Trump plans to sell America. I don’t mean in the traditional manner by telling of our freedoms and values but literally. He is planning to do what the Russians did under Putin which is to turn over public assets to private individuals. You saw how well that plan worked for Putin; both he and his close buddies became billionaires. No wonder Trump admires him so much.
One thing we can be thankful for is that unlike in Russia where almost all things of value were owned by the state many of the assets in the United States cannot be sold by Trump because they are already owned privately and most operated in a fairly proper manner. The reason that the operate like that is because over time rules and regulations governing their behavior (like child labor laws, workplace safety laws, food safety and protection from harmful drugs) have been developed and the companies forced to follow them. Trump’s plan to remove many might be goof for the industrialists but not the public. Keep in mind our history has been a battle to restrain corporations from fleecing the public by taking shortcuts.
The United States has not had a person anything like Trump in the president’s seat. Those who think he is another Reagan are deluding themselves. Reagan had a history of political involvement and looked upon America as a force of good in the world suggesting we were an example for the rest of the world – the Puritan “city on a hill” which God allowed to exist for the betterment of mankind and which He would rain down His fury should we not follow his commandments.
Trump has no prior public service. Worse he has never shown a concern for other than himself and he looks inward to the country not thinking that it should be an example to the world but a nation like those of the worst that exist run by dictators interested only in what it can greedily grab.
In your wildest dreams you could never imagine Donald Trump telling Khruschev to tear down the East Berlin Wall. Think of that. Reagan cared for the people imprisoned behind the Soviet wall where Trump has not manifested any interest in any others beyond our borders and even within our nation it will turn out that it is for a limited few.
Tulis is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin; Levinson at the University of Texas Law School; and Suri is also at the University of Texas. Their recent article in the NY Daily News tells all you need to know about the disconnect between the liberal academics and the rest of the people. Suri tweeted about the article saying: “Our effort to try and save the republic from Trump. Please circulate widely.”
Now I must remind you that Donald Trump although not winning as many votes as Hillary Clinton did win the votes of the majority of the electoral college voters. Under our system of government that means he is the president-elect. You may not like it but that is how we have done things for most of our existence as a country. Now the three amigos have come up with what they think is a brilliant idea: the electors in the Electoral College should vote for someone other than Trump.
This is a preview of The Three Academic Amigos: Tulis, Levinson, and Suri: Texas Professors Trying To Destroy Democracy. Read the whole post here
Yes, it was very good new to wake up Saturday morning and to hear that a man who was as bad as Joe Stalin had finally gone to his reward. It is amazing how long evil can exist. Uncle Joe made it to 74 years and Evil Fidel made it to 90. As they say the good die young.
It will be interesting to see how the liberal press treats the tyrant who imprisoned his people since he took power back in 1959. There is an article here the puts his actions into their proper perspective.
Yet in America, and other places of the world, there were individuals who thought he was a good leader. Agh! It makes one sick. But then again there were people who were very happy with Joe Stalin; one person once said to me that all his evil actions were good because he helped develop Russia into a strong state.
There is a great article in the Boston Globe on the killing of Jack Kennedy here. I read it first thing on Thanksgiving morning when my brain was mostly in gear. Some of the facts in it I had read before but there was much that was not so much new to me but put together in a fashion that better connected it.
Any reader of the comments to my articles knows one regular is msfreeh who has a deep distrust of the FBI. Yet even ms has not suggested that Hoover was involved in the hit on JFK. Nor did any part of the article in the Globe that motivated this post make it.
Here is one thing that is almost a certainty in my mind. It is based on my experience in the Platoon Leader Class in the Marines where we spent a day or two dry firing and then went off to the range for live firing to determine our level of skill with the M – 1 rifle. There were three levels: expert, sharpshooter, and marksman.
Lee Harvey Oswald who was in at the same time I served also would have qualified with an M-1. He was a marksman which was the lowest level one could achieve. I also was a marksman. I had never fired a rifle like an M – 1 before (I fired a .22 owned by my buddy Dick Doherty less than a half-dozen times and a BB gun like Ralphie in the Christmas Story).
During dry practice they emphasized to hold the rifle as tight against the shoulder as one could before pulling the trigger. When I laid in the prone position ready to pull the trigger for the first time I decided it was more comfortable holding the rifle a couple of inches away. I pulled the trigger and the recoil into my shoulder was like being slugged with a hammer. After that I held it tight but the pain of doing it was excruciating. We fired from 500 yards away at fairly large targets.
My point is that a marksman badge was pretty bad when it came to skill with a rifle. If you are a marksman it means your ability to hit a bulls-eye much larger than a person’s head that is not moving is non-existent. You are lucky to hit the target and probably get a fair share of “Maggie’s drawers.”
How then could a person skilled only as a marksman hit a moving target like the head of JFK from such a distance. It truly is impossible. For him to have been shot liked he was would have required a skilled rifle expert.
It therefore had to be an expert who fired the gun. Oswald was set up. Involved in the set up was Hoover.
Why Hoover? If you read the Globe article you will see how it suggests other groups were involved in the assassination: the Mafia, CIA, Castro, anti-Castro, even LBJ. The finger is pointed at them because they all had great animus toward Kennedy. One person with as great and even more than anyone mentioned was Hoover. Yet it seems he is never considered. Why is that?
Do you recall what he did right after the killing? He told the assistant AG that he had ordered the FBI to consider Oswald as the sole killer and not to look for anything beyond that. They had the patsy, no one would beyond him, and he would be silenced by a Mafia connected night cub owner.
Hoover’s buddy LBJ would take over. Bobby Kennedy would become a lame duck AG with no power over him. And J. Edgar’s future was assured since he controlled all the investigations.
Trump appoints a woman, Nicki Haley the present governor of the State of South Carolina, to the United Nations post as ambassador. That becomes big news in the pathetic national media which tells us that shows Trump is committed to some type of diversity among folk surrounding him. She is American-Indian. Not the type as Elizabeth Warren. Haley is also a she. She also did not support him.
Looking at it more closely it is a Trump throw away. I’d suggest Trump knows little about the UN other than it holds a valuable piece of property in New York City and it is loaded with anti-Americans. He plans to give it short shrift. So he figures why not nominate someone who will look good to the media and international folk yet has little or no say in anything he does. A real Trump type of move: full of flash but empty of substance. A little bone for the media to chew upon.
Here’s a short quiz for you. Name the last six ambassadors to the UN. I had trouble thinking of the name of the present one. There was no way I could name the line before her just like I am unable to name any line of ambassadors to any country. Add to that tell me something significant anyone ever did.
The idea you have people who admitted to murders being put on the stand on behalf of the federal government and taking the oath to tell the truth is in and of itself is a travesty.
How is it you can tell a juror to believe a person who murdered other people? How is it a prosecutor believes he has the ability to tell when a murderer is telling the truth? There are some people, mostly hardened criminals, who are so expert at telling falsehoods they pass lie detectors. I recall how Larry Baione’s lawyer told me he passed the lie detector test denying knowledge of the stolen goods even though the evidence against him was overwhelming. If you murder people you don’t react like normal people.
You know I heard that a judge said that Kevin Weeks who participated in at least five murders was the most believable person he ever heard on the stand. I wondered if he knew that when Weeks gave his first story to the investigators he was found to be lying. He would admit his first story was a lie after flunking a lie detector test. What does that say of a judge’s ability to separate truth from lies when he believes Weeks tells the truth? I wonder if he knew that Weeks wrote that his life was nothing but lies. That was probably the only truth uttered by Weeks when he said he was a criminal and to be a criminal you have to live a life of lies.