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As I write this, it is 27 days, 15 hours until we hopefully have a transition to a sane and normal presidency even with all its flaws.  I still have some hope, but I've been flying my flag at half staff since the death of RBG and plan on putting it back up only when the transition occurs.  I had thought of flying it upside down, but decided to wait until after the election and do so only if Trump won.  If these deluded "patriots" continue and violence begins, I will flip it over at that time.  Hopefully I do not have to do so.  I have been a pacifist independent my entire life and continue being so.  I deeply believe in the Constitution and the ideals set forth by the founders of this country with all of the flaws and errors we have introduced into it.  If I must fight to defend these ideals, I will in whatever manner I can muster.  Even at my age, I truthfully would rather be in a real jail cell than "free" in Trumpian fascist world.  It was said best by Nathan Hale, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."  I would only add, “You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” “If you're not ready to die for it, put the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary.” -Malcolm X

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I wrote this editorial in my paper Friday urging Trump to do the very thing he did. 

 

President Trump’s instincts are correct and he should follow them

 

Word Friday morning was that Congress was near a deal on approving a new stimulus package before heading home for the holidays.

The deal stinks and it’s a testament to the dysfunction that is the United States Congress that this deal — that gives individuals a paltry $600 and a minor temporary bump in unemployment benefits along with some aid to small business and money for vaccine distribution — is the best that our elected representatives can come up.

This at a time when the economic recovery has stalled and signs are emerging that it’s actually getting worse. 

Weekly unemployment claims are back up around 1 million (The all-time record was around 600,000 prior to the pandemic); it was announced this week that holiday retail sales in November — at a time most retailers depend on to make or break their year — were in the toilet; and a new analysis from researchers at the University of Chicago and University of Notre Dame estimates that nearly 8 million Americans have fallen into poverty since June — the biggest single-year spike in at least 60 years.

Millions are already behind on their rent or mortgage payments and 1 in 6 adults who live with children said their households lacked sufficient food in the past week.

The scale of the economic devastation the United States is suffering is staggering. The stimulus bill before Congress might help people for a few days, a few weeks at most.

What’s more, in exchange for getting even the tiny amount of money directly to people, negotiators had to abandon aid to state and local governments in the proposed bill. Economists are predicting that most states and local governments will be in dire straits soon, if they aren’t already, due to high unemployment and declining retail sales and the resulting loss of sales and income tax revenue. This means teachers, firefighters, police officers, public health employees and others we depend on to keep society functioning properly, will have their jobs threatened without local tax increases or severe service cuts enacted.

During the congressional negotiations, strange political bedfellows have emerged — Conservative Mo. Sen. Josh Hawley and Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders who have joined forces to urge their colleagues to get Americans the help they need now.

While it’s encouraging to see elected representatives set aside philosophical differences in the face of an emergency, that and $4 will get struggling Americans a cup of coffee. They, and the people of the country, need someone with real power and influence to join in the fight.

On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump was on the verge of intervening in the House and Senate negotiations to lobby for a higher stimulus payment. The Post reported the president thought people needed a minimum of $1,200 and up to $2,000. Alas, his aides talked him out of taking action, apparently, for fear of “blowing up the negotiations.”

With his iron grip on the Republican party, President Trump could make this happen, probably without much effort — a mere tweet could do the trick.

The president is a politician who lives by his instincts, and those instincts have mostly served him well. In this instance, his instinct told him Americans are suffering and need a lot help. His instincts are correct in this case, too, and he should follow them.

The sad part of this for the president is that he been making this case back in October instead of focusing almost entirely on Hunter Biden’s laptop, he likely would have breezed to re-election.

With the likely end of his time in office approaching, the president could secure his legacy by following his instincts and doing what he knows is right — getting American citizens, small businesses, and state local governments the money they need now.

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Andrew, This is well written, and you've diagnosed the problem well. It sounds like you're in a political pickle. It sounds like you're trying to coddle  a deep red readership

Andrew said:.With his iron grip on the Republican party, President Trump could make this happen, probably without much effort — a mere tweet could do the trick.

