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The Times today is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers.I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

President Trump is facing a test of his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.

It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.
The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

I would know. I am one of them.
To be clear, ours is not the popular “resistance” of the left. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous.
But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.

That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.

The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.

Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets, and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright. In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the “enemy of the people,” President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.
Don’t get me wrong. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.
But these successes have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.
From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.

Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.
“There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.

The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.

It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.
The result is a two-track presidency.
Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations.

Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals.
On Russia, for instance, the president was reluctant to expel so many of Mr. Putin’s spies as punishment for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. He complained for weeks about senior staff members letting him get boxed into further confrontation with Russia, and he expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its malign behavior. But his national security team knew better — such actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable.
This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state.

Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over.
The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.
Senator John McCain put it best in his farewell letter. All Americans should heed his words and break free of the tribalism trap, with the high aim of uniting through our shared values and love of this great nation.
We may no longer have Senator McCain. But we will always have his example — a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue. Mr. Trump may fear such honorable men, but we should revere them.

There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first. But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Americans.
The writer is a senior official in the Trump administration.

People have enough trouble without some a-hole politicians making it way worse by constantly trying to convince you to be scared of immigrants, religions, people of color, law enforcement, just to name a few. Only in Trumps America has this become so prevalent! It has always been there to some extent, but now, anything to distract you from the Trump bus that is losing its wheels and about to careen off of Immoral Bridge into Liars Creek in really deep, deep, water!

There is a new movie out comparing Democrats to Nazis and Trump to Lincoln. First off, the term Honest Abe comes to mind, I dare you to use that as a comparison! History, what is that? Sorry, but I am always harping that if you do not know our past history and how it affects our current history, then you cannot know the facts. As you pointed out, what determined the Republicans and Democrats has flipped and are almost complete opposites in ideology now from what was. History, history, history, you must know it! Not knowing history is what allows holocaust deniers to exist! It is also the reason people who claim the bible dates the Universe have no clue that there are ancient writings dated older than 6000 years. Cave drawings that are 40 thousand years old and the light from most distant stars (science) originated between 10 to 15 billion years ago! So no, the earth is not flat, and no it is not 6,000 years old as dated by the Bible! And no this movie is not accurate by any fact of history, it is a racist view of history, and totally only in the minds of people who do not know their history, or who are just immoral lying sons of (beaches)!

It will mean nothing to the uninformed. Every news source, both domestic and foreign has reported on the coverups, the convictions of Manifort, the guilty admissions by his lawyer, Cohen, and pages of indictments of other players by Mueller. Well, all but Fox, who did an interview with Trump who blamed, of course, everyone but himself and attacked Sessions as ineffectual and a man who could not take charge of the Justice Dept.! Probably the first truthful thing he has ever said, but for all the wrong reasons. Fox, of course, asked no hard questions of any kind of Trump, just played their role as his lobbying mouthpiece!

Cohen pleads guilty and names Trump as a co-conspirator! Manifort is found guilty, and both within the same hour a few days ago! I am sure Trump will just call everyone involved low IQ witch hunters, but the wheels are starting to fall off the bus!

You read about the media, top law enforcement, and other top leaders being attacked by a dictator or tyrant in some third world country all too often! Used to, but now, you can read all about such things happening right here in the good ole USA!

We can spend billions to create a space force that actually already exists. Air Force, NASA, they already have space as part and parcel of what they do. Plus there is already a clandestine agency that produces military satellite systems and weapons! So, in my opinion, create a health care system for all and quit having parades and inventing Space Forces because an animated guy called Buzz Lightyear came to you in a dream! Besides, as I heard another gentleman remark, Trump will probably develop space spurs to protect himself from any personal involvement! I heard they were painful, in an imaginary sort of way!

Temporary tax breaks and subsidies are not done out of any compassion on Trump’s part! This is a common Trump spin. He gave a tax break to the middle class just before an election, but made it temporary, he was just electioneering! This aid to farmers is the same thing. He does not care about them he just wants them to shut up, and he could care less about the debt he is ringing up as long as it is putting money in his pockets. Every decision he makes has one thing at its core, how does it affect the Trump brand and pocketbook. The only other decisions he makes {trade wars for example] are based on his inability not to bully and preen on a world stage!

