American Leaders, Intel Hooligans, and the Mainstream Media aka “The Trump Lynch Mob”

Senator Susan Collinc
Senator Susan Collins
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Susan Collins – I’ve always admired her greatly, but…

By Jeff Koopersmith, Editor Emeritus – AmericanPolitics.com – Since 1988
OPINION

Amber Phillips, a writer for the Washington Post’s “The Fix” recently wrote, pointing out five areas with which Senator Susan Collins (R) wrote about Donald Trump that concisely sums up why Donald Trump cannot be the President of the United States.

Yes, Amber – The Fix is certainly in.

Whether I agree with Sen. Collins, or the fifty former Bush intelligence squad, or CNN, or PBS, that Trump does not qualify for President, I must point out that this planned execution of Trump violates every precept of Democracy.

Why? For two reasons:  First, The Constitution has no list of qualifications for President except for age (35), birth in the US, and been 14 years a resident of the US.  Second, Republicans and Democrats, and Greens, et al, have proposed that Donald Trump’s supporters are everything that he is – and perhaps more – and therefore are not entitled to have their votes counted. Period

When a group this fat and powerful decides that someone running well for President should be humiliated along with tens of millions other Americans who support him – all chance of Democracy (whatever is left) flies out the door.

It is the same as telling 35-50% of American voters that they are either too dumb, too weak, too greedy, too senseless, too disparaging of others, and ergo – just not “Presidential”, whatever that is.

I have lived in worked in Washington DC and Europe and the Americas for nearly 40 years as a legislative advisor, campaign manager at the U.S. Senate level, and a high-level complex matter jurisdictive activist for Fortune 100 clients.  Actions by “lobbyists” are the most respected by elected officials here and in most Democracies.

This is because they are the link to large contributions and legal (or illegal) transfers of power, money, and luxury that the average legislator, mayor, city councilperson, et al cannot afford.

Senator Susan Collins knows this is true. She also knows that the only thing that preserves the Congress from acting outwardly worse than Donald Trump is the “politically correct” and silly rules which penalize members of Congress for insulting each other –  at least in public.

These so-called rules (broken all the while) help to keep the WAR of party politics a guarded secret.  But, let me assure the reader, politics is a dirty, bloody, and mind altering war itself – and believe it or not – politicians who lose their election very often suffer and are treated for PTSD!  This is a fact and that is how ruthless and vicious the fight and potential loss can be to just one person in politics.

This is also accurate for those “intellects” who go to war with each other over the poor, abortion, health care, and national security, sometimes in a snake pit of revulsion and maliciousness that outdoes the professional politician.

Let’s look at Ms. Phillips’ “Five Sentences” that I know could not only destroy the concept of Democracy – except for money and control of the message – but are also based in lies, knowingly based in lies.  This is why the Republican Party did not simply throw Mr. Trump out with the trash. They now tell us he is:

  1. “Rejecting the conventions of political correctness is different from showing complete disregard for common decency.”

What nonsense is this?   The United States Congress and the White House are overflowing with a disregard for communal decency.  This is not apparent to most of us because elected members and staff do not normally act in disregard for public decorousness except behind closed and locked (no press) doors. Worse, now Senator Collins and others link at least forty percent of American voters for the same “crime” their disregard for decency for supporting Trump because they are sickened by the poor outcome of our leaders for more than thirty years.

My argument is not that the Congress and everyone else in government do not usually somehow show graciousness.  It is the poignant lie of what Senator Collins said here.  Again there is no set of rules like your old aunt might have taught you about how to act in public as President.

Some of us are complete ladies and gentleman. Some of us are not.  This does not disqualify anyone from running for office.

And does Senator Collins think that voting for and funding wars that kill millions and leave tens of millions without homes, food, or care of any kind is just fine? Is war decent or is that just feathering our own military-industrial stockholder nests, hiding behind the excuse of being attacked by some ragtag power of other men and women lied to by their leaders.

Is it decent that fifty percent or more Americans cannot afford to feed their families and must rely on food stamps and at that point suffer the ignominy that both the right and left pile upon them in different degrees for spending “our tax dollars”?

Are the horrid slums and poison water so prevalent in this nation another act of decency by our so-called leaders?  No. It seems, however, that these effects occur, but they are not simply indecent they are human and yet compassionate failures in many cases.

