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The Precept

                       The truth is the truth. It can’t be changed. Facts are facts. However, in this age of the internet, social media and information overload the facts and the truth can be “spun” or altered to conform to ones beliefs and political views. More on that in a bit.

I’m a fan of the movies. I especially love older flicks with less special effects and more performance. One of my favorites is “The Godfather”. Sometimes art imitates life and many movies have quotes that can translate into real life situations. “Keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer” is the quote we will focus on. If you want to know what your enemy is all about then watch, listen and learn what they do and what they say. Take cable news media outlets. You have both right and left wing news agencies spewing out news stories that continuously have the heading of “Breaking News”. Every freaking story is breaking is “Breaking News”. The same story repeated over and over and with every changing host, the exact same recycled story is “Breaking News”. I have news for the News Stations….. after a story breaks it is no longer “Breaking News” 10 hours later! If you follow a particular news agency then if you’re like me, I always watch the “other sides” point of view of the same stories that each are reporting on. That way you get to see who is “spinning” what facts and how they are altering the story to conform to their beliefs and political views. It happens on one side more than the other

  Reality check

                           Lets take a look at Fox News. Last night, as I was clicking back and forth between CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, I tuned in to Tucker Carlson to see what subject he was reporting on. I found that he was not “reporting” on anything. He was spewing out  misinformation and altered truths about the Capitol insurrection on January 6th. And lets call a spade a spade here. Altered truths are what they are…lies! If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck. A lie is a lie. Carlson’s angle on this point was that the insurrectionists were primarily made up of poor people. People that had high debt and loan defaults. Victims of bankruptcy and predatory loans. In fact, the focus was on the woman who was killed by Capitol police on the day of the attack. Ashli Babbitt was a veteran and a small business owner whos business was failing due to the Covid-19 pandemic. She was forced to seek a loan with an interest rate in the area of 160%. She defaulted and was sued. To elaborate, Carlson’s view was that the mob was angry with oppressions by financial institutions and the federal government and were enraged enough to take the gathering from a level of peaceful protest to an insurrection against our Democracy. He also stated that out of 199 people that were arrested or sought by the FBI for crimes committed for the insurrection, only 5 were labelled as white supremacist. 5. Only 5. And we should all believe him because he said “we checked”. I checked as well. It took me all of about 30 minutes of research to prove his “facts” as altered. What he conveniently left out was the fact that the “Proud Boys” were there en masse. Prior to January 6th the leader of the Proud Boys, Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, stated on the right wing site Parler “We will not be wearing our traditional Black and Yellow. We will be incognito and we will spread across downtown DC in smaller teams. And who knows….we might dress in all BLACK for the occasion.” So we all know they were there and I challenge anyone to try to convince me that the Proud Boys are not white nationalists. I know I can drive by any catholic church and know there is a crucifix inside without actually entering the building. Carlson just decided to leave that part out. Altered facts. Lie

 Huh?

Fox News has taken the position that the Capitol insurrection was basically angry people fed up with big government and oppressions that led them to believe there was no other choice than to revolt. Carlson reminded his audience that the rioters were also at the Capitol because of the Presidential Election. They perpetuate the lie that the election was “stolen” without actually stating as such. And that the insurrectionist were actually Antifa activists disguised as Trump supporters. Every law enforcement entity under the purview of the Justice Department has stated that Antifa took no part on that fateful day. Keep in mind that many Republican members of Congress still spew lies and misinformation about election fraud and who attacked the Capitol. When right wing news agencies and political officials repeat these lies in public they stoke the flames of an angered Trump base that still believes these conspiracy theories. Lets gat back to facts. Lets start telling the truth again. The only reason the mob was at the Capitol, the only reason that they entered the building and ransacked the offices of legislators, the only reason that people died was the lies that were told by Donald Trump. He told the mob that he won by a landslide and that the election was stolen. He told them to “fight like hell” or that they wouldn’t have a country anymore.

