This is treason!
Article 3 – Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution states, “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
Trump gave aid and comfort to our historic enemy Russia when he publicly stated that he believed Putin over our national intelligence agencies in Helsinki before global press. As John Garamendi – Democratic Representative from California’s 3rd District – stated on CNN this morning, no other U.S. president has “abandoned their oath of office.”
For the sake of argument, let’s say that Donald Trump was absolutely innocent with regards to collusion with Russia in the 2016 election. His public exoneration of Putin in Helsinki for God and the world to see and hear, when every national intelligence agency agrees there was Russian intervention in the 2016 election, is basically an attempt to cover it up. That puts Trump in Nixonland – but Trump is worse than Nixon since he is covering up the crime of a foreign country, and not just any foreign country – our 20th century nemesis.
While Trump’s attempts at damage control in his press statement today may pacify his base and enablers, it will not pacify our former allies in NATO. All world leaders should be very concerned that the Commander in Chief of the United States – the nation with the most nuclear weapons in the world – is a man who acquiesces to the demands of the Russian dictator.
Good try handlers, but Trump finally saying that he has faith in our national intelligence agencies and his lame “would vs. wouldn’t – double-negative” defense does not exonerate him from his ass-licking support of Putin in yesterday’s press conference, especially when in the same dialogue he goes on to state that it “could be other people also. A lot of people out there.” In addition, attempting to change “would” to “wouldn’t” is inconsistent in the context of everything else that was said in the Helsinki press conference. I call BS. If impeachment charges are not initiated and this president is not held accountable then the entire system is indeed rigged.
Russia is playing a long game, and our failure as a nation is their triumph. Trump has isolated the U.S. from our dearest allies and threatened a global trade war. This is not wise diplomacy; it is Vladimir Putin’s dream come true.
Like many others, I suspect that Trump’s connection to Russia is financial. According to a Vanity Fair article from May 8, 2017, by Tina Nguyen, in 2008, Donald Trump, Jr., stated that “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot or our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” In Eric Trump’s radio interview with golf journalist James Dodson in 2014, Eric bragged, “We have all the funding we need out of Russia.” Furthermore, this article points out that “63 Russian billionaires have invested nearly $100 million in several Trump properties in Florida.” This is likely dirty money from corrupt oligarchs and Russian mob associates – who are basically one in the same. https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/05/eric-trump-russia-investment-golf-course
Regarding the alleged pee-pee tape, who really gives a shit if Trump watched prostitutes urinate on a mattress that Barack Obama once slept on. Initially when I first heard the story, I mistakenly assumed that the women had peed on Trump, which is slightly more amusing. Either way, wetting a mattress or giving “The Donald” a golden shower is simply not juicy enough to provoke a coverup of this magnitude from a man who bragged he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and still not lose any votes. Donald Trump’s sins are financial.
If Trump truly supports U.S. intelligence agencies, he will immediately discontinue all criticism of the Mueller investigation; otherwise he is continuing to give aid and comfort to the nation that sought to manipulate our election and destroy our democratic republic.
July 16, 2018: A Day That Will Live In Infamy
We have been attacked by our own president.
The United States is no longer in control of our own foreign policy; Vladimir Putin and the Russian Confederacy are dictating our agenda.
This is unprecedented. All Americans should be highly alarmed.
At this point, if you vote for anyone who supports the Trump agenda, you are voting against the sovereignty (independence) of the United States.
There is no going back. Our president has humiliated and broken ties with our democratic allies, while he embraces the world’s dictators.
Where do you draw the line?
- As the sister of a brother who suffered from Muscular Dystrophy, the line for me was crossed when Trump mocked the disabled reporter in November 2015. What type of person does this? In a society that decries bullying, our president is the biggest bully in the world.
Trump has gone on to cross many more lines in my concept of morality:
- Trump’s claim that John McCain is not a war hero because he was captured is an insult to everyone who has ever served in the military.
- Trump’s criticism of the Gold Star parents who spoke at the Democratic National Convention again insults all military families.
- Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” comment on the Access Hollywood tape insults all women.
- Trump’s constant harassment of the press is dangerous to our democratic society.
- Trump’s habitual denigration of all Democrats maligns half of our nation’s citizens.
- Trump’s Muslim ban, targeting of Black athletes who choose to take a knee during the National Anthem, and immigration hysteria are based in blatant racism.
- Trump’s labeling White Supremacists as “very fine people” is reprehensible.
- Trump’s harassment of the LGBTQ community is cruel.
- Trump’s eagerness to sell out our natural resources so oil, natural gas, and mining corporations can profit is despicable.
- Trump’s blatant actions to financially enrich himself and his family is a violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.
- Trump’s unabashed enthusiasm and admiration for dictators worldwide is frightening.
- Trump’s continuous lies on all topics big and small has destroyed the integrity of the office of the presidency.
And now – casting aside our NATO allies and siding with Putin over our National Intelligence Agencies is TREASON!
Our nation will never be the same.
I understand that many Americans were frustrated with the political process and wanted to shake things up. Trump’s policies have gone beyond that. They are destroying our nation from within.
Many people must be questioning their support for President Trump. Even if you supported some of his policies, other actions and comments must have shaken your confidence in this man. If Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, or anyone else committed these acts, how would you react?
At what point does this make you uncomfortable?
Has your line been crossed by any of this?
As a historian, let me assure you that history will not be kind to this man or his enablers.
We are witnessing in real time the decline and fall of the United States.
So much to destroy, so little time. It is the end of our world as we know it.
A myopic vision yields devastating consequences at every level. Donald Trump’s impulsiveness and lack of foresight in controlling his verbal vomit messages will culminate in his political demise. However, the consequences of his tax policies and his abdication of global leadership will have long-lasting and potentially irreversible negative repercussions.
Oh yeah, this will be the death of Trump. No time to proof read? Sloppy errors! Covfefe. Slow down, Donny Boy. Take your time.
“I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI.”
Oops! You said it. No, your lawyer said it. No, I think it was really you, and your lawyer, John Dowd, is looking at disbarment at the very least. While not the first Trump associate to be thrown under the bus, Dowd will certainly not be the last. Jared’s future looks dim, and unlike Flynn, I doubt that Trump will fall on his sword to protect Donald Jr. While I am happy to witness Trump’s self-destruction, I am heavy-hearted contemplating the inevitable consequences of his tax policies, which were designed to enrich the elites by bankrupting the masses, and his brazen determination to abandon our role of global leadership – both of which will lead to our demise as a nation.
Tax Cuts for the Wealthy
Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy!
Gimme my money. Gimme your money. Bankrupt the nation!
So let me get this straight, let’s give give the poor and middle class short-term and nominal tax relief, while the very wealthy get record-breaking tax cuts. We will trick the plebeians with the promise of a side-dish of trickle-down bullshit.
Wait, it will be okay, it will be great. The wealthy are going to reinvest their extra cash to create jobs. Right? I seriously can’t believe that the same Republic leaders who decried the deficit threat under Obama are now ready to increase it exponentially. Can you say hypocrites? Who needs taxes anyway. The private sector will repair infrastructure, and help the poor, and educate the young, and fight the wars. Trump’s plan is intent on bankrupting our nation of financial and environmental resources in an effort to line the pockets of the oligarchs. A special thanks to Rex Tillerson; no one knows the business of exploiting nature for financial gains like this oil man. Short-term economic gain for the chosen few = long-term financial devastation for the 99%.
Relinquishment of Global Dominance
I willingly confess to having a critical view of the United States’ imperialist practices in the 20th century and our disastrous wars in recent decades. However, like all Americans, I want the United States to be the world leader. I just want us to behave our best and earn our place at top the fair way, instead of rising up by sabotaging and manipulating smaller nations. We all want to be winners, after all. Donald Trump ran his campaign with the promise of winning so much that we would get sick of winning. That hasn’t happened. Instead, under President Trump, we are losing our position of global leadership to the Russians and the Chinese.
Trump’s time at the helm will hopefully be a limited affair. Even if Mueller does not do him in, his fast food habit most certainly will. However, the effects of his presidency will have long-term consequences. Russia and China are poised to overtake our position. The Donald has been eager to acquiesce to Vladimir Putin – for whatever reason. Rather than maintain American hegemony, Trump has given Putin the keys to the kingdom. The United States under Trump has willingly relinquished our global leadership role. We literally gave it away. As if being Putin’s bitch is not enough, we have opened the door for a stronger China.
The Long Game
Both Russia and China are masters of the long game. Once Ivan the Great finally drove out the Mongols in 1480, the czars kept a stranglehold on the Russian people and their subjugated neighbors. The communist revolution certainly shook things up, even marginally raising the living conditions for the proletariat. However, basic freedoms never materialized. The fall of communism in 1991 did not bring long-lasting liberty, and older Russians longed for a return to communism rather than face the deprivation of the post-communist era. The kleptocracy of the Putin regime has solidified the master class of Russian oligarchs. This arrangement seems to be the model for Trump.
As the longest-lasting civilization in world history, China plays the long game even better than Russia. This nation has survived changing dynasties and a communist revolution whose integrity was predicated on eliminating Western influence. The rebound came with Deng Xiaoping who revolutionized the economy by embracing capitalism. In the 40 years since the death of Mao Zedong, China has clawed their way to the top of the global economic pile, and they are poised to economically overtake us. Trump’s dereliction of duty has cleared the path for these powerful and skilled adversaries to dominate the 21st century.
With centuries of totalitarian control under their belts, Russian and Chinese dictators have mastered the art of exploiting the masses for the good of the state. The critical difference is that Russia and China did not sell out their nations the way Trump is selling out the United States. Our adversaries are strong, determined, and committed to the long game, while Trump is determined to reap short-term economic gain for his family and other wealthy patrons.
Donald: What is the master plan? Do you have one?
As State Department positions go unfilled, you have placed your loyal supporters – despite their incompetency – in Cabinet positions. These people were selected explicitly to destroy the very agencies they were appointed to. Hello Betsy DeVos, Rick Perry, Scott Pruitt, and friends. Our government is rotting from the inside out and from the head – Trump. I get that the people who elected you (some are members of my own family) supported your promise to drain the swamp. Fed up with politics as usual, they wanted change. However, instead of draining out government corruption, special interest groups, and Wall Street, Trump and company are draining every last dime and natural resource from the nation.
Rome did not last forever, but 800+ years is a good run. The British Empire dominated the world from the 17th century until WWII. I knew United States’ hegemony would not last forever, I just did not think our demise would occur in the dawn of the 21st century and a reality TV host would literally sell out and give away our power and position.