No politician, save for one of two, are ever held up as icons of human decency.

3. “He opts to mock the vulnerable and inflame prejudices by attacking ethnic and religious minorities.”

Senator Collins, and the rest, mock the weaker and the vulnerable every time they pass budgets that contains 50% of our trillions to be spent on war, maiming and killing, but far smaller amounts on the fallacies of the least able to get along in our country.

More than half of the Congress mocks Islam, and our Black President for not toeing the line and calling Muslims Islamic Terrorists, and mock Cabinet members, or just men and women who work for the federal government – as criminals – and they do this publicly.

They mock those who are vulnerable to mean-spirited party-loyalists who seek to make 3 Points on the basket-case of deliberation spewing contempt for federal working people, sneering at Americans who do not believe that everything is a plot or scheme.

They are just men and women who have reached higher goals in our government departmentally – but can be fired and lose everything because some idiot like Darrell Issa or John McCain thinks they should be arrested or worse.“He proved incapable of apologizing, of saying he was wrong.”

 

This statement of Ms. Collins’ does not deserve a comment. Are we not all guilty of her third “reason” for being unqualified to be President?  Have we somehow thought all along that our Congress and most elected officials ever apologize for saying “I was wrong”?

 

Is Senator Collins one of the few who does? – well perhaps that’s why I admired her – but to say this is how Presidents must act is like saying that the one-twenty percent of the wealthiest or most educated of Americans only -are qualified to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for four years.

4. “I am also deeply concerned that Mr.Trumps lack of self-restraint and his barrage of ill-informed comments would make an already perilous world even more so.”

 

Has Susan Collins watched the nightly news, or better yet, the fake news, like the kind Fox News purports to deliver. For the past decades very few in Congress show restraint or anything close to it.

 

Today, because of the absurdity of men like Trey Gowdy who waste your money on holding counterfeit tribunals on Hillary Clinton she now faces law suits from grieving families of the dead heroes at Benghazi as if Clinton herself planned their deaths.

 

And Trump is ill-informed?

 

Are the Senators and House members who claims that “Obama Care” is hurting the poor ill-informed or are they, worse, providing disinformation to make themselves wealthier or more powerful. I could go on for hours, days, months on this ridiculous “qualification” that Collins extols. Most elected Federal politicians now spend perhaps two or three days on the people’s business – how’s that for being ill-informed – how’s that for “we the people” being the idiots?

5. “The unpleasant reality that I have had to accept is that there will be no ‘new’ Donald Trump, just the same candidate who will slash and burn and trample anything and anyone he perceives as being in his way or an easy scapegoat.”

Yes, Senator Collins is correct.  Donald Trump will most likely not change.  Then again, he was ahead of Hillary Clinton doing things in “my way” manner as Frank Sinatra made ironically famous.

Look at Harry Truman – the man who wound up WWII.  Before he entered politics and became FDR’s vice-president he sold men’s clothing – Would Ted Cruz call Truman a shop-boy?

Parenthetically Susan Collins, who has, sadly, been the most humane of the Trump Lynch Mob that is accusing millions of American voters-for-Trump that they are blind, stupid or worse.  I wonder how her followers will take her slashing and burning and trampling on Donald Trump for nothing but partisan reasons and his own “lack of couth” – despite her and her peer’s excuses to the contrary.

The most important thing?

That thus far only a few Democrats have joined the vicious pursuit of Donald Trump trying to drive him from our consciousness.  Only Republicans – so guilty of destroying our economy and engaging first in this seemingly unending war in the Middle East and North Africa have put on their sheets and grabbed their ropes and chains.

 Gracious me, are they the ones inhumane and stupid!

One more item.  Although I am registered as an independent, I have been for most of my life a supporter of Democrats, with one exception – Ronald Reagan, who was a neighbor and a friend.  I am not planning on voting for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, nor am I supporting anyone for President during this cycle.  Perhaps I would have supported Bernie Sanders, if he only he could be elected – but all of us knew – that was an impossibility – didn’t we?

