the Donald” takes Jeff Sessions’ recusal as some sort of disloyalty or Sessions not being a “team player”. In reality, this recusal by Jeff Sessions is one of the few times in his entire career where he has actually displayed any type of ethics or balls.

The only bad thing for Jeff Sessions is that he “conveniently” violated his recusal by making a public statement about former FBI director, James Comey. This was totally unethical for Jeff Sessions to do, and to make it worse, he knew it was wrong to violate his recusal after making such a big deal out of it. It must be really nice to be in a position like Jeff Sessions where you can turn off your sense of ethics like turning off a light switch. Of course, can we expect anything different from a cabinet member of Donald Trump?

One thing that really pissed off Donald Trump was that Jeff Sessions gave “the Donald” only 20 minutes notice before announcing his recusal. Even I can admit that this was a rather tacky move by Jeff Sessions, even if it was a treatment for someone like Donald Trump, whom I totally despise.

Now it seems that Jeff Sessions is going to resign his position as Attorney General; a position that he was never qualified to fill in the first place. His record as a federal prosecutor in Alabama and his term in the U.S. Senate hardly showed any real talent or skill for the job. His appointment was just another patronage appointment, made by Donald Trump because he felt obligated to Sessions because he was a Trump supporter. During the campaign, Jeff Sessions was one of Donald Trump’s biggest cheerleaders. Now, it looks as though their “bromance” is over. What a pity!

 

Jeff Sessions is in deep trouble, and here’s why – The Washington Post

May 9, 2017 Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation. “ During the course of the last several weeks, I have met with the …

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Let’s Talk about Impeachment Already!

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Source: The latest Trump story is so bad Republicans might actually do something about it

Let’s Talk about Impeachment Already!

Finally, Congress is talking about beginning impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump.  Some of the people talking about this include Republicans.

In some weird way, I almost feel sorry for the Republicans, but I soon realized that they are responsible for their own undoing.  They should have brought this idiot under some type of control before talk about impeachment proceedings were necessary.  When Donald Trump was a candidate, the GOP chose to look the other way when he was being a racist jackass and attacking everything (and everybody) insight.  But, they refused to control this loudmouth until somebody started talking about impeachment.  Now they are scrambling to distance themselves from “their” president like rats, leaving a sinking ship.  They deserve everything they get.  They did the same thing back during the Watergate scandal.

The Republicans deserve everything they get.  They did the same thing back during the Watergate scandal.  Back then, they chose to allow Richard Nixon to do whatever he wanted until the damage was done, and he was nearly impeached.  I guess it’s true that some people never learn.  A Republican president came close to facing impeachment was before, and the Republican Party chose, to their regret, bury their heads in the sand like frightened ostriches.

By blindly following Donald Trump, no matter how toxic they may have secretly thought his rhetoric was, borders on the definition of insanity.  They say that insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly, hoping for a different result.  Is the Republican Party insane?  One wonders!

History is repeating itself.  Once again, a Republican president is facing impeachment, and the Republicans are dumb enough to believe that the American people will forget about it and re-elect some of these dumb asses next year, during the midterm elections.  Good luck with that!

 

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Bernie Sanders Not Allowing Himself to Be Distracted by “Constitutional Crisis”

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Source: Amid “Constitutional Crisis,” Bernie Sanders Urges Workers To Seize Means of Production – Working In These Times

Bernie Sanders Not Allowing Himself to Be Distracted by “Constitutional Crisis”

The current scandal about the connection between the Donald Trump campaign and the Russians is not distracting Senator Bernie Sanders from looking out for the working class.  While this entire mess is going on, Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced to pieces of legislation that would help the working class more than any other legislation in recent years. Both of these pieces of legislation could make it possible for workers to take ownership over the means of production, which is always a classic socialist strategy for improving working conditions and bringing about equality between workers and bosses.

Now is the perfect time for legislation to come along to improve conditions for the average American worker, especially since our nation is consumed by the current “dog and pony show” of Donald Trump and his minions.  While our entire country is being distracted by the current Trump/Russia scandal, Bernie Sanders has retained the proper focus; advocating for the working class.  While most people are distracted and disoriented by this current mess, he chooses to take action to help his country. I’m hopeful that we will survive what pundits are currently calling a “constitutional crisis” because I have lived through Watergate, which was also labeled a “constitutional crisis”.  I, just like it did back then, have enough faith that the safeguards put into our system will prevail and take Donald Trump out of power, just like the safeguards put Richard Nixon out of the White House.  Even though it may take a while, Donald Trump will likewise be dealt with in the same way as Richard Nixon.

These two pieces of legislation, introduced by Bernie Sanders are the WORK (Worker Ownership, Readiness and Knowledge Act) and the US Employee Ownership Bank.  Bernie Sanders believes that both of these pieces of legislation will level the playing field, and make it possible for workers to have more control over the businesses that they work in.  He also believes that these bills will help to prepare American workers to compete with foreign companies, by improving the skills and training of American workers and encouraging these workers to educate themselves to be better able to compete.

This lack of competition has hamstrung American industry for years.  It has gotten to the point where a middle-class worker cannot further education because the cost of education has risen to the point where it has put further training out of reach of the average worker.  This causes many workers to be stuck in “dead-end” jobs where they stand little chance for advancement in their careers.  The WORK Act would go far in helping to relieve this situation.  It provides $45 million in funding to be used to enhance training for workers who wish to advance.

The second piece of legislation put forth by Bernie Sanders, The US Employee Ownership Bank would make available $500 million in low-interest loans that would make it possible for workers to buy out the businesses they work in.  Allowing workers to own the “means of production” is an old socialist principle that I would expect no wonder American politician other than Bernie Sanders to embrace, or even have knowledge about.  In the United States, our people are not taught about socialist principles, and no matter how good they may be, simply because they are socialist.  Americans are taught to fear socialism and to think that it’s bad.  Thankfully, Bernie Sanders is not one of those brainwashed people, like most of his fellow Americans.

 

An Amazing Opportunity To Say “Yes, We Will” To Single Payer

An Amazing Opportunity To Say “Yes, We Will” To Single Payer Forwarded from “The Pen” Yesterday, Hillary Clinton tripled down on her negative attack on single payer, the only real cure for our ever escalating health care costs, calling it a “better idea, that will never, ever, come to pass.” Were she …

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We Need a Special Prosecutor for Trump

Even some Republicans want an independent investigation.

Source: More Than 100 Lawmakers Respond to Comey Firing by Calling for Independent Russia Probe | Mother Jones

We Need a Special Prosecutor for Trump

The firing of FBI Director James Comey makes it glaringly apparent that a special prosecutor is needed to investigate possible ties between the Trump administration and the Russians.  There is no way that the Donald Trump, or his administration can be trusted being allowed anywhere near this fiasco. Of course, fiasco may be the wrong word.  A better word might be salvation.  I guess it depends on where you sit, and whose side you are on.

What I interpret to be a hopeful sign that a special prosecutor may be appointed is the fact that a few Republicans are in favor of a special prosecutor, and are calling for the appointment of one.  Looking at it for a cynic like me, I wonder who will be the right people to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate this matter.  This entire process must be kept as clean as possible. In fact, it has to be squeaky clean or the results won’t be believable or interpreted as being truthful.

It is a hopeful sign when a senator of John McCain’s prestige, is one of the Republicans calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor.  Even though I must confess that John McCain isn’t one of my favorite people, his appearance on the scene does lend some credibility to the process, at least in some circles.  He knows that a special prosecutor is the only fair way to get to the bottom of this matter, without any tampering from either side, Democrats, Republicans or any others who may have some type of special interest on the outcome of any investigation.  That way, after a special prosecutor finishes his/her investigation, nobody can accuse anyone else of rigging the outcome for political gain.

Donald Trump, in his own “tweets” to the public, is very close to crossing the line over into obstruction of justice, a criminal charge for which he is skirting, if not trampling over.  He and his entire administration have tried to derail Comey’s investigation from the start.  I guess the straw that finally broke “the Donald’s” back is when Comey started asking for more funding and investigators to help with the investigation.  At that point, Donald Trump may as well have shouted out, “I’m as guilty as hell”.  He obviously has never learned or developed a poker face.  Of course, he’s too arrogant to think he needs one.

It has become very obvious to many people Donald Trump doesn’t really know much about civics, government and most of all, history, or else he would know that he is playing straight out of “The Richard Nixon Playbook” in the way that he is dealing with this situation.

He must not remember or was too busy making money and being a sexist to remember that after Richard Nixon fired independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox, his ship started sinking increasingly faster. Hopefully, Donald Trump’s ship will soon sink like a rock.

