Are Trump and Congressional Protectors Traitors? The Constitution defines treason as specific acts, including…giving aid and comfort to America’s enemies.” Russia has repeatedly been categorized by Congress and the President of the United States as an Enemy of America. Trump’s telephoning Putin and congratulating him on his forth, self-appointment as dictator of Russia is considered giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Republican party leaders warned Trump not to call Putin. His own National Security Advisors and his personal lawyers gave Trump the same warnings. But since taking office Trump has been promoting and doing favors for both Russia and Putin and thereby putting America at risk in ways which constitute treasonable actions with complete disregard for the Constitution and the Law. When the FBI petitioned the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for a warrant to surveil Carter Page, Trump—defender of America’s enemies–accused the FBI of relying on politically motivated anti-Trump smears rather than consider the facts presented and condemning Russia. Despite the repeated intelligence declaring Russian involvement in the US 2-16 presidential election, not once has Trump criticized Russia, moreover Trump has defended both without proof or evidence. Trump categorized FBI evidence from Cody Shearer claiming that there was nothing to the accusation of Trump’s having sex in Moscow, other than allow his election to be seen in a bad light. Trump fired FBI director Comey over “disloyalty” in not protecting Trump against accusations of collusion with Russia. Even the firing of Secretary of State Tillerson says Russia comes first. Trump supporters and conservative talk show hosts have parroted for months the Trump refrain that Special Consul Mueller’s bipartisan investigation of Russia’s involvement in the last election collectively, describing the gathering of documents as nothing more than a “Witch Hunt.” Members of Congress who are fighting against the investigation have shown they are willing to “give aid and comfort” to Russia just to protect Trump. Choosing Russia over America is treason. Choosing Russia and repeatedly putting America at risk are the acts of traitors. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Gun Owner Hate Speech: NFA rhetoric over the past decades has turned from promoting sport to vilifying Americans. In poll after polls Americans demand reasonable gun regulations and yet pea brains like Ted Nugent spew hate in return. Ted Nugent, Laura Ingraham, the Washington Times, and the NRA typical haters inconsiderate of the rights of others. Instead of listening, the NRA response has consistently demonized any organized attempting to institute even the minimum of gun safety, as “Anti-American, tyrannical, Communists, elitists, saboteurs who don’t believe in capitalism, don’t believe in the Constitution, don’t believe in our freedom and don’t believe in America as we know it, while patently described gun owners as “law-biding, peaceable, patriotic, freedom-loving, average citizens.” Now Nugent wants you to believe that the school children survivors of gun violence massacres have no soul and are nothing more than pathetic, mushy-brains. Nugent would see our children dead on the streets rather than consider unregulated gun access killed them. It’s the gun owners committing the mass murders of school children. Is that peaceable? It’s the gun owners who threaten legislators with voting them out of office for standing up for the deaths of thousands killed by gun violence annually. Is that law-abiding. Is it patriotic to ignore the deaths of thousands of innocent gun violence victims? No one has the right to kill other people. Spewing hate at other American mothers and fathers who want to protect their children with guns safety only make gun violence worse. Conservatives say they want gun safety, but turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to pleas to stop the gun violence that surrounds all Americans on a daily basis. Is that principled? Hate speech is growing more powerful in America because people like the NRA don’t want to lose the profits of their individual freedom, while the result is killing the rest of us. Silence in the face of Hate Speech is another evil face of indifference. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Trump’s first year in a nutshell: Trump scraped the US International Trade Pact: No effect to date on US economy. Trump’s Religious Travel Ban: Failed repeatedly as unconstitutional. Gorsuch appointed to Supreme Court: Important to Conservatives only, not workers. Stock Market record high: Benefits mostly investors who are wealthy. Tax Cut: Big Congressional wind fall profits again mostly for the wealthy. Trump fires FBI Director Comey fired: Undermining US intelligence hurts working class. Unemployment continues down: But the pace is the same as the last decade under Obama. The GDP is up: But ½%+ growth is exclusive to high income earners. Mueller investigation: Pointing toward the administration for obstruction of justice. Russia investigation: Pointing toward tipping election to Trump. Affordable Care Act: Unable repeatedly to either repeal, replace or revise, underfunding not only hurts middle class and workers it’s raising medical costs. Trump promised 25 million