No,he's a guy desperately trying to hold on to his eroding power. He's already tweeted and it's not happening. My guess it will get back to the Mac Connell getting his way and  the check will be $600. I hope I'm wrong.But the only way around that is the Dems making a broader coalition with the Republicans than one Senator from Missouri.

Andrew said:The president is a politician who lives by his instincts, and those instincts have mostly served him well.

No his instincts have been a disaster for the country..

Andrew said:In this instance, his instinct told him Americans are suffering and need a lot help. His instincts are correct in this case, too, and he should follow them.

Hate to clue you  Andrew. But Trump is a sociopath who does not care at all about people's suffering. As you yourself pointed out, he hasn't been helping anybody out for the entire pandemic except his buddies.. He could have gotten off this rear end back last summer and advocated a bigger relief bill. It's his populist ploy. He cares about one thing and one thing only, and that is staying in office and saving his neck, that's why he pardoned Manafort, Stone, and Flynn.

Andrew said :Frankly, I'd be surprised if the DNC wants the Dems to win Georgia. As it is, they have a built in excuse with "McConnell obstruction" not to do anything, certainly nothing of a progressive bent. If they lose Georgia, they run less risk of angering their corporate masters.

 Would you tell your readership that? I generally like your cyncicism  Andrew, but I think that's a total red crock..The Dems want to control the Senate and kick out Mac Connell very badly. If you're sad because the Democrats aren't progressive enough for you, it's because in this last election they were soundly rejected by everywhere from Ohio across the belt to Iowa, which were the places they were hoping to make gains and I assume is where your readership is from. If you can't make people wake up and vote in their interests. Life's a bitch, ain't it?

Since you're sincere about getting aid to the suffering. The best sustained deal you're going to get is from Biden with a Democrat Senate, other wise he may end up being effective as Gerald Ford. Mac Connell will hold the purse strings and Biden will get the blame for not doing enough about the suffering. Again, not a lot of choices, life's a bitch!

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You are right in that I am in a pickle with a red readership. People have been dropping subs at a pretty fast clip since the election, complaining that our AP news is fake. I’ve tried really hard to find something, anything, to say about him that is not laced with curses.

While his motivations may be different than what I’ve posed, I fully believe the current deal is a POS and that Trump is the only person who can make it better for people who are hurting. I don’t care if he’s doing it out of pure spite. Pelosi’s not going to do anything. She settled for half of what Republicans offered a month ago and claimed the relief it provides is substantial, when it clearly is not. Nobody was even talking about $2,000 until he butted in.

And, to be clear, I said his instincts have worked for him, which they have until last month. I never said they were good for the country.

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Kathy Beckett said:

Looks like trump has about depleted the entire prison population of Azkaban. Welcome out to Jared's pappy, and Grooms of the Stool , Mr. Paul Manafort and Mr. Roger Stone.

 

'Basically what we're seeing here is a confession': Ex-Mueller prosecutor
www.rawstory.com/trumps-pardons-are-confessions/
 

December 23, 2020

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4 hours ago, Kathy Beckett said:

 I think he's doing to this cripple the whole country.

Millions of people are going to get evicted from their homes in the dead of winter, fighting over scraps of food in the garbage dumps.

Oh well, I'll just go and do what Jared and Ivanka did and buy myself a private island. I'll spend my time playing betting games on the stock market.

It'll be fun.

Steve Thomas

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13 hours ago, Andrew Prutsok said:

You are right in that I am in a pickle with a red readership. People have been dropping subs at a pretty fast clip since the election, complaining that our AP news is fake. I’ve tried really hard to find something, anything, to say about him that is not laced with curses.

While his motivations may be different than what I’ve posed, I fully believe the current deal is a POS and that Trump is the only person who can make it better for people who are hurting. I don’t care if he’s doing it out of pure spite. Pelosi’s not going to do anything. She settled for half of what Republicans offered a month ago and claimed the relief it provides is substantial, when it clearly is not. Nobody was even talking about $2,000 until he butted in.

