Trump’s Obvious Corruption In Full Bloom…

Of course the Trump administration is claiming the Whistle-blower story that hit the news ablaze yesterday is all politically motivated. Something being ginned up by democrats.

Here’s what we know so far…

Appearing last night on CNN, Rudy Giuliani created a furor by openly confessing that he had pressured Ukraine’s government to investigate Joe Biden. The apparent revelation was enhanced by Giuliani initially denying the charge before conceding it. Asked by Chris Cuomo, “Did you ask the Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden?” Giuliani replied, “No, actually, I didn’t,” before going on to explain how he did exactly that, prompting this exchange:

Cuomo: “So you did ask Ukraine to look into Joe Biden?”

Giuliani: “Of course I did.”

But Rudy, in fact, confessed this months ago. Indeed, the whole plot has been sitting in plain sight, a gigantic scandal that has confounded the media and the opposition in part through its very nakedness.

In recent days, a seemingly new scandal materialized: reports of an intelligence whistle-blower encountering disturbing conduct by President Trump, and having his complaint quashed in apparent violation of the law. The complaint turns out to be related to the Ukraine scandal, which has been sitting in plain sight. The Wall Street Journal reports that, in a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump repeatedly pressured his counterpart to work with Giuliani on an investigation of Biden. We are learning more details of a story whose broader contours have been clear more months.

We have known since last spring that Trump, working through Giuliani, is pressuring Ukraine to supply dirt on Joe Biden. The alleged misconduct by Biden concerns his work as vice-president under the Obama administration. The allegation is that Biden supposedly tried to sack a Ukrainian prosecutor who was propbing his son’s business in the country. The allegation against Biden is totally baseless. In fact, as Bloomberg News discovered, the prosecution was finished before Biden took a stance, the prosecutor was widely considered corrupt, his sacking was consistent with the administration’s pro-democracy agenda, and the Obama administration supported the investigation into Hunter Biden anyway.

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Meanwhile, conservatives have quickly begun repeating Trump’s message on the matter. First, he insists the whistle-blower is “highly partisan.” He does not explain how he learned the identity of this alleged partisan, nor why his complaint was judged to be a “serious or flagrant problem, abuse or violation of the law” by the inspector general that Trump himself appointed. The logic of Trumpland holds that Trump is the party. Ergo, anybody who criticized Trump, however sterling their Republican credentials, is by definition partisan.

As if to test the devotion of his followers, Trump has proceeded to insist on both the innocuousness of his conversation and the need for its secrecy.

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His devotees are rewarding their faith. Angelo Codevilla, a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute, dutifully asserts that whatever it was Trump said was “classified information that neither the press nor the public has seen, will not see, and that concerns an activity that, in itself, is perfectly proper and indeed constitutes the president doing his job.” We don’t know what Trump said — and, Trump willing, we never shall — but we know that it was proper and good.

The extraordinary corruption of Trump’s posture toward Ukraine was already public knowledge. All that remains is to locate the bottom.

Yup, nothing to see here. Just ask Trump…

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Trump Now Feeling At Home In His “Presidential” Skin…

Or, the “President” who knows everything.

The China trade war, talks with the Taliban, the response to Iran after Saudi attacks, gun control, new tax legislation and a long list of other policy issues are up in the air and awaiting decisions from President Donald Trump — and him alone — heading into the 2020 election season.

In many ways, it’s the presidency Trump has always wanted.

He’s at the center of the action. He’s fully in command. And he’s keeping world leaders on edge and unsure of his next moves, all without being hemmed in by aides or the traditional strictures of a White House.

After four national security advisers, three chiefs of staff, three directors of oval office operations and five communications directors, the president is now finding the White House finally functions in a way that fits his personality. Trump doubters have largely been ousted, leaving supporters to cheer him on and execute his directives with fewer constraints than ever before.

“It is a government of one in the same way in which the Trump Organization was a company of one,” said a former senior administration official. (emphasis mine)

No intelligent leader desires a staff of  yes men/women (ventriloquists), except Trump.

Trump is not considered intelligent (he has zero emotional intelligence) or a good leader. Except for his cultists (which make up approximately 38% of the people) who apparently like chaos and uncertainty

“In the first year in office, President Trump was new to the job. He was more susceptible to advisers and advice. There were more people urging caution or trying to get him to adhere to processes,” the former senior official added. “Now, there are very few people in the White House who view that as their role, or as something they want to try to do, or who even have a relationship with him.”

This Presidency of One is now heading into an election year supported by campaign staffers and White House aides who are quick say Trump is the best political strategist as well as the most effective messenger (emphasis mine), and they intend to follow his lead wherever 2020 goes.

We have a “president” who increasingly is listening to his own counsel. Because of Trump’s extreme narcissism he demands those around him be of the same mind and show him unflinching loyalty and support at ALL times in ALL places. What Trump needs is to exist in an echo chamber and that is precisely what he has successfully created in his administration. This is NOT good for our country, or the world at large. The majority of our electorate knows this, but knowing it in and of itself is not good enough. We must take that knowledge and put it to work in any and every way we possibly can to insure the defeat of this HUGE STINKING blight on our democratic republic.
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“It’s very easy, actually, to work with me. You know why it’s easy? Because I make all the decisions. They don’t have to work,” Trump told reporters last Friday as he explained why being his national security adviser, in his mind, is now a low-key post. Trump fired his third such adviser, John Bolton, last week, and he named a new national security adviser on Wednesday morning by tweet.
There is the clincher, in Trump’s own words. He really believes he is the brightest, the greatest, and the most effective. Trump reminds me of an executive that worked in the same company I worked for. He was a smart guy but he suffered from the same affliction Trump does. He, like Trump didn’t need anybody else’s ideas because he all he needed was his own. He was not bashful of saying,  I don’t need anyone’s ideas, I have plenty of my own. What I need are people to implement MY ideas.
When you don’t involve other smart people in discussions and encourage them to freely give of their ideas and expertise you cut off many valuable resources. Lively exchanges of ideas creates a synergy that more often than not leads to better decisions than if just one person is involved.
A wise leader will not make themselves an island unto themselves.
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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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