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NOTE: Coincidently I turned on the tube and heard: “I may well end up writing-in a candidate for President.”  – Susan Collins 11:43 a.m. on CNN, 9 August 2016

 

NOTE:  In many ways the Trump assassination team essentially tells us that the man is plain stupid, not prepared, and not well educated enough to be President. – Here from the Washington Post are those who did not get those benefits:

Four other presidents enrolled in college but did not complete a degree, including Harry S. Truman, who is often said to have never attended college, though he actually spent a semester at a business college in Kansas City before dropping out to get a job and later attended some night classes at the University of Missouri’s Kansas City law school. James Monroe enrolled in the College of William & Mary but stayed only a short while and then joined the Continental Army (there are buildings named after him at least four universities). William Henry Harrison (who died on his 32nd day in office in 1841), started at the University of Pennsylvania studying medicine but never graduated. And William McKinley (1897-1901) attended Allegheny College for only a year; he later attended Albany Law School but was admitted to the bar without earning a degree.  Other presidents who never attended college were Andrew Jackson (1829-1837), Martin Van Buren (1837-1841), Zachary Taylor (1849-1850), Millard Fillmore (1850-1853), Andrew Johnson (1865-1869) and Grover Cleveland (1885-1889 and 1893-1897, the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms). https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/02/12/which-u-s-presidents-didnt-earn-a-college-degree-two-of-them-are-on-mount-rushmore/

NOTE:  The United States Constitution “Requirements to be President”

 “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States”.

ARTICLE II, SECTION 1, CLAUSE 5 – The Constitution of the United States

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KHIZR & GHAZALA KHAN – SHADOWS REVEALED AND HIDDEN

BY JEFF KOOPERSMITH, EDITOR EMERITUS

Big Media, Democrats, Republicans, and Generals – Using dead warriors for political or any gain.

The Khans
The Khans

 

WASHINGTON 2 AUGUST 2016 -Khizr and Ghazala Khan are demonstrably loving parents, and even after twelve years, they weep over their 27-year-old son, Army Captain and hero Humayun Khan’s death in Iraq a dozen years ago.

Anyone who reads American Politics Journal opinion regularly knows that I do not acknowledge – in any way – bringing in former ‘generals’ and other retired military to appear on television as talking-heads for one candidate or another.

They should remain retired, and tell their friends and neighbors what they think.
The military answers to the President of the United States and therefore could find themselves being called up (which happens) and taking orders from someone they insulted could they not?

This is why the new appearance of once-powerful men and woman all over the campaign charts is not only selfish, but also an insult to the military itself.
In the case of Mr. and Mrs. Khan things become a bit muddled:

1. Mr. Kahn, by coincidence makes his living as a lawyer representing buy-you-way-in clients who legally take advantage of more quiet opportunity to leave their own countries and gain a quick slide to green cards and future citizenship merely by investing five hundred thousand dollars in America.

2. Captain Khan, depending on his thoughts prior to death, might be in great distress over his parents appearing increasingly on television news, in newspapers and publicly, realizing they are at least a news-worthy commodity, as well as being outstanding American Citizens as they seem.

3. Assuming that the Khans are what they appear to be (and I do), they yet continue to bait and insult Donald Trump who may very well become the Commander and Chief of the United States military.

Trump has been a frequent and avid supporter of our military and our veterans – something that Mrs. Clinton has not yet equaled because at least some percentage of Democrats are not blindly approving of our military fighting, it sometimes seems, everywhere around the globe. I do approve of this, because terrorism has become a worldwide problem that seems quite impossible to stop.

Yet I continue to lament 58,000 or my American peers who were drafted into the service and murdered at war in Vietnam – for what no good reason has ever been explained, nor I have ever accepted.

Added to this are the hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese, Laotians, and others in that region who we killed – including children, moms with no weapons, and others who were not part of that misguided war.

That aside, it’s number the first reason for which I criticize Mr. Khan. He earns as least part of living by billing wealthy middle eastern clients that want to live in the United States and that spoils the Khan- feast for me.

Today, Mr. Khan is only now a world-recognized expert on unusual visas and residency structures that are legal but not well known except by the bar specializing in First Class- defined immigration.

Prior to his first appearance with his wife looking pitiable, as she well is, Mr. Khan was not the most famous American immigration lawyer on the face of the earth. This begs a question of whether he spoke or speaks only from the heart, or also for the purse.

This also puts his objectives at question. Was he really so terrified of Donald Trump, or was he out to make himself wealthier by gaining not only a global reputation as a lawyer, but now as the most recognized supporter of ‘good’ Muslims in America who don’t mind ratting on other Muslims that
dabble with or otherwise support Muslim terrorists.