And, to be clear, I said his instincts have worked for him, which they have until last month. I never said they were good for the country.

 

 

 

I agree that we should get the most we can get through Trump or anybody.

Andrew said:" Pelosi’s not going to do anything."

That's not really true. Pelosi can't do it alone. Any bill has to go through the Senate and Mac Connell. .My gripe with Pelosi is that she should have settled at !.9 trillion in October, and I said it at the time. Instead she held out, I assume for you, Andrew and others, who would say she sold you out. And that was a mistake.

But she really first proposed the most generous package yet. I just found it and Pelosi's first proposal was back in late  March for 2.5 trillion. Everybody, retired and unemployed gets $1500, families up to $7500, and expand unemployment insurance $600 a week. 500 billion in loans to small business, (I don't see a mention of corporate bailouts, perhaps she knew the Repubs would add that in) ,150 billion to hospitals and public health centers, 60 billion  to schools and universities, 30 billion to states for school funding. She was painted by the Republicans as being incredibly liberal and of course she couldn't get it because that's how the system works..

 

 

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Exclusive: Donald Trump's Martial-Law Talk Has Military on Red Alert

By William M. Arkin On 12/24/20 at 5:00 AM EST

https://www.newsweek.com/exclusive-donald-trumps-martial-law-talk-has-military-red-alert-1557056

“"I've been associated with the military for over 40 years and I've never seen the discussions that are being had right now, the need for such discussions," says a retired flag officer, currently a defense contractor who has mentored and advised his service's senior leaders. He was granted anonymity in order to speak without fear of reprisal.“

“"You've got to recognize an illegal order when it comes your way," says another retired flag officer, saying he has been involved in unprecedented internal discussions going on right now about this subject. The officer, who declined to speak on the record, says that though lawful and unlawful orders are a part of officer training from the beginning, "the principles of loyalty to the Constitution hammered home from the start of every career, ... we've never had the real thing, never someone who occupied the White House who conducted themselves anything like President Trump."”

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34 minutes ago, Steve Thomas said:

Exclusive: Donald Trump's Martial-Law Talk Has Military on Red Alert

By William M. Arkin On 12/24/20 at 5:00 AM EST

https://www.newsweek.com/exclusive-donald-trumps-martial-law-talk-has-military-red-alert-1557056

 

"At this point there's no telling what the president might do in the next month," says a former Northern Command (NORTHCOM) commander, one who has been intimately involved in the development of domestic civil planning. "Though I'm confident that the uniformed military leadership has their heads screwed on right,

>>>>>   the craziness is unprecedented <<<<<

and the possibilities are endless." The retired flag officer also requested anonymity because he is actively advising senior officers and is not authorized to speak on the record.

In some ways the military has already gotten dragged into the issue. Retired Lt. General Michael Flynn, President Trump's first national security advisor and a recently pardoned felon, publicly broached the subject of martial law on the conservative channel Newsmax last week, saying that the president should use the military to seize voting boxes and "rerun" the election in certain states.

"He could take military capabilities and he could ... basically rerun an election," Flynn said. "The president has to plan for every eventuality because we cannot allow this election and the integrity of our election to go the way it is.'' Flynn's suggestion has been openly condemned by numerous retired officers. Lt. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, said on MSNBC that Flynn was a "disgrace to his uniform."

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5 hours ago, Joe Bauer said:

"He could take military capabilities and he could ... basically rerun an election," Flynn said. "The president has to plan for every eventuality because we cannot allow this election and the integrity of our election to go the way it is.''

I'm betting that few ranking officers will risk their military careers and a prison term for Trump's "revolution," and that any who might would be rapidly arrested by the majority.  Juan Peron our Donald isn't.

As if even a briefly successful election insurrection wouldn't be dealt with in the courts, and the violators prosecuted under a future admin, even a GOP admin.  Some wicked part of me would like to see Trump and Generalissimo Flynn try it, though.  Maybe they'd get the Allende send-off.