 

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Mar 3, 2017 Democratic senators have called repeatedly for a special prosecutor, more often called an independent or special counsel, to be appointed.

 

A Small Part of the Legacy of President Obama

A Small Part of the Legacy of President Obama

president obamaPresident Obama was celebrated by the left because he was able to bail us out of the horrible financial situation that GW Bush left us in. President Obama was able to bring about one of the biggest economic recoveries in this country’s history. His reforms on Wall Street and the entire banking system could have been revolutionary if they had ever been carried out properly. Unfortunately, they were not because the right kept spreading lies about how his proposed reforms would wreck our economy, despite the fact that he pulled the automobile industry out of a financial disaster by loaning them federal money in what amounted to a bailout. This bailout of the automobile industry saved it from self-destruction and guaranteed it would survive. It, in itself, is proof that President Obama was responsible for a very large economic recovery. He was willing to take a gamble that federal loans to the automobile industry would eventually pay off, which they did. The automobile industry paid back these loans within a couple of years. When have Wall Street bankers ever been able to say the same thing?

His reforms on Wall Street and the entire banking system could have been revolutionary if they had ever been carried out properly. Unfortunately, they were not because the right kept spreading lies about how his proposed reforms would wreck our economy, despite the fact that President Obama pulled the automobile industry out of a financial disaster by loading them federal money in what amounted to a bailout. This bailout of the automobile industry saved it from self-destruction and guaranteed it would survive. It, in itself, is proof that President Obama was responsible for a very large economic recovery. He was willing to take a gamble that federal loans to the automobile industry would eventually pay off, which they did. The automobile industry paid back these loans within a couple of years. When have Wall Street bankers ever been able to say the same thing?

Also, he was able to lower the unemployment rate much compared to his predecessor who only helped create the situation of high unemployment. Under President Obama, people started finding more jobs and working more. Granted, many of these jobs were substandard ones that paid substandard wages, but nonetheless, they were still jobs. Perhaps if the big businessmen that run this country would not have shipped all the good jobs overseas, things would have been different. However, President Obama was not responsible for this shipment of jobs overseas.

Another thing that President Obama is responsible for is extricating us from a costly and unjust war in Iraq. This war was not only costly in the amount of money that was spent on it, but more importantly, the cost in human lives. Over 4000 American GIs were killed in this ugly atrocity, created by President George W. Bush. An estimated 300,000 to 400,000 Iraqis were killed in this horrible war. For what reason were all these people killed?

The answer is, absolutely nothing. Present GW Bush accomplished absolutely nothing with his war on Iraq, but to create the current level of instability in the entire Middle East. This entire region remains unstable to this very day. There is very little that President Obama could do about the situation other than to do as much as he could to insulate the United States from it and protect this country from the terrorists created by it. Expecting him to solve it, would be asking a miracle.

An estimated 300,000 to 400,000 Iraqis were killed in this horrible war. For what reason were all these people killed? The answer is, absolutely nothing. Present GW Bush accomplished absolutely nothing with his war on Iraq, but to create the current level of instability in the entire Middle East. This entire region remains unstable to this very day. There is very little that President Obama could do about the situation other than to do as much as he could to insulate the United States from it and protect this country from the terrorists created by it. Expecting him to solve it, would be asking a miracle.

The unfortunate thing is that President Obama continued the violence with his drone stop strikes on supposed “terrorists”, even though there was often times very little if any, evidence that these people on the ground were actually terrorists.  He is also responsible for starting up many “secret bases” from which our military work.  President Obama is somewhat guilty of maintaining the quest for an “American Empire”.Will this country never stop his quest for “Manifest Destiny”?  This type of mentality should have disappeared along with Theodore Roosevelt, but unfortunately, President Obama was guilty of playing into it.

Most of us on the left consider Obama to be mostly moderate and considered him to be a liberal only on occasion. However, we still celebrate the fact that a person of color can advance themselves to a position where they are able to hold the highest office in the land. Most of us on the left celebrate the fact that Obama symbolizes that white people of European descent no longer have a stranglehold on who controls this country. Obama’s symbolizes an end to the Eurocentrism that has always dominated the United States. There is nothing that scares wealthy old white man of European descent more than the thought that a person of color could actually be legitimately put in a position of power. Power is something that these people of Eurocentric values wish for more than anything, just as long as it remains in their hands.