Repeat offender

Trump is a con man. I understand why people would believe in him. They watched him on T.V., they watched him on “The Apprentice” and saw his soft and generous side. That he donated to charities and was a Washington outsider that spoke his mind. Trump record shows a man who used his name to swindle people out of millions of dollars. Remember Trump University? Or how he was sued and lost a court case in New York for stealing money from a charitable account for his personal use? Trump has squandered everything that was ever GIVEN to him. His businesses fail to make money and he uses lawyers and the courts like a shield of armor. He operates under the guise that he is a sharp and successful business man. All will be revealed when his taxes are made public. He cons his supporters. Trump started his election con 8 months ago. When he stated that the election would be “rigged”. That the only way he could lose was because of a scam or by fraud. He did the exact same thing prior to the 2016 Presidential Election. He thought he would lose and when he didn’t, you never heard about it again.

That takes me (the long way ’round the barn) to my main point. Rupert Murdoch. After the Capitol insurrection Rupert Murdoch let it be known to his media outlets and hosts that they were not to repeat and report the lie that the 2020 Presidential Election was rigged, stolen or riddled with fraud. Trump had his days in court. Every litigation put forth by Trump and his legal team were defeated, never proven with evidence or thrown out by judges and courts. It was enough. People died. The lie was over. Just ask Lou Dobbs, who was ousted from his on-air show for continuing to repeat the false claims of election fraud. That lie was over. Or so we thought. Last night Tucker Carlson took an alternate route for spewing the lie. Now the angle is that the election was stolen because big tech made it so. That big tech diverted emails meant for conservatives and Trump supporters. That the election wasn’t fair because of some sort of nefarious covert actions. The conspiracy theorists and Trump base need to face the facts. The truth. They lost. Not only did they lose, they lost big. Trump managed to turn out the largest popular vote ever for a sitting president. A great achievement. However, the other side did better than that. They killed it. They turned out like never before. A huge referendum on Trump and his single term Presidency. But the spinning of the truth continues.

The Fox News audience, largely Trump supporters, continue to be fed these lies and misrepresentations and thus are stoking the flames of anger and resentment. Even after the insurrection threats are still pouring in about more violence and protests. This country is falling into the abyss. Domestic terrorism is now a reality. It is the greatest threat facing the country today. Spreading lies and conspiracy theories keep the anger alive. It keeps the threat of violence real. It needs to stop. A simple memo or company email, sent by Rupert Murdoch, could prevent the impending violence. Murdoch could instruct that any reporting on fraudulent or stolen elections or falsely claiming who initiated the insurrection must STOP. Lets get back to just reporting the news. Try to remember a time when an opposing political view was not an effort to destroy our democracy or our country. I have never heard the word “destroy” mentioned more times over the past year by Fox News hosts than I have in my entire lifetime. This is America. ALL opinions are welcomed. That is how a democracy works. That is what politics is about. An administration has a policy that they wish to pursue and the other side either agrees or opposes and a debate ensues. Peaceful. Just because you believe in a certain policy or disagree doesn’t mean the opposing view is a plan to destroy anything. Its a debate. To quote Lindsey Graham..”Enough is enough!”

A plea

                                 Rupert Murdoch is a smart guy. Create a news outlet that shares his political views. Push the “All American” theme. Images of flowing American flags in the background and put up the “All American Christmas Tree” during the holidays. Use vibrant and dynamic lighting for on-air sets. Everything red, white and blue. Make sure it shows that that everything is all American. The audience eats it up. Trademark a quote “Standing up for what’s right”. Smart. Keep in mind that all of that is fine but it doesn’t mean that an opposing political view is un-American or in any way an effort to destroy our country. If you are confident that your political values or policies are the right path for our country then let them stand on their own merits. There should be no need to spin, lie or misinform. Let the debate begin. all opinions should be welcome. Lets get some civility and respect back in the mix.

Mr. Murdoch, whatya’ say?

 

 

 

Defeating Trump in 2020

April 19, 2019 | Democrats, Election, politics, Trump | No Comments

A Guide for The Democrats to defeat Trump in the 2020 Election

Let’s be real for a sec. Let’s all put our adult hats on and think about this and face the reality of the situation. YOU ARE GOING TO LOSE THE ELECTION IN 2020.

TRUMP is going to win. There, I said it, so now that we have that out of the way, what do we do? How do you defeat a man who, by all common sense, should not be in any public office position? Ever! Anywhere! So why will he win? He will win the same way he won before, by lying to everyone and anyone about what he will accomplish. Trump thrives on preying on the fears of middle and rural America. That’s it! Simple, right? He lies and people buy into the lies and he makes promises to everyone before he has any idea on how to proceed and how to accomplish his far reaching and preposterous plans. Trump made campaign promises that he has barley or not even kept and the Democratic candidates need to heavily point that out.

