Fasten Your Seatbelts - It's going to be a Bumpy Ride

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OK, friends,  my last political post was published just before the November, 2016, election.  At that time, I  strongly supported the Trump - Pence Republican ticket.  I have not changed my position or my support for the President.  (I would, however, cancel the President's Twitter account, if I were able - but I digress.)

wound too tightWhere have I been for the past year?   I am disgusted with the fake news generated by so-called news media against the President. I am alarmed at the resistance leveled at President Trump by the entrenched bureaucracy (referred to as the Deep State or the Swamp).  I am disappointed by the Republican opposition to the President which threatens the opportunity that a Republican President and  Republican Congress offered the party. And I do not like the opposition of the Republican Congress to the Trump agenda on which he ran and was elected.  This included actions which these same Republicans had also campaigned on for years.

For the past year, the media and the Democrats (and some Republicans) have alleged that Trump colluded with the Russians to influence the results of the election.  My opinion of this is that the basic premise seems inconsistent with history.  Russia has a history with the Democratic party and with Hillary.  I do not see why Russia would back Candidate Trump over Candidate Clinton.  This issue is currently in the hands of a Special Counsel's investigation. Robert Mueller, former Director of the FBI, was appointed Special Counsel July 17, 2017.

So my period of silence is probably ending.  The political process seems to have become corrupted to the extent that I cannot ignore.  So watch this space - film at 11.

The past week has been interesting.  First, it is alleged that the so-called Russian Dossier which was circulated to media outlets (and not covered because it could not be verified) and finally gained traction when FBI Director Comey briefed the President on the dossier and the document was published in its entirety by BuzzFeed.com in January, 2017.  This dossier may have been the basis of federal intelligence and law enforcement investigations.  Now it is alleged that the Clinton campaign and the DNC (Democratic National Committee) paid in excess of nine million dollars to pay for the creation of the Dossier, now alleged to be a work of creative fiction.  The allegations go on to state this was a violation of campaign finance laws since the payments for the Dossier were made to a foreigner.  The dossier was apparently written by a member (or former member) of MI-6, the British security service, and payments also were made to Russian governmental and intelligence officials with some of the payments possibly having been made by the FBI itself.  

Second, it is alleged that the Russians bought an interest in a Canadian Company which secured contracts for approximately 20% of our strategic supply of Uranium - used in manufacturing weapons - raising questions about Mrs. Clinton, former President Obama, Robert Mueller (then Director of FBI) and former Director Comey of the FBI.

Third, Donna Brazile, Democratic political operative and appointed as acting Chair of the DNC released a chapter of her upcoming book (published by Politico) in which she claims that there were irregularities in the finances of the DNC and the Clinton campaign and she alleges that the DNC rigged the primary elections to give the nomination to Mrs. Clinton.

And finally, Special Counsel Mueller announced two sets of indictments (the first in his investigation) charging Paul Manafort and Rick Gates with a series of white-collar crimes.  He also announced that George Papadopoulos, 29 years old, member of Trump's campaign had pleaded guilty to lying in an interview with FBI agents. 

FlaHomeThat is just part of the week's news.  I am laying the groundwork to discuss each of these topics (and more) in future posts.  There are few conclusions in this list - merely a recitation of allegations. We are at the beginning of these plot lines (or rabbit holes) and we may trace future revelations in these cases in future posts.  I recognize that I have a conservative bias (and possibly a pro-Trump bias, which may be worse). I welcome dissenting comments provided that you come at me with facts.  I am not interested in media talking points or name calling.  Please maintain a civil tone and I will try to do the same.

 

Whatever the outcome, I believe that we are at a very low point in our country's history.  I am not comparing our current situation to Valley Forge, the great depression, the Civil War or the two World Wars.  But this is different.  Our cultural values seem to be under attack from inside America as well as outside.  There are sharp differences between our political parties.  I was listening to an interview with Associate Justice Thomas of the Supreme Court this week.  He spoke of our national motto, "E Pluribus Unum" (Latin for Out of many - one).  Actually, this was considered to have been our motto from the inception of our country, although not codified by law.  In 1956 Congress adopted "In God We Trust" as our new national motto.   But Justice Thomas spoke of "E Pluribus Unum"  stating that we seemed to have forgotten our "Unum" these days.  I think he has a point.  Americans have a unique culture that we seem to have forgotten.  Our schools no longer teach our founding history or our American Values.  Our current immigration policies no longer encourage assimilation.  It is true that all of us are from immigrant stock.  But we are missing in so many cases the final step that changed us from immigrants to Americans.

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Maybe, when all is said and done (which normally means lots more gets said than done), we can learn from each other and accomplish something for the country this time.  We can start with the tax bill. 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
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Ted - I am reading Russian press, blogs, watch their media, and I have friends with some connections there. What is big news here now, was pretty much a common knowledge there. I was trying to raise my voice, but nobody wanted to hear it. Information on interfering with the election in bits and pieces was available. Describing buying ads, creating bots, all that now becoming known  here in US...

When people here were voicing their objections to Hillary, they were using the words of Putin (in general sense). Russia affected the election big time. You do not want to acknowldge it, it seems inconsistent to you, but the facts will come out. Isn't it funny that Russia has, if not singlehandedly chosen our President, played a very significant role in the outcome of the election.

I agree with Tillerson, - our President is a moron. Shallow, ill-informed, unable to learn.