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Trump's GOP defenders are getting exactly what they deserve now that he has turned on them: columnist

By Matthew Chapman December 24, 2020

https://www.rawstory.com/trump-gop-2649639035/

"On Thursday, writing for The Washington Post, columnist Greg Sargent argued that after years of defending Donald Trump, Republicans in Congress are getting everything they deserve now that Trump is betraying them and threatening to throw out their stimulus negotiations.

"House Republicans are in a fury with President Trump, now that he is threatening to blow up the carefully negotiated settlement that led to passage of the $900 billion economic rescue package. They are raging that he abandoned them after the White House asked them to support the deal," wrote Sargent. "Oh, dear. Given what a cartoonish farce this has all become, let's let Mr. Krabs of SpongeBob SquarePants do the honors: 'Boo, hoo. Let me play a sad song for you on the world's smallest violin.'"

"Let it not be forgotten that more than 125 of the very same House Republicans now raging at Trump for betrayal just got through betraying our country on his behalf, by joining a lawsuit designed to further his aim of subverting millions of votes in four states to keep him in power illegitimately," wrote Sargent.

In fact, he noted, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), both of whom decried Trump's actions, were among those who joined the suit.

"Republicans ... delivered beyond what should have been Trump's wildest dreams. And this went well beyond their backing for Trump's effort to overturn the election," wrote Sargent. "During impeachment, House Republicans went to extraordinary, farcical lengths to function as dutiful propagandists and literal bodyguards against accountability for Trump. They worked to thwart transparency into Trump's finances, helping to shield his self-dealing from the public they purport to serve." And even in spite of this, Trump is throwing them under the bus in a way that "exposes" they are "the real obstacle to robust assistance to the American people."

"That, after all this, House Republicans feel abandoned and betrayed by Trump — well, it couldn't be happening to a bunch of nicer sycophants, enablers and betrayers of our democracy," concluded Sargent."

 

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Ted Cruz begs for donations to 'keep Georgia RED' — but the money is going into his Senate campaign coffers

by Matthew Chapman December 24, 2020

https://www.rawstory.com/ted-cruz-2020-election/

"Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is sending a new plea to his supporters with Georgia's two Senate runoffs weeks away, asking them to contribute money "to save our Senate majority and keep Georgia RED."

But according to Inside Elections reporter Jacob Rubashkin, there's a catch: the donation link Cruz is giving to his supporters is for Ted Cruz for Senate. Meaning that the money is going to his campaign, and not directed to the campaigns of Georgia Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler."

Will the grift and the graft and the grotesque gross grunge never stop?

"Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

Steve Thomas

 

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1 hour ago, David Andrews said:

 

Trump's just determined to make this thing end like The Godfather, Part III, isn't he?

Very appropriate analogy.

Trump truly has been like a mob boss most of his adult life. 

He uses their same lingo, uses their same negotiation tactics- make em an offer they can't refuse. Punish them if they do.

He hires a tough talking mob like consigliere to handle his dirty work for 10 years - Michael Cohen.

Then when his right hand man capo Cohen turns on him ( like Sammy "the BULL" Gravano did to John Gotti) Trump publicly labels Cohen with the ultimate Mob threat insult..."RAT!"

There is a remarkable You Tube video of David Letterman interviewing Trump back in October, 2013.

At one point Letterman asks Trump if he has had to deal with members of New York City organized crime. At first Trump makes a joke of the question and says grudingly "maybe one."

Pressed more on the question Trump then admits it was more than just "one"  and adds this incredibly shocking mob complimenting statement.

"i have on occassion met some of those people...and let me tell you, some of them ...are very nice people."

Think about Trump's mob complimenting comment for a few seconds.

A future president of the United States saying some ( let alone any) members of America's violent organized crime syndicates "are very nice people." ???

Check out this mob compliment interview below. Trump's "very nice people" proclamation comments begin at the 6 minute, 50 second mark.

The entire interview is revelatory. Trump admits to being a "brat" his whole childhood and claims he made very good grades in school.

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