Promises Made?

While on the campaign trail, Democrats should remind people of what he promised and what he delivered on when he got into office. The two biggest promises he ran on was the Repeal and Replacement of Obamacare and that he would build a great Wall at the border and Mexico would pay for it. Neither of which he has achieved and now we have learned that he openly plans to work on Healthcare AFTER the 2020 Election! Another promise made and another promise left, not kept.

Donald Trump is not the “King of the Deal”, he is a 21st century P.T. Barnum. He uses plain and strong language to get his point across. He uses smoke and mirrors and deflection to avoid the truth about his comments and actions. Remember what Barnum once said….“There’s a sucker born every minute” and Trump thinks the American people can be easily fooled. He counts on it. Also keep in mind that he quickly changes his rhetoric on the border wall when he found out that, in fact, Mexico would not pay for it. His claims were that Democrats were responsible and that they are not for border security and that they would not work with him to get a deal done. All this from the man who wrote “The Art of the Deal”.

LIAR,LIAR!!

Remember when Donald Trump ran for President he told everyone that the “system is rigged” and that “voting is fixed” and that he would never win because of it. Then he won and we never heard that lie come out of his mouth again. That’s what Donald Trump does. He puts forth the lie before the event and then when he loses he already has his claim in place but if he wins the lie goes away.

It disturbs me to see the Democrats so demure and passive when it comes to describing the words that come out of Donald Trump’s mouth. They use phrases such as “alternate facts” or “misrepresentation of the truth” or “exaggerations of the facts“. Why don’t we all just call it what it is…LIES! The President is a habitual liar. Trump doesn’t just make things up, he simply lies about everything. He creates the lie then sells it to the American people by repeating it over and over again. His lies are ammunition against any and all opponents and it is imperative that the Democratic Candidates don’t bring a stick to a gun fight. Trump goes nuclear with his lies and the Dems need to fight back just as hard. Call him out on every lie and poke the bear. His anger will get the best of him.

If the Dems plan to go into this election touting that they will reach across the aisle and work with the Republicans to get things accomplished they will be crushed on election day. The American people are smarter than that. They know that holding hands with the other side will never happen. The Republicans don’t do it and neither should the Dems so let’s just leave the kumbaya attitude at home and go for the throat. Trust me, the Republicans will be behind Trump 100% and never call him out for lying so the Democrats MUST!

Focus on the End Game

It is absolutely paramount that Donald Trump be defeated in 2020. We all know that there are so many issues that need to be addressed, most of which the President will never accomplish. Issues like Healthcare, Infrastructure, Prescription Drug Prices, the Opioid crisis, Global Warming and Taxes. All of these issues, and more, need to be worked on but the most important item is removing Trump from office. The longer he is President the worse it will get because he is single handedly destroying our government and our country. Trump must be voted out before he inflicts more damage.

Trump wants to do away with the EPA and the Education Dept. and remove all heads of departments that don’t cower to his beliefs and puts cronies in place that simply follow orders even if it brakes the law (such as locking up children in cages). The President states that the Dems are a security risk because they want open borders and will let terrorists into the country yet he removes the people in charge leaving departments under staffed and with no structured chain of command which ultimately weakens our National Security.

If you think Democrats are bad for National Security then you need to take a closer look at Donald Trump. The fact that he has closed door private meetings with Vladimir Putin and believes the president of a foreign adversary over his own intelligence community speaks volumes to the damage he is incurring with his cavalier attitude. We do need a wall and it needs to be built around Donald Trump himself! Also, he uses separation of migrant children from their parents as a deterrent from seeking admittance into this country and now he wants to use immigrant detainees as a human bargaining chip by sending bus loads of people to Sanctuary Cities to scare us into getting his immigration policies approved. What kind of person does that?

President Trump has set our standing in the world back 50 years with his crude thinking, actions and inactions. Remember when a General Assembly of the United Nations openly laughed at him when he lied about his administration doing more in 2 years than any other in the history of our country! Even the heads of other nations know he’s a liar. Trump has widened the racial divide in this country that will take years to repair. Remember Charlottesville? He claimed both sides were wrong and that there were good people on both sides?!! Huh?