Guys, if someone is telling you that he is intelligent and very smart, it is the first sign of a moron. No smart and intelligent person would say so. Yvy League school does not guarantee that graduates are smart and really well educated. At least Trump is limping badly in this regard.

Your wish to curb his Twitter would only make it not as obvious, as it is now. This is his biggest show - playing a President to a crowd, that thinks that he really is a President.

Trump is a empty balloon, filled with nothing.

Nov 03, 2017 09:18 AM #1
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By the way, you posted a very good question why Russians backed Trump, not anyone else.

KGB always runs profiles on people. A very detailed, very well thought of profile.

There were 17 people on the podium just from Republican side. They needed the weekest, they needed the one, who would do what others would not do, the one, they could press...

In a nutshell, they needed a moron (quoting Tillerson), and they excecuted the whole thing brilliantly. But this is not a surprise, I was saying it all the time that if Trump is our President, Putin would outsmart him easily. The problem for Putin is that Trump did not get the power to pay Putin back, while he wanted. He declared that Crimea is Russian, he was willing and promising to lift sanctions.... That was the pay off, but the only thing that Putin miscalculated is that Presidents here do not have the same power Puting has there, and that morons are not great at having anything done, even when they promise, and TRUMP PROMISED.

Nov 03, 2017 09:26 AM #2
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Ted Baker
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Jon - Thank you for your comments, which you had shared with me previously.  If I accepted your premise, I should have to be glad that there is only one moron in our government. But I have to marvel at his skill in sensing the mood of the public and brilliantly articulating their angst and concerns.  It should have been an embarrassment to all the other candidates on the debate stage that he alone survived.  Newt Gingrich, who can always turn a phrase, called Trump a combination of Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt and P T Barnum.  I am not sure it was a compliment if it were not for Newt's many other statements of support. 

I have to say that I did not vote for Mr. Trump in the primaries.  But in the general election with the choice between Crooked Hilliary and the Donald, my choice was clear and I did not see "None of the Above" listed as an alternative. If it were for the excellence of his judicial appointments, particularly the Supreme Court, alone - I would support President Trump.  

It happens that I approve of several of his other proposals but if he fails, then it is the Congress that may share the bulk of the blame.  I feel that he has charted a course that I favor, has moved the process of deregulation where he could in the absence of Congressional support and has faithfully defended the Constitution of the United States - something that his predecessors failed to do.  For that, I am willing to accept what you may refer to as flaws in his presentation.  You will have to admit that he defeated his opponent in the election while spending far less money - no small feat for a non-politician who didn't know what he was doing - in your view. For what he has accomplished to date, for his accomplishments in his personal business and the potential of what he can accomplish - I support the President.  And he is the duly elected President of the United States - moron or not.  If you would have preferred Mrs. Clinton, then we will have to agree to disagree.  You are welcome to support another candidate in 2020.  

Jon, I do not expect to be able to convince you that you are on the wrong side here - I have enjoyed many conversations with you and your daughter, Inna, which have demonstrated that.  And I  will have to content myself with the many other areas where we are more in agreement.  

But consider this.   Mr. Trump has faced unbelievable opposition as I indicated in my original blog post.  I continue to see him in his speeches and public appearances and reports from behind the scenes.  And the impression that I get is that this is a successful business figure, who is relaxed and confident in his skin (tweets notwithstanding) and who may succeed in earning your trust and support in the future.  He stands almost alone in his goals and objectives related to the swamp.  But you are able to criticise him and speak eloquently in your opposition to him.  I would fear for you in your mother Russia if you were to do so there.   So I am glad you are here.  It is a privilege to know you and your family.  And your comments are welcome here.

 

 

 

Nov 04, 2017 06:41 AM #3
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Ted, what an excellent post of which I agree wholeheartedly. Jon, I respect your opinions but I believe you view Mr. Trump as a head knocking tyrant like Russia's Putin and for part of that you would be right. Our country has gone soooooo far to the left that it is going to take a bully type guy to pull it back the other way. Yes Russia always supports the weaker leader who thinks domestic programs are more important than National defense. They always have and always will.

Nov 06, 2017 02:32 PM #4
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Ted, I forgot to say welcome back! You have been silent on Activerain for way too long.

Nov 06, 2017 02:54 PM #5
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Ted Baker
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Thank you, Mike, for your kind words.  I used to enjoy Active Rain for the free exchange of ideas.  But it doesn't represent that anymore.  I don't think they want the burden of being a forum for ideas, political thought and controversy.  They don't believe, as I do, that the politics of both sides of an issue are important to our businesses and our lives.  They reorganized their menus and no longer taught new members where to find the groups that might challenge and inform them.  

My blog posts used to hit 5,000 to 15,000 readers on AR.  Now I am lucky to hit 100, frequently with no comments.  You tell me - is that worth it?  I don't think my writing has gotten any worse - but the audience isn't there.  I sound a bit like Hillary Clinton.  Give me a minute to wash my mouth out with soap.

President Trump is not going to be a popular President - but he offers three things: he is an agent for change; he is the duly elected President and he is the only thing standing between our Constitution and absolute chaos from the left.  He is not perfect but there is no use asking if the air is good when that is all there is to breathe.  

So I am back to see if I can build an audience - to see whether I can find a home on the AR platform again.  I will keep you posted. 

Nice to hear from you.  Take care.

 

 

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