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

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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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Slapping Putin – Obama to sign stiff but flexible new sanctions

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WASHINGTON—President Obama is due to sign legislation that will tighten the straightjacket currently choking the Russian economy.

As of this writing the Russian Ruble is drifting down to over 75 Rubles per dollar which is a stupendous drop in its value equaling a slip from 30 Rubles per dollar only months ago.

NATO allies and other western nations are uneasy regarding the Moscow reaction, but the White House appears to believe that either the current situation in Russia will work to weaken or even topple the Putin-led government or at least bring enough pressure on him to remove his eccentricities from Ukraine.

On the side of the coin, some sources worry that pushing the Russians this hard lends a hard handed reputation to the US that it does not need on top of the reports on torture that came from the Senate last week. There is also some chatter, but not on in the media as yet that new and additional sanctions could act to force Putin to move toward more severe measures.

Those measures could range from further folderol in Ukraine to a genuine Russian invasion that would further destabilize a region already hammered by a plummeting economy and other worries about oil prices and Islamic terrorism in Russia itself.

We must also wonder about Russia’s cooperation in other areas like the Middle East and even the US space program.

One must believe the White House has significant even weighty intelligence in these regard and is assured that nothing more than minor placating adjustments from Russia in the Ukraine might result.

Others wonder if the White House has completely sampled the mood in the Kremlin and is keeping in mind that Russia is yet a prodigious nuclear power.

President Obama will have elasticity regarding when and how severe the roll out of these new sanctions, will occur but once Obama begins I am hopeful that Mr. Putin ‘comes to the table’ or telephone and begins a frank and mutually rewarding rather than debilitating solution.

 

 

It’s War! Obama Fires Opening Volley in Battle for “Game Day ’10”

Breaking over at NYTimes.com: "Obama Calls GOP on Class Warfare Bluff Will Not Extend Bush-Era Tax Cuts to Wealthy." If Obama starts reminding voters that he signed into law the single biggest one-year tax reduction EVER and ties this into both Bush economic policy failures and a progressive tax agenda — and hammers on the issue — he will have stolen the issue from the Republican Party and turned them into WATBs, which does not resonate well with independent voters.

Breaking: Scozzafava drops out of NY-23 special election

Breaking on MSNBC, and at Drudgico (they're using the word "suspended" to describe Republican Dede Scozzafava's move, citing cash flow issues among others). Gut analysis: advantage to wingnut carpetbagger candidate Doug Hoffman. But that may be premature: DCIndy reports that NY Independence Party chairman Frank MacKay has endorsed Democrat Bill Owens. Jake McIntyre at dKos sees this as a move to "sav[e] face for petrified Republicans." More details as we get them.

Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize: What Larisa Said

I couldn't agree more:

When that recipient happens to be the leader of a nation – representing his country all over the world – then that honor is also bestowed on the citizens of that nation.

Read the entire article, an answer to the right wing's bad-mouthing of the award, here . (Hat tip: nonny mouse @ C&L.)

Blowing the Whistle on Eliminationists

Props to blogger GottaLaff at The Political Carnival for blowing the whistle on a Facebook poll that asked, "Should Obama be killed?" The story got picked up by PlumLine and the Boston Globe, both of whom report that the Secret Service is looking into the matter. But I have to ask myself — who should be more worried: the person who posted the poll, or all the people who answered "Yes"?

Joke Line, Choking on Sausage

Via Athenae comes this delightful tale of Alpha Villager Joe Klein, a.k.a. Joke Line, choking on his sausage while ranting about Wikipedia and Salon's Glenn Greenwald. The entire tale made my Sunday morning — and if you can't stand the quality of political coverage in the "traditional" American press or the sycophantic antics of Beltway journo insiders, prepare yourself for a treat.

Clem Guttata Calls Out Sen. Jay “Coal Comfort” Rockefeller (D-WV)

Go read Clem's comments on Rockefeller's fealty to Big Coal at his blog. I'm generally bullish on the senator, but he has long had a good deal of explaining to do to his real constituents on the matter of his ties to one of the world's biggest environmental wrongdoers.

Time for Jane Harman to Go

Late last night. CQPolitics posted Jeff Stein's explosive and thoroughly researched report on an NSA wiretap that picked up Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) "telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department to reduce espionage-related charges against two officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee."

Continue reading Time for Jane Harman to Go

Bernie Madoff Pleads Guilty, Gets Jailed Immediately

The former half of the above headline was not surprise; the latter half should not have been. Madoff will be sentenced about three months from now. And at last the press is hinting that this story is far from over; Madoff has been less than forthcoming with authorities about how he managed to Ponzify $65 billion dollars, and it is notexactly plausible that he could have done this alone. This story is going to be on the radar for years to come.