The Trump administration will end a longstanding requirement that certain nonprofit organizations disclose the names of large donors to the Internal Revenue Service, a move that will allow some political groups to shield their sources of funding from government scrutiny. The change, which has long been sought by conservatives and Republicans in Congress, it will affect a wide range of nonprofit organizations, including Americans for Prosperity funded by both Koch brothers!

Then House Republicans on Thursday approved a spending bill that excludes new money for election security grants to states, provoking a furious reaction from Democrats amid a national controversy over Russian election interference.

And this was just after the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats raised the alarm on growing cyber attack threats against the United States, saying the situation is at a “critical point” and coming out forcefully against Russia.

“The warning signs are there. The system is blinking. It is why I believe we are at a critical point,” Coats said, addressing the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, on Friday.

“Today, the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack,” yet Republicans do not want to fund voting and election security despite these warnings. I wonder why?

DO YOU GET IT NOW?

President Trump said Wednesday that Russia is no longer targeting the United States, contradicting his top intelligence advisor’s warning days ago that “the lights are blinking red” about cyber attacks and reigniting bipartisan concerns over his recent embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The president’s flat “no” came in response to a reporter’s question about Russian threats during a White House meeting with the Cabinet. He looked right at the reporter as he said no and added: “We are doing very well, probably as well as anybody has ever done with Russia.”

Two hours later, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was only saying “no” to answering any questions, a contention denied by the reporter and others in the room!

This is just another example of the President lying to cover his many mistakes when he is not scripted and another example that he does not read or pay attention to intelligence briefings! Then, as usual, Sara Huckabee Sanders lying again to cover for him. Even if you only watch Fox and people like Hannity, just watch your President. He lies every day and he does not do it well.

Even Fox News’ Shephard Smith criticized the White House after press secretary Sarah Sanders tried to reframe comments from President Donald Trump claiming Russia wasn’t trying to interfere in our current election cycle.

“Well, there you have it: backing up and trying again,” an unimpressed Smith said as Sanders left the podium.

Do you get it now?

 

I normally do not participate in Trump trashing just for entertainment’s sake but I cannot get this thought out of my head. Londoner’s did not have to inflate the Trump blimp. They just spread it out, put a mirror in front of it and it just expanded with hot air on its own!

A friend of mine actually asked the question, when has Trump ever lied? I don’t know where you have to live on the planet to not know Trump is a liar, but ok, let’s just take the Helsinki conference with Putin as the latest example! Trump refused to answer questions about whether he believes his own agencies about Putin and Russia in reference to their hacking into our elections. Let’s just forget that France, Germany, England, and others have also said they have definitive evidence that they were also hacked by Russian operatives. Trump deflected by talking about missing servers. No servers are missing or were any denied access by the FBI. The DNC provided a complete copy of their server and the Pakistani Trump is talking about never worked for the DNC! He was thoroughly investigated and exonerated by the FBI as having done nothing against the law! So this is Trump doing what he always does, telling lies to cover lies or truths he does not want to admit to! Politifact covers a lot of this, if you are interested in the truth, or think I am lying to you!

We separate children from parents, a 1-year-old child is put before a judge in the United States with no representation for the first time EVER! Now, in order to protect profits from swamp creatures, we threaten our United Nations partners who want to promote breastfeeding instead of purchasing formula. This is the America we live in! How can you want to protect an unborn child yet actively terrorize them and harm their health for profit after they are born! Do you get it now?

About a year and a half ago Trudeau made a statement that they would take the banned refugees we are turning away. Maybe that’s why Trump decided Canada was a national security risk! Cannot have all those murky non-white rapists, thieves, gang members, and potential terrorists all congregating just north of our border getting ready to murk the hell out of us!

You do not have to be from one political spectrum or the other to see how impossible it will be to build a wall! If you follow the areas where the river just bends like a snake, or is down in a gorge, the only way, since Mexico is never going to give their land away to us, is for us to grant millions of acres of land to Mexico to even make the wall feasible, all land now belonging to American ranchers and farmers! The very difficult terrain and other obstacles of transport, etc, will cause the wall to be the most expensive edifice in the world! And at the ocean end of the wall, hell, just learn to surf! Joking, but no more absurd than building a wall when the infrastructure in the country is falling apart. Plus Trump will soon be calling for a wall on the Canadian border so they do not come across buying shoes and wearing them back across the border, a very real and dangerous act by Canadians, according to Trump!

