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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!

 

 

 

Diane Ravich writes;

I posted this article a few days ago with the warning that I could not vouch for the source. I have since checked out the website–WhoWhatWhy–and conclude that it is a highly reputable source for honest investigative journalism. I think if you scan the website, see who writes for it, who edits it, who is on the board of directors, you will agree this is not fake news. Why the FBI Can’t Tell All About Trump — Diane Ravitch’s blog

 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation cannot tell us what we need to know about Donald Trump’s contacts with Russia. Why? Because doing so would jeopardize a long-running, ultra-sensitive operation targeting mobsters tied to Russian President Vladimir Putin — and to Trump.

But the Feds’ stonewalling risks something far more dangerous: Failing to resolve a crisis of trust in America’s president. WhoWhatWhy provides the details of a two-month investigation in this 6,500-word exposé.

The FBI apparently knew, directly or indirectly, based upon available facts, that prior to Election Day, Trump and his campaign had personal and business dealings with certain individuals and entities linked to criminal elements — including reputed Russian gangsters — connected to Putin.

The same facts suggest that the FBI knew or should have known enough prior to the election to justify informing the public about its ongoing investigation of potentially compromising relationships between Trump, Putin, and Russian mobsters — even if it meant losing or exposing a valued informant.

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It will take an agency independent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to expose Donald Trump’s true relationship with Moscow and the role Russia may have played in getting him elected.

Director James Comey recently revealed in a congressional hearing for the first time that the FBI “is investigating … the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”

However, a two-month WhoWhatWhy investigation has revealed an important reason the Bureau may be facing undisclosed obstacles to revealing what it knows to the public or to lawmakers.

Our investigation also may explain why the FBI, which was very public about its probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails, never disclosed its investigation of the Trump campaign prior to the election, even though we now know that it commenced last July.

In case the Russian spy drama overly sidetracked anyone, the following bills have been introduced quietly, I might add.

 

  1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency. This means that Lake Michigan will be totally poisoned in a year. The great Lakes are basically static. They all only empty through one river, the St. Lawrence, so they retain pollutants. Lake Michigan unfortunately lies within U.S. boundaries with a multitude of mills, heavy populations near the shores, so heavy pollution. The lake was thought to be beyond saving, but due to efforts by the EPA it is just now starting to recover. Now heaven forbid that corporate America has to spend some profit and not dump their pollutants untreated into this body of water. The Great Lakes are the largest source of fresh water on the planet, and all of them are polluted to one extent or the other!

 

  1. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
! Voucher programs have shown to be unsuccessful. But what is most important for you to know, the voucher program will only allow you to put your child back into the same public program, but with a lot less money available to perform its duties. It does mean the rich can now save a buck sending their children to private schools that you still cannot afford, while your child gets even less of an education than before!            
  2. HR 899 Terminates the Department of Education
! So yes, they need to terminate anyone that might forewarn you about the ass kicking you are about to take!
  1. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
! I would thing that should be self evident, but it will not be!
  1. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act! Ok, I won’t defend it, but make sure you do not let them remove it until you understand perfectly what it is you are getting. You know the GOP are claiming they have written a tremendous, wonderful, the best of the best, most fabulous replacement for the ACA. It is an insult to basic intelligence; it is nothing more than a tax break for the wealthy while ripping healthcare away from millions. Just be wary folks. It ain’t whacha think!


6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
! This entity is under attack because of abortions. But it does not use funds from the government to fund any abortions. So now all you are doing is taking needed medical help from people who cannot get it elsewhere.

  1. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions) If you are one of those who hate unions, well you have no idea what unions have done for you, even if you and yours were never in one!
  1. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
  1. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
 Are we going all the way back to telling a woman to only speak with permission, to take care of the husbands needs above her own, and obey your man, or men if you don’t have your own man? I am a man, and even I know that is bullshit!
  1. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran

Since I started writing this the GOP has defunded feeding old people and children in need! The President just announced he will dismantle anything and everything that President Obama set in motion to fight climate change. That includes weather satellites controlled by NASA! He figures what you can’t see he can lie to you about! His meetings with leaders of countries that are members of NATO make it obvious he does not even understand how NATO works!

Look, I follow the writings of several highly educated people, Diane Ravich, for example, because she is plugged in way better than I am! Actually I don’t even know where the cord is! I recommend her to you, especially if you are in education. http://dianeravitch.com

I have no formal degrees. I am an avid reader, I do have a lot of technical training, some college, but as I said I never turned any of that into a formal degree unless Master Mechanic counts. However there is a humane way to live, a right and wrong that to my way of thinking is universal, it is not something you can parse out or budget out of existence. Kids, older folk, anyone up against it really, deserve to eat, stay warm, and live. (inside) Now that does not mean luxury by any means, but we, as humans, with a brain, conscience, and basic intelligence should not be debating this. As one of the richest countries in the world with all of the attributes that entails, it should just take care of its citizens, period. We can get into how we break the cycle of poverty, the dumbing down of America, the huge differences between poverty, middle class, and the upper crust, if you will, but we don’t put our basic humanity on a shelf while we figure it out! It does not take a genius to figure out right from wrong. I served my country, Sgt. USMC two tours in Nam as an avionics tech. I worked for 40 years. I never went on welfare and I worked for the same company for 30 years as a civilian before I got my second job! I am a proud liberal because I have a brain, a conscience, and I know right from wrong. I also know the GOP is totally out of touch with the people they are supposed to represent, and the current President lied to you big time and has mental problems. As I said before I do not have a degree, in psychology or any other medical field, but I know a rabid dog when I see one!