new jobs: But the average $200K/month new jobs is the same average increase as under decade of Obama, where Republican Congress fought recovery tooth and nail. Trump promised to bomb the hell out of ISIS: US. Syrian and Russian flights have killed more civilians than in WWII. Bombed out ISIS strongholds have ISIS crossing the border and reestablishing in Afghanistan. The US moved to Jerusalem: Being financed by rich Jews for the benefit of rich Jews. Trump promised to tough talk for North Korea: Instead turned into making America nuclear again, teetering on nuclear war. Trump promised to build a wall: No money, no partners. Trump promised Tax Cut would give average worker $4K: Maybe, over next few years, if economy grows. Trump’s anti-American Cabinet and Administration replete with billionaires selling off parkland cutting safety rules and regulations that hurt workers to raise profits. A year of roll backs, cancelled progress, attacking past decades of accomplishments. Not one Director with experience and knowhow to help average American only to help business have a bigger say in decision-making. At the end of the year we have the same self-proclaimed tax cheat, molester of married women, racist and racist baiter, who wants teachers to carry guns, blacks to go to jail, immigrants to go away, allies to fork up, and ball players to be grateful not patriotic. On the other hand, Trump promised to bring back waterboarding. Do we really want him to keep these sorts of promises? Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Monkey Ancestry: In the past hundred-thousand years human populations on planet Earth have swelled from small tribal groups of fifty or so hunter-gatherers huddled together on vast landscapes of 20 square miles to today’s modern cities with 10 million souls jam packed into the same 20 square miles, like New York City or Los Angeles. All this time, all we humans have had to rely on is our Monkey Ancestry––a tradition of survival under powerful dominant individuals always making noise and lording it over the rest of us. There is security in numbers. We don’t just up and trot off on our wobbly own forming and reforming small splinter groups. Yet as populations grew, seldom has their appeared the ideal concept of governing by consensus. It’s human nature that personal ambition comes before the good of the people. As a result of a history of constant internal squabbling, the idea of seeking a pattern of sound leadership has been ignored for lack of expediency. Progress has always been a matter of finally finding a way to cooperate, a recognition that something had to be done and making the compromises necessary for its achievement. After one step forward under Obama, once again we are edging back, misled by our Monkey Ancestry, a leader whose only desire seems to be making a lot of noise and lording it over the rest of us. Hopefully, we will learn from this gravest of human errors, come together, and work out a compromise to elect a new leader––one who represents all Americans, fairly, including those who want everything only for themselves. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Do the right thing for the American people: Members of Congress take an oath to protect the constitution of the United States. Each member, therefore, represents all the people of the United State as well as their constituents at home. When questions of priority arise, the constitution says that no laws shall be made by States that interfere with Federal regulations. It is therefore incumbent on all Congress persons to do the right thing “for all the American people,” not just those at home, not just the Party, not just those with whom they agree, and not just stand on principles they think are right and wrong. Members of the House and Senate should stop thinking about their Democratic or Republican base and spend more time considering solutions that meet the needs of all Americans. Healthcare, for example, should be about the unnecessary deaths of millions of Americans due to lack of health insurance, not be about religious bigotry or political power. If Senator Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer trades Democratic votes for Republican promises, he is thinking about the needs of all Americans not the Democratic political power. Senator Schumer is willing to give up the support for 3 million Americans in order to get help for 350 million Americans. Critics have slammed the senator as “weak” for attempting to row the national boat with left and right paddling together. Critics say such Democrats “don’t stand for anything,” but Senator Schumer is willing to take the heat to work for all the people and sometimes bipartisanship requires compromise. Some Republicans mock Senator Schumer saying that any Democrats paddling is bad for America, but they should remember that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote of Americans by more than three million voters. Most polls show Americans want both parties to work together, not just for their own selfishness. Doing the right thing for all the American people is the business of government, it’s only business. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Trump fills swamp with bloodsuckers: Trump “promised to drain the swamp.” Now Trump’s bloodsuckers are getting caught using taxpayer money for their own personal uses. Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is trying to cancel, $31,000 dining set the agency sprung for, as his wife, Candy Carson, decided to spruce up HUD’s Spartan furniture. Federal rules require special Congressional approval for any redecorating expense above $5,000. “$5,000 will not even buy a decent chair,” Candy Carso said justifying the expense. HUD insisted Carson play by the rules and refused to sign off on the purchase. Trump promised to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and improve access to health care for vets. The man Trump put in charge of the VA, David Shulkin, was busted flying his wife along on a sightseeing trip to Europe, at taxpayer expense, poorly disguised as official business. An official investigation found that Shulkin’s lackeys lied about details of Shulkin’s trip in order to justify his wife’s attendance on Joe Taxpayer’s dime. Then they tried to cover up the ethical breach. While touring Europe, Shulkin also violated VA policy by accepting free tickets to the women’s finals at the Wimbledon tennis tournament in the U.K., from a private business. Shulkin’s aides lied about the gift when the Washington Post came asking, saying VA ethics officials had approved the acceptance of the tickets, when they hadn’t. Shulkin covered one lie with another saying he had paid for the tickets himself. Auditors turned up bogus-sounding expenses from the trip that they can’t completely account for, such as one charge of $3,825 for parking. Shulkin has paid back the VA for certain expenses, but says he’s not resigning. Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency got in the habit of flying business and first class, and sometimes chartering planes at an added cost to taxpayers: at least $200,000. Pruitt has now said he’ll fly coach. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke enjoys luxe travel flying on business and military jets, and brings his wife along on taxpayer-funded flights. Zinke’s strategy is to leave no paper trail. Arguing poor record-keeping and shoddy documentation until Congress started inquiries. Tom Price, Trump’s first Secretary of Health and Human Services, resigned last September after getting caught spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on charter flights that appeared to be junkets. Prizing loyalty above quality in an employee, Trump has restocked the swamp with functionaries dismissive of ethics rules meant to sustain the public’s trust in government. Graft, distrust, resignation and turmoil matter don’t matter to the Trump fans who would applaud Trump if he shot somebody on Fifth Avenue, just after announcing he would attack a school shooter barehanded. To most of us the idea of making Washington accountable to the people is a good idea, but we see Trump has it swarming with creatures sucking the blood out of the nation and not emptying any quagmire. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Russia tipped 2016 US Presidential election. Weeks before the 2016 elections, millions of Americans were hit repeatedly with WikiLeaks releases providing fresh proof on a daily basis that Clinton was untrustworthy. Most long time Democrats were unaffected, but new young voters and Democrats facing, saying, “See, I told you so, Hillary is crooked” Republicans family members were swayed to leave Hillary and take a chance “on the ‘nut-case.” Fifteen months later, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has found that the skepticism that afflicted the American voting public and life-long Democrats, was no fluke. “The 2016 election was the result of deliberate efforts by the Russian government to hurt Clinton and help Donald Trump win the presidency. Young voters were targeted through social media like Facebook to whom Clinton was an unknown and Democrats in Republican-saturated markets were hit with relentless, robotic anti-Hillary fake news. According to a Feb. 16 grand jury indictment obtained by Mueller. “(Russian) Defendants and their co-conspirators encouraged U.S. minority groups not to vote in the 2016 U.S. presidential election or to vote for a third-party U.S. presidential candidate.” It is impossible to know how many voters nationally stayed home or voted for a third-party candidate as a direct result of the Russians’ anti-Hillary social media campaign. Nevertheless, the details from the indictment indicate that Russia contributed heavily to Hillary’s losses and the illegitimacy of Trump’s victory.” While Trump maintains there is no proof that the Russian assistance affected the election, the closeness of the tally suggests that it is highly likely the Russian efforts affected the outcome of the election. Trump lost the popular tally by nearly 3 million votes nationally, Trump won three states that most observers expected to go to Clinton by a total margin of 77,744. Russian interference in the US elections were certainly enough to have swayed 77,744 votes in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. To prove the point looking back, exit polling showed that voters were most concerned about Clinton not Trump—and Trump’s pounding on crooked Hillary with the help of WikiLeaks in the final weeks — made the difference and gave Trump the election. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA