The Great Con…

America has been conned. By one of her  own.

Nikita Khrushchev said the following in 1956.  “We will take America without firing a shot. We do not have to invade the U.S. We will destroy you from within….”  

Today our “American president” admires the leader  of Russia, aka the old Soviet Union.

Given America is more politically divided than any time since the War Between the States I’d be very worried.

“We’re liable to wake up one morning, and Donald, if he were president, would have nuked Denmark.”

That was Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas back in 2016, when it was still permissible for the Republican Party to speak truth about Donald Trump. A man who has spent his life conning investors, the press, girlfriends and wives has now enlisted one of the two major political parties of the world’s only superpower in perhaps the greatest con in history. Republicans must pretend Trump should be president of the United States.

In a long career of political consulting, I’ve helped elect Republicans in over half the country. I turn on the television and see men and women I helped elect praising Donald Trump, and I know they are lying. They are not idiots who suddenly decided that the core values they long claimed were at the heart of the Republican Party — character counts, personal responsibility, strong on Russia, fiscal sanity — were now meaningless. But they have convinced themselves that to be a Republican in 2019 requires you to lie. They tell themselves that their mendacity serves the greater good.

In the 2016 Republican primaries, candidates other than Donald Trump spent most of their time attacking each other for one seemingly very sound reason: The Republican Party was never going to nominate a bankrupt casino owner who had lost the 2000 Reform Party nomination for president to Pat Buchanan; a candidate who had given the maximum allowed under law to Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, had five kids with three wives, who seemed to believe church was where you went when you needed to marry a model, and who talked in public about dating his own daughter.

It was obvious this man could not represent a conservative party, so the key to winning the Republican nomination was simple: Be the last person standing against Donald Trump and you had to win. That logical conclusion proved to be an optimistic fantasy.

The justification that many Trump skeptics gave for supporting him in 2016 was that he would change, grow into the office. But the presidency hasn’t changed Trump; he is changing the presidency. Trump has validated decades of criticism from Democrats that issues like the national debt and family values were meaningful to Republicans only to the degree they could be weaponized against Democrats.

We now exist in a world in which Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is to the right of a Republican president on Russia and North Korea. Racism seeps from this White House like blood from a poorly bandaged wound.

In 2016, Republicans who had grave doubts about Trump but supported him could argue that he was better than Hillary Clinton, and that it was a binary choice. But a Republican primary gives Republican voters a chance to choose another Republican alternative. Voting for Trump in a primary is validating Trump, stripped of any pretense that he might improve or that an evil socialist is the alternative.

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A Pastor After Trump’s Own Heart…

Somehow the following is not one bit surprising. In fact it is exactly what one would expect from DJT. A a thumbs up and a wink and a nod.

Did you see that Inauguration speech? Couldn’t be more proud of our President. He is far from perfect. But he has the critical issues in alignment with Biblical values. First of all he acknowledges that this is One Nation “UNDER” God and that God is the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. That is the KEY fundamental difference between the incoming and the outgoing administrations.
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Friendly Atheist – An Oklahoma pastor who met multiple times with Donald Trump reportedly used a “church” — without a congregation or services — to evade thousands of dollars in property taxes.

According to Clifton Adcock of The Frontier, a Tulsa-based investigative journalism outlet, Jesse Leon Rodgers, the head of Gateway Ministries in Tulsa, hasn’t run any services for more than five years. But the claim that he runs a church has allowed him to skip out on real estate tax liabilities while engaging in unlawful political conduct.

Apparently the “Pastor” excelled in utilizing Trump tactics.

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More Good News…

A long time coming for sure. The work of cannabis advocates is beginning to pay off in spades. Passage of the SAFE Banking Act likely will be the first step in a process leading to eventual removal of cannabis from the Schedule 1 Controlled Substance List.

Increased liberty is on its way nationwide! FINALLY.

Combating discomfort and pain without addictive opioids is nothing short of sensible. Something our oppressive “War on Drugs” government was intentionally using to incarcerate otherwise law aiding citizens, And for no reason other than  to serve its demented agenda to control its population. Especially minorities .

TRUTH to POWER!

“It is our hope that after the successful passage of the SAFE Banking Act in the House, we will be able to advance legislation that ends the federal criminalization of cannabis once and for all,” Justin Strekal, political director of NORML, told Marijuana Moment. “Now is our time to demonstrate that marijuana law reform is both good policy and good politics.”

“We will not stop until otherwise law-abiding Americans are no longer discriminated against or criminalized due to the past or future choice to consume cannabis,” he said.

Neal Levine, CEO of the Cannabis Trade Federation, told Marijuana Moment that the group is “delighted that the U.S. House of Representatives is on the brink of passing a landmark piece of cannabis policy legislation that modernizes our antiquated banking laws to reflect the will of the people.”

“This is welcomed and long overdue news for the over 200,000 employees that work in the industry, cannabis businesses, and for public safety in the communities in which we operate,” he said. “Once the SAFE Banking Act passes the U.S. House, we call on the U.S. Senate to move quickly to protect our businesses and our workers.”

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There Is Just No Explaining Willful Stupidity…

Another advancement of Trump’s burning desire to rollback every sensible, effective, and right decision of the Obama administration. If there is any justice the blundering Trump will get his just deserts when the American people kick his ample out of shape arse out of  out of the White House in 2020.

Trump cares not a wit about the American people or their health and safety. He has amply demonstrated this on more than just this occasion.

The Trump administration will on Thursday repeal one of the Obama era’s most sweeping environmental rules — a set of pollution protections for small streams and wetlands that had riled up opposition from coal miners, home developers, farmers and oil and gas drillers.

The action creates instant doubts about the legal status of myriad seasonal or isolated wetlands and thousands of miles of waterways, including vast swaths of the arid WestAnd it clears the way for the Environmental Protection Agency to finish a follow-up regulation in the coming months that could leave most of the nation’s wetlands without any federal safeguards.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is poised to sign off on the repeal at the D.C. headquarters of the National Association of Manufacturers, one of the industry groups that had opposed the Obama administration’s Waters of the U.S. rule. That 2015 regulation, also known as the Clean Water Rule, had cemented federal protections for headwater streams, Western rivers and nearby wetlands, in an effort to resolve questions raised by two muddled Supreme Court decisions.

Environmental groups vowed to challenge the rollback, arguing that it jeopardizes drinking water supplies for 117 million Americans.

Jon Devine, director of federal water policy for the Natural Resources Defense Council, defended the Obama administration rule in a statement, saying it “represented solid science and smart public policy.”

“The Trump administration’s wild-eyed attempts to reward polluters, however, knows no bounds, so it is repealing these important protections without regard for the law or sound science,” he said. “This unsubstantiated action is illegal and will certainly be challenged in court.”

Let us hope the courts spank Trump real good and run his short sighted special interest decision right back up his where the sun don’t shine.

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Three Cheers For The 145…!!!

“Doing nothing about America’s gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable and it is time to stand with the American public on gun safety,” the heads of 145 companies, including Levi Strauss, Twitter and Uber, say in the letter, which was shared with The New York Times.

 

AMEN!

It is Long past time for Congress to act in the interests of the American people. It is clear that Americans now strongly support a more comprehensive as well as a more aggressive firearm control position (see below). Given the House, the Senate, and the Chief Executive ALL work for the American people, NOT the criminal NRA, it’s about time they listen to, and take strong action to implement policy that supports the interests of the public that elects them.

The NRA should NOT have as much clout with lawmakers as the American people as a whole. The organization is certainly entitled to voice their opinions,  but, when it comes to policy the MAJORITY of the American people must override the NARROW interests of partisan group that works to advance the interests of the firearms industry.

GOP and Trump… Do your jobs. Act on behalf of American society at large. NOT for SPECIAL INTERESTS with an agenda.

We are hopeful that views of 145 major American businesses will have an impact on the tone deaf GOP and the President.

 

Link to The New York Times article.

Link to PBS News Hour article.