 

The President, current or past, cannot just order a wiretap. You have to go to a federal judge for starters, who would not take such an order from an individual. Not even the President! So the Justice Department would have to get involved, probably the FBI, and then provide the judge with damning evidence of why the wiretap is needed and legal! Even if you were trying to do an end run by claiming espionage or foreign entity lawbreakers, I am talking about Russians and Trump here, you still have to go through the CIA and them a FISA judge to get the warrant. So there would be a trail as wide as the Mississippi river and almost as long! So it did not happen! You ask Trump where his evidence is; he will not answer the question. You ask his staffers and they have all kinds of answers that are not actually answers. We heard, the papers reported, certain sources known only to the President, etc, so forth, and so on! Now even the President just said last week that he believes a source should be named. Ok Mr. President, lets hear them!

Ok, where did it start, well we actually do know how the story started! Breitbart wrote a story and it got circulated in the West Wing of the White House. So of course Trump saw it, got incensed then tweeted his rage! Now his buddy Bannon, probably sitting on his right shoulder like any good demon would, encouraged him! Not withstanding that this was the very publication he probably still controls! So now they have named it DeepStateGate! Fox news is calling it ObamaGate, and of course Hannity is asking what did Obama know and when did he know it, just like something actually did happen, which the FBI and Justice has already said did not happen. Of course Trump says he does not believe any reports by the FBI or any investigating authority, I mean what the hell, he has a magazine article! Trump is calling for an investigation. So when I claim fake news, this is exactly my point!

Now ask yourself why? Because Trump and gang do not want you spending your time on what he and the Russians might have been up to, or why he will not let us take a look at his taxes? Well no shit! Just invent something to take you eye off the ball, and then kick that ball as far into the muddied pond as you can and hope we forget about it. This was his go to formula during the campaign, and it worked. He basically used his “Foundation” as a personal piggy bank. He and his crew use non-government computers and electronic devices with impunity, yes, the same stuff they were yelling Hillary should be jailed for. When the media finally started reporting real news and not letting him off the hook, he labeled them false news, fake news, and crooked is a word he likes. So consider this. A crook always thinks everyone is trying to steal from him, a liar thinks everyone is a liar, and the list goes on. Why is this so, because people always think other people are just like them. So when someone calls everyone around them that they do not like a liar or a crook, it has always been common knowledge that you are listening to one or the other, or both!

Statement: This is not in bold to make a point, it is because I am old, a lot of my audience has been around for a while, and bold print makes it easier to read! So get off your Huffy Horse and walk along with me!

 

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Sidney Blumenthal, an advisor in the Clinton administration, wrote a brilliant and well-resourced article for the London Review of Books about the history of the Trump family and about the personal anxieties of Donald Trump, as expressed in his own words. His statements are documented. It may be the best, most comprehensive article you will ever read on the subject of “What Makes Donald Run?”

The short summary is that Trump and his family grew up in Queens in a grand mansion, but he longed to be accepted in Manhattan society. He latched his star to the repulsive Roy Cohn and various Mafia dons and never won what he most craved: respect. Again and again, he was driven to prove that whatever he did was the biggest and best, even when it wasn’t.

Fred Trump, Donald’s father, was a king of Queens; the Donald became a joker in Manhattan. In…

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You see the word dictatorship and immediately think of those other 24 countries in the world under a dictator! Well I am here to tell you that somebody in the White House thinks we should be one too! I say someone because I am not absolutely certain who it is that’s in charge! So let me remind you of how certain things have gone in the first few days of Trumps Presidency that make me think this might have weight!