In addition, the Kahn’s are recognized as A-List guests for all kinds of feasts, dinners, preferences and the like.

As a consequence, Mr. Khan will be asked to speak, for fees, or not – all over the USA and beyond should he be able and willing – which it appears, at leapt this week, he is – in spades.

On the other side of this messy coin is the potential for the Khan family here to be in grave danger from any terrorists in hiding that are told, or simply do, harm or murder them. I hope that Mr. Khan thought out his outburst, delivered by a practiced orator as almost all lawyers remain. I mention this only to be
balanced – The Khans may have also shown great bravery in putting themselves in harm’s way.

The Khan question is fraught with complexity. Certainly Mr. Khan enjoys free speech as we all do – he is an American. However, the first amendment does not guarantee free speech knowingly aimed at tens of millions from all over the world nor to take a negative stance against Donald Trump or any candidate for President including a positive one for Secretary Clinton.

I am an independent – and I have not made up my mind who to vote for. My background is heavily anti-Republican since we went to war in Iraq, but I am well known for presenting in writing thousands of articles in favor of Democrats and Republicans as well.

I made my start in policy and politics through Ronald and Nancy Reagan, both of whom I venerated. I was trained at the highest level by the Republican National Committee while running the US Senate Campaign of Republican Senator Ed Howard (PA) a great man and progressive Republican. I made an agreement with the RNC to provide them with my office’s services as well.
I try to be fair to all sides, but not in some stealthy manner. I do decide what is real and what is not – and I have no conclusions on this situation except to say that such a deduction is impossible today – something our news editors should think about with some enthusiasm.

I do not believe that Muslim-based terrorists are maiming and killing because of Quran teachings – but form unholy ignorance and poverty. Far too many middle eastern youngsters can look forward to a life other than so- filled with poverty and without chances that it makes all Americans look like millionaires
in comparison.

I think that educated Muslims that have their private agendas are luring the younger into their armies and terror cells for the reason that most of these boys and girls perceive, at a very early age; that they have little or nothing to look forward too but the ignoble lives.

I have little problem with any group, anywhere, rising up against those who are responsible for their situations, lack of democracy, and insisting on rules designed to make certain they cannot know about even legal peaceful revolt. Muslim men and women are put to death because they dare to speak out in
protest.

It may be that we chose are allies inartfully, or that we used their alliances to perpetrate our own gains. This is why, perhaps, the young neo-terrorists are attacking the West today. After all, western powers are the original colonists of many nations including those dominated by Muslim beliefs.

Could today’s young and uneducated Muslims believe or be taught we Americans are at least partially at fault for their current problems?
In conclusion, I believe that intentionally or not, the Khans have bared their grief to exercise their freedom, but the grim shadows that will follow them, were not the sole or most important intention of the First Amendment – Free speech is here like nowhere else because it was meant to guarantee the ability to speak against, as well, to  lesser extent, to support our governments.
Was Mr. Kahn speaking against our government – No. Will Mr. Kahn benefit from his original and following presentations? – Yes.  Kahn had every right to speak against Donald Trump who is stubbornly against any Muslims entering the
country until the terror can be confronted successfully and terror groups are erased.

Donald Trump is also entitled to speak out against what Mr. Kahn said. He has abandoned his plans to ban all Muslims from travel to the US. He has supported, more than any Republican candidate our troops and our veterans. He has read the Constitution, probably more than once during his excellent opportunities for education.

I think the Kahn’s should be respected for the feelings, but I also think that the DNC should not have allowed him to speak at last week’s DNC Convention for fear that it would appear that the Democratic Party could be using the death of a fine American – to feather Secretary Clinton’s nest and help the down-ballot Democrats running for the House and Senate.
I continue to believe it is wrong to use the excuse of the heroic death of a soldier, who is after all trained to kill, as the excuse to attack others – especially because we have no draft and everyone in the services is a volunteer and paid – though regrettably too little – to serve their country when and if the Pentagon
order is such.
It is unfortunate for the Khan’s to have used the terrible loss of their son, and just as disgraceful for the Generals that appear on Fox News et al, and write op-eds against Democrats or Republicans, and for both political parties to spin the
military dead to their own gains.

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