Assassination Squad Reported Straight to Dick Cheney

Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh dropped a bombshell on Tuesday when he told an audience at the University of Minnesota that the military was running an "executive assassination ring" throughout the Bush years which reported directly to former Vice President Dick Cheney. [Read the full report here.]

And there's more at minnpost.com. I can't see how this would surprise anyone in the least – including the fact that the "wet boys" didn't report to Bush Jr. but to his boss the Dickster. Now that the "Yes, They Undermined Everything America Should Stand For" Alert Level has been raised to red, will we see any sort of congressional probes?

Larisa on McCain and Matt Drudge: So Over

The McCain campaign is over. Period. I don't care what the explanation is, a leader does not pour gasoline on a racial fire for any reason. … Drudge should finally be flushed from the inter-tubes. His 15 minutes of blue-dress fame should have ended years ago.

Larisa Alexandrovna may be stating the obvious, but she puts it so well you should go read the whole thing .

Ashley Todd Admits Faking Racially- and Politically-charged “Mugging”

Ashley Todd: The Race Card

"the Race Card" courtesy Photoshop Insurgent

Per KDKA, McCain campaign volunteer and College Republican Ashley Todd has admitted that she "confessed to making up a story that a mugger attacked her and cut the letter 'B' in her face after seeing her McCain bumper sticker."

Todd joins such luminaries as Francisco Nava, Phil Parlock and Morton Downey Jr. in the conservative culture-of-corruption Fake Assault Pantheon. And to add just the right twist of schadenfreude, a FOX News VP had suggested this morning that if the assault turned out to be a fake, the McCain campaign is "over."

UPDATE: TPMMuckrakler reports that a source at KDKA has singled out McCain's Pennsylvania communications director for feeding the press an incendiary version of Ashley Todd's "story" before the facts had been nailed down.

What They Really Think: GOPers Mike Murphy, Peggy Noonan Caught on Mike Trashing Palin Choice

Here is yet more evidence that one should never, ever trust one word from the GOP pundit bobbleheads that mark time on America's "cable news" infotainment outlets: about 38 seconds into this clip, Murph and Nooners express opinions that are in stark contrast to the talking points they spew with alacrity when they know they're on the air.
UPDATE: Transcript after the break.

Continue reading What They Really Think: GOPers Mike Murphy, Peggy Noonan Caught on Mike Trashing Palin Choice

Married… with Children

One of the funniest observations about all things Palin just hit my inbox from the blogosphere's grand Zen master of snark, James Wolcott:

Say what you will about Al and Peggy Bundy, slovenly occupying the sofa lo those many seasons on Married with Children, but they negligently raised a fine, slutty, airhead, bare-midriff daughter–I speak of course of Christina Applegate's divine Kelly–who managed to make it through her teen years without a baby in tow. Which is more than can be said for the unfortunate daughter of the Republican Party's poster mom for abstinence only.

Read the rest of Wolcott's latest piece here .

Top CIA official confesses order to forge Iraq-9/11 letter came on White House stationery…

… and likely came from Cheney. Robert Richer drops the dime that could collapse the entire house of cards, if you will excuse a clumsily mixed metaphor. Can we impeach now, Chairman Conyers? Leader Nance?  John Byrne has the details at RawStory.com.

Blogger to Publish Personal Information of Members of Congress

Marc Perkel, one of our favorite netizens and free speech activists, has had it with the Constitution-trampling, privacy-trashing members of the 106th Congress in the wake of the FISA fiasco – and he's decided to do something about it. Click here to read the details from Marc himself.

NBC’s Tim Russert Dead at 58

[UPDATED] This afternoon, I was reviewing a product release plan from one of my clients in my office. The Randi Rhodes Show was playing in the background through my PC, and the TV monitors in the opposite corner were tuned to MSNBC and BBC World with the audio off. Randi said something that caught my attention – maybe it was the inflection of shock in her voice, maybe it was my subconscious auto-pilot setting off alarm bells – but I could swear Randi had just said that "Tim Russert is dead."

Continue reading NBC’s Tim Russert Dead at 58

Supreme Court Upholds Habeas Rights of Guant?namo Detainees

The Supreme Court ruled early today that foreign nationals being held at Guantánamo Bay have a right to pursue habeas challenges to their detention. You can find more details at the ScotusBlog and AP via the NY Times (hat tip to Christy Hardin Smith). Make no mistake: this is a massive blow to the Cheney Administration's unitary executive policy; it is, in fact, the third time the Supremos have rebuffed George Bush Jr. and company on the issue of prisoners in miltary custody. The fact that decision was passed on a narrow 5-4 vote, with the usual Federalistos (Scalia, Thomas, Alito, Roberts) in the minority, is just another example of the importance of electing candidates that will oppose right-wing judicial extremists – and hold to account those justices who have been injected into the Appellate and Supreme Courts when they attempt to undermine the Constitution and the balance of powers.