Our current president or as many of us like to call him “the great pretender”, Donald Trump is a perfect example of this racist Eurocentric mentality.

 

 

The First 100 Days of Donald Trump

The first 100 days of Donald Trump

On day 100 of Donald Trump’s presidency find a serious situation where we are far from being great. Of course, I like to think that the United States is already great. Even though I may oftentimes be a cynic, I prefer not to take the same dim view of the United States that Donald Trump apparently has.

In his first 100 days in office, Donald Trump has managed to polarize more people into warring camps, instead of a unified country, than any other president in history. No one has managed to drive a wedge between so many Americans as Donald Trump.

Donald Trump, in his first hundred days, has also succeeded in bringing this entire country to the brink of war quicker than any other president in history. He has already staged an unauthorized missile attack against a country that we are not at war with and dropped a huge bomb on another country. Donald from is also putting us in a more dangerous situation with a lunatic in North Korea, than any other American president. He has falsely allowed propaganda to go out that a major fleet was headed for North Korea when in reality, they were headed for Australia.

In his first hundred days as president of the United States, Donald Trump has succeeded in killing any confidence in the future that anyone in this country may have had. Our country is more pessimistic than ever because of Donald Trump’s attitude and demeanor.

Donald Trump has also succeeded in giving the “green light” to every racist, homophobic, and xenophobe in this country to not only spew forth with their ugly venom but has actually encouraged them into action with his own ugly rhetoric and vitriol.

An Uncomfortable Truth about Donald Trump

  Given the state of the Republican presidential race, it’s time to acknowledge a very uncomfortable truth: Donald Trump is probably going to be the Republican nominee. The question for Democrats is simple. Who has the best chance to defeat Trump? And by any objective measure, the answer is Bernie Sanders. In …

 

Bernie Sanders Response to CNN Reporter About the Gorsuch Nomination

Bernie Sanders Response to CNN Reporter About the Gorsuch Nomination

Senator Bernie Sanders makes a response to a CNN reporter, Jake Tapper, about the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch. Bernie Sanders, as many people may know, is vehemently opposed to the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court. Senator Sanders considers Gorsuch to be unsuitable to set on the highest court in the land.

Bernie Sanders goes on to point out that Gorsuch’s nomination is so crucial because this particular nominee has shown no interest in reversing the controversial Citizens United decision of the US Supreme Court. He then goes on to point out that this nomination is the most crucial to happen in years. It is a well-known fact that Senator Bernie Sanders regards the Citizens United decision as being one of the most incorrect and biased decisions ever made by the US Supreme Court.  He doesn’t believe, as most Americans, that corporations should have the same standing as people.  On this point, I could not more adamantly agree.

Tapper then brings up an old video of Bernie Sanders, from a couple of months from years ago, where the Senator makes a statement about how important it is to have a nine-member Supreme Court, not eight. If I remember correctly, Bernie Sanders made this comment when Republicans tried to hold up the nomination of Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee for the US Supreme Court. It was totally irrelevant for Jake Tapper to bring up this old interview because it has nothing to do with the present situation, and only serves to further obscure the point that Senator Sanders is trying to make.

Instead of getting offended, Bernie Sanders addresses Tapper’s issue as though it was valid with a statement saying he still believes that the US Supreme Court can only function with nine members, instead of eight. He goes on to reinstate that he is supposed to Neil Gorsuch because he is unqualified to sit on the Supreme Court. His deflection on Tapper’s attempt at subterfuge is brilliant.

Bernie Sanders is 100% correct, as he usually is, about this point of order in the U.S. Senate. He considers it to be unethical for the GOP majority leader, McConnell, to change the rules just because he is politically biased in favor of Gorsuch, and wants to see him confirmed for the US Supreme Court. It doesn’t matter to McConnell that Gorsuch is an unsuitable candidate. He is just playing the usual partisan political game that makes it nearly impossible for any piece of legislation or business to be conducted in Congress.

Bernie Sanders, like many people, think that the entire process of selecting a replacement for the deceased Antomin Scalia is extremely important and should be immune from political gamesmanship. Not to mention that Gorsuch is unqualified, not only because he was invasive during his confirmation hearing, but has made some rulings as a judge on the appeals court that have been not only controversial, but just plain wrong.

As usual, Bernie Sanders is advocating a very important position that concerns most Americans, or at least it should.