The Mueller Report

Now that the Mueller Report has come out it is riddled with numerous examples of how the President, and those around him, repeatedly lied and tried to cover up the fact that they were in contact with Russian operatives during the 2016 campaign. There were no results that suggested anyone broke the law but what about their conduct? What does it say when you see a foreign country interfere with our elections and the President says nothing about how wrong it is and did not even agree with his entire intelligence community when he was briefed on the incidents. Is this the future of our election system? If you can get dirt on someone, even if it is from a foreign adversary, take it and run?

Fox News shows hosts are constantly labeling the Democrats as “Elites” and “Socialists”. How about the Democratic candidates for president start labeling the Republicans and those at Fox News for what they are…Communists! If, when describing the results of the Mueller investigation, as a slam dunk that there was no “Collusion” then why is nobody talking about the fact that Russia interfered with our elections? Republicans don’t even mention this because they are too busy gloating. Democrats need to be strong and firm and use the same ammo as their enemies. If you want to defeat Comrade Trump start by being patriots and remind his base that we don’t want Russia meddling in our affairs. But it appears that Trump doesn’t mind.

 

The Mueller Report was finally turned in to the Office of the Attorney General and everyone was eager to learn of it’s final determinations and findings. Mr. Barr was quick to publish a 4 page letter to Congress with his interpretation and summation of a 22 month investigation. He carefully and strategically reported that the Mueller Report showed no collusion or willful cooperation with Russia in the 2016 Election hacking scandal. He could have written the letter a hundred different ways to convey a more detailed summary report to Congress but he did not. He wanted to put forth a cherry picked summary that basically told the world that the guy who gave him his job was innocent!

Mr. Barr showed his loyalty to his boss but in order to appear impartial and just he left the phrase “does not exonerate him” in tact. With no further details to amplify this phrase and elaborate it’s definition he simply left it out there for all sides to make their own interpretations. We all know how the Trump faithful interpreted the letter claiming “No collusion and complete exoneration”! The victory lap on Fox News was pathetic with their..Na,Na Na, Na Na, Na..attitudes!

Hold on though. Get ready for the next phase. With a Trump appointed Attorney General sifting through the report and making redactions, don’t expect a whole lot of information to come out. Remember, the Attorney General can read through this report and make redactions “according to the rule of law and regulations in place” for determining the final outcome of these findings. And that Mr. Barr will be redacting based on his interpretation of the law. That was clear during his confirmation hearing when asked several times if he would commit to releasing the entire, unredacted Mueller Report to Congress at the appropriate time. His answers were in the form of “so long as it abides by the rule of law and regulations provided to released said report”. He could not and would not simply give a yes or no answer which tells us everything.

Another thing to consider is that even though the initial summary stated that there were no indictable offenses is also stated that the President is not fully exonerated of his actions. A lot of people have criticized Mueller for not picking one side of the fence over the other. They wonder why he would not commit from a prosecutorial stand point. The answer is simple. The Attorney General has already stated that a sitting President can not be prosecuted as there is no precedent for it. Therefor the body in charge of determining how to proceed falls in the lap of Congress! It is the duty of Congress to determine if the behavior and acts of the President while in office are in character and professionally and responsibly represent the values and standards of the United States of America. It is not the job of the Attorney General. Thus, Mueller left that portion out of the report because his thought process was that he did not have to indict the President he simply had to show his lack of character, poor judgement and shady practices to Congress and then let that governing body take it from there.

Now we come to find out that some of Mueller’s staff are furious over the way the Attorney General depicted the investigation in his summary letter to Congress. It has been reported that staffers suggest that the report could have contained far more information and that the letter did not even give a hint as to the Presidents bad behavior during the time in question.

So now we know. We should all know what to expect when the redacted version of the Mueller Report is presented to Congress this month. It will look like a zebra with extra black stripes. There will not be much in there to determine any course of action to proceed further. Give it to Trump., He found an Attorney General who, basically, auditioned for his job before he even got it by posting his thought of how a sitting president can not be indicted. It was absolutely meant for Trump to see and he did see it. He puts people in positions not to help and assist the people of the United States, just HIM! 

It’s up to Congress and the courts now. Lets all hope that they do their jobs and get the full report out in the open for all to see. If Trump did nothing wrong then lets see the full report. You say you are fully exonerated? Lets see. The American people paid for this report with taxpayer dollars. They, and we, have the right to see the full report.