Hillary Clinton to Suspend Campaign, Endorse Barack Obama Saturday

BREAKING on NY Times, AP, ABC, WNBC4 New York. MSNBC (mercifully) broke into the 7pm EST repeat of The Tweety Show to report the story in detail: David Gregory was anchoring, with boobleheads Michael Smirkonish and Andrea Mitchell Greenspan adding color commentary (the former, a Philly-based conservative radio host, sounding uncharacteristically impressed by Obama, the latter sounding her usual Neocon self). Lanny Davis called in and tried his best to claim Clinton had had "leverage" (yeah, right – tell that to Clinton superdelegate Charlie Rangel, who sounded miffed at the senator a few hours ago on MSNBC), that Clinton and her supporters "needed several days" to "rest [and] think things over," and plugged the Web site voteboth.com.

UPDATE: Hil moves public endorsement from Friday to Saturday, will host private confab for staffers, supporters friday to thank them for their support.

House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Karl Rove

It took a while, and it will set off a guaranteed horse hockey tsunami in Washington. MSNBC actually broke into their obsessive "breaking" coverage of the Texas polygamist child custody mess to report that the House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed Karl Rove in an effort to compel testimony concerning his alleged role in the indictment of popular former Alabama governor Don Siegelman, citing this AP bulletin.

Continue reading House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Karl Rove

KY, OR Primary: Clinton Takes Kentucky, Obama Wins Oregon

No surprises tonight. MSNBC called KY Democratic Presidential Primary for Clinton at 7pm EST, OR Primary for Obama at 11pm. MSNBC and CNN are both interspersing coverage of the primaries with much talk of Ted Kennedy's health, among their camps of resident bobbleheads and with their guests. It's been a bit too much like watching a premature wake.

Breaking: Sen. Ted Kennedy diagnosed with malignant brain tumor

Andrea Mitchell broke the news on MSNBC just after 1PM EST, citing an AP report. Mitchell reports a biopsy of Kennedy's left lobe provided a definitive diagnosis of a malignant tumor, which narrowed the carotid artery; Bob Bezell said early on that given the information in the AP report, it is a glioma and is treatable; AP reports survival prognoses varying from one to five years depending on the variety of tumor. As more information and the nature of the diagnosis emerged, the prognosis is likely closer to 18 months to 2 years.

West Virwhat? Here’s the BIG Election News Tonight

The AP projects Democrat Travis Childers as winner of the special election to fill the vacancy in Mississippi's 1st Congressional District. (Update: More at ABC News and WSJ.)

Make no mistake: we are witnessing a massive tectonic shift in electoral politics at the national level, as the third staunchly Republican congressional district in the last few months flips to "blue" as the result of a special election. Republican flop sweat is flowing like cheap beer as their leaders and patrons witness perhaps the most massive meltdown in the party's history.

MORE UPDATE: Progressive candidate Scott Kleeb wins Nebraska's Democratic Senate Primary.

Culture of Corruption Update: The Vito Fossella Saga Continues

[UPDATED – click here!] For those of you who need to play catch-up on the saga of scandal-plagued Congressman Vito Fossella (R-NY13), whose arrest late last week for driving while intoxicated in Alexandria, VA involves a mystery woman in the married Congresscritter's life, here is a good place to start. Mary Ann Akers is reporting that "Vito is finito," and a New York City paleocon fishwrap reports much the same story. Meanwhile, the New York Daily News has a snarky new game — and you'll want to play along!

Continue reading Culture of Corruption Update: The Vito Fossella Saga Continues

The Subpoena to Watch…

AP via HuffPo reports that David Addington, consigliere to Vice President Darth Cheney, has been subpoenaed by the House Judiciary Committee to testify in connection with the committee's investigation of U.S. military interrogation practices (read: torture). Addington had refused to testify without a subpoena. While much of Blogtopia's and on the Intertubes' attention has focused on the drama surrounding efforts to get John Yoo to testify, Addington is a far bigger fish – and his testimony could have far more ominous ramifications to the present occupants of the Executive Branch. Jeralyn Merritt ties the subpoena story to a new lawsuit alleging torture at Abu Ghraib. Check your popcorn supply…