The Trump administration is bringing back the Red Scare, or McCarthyism as it was commonly called! Any non-profit that questions Trumps handling of environmental issues is the current target. They are trying to label them agents of a communist government in this instance because they operate internationally as almost all do. The old law about registering foreign agents to identify communists and Nazis after WWII is still on the books from the McCarthy era, and they are dragging it back up into the spotlight!

Do you get it now?

Trump cannot be very intelligent, or his mental illness is so pervasive that he cannot help himself. He lies, even when the truth would actually be more beneficial to him. But lying is so natural to him he cannot force himself not to do it. He loves power. He wants it for himself and admires people who have absolute power! If you pay attention, he always heaps praise on himself, makes outlandish claims that could not possibly be true! You know what really chaps my hide? The GOP backs up his lies, no matter how outrageous, or just refuse to engage in any conversation about it! There are some exceptions of course, but they are few in number. History will record this as one of the blackest moments in U.S. history. Hopefully, it will not record it as the defining moment of our eventual destruction!

Trump has always been a crook, anybody with any sense or the ability to read should have any doubt about it. I don’t mean current investigations. Use of Trump’s charity to funnel money, buy personal items, and to pay off lawsuits is well known. His claim of donating to veteran charities was actually a transfer from his charity to pay off a lawsuit against Mar-a Lago. The donation was made as part of an agreement with the person who sued as it was what he wanted to be done with the money he was awarded. But Trump never paid a dime! Read the charges, there are a few. But as I was saying, this is how he has always done business. That charity was set up as a slush fund for his many lawsuits and personal use.

Do you get it now?

Trump lies all the time, and doesn’t even do it well! He lies so much that even I tend to just ignore it, kind of like swatting at flies down at the cow pens, after a while it is just automatic. But when he lies about veterans, I really get upset. So he had thousands of requests from parents who have to be 100 or more to have sons in the Korean War.

When do you start to get it?

I have acquaintances who claim they do not like Trump personally but they think he has done great things for America. This man is alienating us from the rest of the world. He has only passed one piece of major legislation, the tax bill. He has pulled out of trade agreements with all of our neighbors, called our closest and best ally a liar, imagine the absurdity of that statement coming from him! If you think to allow mines to dump into rivers, factories to continue to pollute at even higher levels, asbestos ignored as a health threat is good for America, or the planet, you are deluded. Sure, his swamp creatures will make more money, but they will not pass any of that on to you, and when you get sick from asbestos, air pollution, or your water catches on fire, they will tell you to buy water from them and just die peaceably snowflake! You have been told current conditions are all Trump when most of them, practically all of them, are not. Trump and Fox saying so does not a fact make! Even the Congressional Budget figures, controlled by Republicans mind you, will prove that out if you really are interested in facts!

This is an excerpt of what a friend of mine from Australia said about Trump, and I quote “He seems to have a very restricted vocabulary and a dangerously short attention span. He all too clearly sees no reason why he should attempt to fit himself into the international diplomatic conventions because he believes himself to be more important, and more powerful than anyone else, and thus under no obligation to modify his behavior!”

Since George Washington presidents have, for the most part, voluntarily accepted restraints on their ability to pardon. Starting in 1789, government lawyers have been designated to review pardon applications. And since 1865, presidents have typically relied on a review by the Justice Department before granting clemency. Trump has bypassed these restraints, plus his pardons seemed to be aimed at people who supported him, or who were prosecuted by people he does not like. It also seems like a not so subtle way, to me anyway, to notify people who may be indicted in the Russia investigations that he will pardon them. He has a deep-seated fear of the Russia investigations, and this makes me go, hmmmm!

So now immigrants are animals, according to Trump. Can you guess who called a group of people animals prior to and during WWII? Trump is racist. His father was arrested in at least one KKK march, not protesting the KKK mind you! Both he and his father have been sued by the govt for refusing to rent to people of color, Donald more than once! Trump himself in public has said blacks are naturally lazy, they cannot help it. There are many more very public examples out there of Trump’s bigotry in his own words. All in the public record. These people are not animals, they are fleeing persecution and violence in most cases. You will actually find that immigrants, illegal or not, are the lowest crime statistic. I am not including drug cartel operatives, etc., that is a separate problem from mothers, fathers, and children looking for a place that does not get them beaten, robbed, raped, or killed. Yes, immigration is a problem, but our President wants to dehumanize them and use hate and scare tactics in his approach to the problem. This is not Presidential, hell, it isn’t even an acceptable approach by any decent human being!

And the band plays on!

 

 

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Did you watch Trump’s speech today, where he told you not to believe what you see and hear, only believe his alternate facts! What a load! I mean there was no truth in anything he said, not one damn word!

The following are excerpts from an article by Cody Fenwick a writer for AlterNet. “Since President Donald Trump’s legacy in office is filled with broken promises and dismal failures, he and his defenders are working to create an alternative reality for his supporters to believe in where administration policy is a resounding success! It’s all working out. Just remember: what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening. It was a startling admission: Trump doesn’t want people to believe the very things they’re seeing!  Why would he say such a thing? Tariffs, of course, are just a form of taxes. So after Republicans ballooned future deficits by slashing the corporate tax rate at the end of last year, Trump is now unilaterally imposing taxes that will hurt American consumers and workers.

This is bad policy and even worse politically. So Trump has to tell his fans not to believe what they see or read. He has often employed this tactic, by denying obvious facts and labeling the media “fake news” even when the reports reveal facts that are undeniable. With his rate of dishonesty increasing, it’s Trump who his supporters should doubt, not the basic facts about the world.

But with his Helsinki summit and unmitigated disaster, the Mueller probe zeroing in on his allies, his tax cuts failing to benefit the American people, the immigration family separation crisis ongoing, and health insurance prices rising, Trump’s policy efforts give him nothing to brag about. Denying the noses on his supporters’ faces is the only thing left to do.”

The only question left is: Who’s buying it? Do you get it now?

 

 

 

 

Trump has threatened to withdraw the United States from NATO, nearly broke apart the G7 alliance at the recent Quebec summit, has effectively surrendered economic leadership across the Pacific region to China by withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and has withdrawn from both the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris Climate Agreement. All of our partners in trade and NATO are telling us this is a major blunder for both global endangerments from climate change, global trade, and a swift shift in power away from the U.S.!

Donald Trump’s administration has also shown a clear and obvious disdain for human rights. To that end, he has gone so far as to withdraw the United States from the U.N. Human Rights Council. Set off by the fact that the United Nations has accused the United States of human rights violations! Now let that sink in. According to my research, and others, our country, led by many states who are leading the race in human rights violations, on the rise since Trump became president! We are actually going back in time, and no, that is not a good thing! Trump is trying to take us globally back to a white supremacy we have been trying to abolish for decades. All you have to do is watch speeches he gives overseas to see that!
He announces his disdain for all news except Fox, refusing to take questions from CNN at an international press conference calling them fake news. This is dangerous for many reasons. One, Fox is definitely not the news outlet you want to hold up to the world as an example of great or even good press. Fox’s record for telling the whole truth is only 10%, totally false 29% of the time, even partly true only comes out to around 21%. Now, this is Pundit Fact or Politifact, and Snopes! My own research, which I spend way too much time doing, I admit, also suggests to me that these percentages are close to the actual facts of the matter.
Think this through; what kind of world would we live in if we only got news Trump liked? Especially when his pick of true news has the worst record for truth in America, maybe even the planet, excluding government-run news agencies like Pravda! This kind of antics on the international stage, ranting about fake news and refusing to call on those he does not like gives dictators and other strongman leadership entities who want to stifle or exterminate free press a green light from the U.S. leadership! Especially when the GOP refuse to lead, and Sara is willing to prostitute herself to a world of lies and misdirection!
Trump’s own truth meter has a definite sway towards outright lies and half-truths at best. Trump tells the whole truth a measly 5% of the time. Mostly false 22% of the time, totally false 33% of the time, so it is no wonder Fox is his news network of choice. Trumps lies are so easy to find, that when my friends ask what lies, I cannot help but start laughing! This question tells me they have no clue, none, of what actually happens on a national or international level. Even if you only watch Fox, even they have to admit that Trump is a liar at times. All anyone has to do is tune in when a news anchor for Fox, Shepard Smith, is reporting on Trump to know something is dreadfully amiss with Trump and his leadership. I am surprised they have not found an excuse to fire the man. However he is someone they can point to on the Fox network who does tell the truth and actually reports the news instead of making it up, so maybe they feel this somehow legitimizes them!
In conclusion, you cannot keep hiding from facts. Please at least watch some PBS news programs to glean at least a semblance of what is really going on. They report news as it really happens; they do not try and spin it. Watch some C-Span, now that does take some patience, as you have to wade through a lot of really boring stuff to witness actual policy or law being enacted. Look at the congressional record. It belies most of what Trump tells you! Whatever you do, do not just watch Fox and people like Hannity because you will not actually know the truth. You cannot keep imagining that everyone else on the planet is wrong, and they have it right. And quit listening to people like that idiot from  Info Wars. You shouldn’t have to fact check to know that you are looking at a deranged serial liar, common sense will tell you that, even though Trump has reported stuff directly from his show! That alone should scare you half to death!