Do not fool yourselves into thinking that this is not a serious discussion because it is way beyond serious! This is a disaster of epic proportions. Most recently our President was telling the military that the media is covering up terror attacks to make him look foolish! As if they could stay away from the type of news that increases viewership and rakes in the dough! You know where our esteemed leader got that information? He got it from avidly watching Alex Jones, you know that guy from Infowars! Yep the guy who says Sandy Hook never happened, that every law enforcement entity in the country and President Obama faked the whole thing! He also thinks that the Super Bowl halftime show by Lady Gaga was a message straight from the Goddess of Satan! Trump is, as I said an avid watcher and where he got the idea about media covering up terrorist attacks. It is a shame that we are now setting policy for the United States of American from information we got from a guy with a microphone, the internet, a few flat screens for a backdrop, and a garage to put them in! As a result Trump has been attacking the media as dishonest anytime they disagree with his alternate facts! He claims the polls were fixed; voting totals have been skewed in Hillary’s favor, I mean he thinks he actually won the popular vote! Now he is calling out the judiciary. Not for the first time, but it is getting worse. He is now labeling a federal judge a “so called” judge! He also put the blame for any attack on the U.S. directly on this man’s shoulders, giving him someone to blame when all this hate he spews backfires in his face! He might get this judge killed with his recklessness. At the very least it will garner him some threats! Trump, as any citizen, has the right to disagree, but he is calling out this man’s right to be a judge as President of the United States! Checks and balances of the office of the Presidency and political parties are a separate judiciary and an honest and engaged media! So if you want to be a dictator the first thing you do is surround yourself with a small cabal of cronies, you demote the people who are actually qualified to be making policy and could point out your flaws, then you attack the media and the judiciary! Look up any strongman regime past or present and that is how it has always been done! So now, for my part, I am trying to decide if Trump is trying to set himself up as a strongman dictator, or is his mental instability the problem? He definitely does not know what a democracy is! He does not know how to use the tools at his disposal because he cannot give up the absolute control he craves and use the CIA, the Pentagon, FBI, or Homeland! He wants to tell them what to do, and what conclusions to draw, basically castrating them! It will all end badly if we get lazy and quit. Those people that say he is our President now so let it alone and quit crying are dead wrong. It is our duty to hold an immoral mentally unstable man to the fires of truth, moral fiber, and national stability! All this constant spewing of hatred will sour our national resolve, change who we are at our core! Instead of the land of the free, we will be known as the land of the vindictive, the do as we say or suffer the big stick we swagger about with! Let’s not forget stay the hell out if you are not white and Christian!

The latest executive order signed by Trump orders the labor dept. to explore ways to either get rid of the Feduciary rule or reduce its effectiveness. It also orders the date it was supposed to go into effect to be put off.

The fiduciary rule simply requires the retirement fund managers overseeing your 401(k) or IRA to actually act in your best interest—rather than sacrificing your interests for their own personal gain. It is estimated that retirement accounts across the country lost a total of $17 billion per year due to investment advice that clearly isn’t in the consumer’s interest. The reason is rampant kickbacks that financial advisers receive when they recommend certain financial products to their clients. It’s far too easy for an adviser to sell just one annuity, regardless of whether it is a prudent choice for the investor, when a free vacation or an international cruise is waiting for him on the other side of the sale! So why would anyone in their right mind want to get rid of such a common sense ruling to protect our hard earned investments in our future! See next paragraph and I will tell you!

Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs president who now heads Trump’s National Economic Council rolled this out Thursday night. You got that right, a former president of an entity this rule was supposed to protect our retirement and IRA funds from! Trump is already working on getting rid of Dodd-Frank, which prohibited banks from gambling with our money, and having to be bailed out when the gamble failed causing the whole depression in the first place, I am sure under advisement from the other Wall Street people in his administration! How bad do they think our memory is! Even worse, how stupid do they think we are?

I know you guys, by you guys I mean Trumpers, because all conservatives are not Trumpers, think the ban on refugees was the thing to do. We will not get into the religious test, you know, priority to Christians on immigration status, which is expressly forbidden in plain language in the constitution, we will save that for another time. Besides Christians are not innocent when it comes to terrorism! Now Buddhists should be a better pick! They have engaged in wars, but not terrorism in the modern sense, although they have been known to set themselves on fire in protest! But instead lets focus on just who got banned! Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Two things immediately standout with this list of countries! The most glaring is that not one terrorist who has been tracked or caught attacking the U.S. has come from any of these countries! The next little fact is that Trump does not have any major business interests with these countries! The 19 terrorists in the Sept. 11 attacks however, were from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates and these countries were not included, why? Well the fact is that Trump has business dealings with these countries that have actually spawned terrorists, but somehow got left off the list of banned countries. He is also actively looking at future opportunities in those countries. So if you hold that a ban was necessary, then you have to concede that this executive order was ill conceived and worthless in its power to protect us as written!

So I ask you, is this good business for you and me! Think about it, hasn’t Trump already done in two weeks pretty much everything he was accusing Hillary of doing? Private phone, private email, filling his cabinet full of wall street millionaires and billionaires, targeting the pre-existing medical restrictions he swore he would not remove. He is also working on reinstalling limits on how much paid healthcare you can get before being cut off and left to die, and deciding after meeting with big pharm lobbyists, to go back on his word about getting drug prices competitive, the list is endless!

So all I am asking you to do is quit listening to it’s the biggest, best, most fabulous, outstanding, fantastic, believe me, I am the greatest bullshit, and actually look at whether this stuff hurts or helps you! I mean he tried to blame Obama for the disastrous raid he commanded. Sure it was a plan made under Obama, but Obama shut it down because they did not have enough feedback on the ground, and it also was a full moon at the time. But that is what the daily security meetings are for, you know, the ones Trump is too smart to have to go to! Plus he demoted the people who should be advising him on the security council and promoted a white supremacist over them. Trump would not even go to the situation room while the action was taking place. Hey when you’re the President, you’re the President. Sure he put on a good show by going to meet the remains of the Seal being returned and meeting his family because that is something he is good at, putting on a show! But he made that raid when he did because he could not wait to use the big stick, and you all know it!