These are few excerpts from an article in the LA Times, with a few comments of my own thrown in! It was long so I am going to try and shorten it so some of you might read it. Actually nothing I have not said before, but here goes again!
President Trump stood before a crowd of small-business owners at a hotel last week and said that his administration’s economic policy could “be summed up in three very beautiful words … jobs, jobs, jobs.” But when it comes to jobs, Trump is like the wealthy heir who, as the saying goes, was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple.
Unemployment rates for blacks, Latinos and all Americans began a steady decline in late 2009 that has continued since Trump took office. The same is true with the plunge in first-time claims for unemployment benefits.
And the 3.4 million jobs created in the 18 months from December 2016 through May of this year isn’t such an unbelievable number. The U.S. economy added 3.7 million net new jobs in the 18 months immediately before that.
It was Obama administration policies plus Federal Reserve policies that engineered a recovery from the depths of the Great Recession and that continues. The tax break given to the rich has kept it going, but that will not last as the break for the middle class disappears. Also, inflation has been on the rise since Trump took office and wages have not increased even though there are more jobs, so the average worker makes less, not more!
So, Trump needs to also thank Obama for the current economy, but that is never going to happen! However, we the people need to look at the figures, figures that are easily accessed if you actually care to know the facts, and realize that you have to dig out the truth for yourself! If you have not figured it out, Trump is a liar, plain and simple! To be fair, he has kept the momentum Obama created going, but we have created more debt in the last year than any time in history and we are still creating more, and that will bite us in the ass!

 

I am glad that women and even a man or two are finally coming forward and saying enough is enough! I am a man, a man who thinks women are the dominant species on this planet. Sure, we have bigger muscles in most cases, we are testosterone driven, which in certain instances makes us heroic, or mistaken for heroic! But in modern society, we pale in comparison to womenfolk in almost every other capacity as humans! Women can compete in almost any intellectual quest where a man and a woman have equal opportunities to succeed. Woman are less likely, in this authors opinion, to think war is an answer unless we are being directly attacked or threatened in some way that precludes negotiation or arbitration! A woman will not see everything as a competition, but more as an opportunity to learn and succeed! Forget the movie version of any competitive woman as a shrew!
So, having said that, women exist in a world where men control how successful they will be by an alarming percentile! This control is what, in my humble opinion, is why powerful men have gotten away with sexual harassment, or worse, with very little consequence. If a woman, say in the world of business, was to make it known that a man was being inappropriate or even sexually dangerous, steps would be taken to satisfy any regulations in place, but nothing of consequence to the man involved in most cases! The woman, in a disturbing amount of cases, are punished with job stagnation or outright dismissal after a period of time has passed where her job performance evaluations have gone from superlative to unacceptable after such an incident is reported.  So much so that she had to be let go! In the military, if you are a career-minded woman, making any charge of sexual harassment, even rape, is a career-ending decision in most cases!
So the fact that woman are finally coming forward, even though in most cases these are a woman who have waited until their careers were either secure or at their end, is heartening. That they are coming forward in numbers is also about damn time. So maybe I should clarify a few things here. All harassment is disgusting and uncalled for. But when it involves underage women I cannot tell you how enraged I become. So I welcome any and all exposure to any individuals who are suspect. Sure, some of it will be spurious, but when the sexual misconduct is brought to bear by multiple women about the same man, well that needs some serious and immediate consideration!
So now we come to a question I would like to put to you. Do you think these men, regardless of who they are, should be held accountable? Should these claims at least be investigated? And one last question, why is not Trump, who has at least a dozen accusers not under scrutiny. He has even been accused of rape. Now when you have a lot of money as Trump is reported to have, you can get away with a lot! So these women were up against it from the start! But the fact that so many came forward, well no matter how cynical you are, some have to have merit. And then there are the words of Trump himself bragging about his sexual misconduct! So where is the quid pro quo here since Trump is ignoring the Moore case but had no problem tweeting about Al Franken. So should he not be hoisted on his own petard!

Here is a link to a detailed report on the twelve women that have accused Trump of sexual misconduct or actual assault!  Click here for link

This blog is courtesy of part of an article by Joshua Holland and Rolling Stone magazine. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/why-opposing-trump-isnt-like-the-gop-obstructing-obama-w476367

Trump is the first president in history to lack any experience in government, and he frequently makes that clear. His closest advisers include family members, who similarly lack relevant experience and are also running the business he supposedly has nothing to do with; several people who have registered as foreign agents; Sebastion Gorka, whose association with a Hungarian group with Nazi ties is even more alarming than his dubious credentials; and former Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon.

So both President Obama and Trump have serious detractors! It’s also true that Democrats and the left express real fear over Trump’s policies, just as Republicans and the right were terrified of Obama’s agenda. But any similarity ends right there.

The “Tea” in “Tea Party” stood for “Taxed Enough Already,” and almost two-thirds of Tea Partiers said that Obama had raised taxes on “most Americans” at a time when he had in fact cut them, repeatedly, for Americans at all income levels. Their top complaint was that government had grown too large, at a time when federal revenues were at their lowest point, as a share of the economy, than at any time since 1950. When asked how much the government collected in tax revenues, their answers averaged 40 percent, when in fact that is double the highest level of taxation since 1970.

More than nine out of 10 Tea Partiers told pollsters that they feared Obama’s policies were “moving the country toward socialism.” Many believed that Obama had kicked off his presidency by going on a “global apology tour,” a claim Politifact called “a persistent and false Republican talking point that we have debunked a number of times.” Many received subsidized health insurance, but hated Obamacare for its “death panels” (Politifact’s 2009 Lie of the Year) and a “government takeover of health care” (2010’s Lie of the Year). Polls found a sharp spike in the number of gun owners who thought the government was going to do away with the right to bear arms with Obama in the White House. Now they are all sobbing in their stock rooms as gun sales have fallen off dramatically. It turns out President Obama was the greatest gun salesman in history!

So far, Trump hasn’t made any effort to work across the aisle or attract moderate Democratic support for his agenda. Congressional Republicans accused Obama of the same thing. They said he’d “rammed” the Affordable Care Act “down their throats.” They claimed, repeatedly, that nobody knew what was in the bill until they voted for it. “We’ve offered to work with the president all year,” said then-House Minority Leader John Boehner in 2010. “We’ve been shut out, shut out and shut out.” But 160 Republican amendments were included in the Senate bill that would eventually become law. Multiple committees held months of hearings, and then the upper chamber debated the measure for 25 hours before passage. Plus the bill was originally written by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and hailed by Republicans. It the main reason President Obama chose it, thinking he would not get as much flack as he was using their plan. But he underestimated the GOP hatred of his presidency.

I could go on: Jade Helm, the claim that Obama was sworn in on the Koran, the conspiracy theory that Bill Ayres ghost-wrote his memoir (a favorite of Donald Trump), etc. The point is that the circumstances around these two presidencies couldn’t possibly be more different, and while both men faced fierce opposition, the resistance to Trump is to a much greater extent grounded in reality, or at least information from credible sources, rather than crackpot Internet rumors.

Yet the political press elides these differences in story after story, instinctively framing the opposition to Trump as just more partisan wrangling, rather than a principled response to an authoritarian demagogue elected by 27 percent of the eligible voting population. It’s bad journalism, and it needs to be called out! These are points I have preached on, if you will allow the phrase, countless times in the past! The original article by Mr. Holland had a whole other section on the downfalls of our current President. I have also ‘preached” on those. But I decided my main point is to try and convince you that the Internet is not a factual place! You need to learn how to fish the waters otherwise all you catch are Carp and Suckerfish! I also know, since my friends, the ones I really want to read this, will say, damn, it is just John again, and will probably not even look at it. But I go to a lot of work to fact check before I present my work to you. Yes I have a different perspective, but a lie is a lie in any language or format, and I try really hard not to lie to you! I can guarantee you your current President has no such aspirations!